When I tell people that I am a luxury wedding planner and have worked in events my whole career they always respond with a few of the same statements – ‘that must be lovely’, ‘have you worked with anyone famous’, ‘have any events or weddings gone really wrong’, so I decided to include some stories in this week’s blog and create the tales of a luxury wedding planner.
Having been in the wedding and events industry for 11+ years I have many memories of clients, performers and guests behaving wonderfully and some behaving badly! As the professional that I am I would not dream of repeating such details, but I will share with you some memories and feelings I had running such amazing moments.
‘Have you worked with anyone famous’
I’ll start with this one as its an easy one. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working for many famous faces from the royal family including Princes Charles, William & Harry to national treasures such as Sir David Attenborough, David Dimbleby and David Beckham. I have worked with great speakers such as ex Vice President of the US – Al Gore and amazing performers such as Sir Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and a 90s classic for me – Usher. A couple of experiences with ‘famous’ people that stand out for me would probably have to be Seasick Steve (who was so down to earth) and the Rizzlekicks (who had such boundless energy it was infectious).
No matter who is attending or taking part the process is still the same. You still must plan, schedule, organise in the same way, you still have to manage suppliers and staff. You still must work efficiently, professionally and with great customer service, as you would planning a luxury wedding. The one difference is there is normally a lot more security and sometimes an entourage that you wouldn’t ordinarily have.
‘Have any events or weddings gone really wrong’
I have had a fair few first aid in