My day usually starts, like a lot of us, with checking social media. I check my Facebook, Instagram & Twitter over my first cup of the day of Earl Grey, with my two dogs not too far away trying to avoid starting their day so early (………if you’re a dog owner you will know that ‘If I can’t see you – then you can’t see me’ curled-up in a ball in their bed position). Just recently I have started a Pinterest account too and I find that, even though I have only just made my first Board, overnight I get lots of people from around the world dropping by and redirecting from Pinterest to my website and other social media………. so I am going to be doing some more pinning! It is always a nice way to start the day knowing my posts are getting international engagement and interaction as well as lots of local followers.
Next it’s on to email – I try to check it, respond and then turn it off until the afternoon unless I am waiting on a reply, or else it can be really distracting.
Then I am usually off out to see suppliers or do some networking at various meetings and events. Today I am meeting with a local boutique hotel in Liverpool that wants to secure more wedding bookings, so I am getting some creative minds together to work on converting 100% of their enquiries into sales. We are also planning a fantastic wedding open-event for this super stylish venue later in the Autumn. Watch this space!
Next I am off to see Chris Foulkes and the fantastic team at Relish on Rose Lane in the leafy Liverpool suburb of Mossley Hill. Along with their modern family-run bistro they also have an outside catering company with a wealth of experience in providing high quality, delicious food and tailor-made events. I am really excited about telling my wedding couples all about their new Autumn menu and the portable Birra Moratti machine serving unique & delicious quality beer & Cocktail Slushy machine with ice cold Margaritas or Strawberry Daiquiri’s. Mmmmmmm!! Sure to be a favourite with all guests…….. just be sure to keep the flowergirl and page boys away!
Before lunch I check in for a quick call with my friend and mentor Yvonne Bennett of Weddings Planners Guild UK who, as well as delivering her growing range of acccredited wedding planner training, is busy organising the Switch on to Business Magazine’s Charity Awards on 6 October 2016 at Liverpool City Centre Crowne Plaza which is in aid of Claire House Childrens Hospice. There is still time to nominate in the various catergories and also buy tickets here Looking forward to seeing you there!
Back home I spend a couple of hours working on a corporate conference I have been asked to plan and manage in December, which makes a change from wedding planning but is equally enjoyable especially when it’s for a sector which is still close to my heart – health & social housing. More news about this in coming weeks.
My last task of the day is one of my absolute favourites! A Skype call with a lovely bride & groom-to-be who are planning to marry in Thailand early next year and have consulted me on how to go about getting the legalities right over in Bangkok to ensure their marriage is legally recognised in the UK, and researching potential photographers, celebrants and romantic villas for their beach-front setting for their wedding on the idyllic island of Ko Lanta in Krabi Province off the Andaman Coast. By chance, the work with this couple has introduced me to the enchanting photography of Bangkok-based Aidan Dockery – as well as being the winner of numerous professional awards Aidan was an absolute pleasure to liaise with across the miles and is a mine of information about all things Thai weddings. Check out his extensive photo journal here
It’s my day off tomorrow, so time to relax with a glass of wine, whilst checking out the latest wedding design trends for AW 2017. Even when I have my feet up weddings are still on my mind! ♥