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Where are you based and when did you start?
I am based in Sheffield but cover the whole of Yorkshire, the East Midlands, Manchester, and Cheshire and have also done a few weddings in London. The Blog is read worldwide.
I set up Boho Weddings in 2009. I was married in June 2009 and was unfortunately made redundant just after my honeymoon. I had a background in event planning and this coupled with my new found love of weddings from planning my own big day, I decided to take the plunge and set up on my own. From there the business has gone from strength to strength. I work on both the wedding planning and the blog and I find that the two feed off each other very well.
How would you describe your style/ what sort of couple do you think you attract?
Right from the start I decided that I wanted to concentrate on alternative weddings and I have managed to stay true to this wish by marking out a real niche in this area. i am booked by couples who are looking to do things differently, they have more relaxed days, with lots of DIY elements and tend to be getting married in marquees, Tipi’s or Village Halls. As for the Blog it’s the same sort of person who reads it, they are individuals who are looking for inspiration to make their day different and more personal to them.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It sounds corny but I love everything about my job and count my blessings every day that I get to do something that I really enjoy! The wedding planning has lots of different elements that I enjoy, but I guess the wedding day itself is the best bit, watching a couple exchange vows has to be THE best job EVER!! I have been known to cry a lot at weddings, you’d think I’d be used to it by now! I also like the logistics of it all, planning the day and making sure everything is where it needs to be at the right time, making endless lists and working out timelines and all that nerdy planner stuff! As for the Blog, I love that I get to share peoples special days with my readers, I love putting all the post together and all the wedding research I get to do. I really am very lucky to have such a fabulous job!
What kind of services do you offer within the wedding planning?
I try and be as flexible as possible for people, as each wedding and each couples needs are different. I have put together 10 different wedding services and people are able to mix and match as much as they want. The most popular services seem to be on the day Co-ordination and Partial Planning. The On the day is great for someone who has planned the day themselves but then wants to hand over the responsibility of managing the day to someone else. I find couples having marquee weddings use this service a lot as there are so many other outside factors to manage. The partial Planning is more for people who want help with finding suppliers and need a bit more hand holding and organising, this also includes the on the day service.
What advice would you give anyone planning a wedding?
• Work out your budget straight away and stick to it. Make sure you discuss where you think the money should go and find out what is important to each of you and what you feel you can save on • Write out a monthly check list of jobs and stick to it, this way all the jobs get divided up and you don’t feel like you are doing too much at once • Try to remember that you are entering into a marriage, it’s not just about the wedding day, you need to remember why you are together as a couple and don’t let the wedding consume you. Make time for each other during the planning process and don’t become too obsessed with it all. • Find your venue first, then your photographer, catering then entertainment and all the rest will fall into place after that. Do the big bits first and the pretty bits after. • Make sure you stay true to who you are as a couple and stick to your guns. Don’t do something because you feel you should do, or someone is telling you you have to. Remember there are no rules, so have the wedding YOU want!
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