The Planning Hub, your new wedding planning resource!

WHAT IS THE PLANNING HUB?

Join us in The Planning Hub at select Wedding Shows for complimentary wedding planning advice from top Wedding Planner, Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan Ltd

The importance of live music on your wedding day

Dinner Jazz Sax - Graeme Budd

Key video points:

 

  • Creating atmosphere and ambience
  • A visual aspect for your day
  • Choosing appropriate music styles for the wedding day
  • Set up organisation, timings and wet weather contingencies
  • Musician flexibility and professionalism

Making the right live music choices for your wedding day

The DeciBelles – Joanna Deacon & Donna-Kate Wilson

Key video points:

 

  • Think about your music choices carefully…lyrics, timings and your audience
  • The importance of contracts and insurance
  • Gain a rapport with your band / musicians and listen to them live
  • Keep the band and bar in the same place!  Do not separate your guests
  • Make sure your band/musician style their set to your day, and make it personal to you

FIREWORKS

Would you love to have fireworks?  Here’s the considerations

Distant Thunder Fireworks – Trevor Whichello

Key video points:

 

  • Getting venue approval and provision of risk assessments and insurance
  • Budget - the cost of a great fireworks show
  • What time can they be fired?
  • How to make fireworks personal
  • A great addition to your day and the memory they create

PHOTOGRAPHY

How to choose the best photographer for your wedding

Graham McCallion Photography  - Graham McCallion

Key video points:

 

  • Meet many photographers and trust your instincts – you have to like them!
  • The importance of your photographer focusing on you having a great day
  • Let your photographer guide you
  • How long it should take to get the family shots
  • Ensuring you choose a professional, what to look for and what to request
  • The importance of a photographer’s dress code

HAIR STYLING

Night before, and morning of hair preparations

Updoo – Stacey Johnson

Key video points:

 

  • What NOT to do with your hair the night before your wedding
  • How to prepare your hair on your wedding morning
  • What to wear on the morning of your wedding
  • Hair stylist wedding preparations
  • Hair styling wedding day timings

The Hair Stylist’s Booking Process

Updoo – Stacey Johnson

Key video points:

 

  • The importance of the booking form and ‘saving the date’
  • When to book your wedding hair trial
  • What to have in readiness for your hair trial
  • Who you should bring to your hair trial and how long it should take
  • The itinerary of your wedding morning styling – and no surprise guests please!

How to get your wedding hair style right

Lisa Ellis Hair & Make Up – Lisa Ellis

Key video points:

 

  • Contact and meet a number of hair stylists and get a feel for them
  • The style of your wedding and how it affects your chosen style, use of Pinterest
  • The importance of a hair trial, and feeling comfortable
  • Getting you hair’s condition right and night before preparation
  • The benefits to choosing a professional stylist, and why you should trust them

MANAGING STRESS

Keeping the stress at bay when planning your wedding day

Lucy Brown Hypnotherapist – Lucy Brown

Key video points:

 

  • Why some stress is good, and signs of too much
  • Looking after yourself and having a positive mindset
  • Taking time out from the planning and making effective decisions
  • Working with your partner – being a team in the planning
  • Doing things that make you smile and focusing on the positive

WEDDING CAKES

5 top tips on wedding cake practicalities and considerations

Simplicity Cakes by Sarah – Sarah Hodgson

Key video points:

 

  • Take inspiration from your wedding theme and be open about your budget
  • Presentation of your cake – it’s location, props and integrating it into your day
  • Practicalities of your wedding cake – how, when, where to serve it
  • Understand your cake designer – their style, quality, time scales and the cake’s taste
  • The venue practicalities – temperature, floor level

VENUE STYLING

Choosing a wedding colour scheme / theme

Venues Covered – Steph Hobbs

Key video points:

 

  • Where to start when choosing a colour scheme / theme
  • When to choose as wedding colour scheme / theme
  • What to avoid when making your colour / theme choices
  • Working with colour tones and complimentary colours
  • Bringing in your personalities and adding the wow factor

Considerations when making your venue styling / decorative

Venues Covered – Steph Hobbs

Key video points:

 

  • Venue type and their impact on styling – how to work with the venue’s scheme
  • Venue / wedding timing restrictions and how to adapt to your decorative plans
  • Scammers – if it looks too good to be true, it generally is
  • When to get alarm bells and how to ensure that you book a great company
  • Gaining reassurance via correct paperwork

Getting the best out of your wedding day set up

The Fab Gift Boutique – Sandra Trusty

Key video points:

 

  • Keeping children entertained at your wedding
  • Plan all decorative elements well in advance
  • Choosing decorative items to enhance and complement your venue
  • Why you should hand your wedding set up to a professional
  • Why you should hire decorative items rather than buy them

FLOWERS

Top tips on making the right floral choices

Wendy House Flowers – Louise Joachim

Key video points:

 

  • What to take with you to your consultation and being open about your budget
  • What bouquet suits you – how your florist will guide you
  • Choosing the right flowers and colour range – the importance of a blend
  • Flower selection and the impact on your budget
  • Allow your personality to shine through

How to hold your bouquet and put on a buttonhole

Wendy House Flowers – Louise Joachim

Key video points:

 

  • Wedding bouquets styles and how to hold them correctly
  • The benefits of holding your bouquet correctly
  • The benefits of having jugs / vases of water at your reception venue
  • How to pin a buttonhole on correctly
  • Which side to pin your buttonhole – male / female

VIDEOGRAPHERS

The benefits to hiring a wedding videographer

James Thomas Weddings - Will & James

Key video points:

 

  • Finding the best wedding videographer for you
  • Why should you have a wedding videographer and the great benefits?
  • How a wedding video acts as a memory and the audio of the day
  • The big advantages of a ‘highlights’ film over a 2 hour video
  • The story and emotion that a wedding video gives you

MARQUEES

Unravelling the mystery of wedding marquees

Richardson Marquees – Angela King

Key video points:

 

  • It’s not cold and wet, it’s warm, bright and airy
  • Unique, bespoke and flexible – the key marquee benefits
  • Decorative marquee options to make it your own
  • Practical marquee considerations
  • Suitability for all seasons – not just for a summer’s day!

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