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Happy October, Ducklings!

At the risk of sounding oh-so-very-British, hasn’t this week been gloriously sunny? Perfect to make us fall in love with all things autumn. And I swear I’m not just saying that because there’s a whole lotta orange around us right now. Mini Pumpkins anyone?

I just finished the summer season with an utterly beautiful wedding last Saturday, moving swiftly on to the autumn and winter season next weekend, with a little break at Brides The Show this Saturday. If you’re around, I’ll be the one with the orange handbag and a glass of fizz in hand. Say Hi?

Aside from wedding-ing furiously this year, I’ve also been plotting and planning on improving my existing services and expanding those areas that people have asked for. Being a terrible tease, more on this will follow later this month. Bear with me, I promise it’ll be worth the wait.

But in the meantime, let’s talk weddings, specifically wedding day coordination. Over the years, it’s become my favourite niche and it’s the service that 90% of my couples book me for. In a nutshell, it’s pretty easy to describe: it’s a service that enables you to plan and style your day exactly they way you want it, making it a true reflection of who you both are, without having to worry about all of the elements you so carefully planned coming together seamlessly on your wedding day.

If you’ve followed any of my earlier guides on how to pick reputable suppliers, you might remember me talking about three areas that are equally important: that they are a reputable business (fully insured etc.), that they suit your budget and that you like them personally. I weigh all these factors equally in terms of importance. You can find the most professional supplier that works within your budget but, if you can’t stand the cut of his/her jib, chances are you’re not going to enjoy working with them half as much as you could if you genuinely hit it off. And yes, it is a little like blind dating when you first start looking. Cue carnation in buttonhole.

We’re all time-poor these days so meeting in person isn’t always an option, but there are other ways of getting a good first feel for whether someone is right up your alley or perhaps not so much. There’s always a good old-fashioned phone call or, if you want to make it more personal, there’s Skype (and the many other similar video chat platforms). Not to sound all pompous but it’s been a busy old year for b&g (24 weddings and counting) so during the more frenetic times, when I’m not able to book prospective clients in straight away, we thought: “wouldn’t it be totes uh-may-zing if we could give people a taste of what I’m like, so they can instantly say yay or nay to me (and my foibles)”.

So we made a film. Courtesy of the ridiculously talented Mark Buchanan of Hang the Moon behind the camera and with B.LOVED’s very own Anneli Marinovich doing her very best Diane Sawyer impression.

Tadah – b&g’s wedding day coordination service, shared officially on b.loved, hot off the press:

And if you’ve had the patience to watch it to the end, you’ll hear me say: “there’s very little that I won’t do on a wedding day – whatever needs to be done”. Pretty much everyone who has seen this video so far has asked me to spill the beans on the most random things I’ve done on wedding days over the years. In no particular order, a few of them are:

  • Sowed a bridesmaid back into her wedding dress
  • Rescued a frog from a fountain
  • Stopped traffic on Rye High Street for a group shot
  • Gently persuaded a deer off the Church premises prior to the bride’s arrival
  • Climbed the top of a ladder, broom ‘n all, to push a garland across a Church arch
  • Saved a best man from nicotine-withdrawal by going on a late-night cigarette run
  • Turned the boot of the Fiat 500 into an impromptu Prosecco Bar
  • Helped a wedding guest glue her evening bag back together
  • Stopped off on the way back from Church to buy extra tights for a wedding guest
  • Cleared up fox poo to save guests from unpleasant ‘shoe-related’ incidents
  • Packed up a bride’s suitcase (knickers ‘n all) to set the couple up in the Bridal Suite
  • Patched up a the maid of honour’s blistered feet with plasters (all 7 of them)
  • Blew up inflatable kangaroos and sharks (oh my lungs)
  • Chased a mother of a bride’s taxi up a driveway (she’d left her handbag, including house keys)
  • Constructed an untamable 6x8ft video screen
  • Translated and referee-d between an Austrian wedding guest and the hotel
  • Dried tables with patio heaters so the bride got her wish of sitting outside

And these are just some of the more peculiar ones – the beauty of events is that, even with the most impeccable planning, you’ll need to be prepared for the improbable (and sometimes inexplicable) to happen.

As I now leave you to enjoy the last of the evening sun, I thought I’d throw next month’s topic open to you. If there’s something you’d particularly like me to tackle, will you let me know? I’d be delighted to tackle (almost) every wedmin topic that’s on your mind.

Love, rockets and wheelbarrows full of autumn leaves,

— Mrs b&g


Yoo Hoo, aren't you looking lovely today! So, I'm Anna and I'm your go-to girl for all things weddings, specifically on-the-day coordination. My best laid plan is to share a plethora of useful 'stuff' here to help get you through the wedding planning process unscathed. If you ever have any questions that you don't find covered, please get in touch, always happy to help. Pip pip!


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