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Q. Why hire an on-the-day wedding coordinator?
A. Jessica Ghansah says: It's the day of your wedding and you've got 120 table settings to put out, the DJ can't find the venue and you've left something important at home. Weddings can be stressful. You should be enjoying the best day of your life, not remembering who ordered the vegetarian or vegan option or where you put the cake knife (you did bring the cake knife, right?) A wedding coordinator is the ultimate wedding hack - ensuring your perfect day runs perfectly and that the inevitable stresses of planning, supplier coordination and getting your loved ones happily together in the same room sit firmly behind the scenes. Treat yourself to an early wedding present and start your happily ever after today.
Jessica Ghansah, Jessica Ghansah Weddings
Q. We're newly engaged and both work full-time, should we hire a wedding planner?
A. Charlotte Thackeray says: Getting engaged is a whirlwind! It's such a special time, but couples suddenly find that people will have advice and opinions about what you should do. Sometimes, after booking a few suppliers, you might think 'what next' because, after all, planning a wedding isn't something you do every day. For me, providing experience and advice is where a wedding planner is important, picking trusted suppliers, managing budgets and providing guidance based on experience. There are many different types of wedding planners and coordinators so it's important to find one that works for you and who you get along with. As a planner who specialises in DIY weddings, I know that I'm not going to be the planner or coordinator for everyone. My couples tend to want to do a lot of it themselves, but want my advice and for me to check things over. Other planners will do everything if you're particularly short on time and some will work with you over a condensed period
Charlotte Thackeray, Charlotte Suzanne Weddings
Small and chic
Q. We're searching for a historic venue that offers wedding packages for our micro wedding this summer - can you help?
A. Helen Taylor says: Enjoy this rare opportunity to take sole use of the house and grounds at Cumberland Lodge on a variety of dates with the added incentive that every booking helps to support the charity based at the lodge which promotes progress towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies. The house is surrounded by expansive parkland leading directly to Windsor Castle and features elegant reception rooms and cosy, wood-panelled dining rooms steeped in history. Wedding guests can follow in the footsteps of movie stars such as Colin Firth (who stood on the sweeping red staircase that leads to the Tapestry Hall in The King's Speech) and more recently, Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy – not to mention a host of royal guests.
The venue is renowned for its warm welcome and excellent standards of dining and hospitality. It's a magical setting and offers Covid-secure weddings for up to 15 guests. For £135 per person, the boutique wedding package includes canapés on arrival, a delicious three-course wedding breakfast and an elegant evening reception with a light supper served in the spacious Drawing Room. Overnight accommodation is available in a choice of elegant en-suite bedrooms, each with sweeping views over the stunning parkland. A standard room costs £135 per night based on single occupancy, £150 based on double or twin occupancy and a deluxe room based on double occupancy is priced at £190. Rates include a complimentary menu consultation for the couple when a party of ten or more guests is booked.
Helen Taylor, Cumberland Lodge
Style me pretty
Q. We need some venue styling and design ideas for our micro wedding this summer - can you help?
A. Elizabeth Wong says: “If you've decided on a micro-wedding, you should still think about hiring a venue stylist who can help make the event extra-special, helping you perfect those all-important finishing touches and giving you peace of mind – you don't have to sacrifice the styling or decoration and it'll still be your dream day! For example, a statement backdrop for your aisle will provide an Insta-worthy opportunity for photographs.
We offer bespoke styling and décor packages and I would be happy to accommodate these for smaller weddings to a budget if required.
Elizabeth Wong, Elizabeth Weddings