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Oh, so what’s been happening?

Hello darling followers of Oh So Perfect… did you think we had forgotten you?

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I know, a long time a go this blog used to be a lot more regular in its posts, didn’t it? But over the last year at Perfect HQ things have just become so wonderfully busy and our schedule so bursting full that we haven’t had as much time to dedicate to our little corner of the business blogosphere and perhaps, as a result, we have let you down a bit…

So, since I have 5 minutes of down time this afternoon I thought I would write you a little love letter, from Perfect HQ, explaining where we have been and what is happening next…

Dear Oh So Perfect blog follower,

My lovely follower, my sweetest friend – please understand… life lately has just been so full, and we’ve barely had time to breathe!

Weddings have been flying by each week at a crazy pace. It seems only 5 minutes ago we were looking forward to the start of the season, yet now we’re approaching the last few miles in the race to the end. 

Oh, and we’ve seen some beautiful weddings along the way…

Alicia and Tom – what an excellent start to the season and really just grand. An elegant, stylish marquee filled with red roses and a beautiful bride in a horse and carriage. 

Helena and Steve, our Hong Kong couple, their family party over in the Midlands went off royally in a medieval inspired setting.

Charlotte and Nick. There are no words for the beauty of this Buckinghamshire wedding. Utterly divine and packed to the barn’s rafters (literally!) with the most exquisite flowers you have ever set your petal-loving eyes on. Pure wedding day bliss. 

Rhiannon and James, so sweet and so pretty was their wedding last weekend in Wales, and a joy to be a part of too.

Yes, dear follower, I know what you ‘re thinking: “How on earth would we know, you haven’t shown us any pictures!”

Eeek, yes, slaps on the wrists all round it’s true we haven’t! But the thing is my darlings, in the excitement of all the planning and coordinating of these luxurious days we simply haven’t yet had a moment to edit and share with you the glorious details of each one individually.

But don’t fret, not for a second – we haven’t forgotten, and once the season is out we shall indeed relish in delighting you with all the images. I promise.

Next week we head to Wales again, this time to deliver our Radiant Orchid wedding for Jill and Nick, our gorgeous pair from across the pond. As I write this to you, sweet follower, they are already boarding their plane in Washington and are about to jet over for the fun to begin. We’ve been planning this wedding for a year and I can not believe it is so close to being here now – how exciting! 

Following Jill and Nick, we’ll assist Laura and Rob in a delightful intimate tea party wedding too. Then it’s on to Hollie and Andrew who will marry in a winter castle, no less.

Of course, we’re taking bookings and enquiries as ever too. Already down for next year we have mansions, marquees, gardens and a new international couple joining our books, so it’s all go, go, go then too!

But for now, it’s on with the show. A few more weddings to see out and then we’re done. We can come back and visit you some more, perhaps? We’ll share those photos as promised and who knows, maybe we’ll even find time to write a new post or two with some tips, some stories, little features – those things you once loved reading on our blog; because we still love writing them as well! 

So stay patient, pretty one. We haven’t forgotten you at all. We’re just a little preoccupied at the moment, making everyone else’s day Oh So Perfect, of course…

Perfect HQ xx

 

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Thank You Peonies and Testimonials from Charlotte and Nick’s wedding

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I’m always so very touched to receive such lovely thank you gifts and kind words from my clients following their wedding day. Yesterday I was delighted to receive the most beautiful bunch of peonies from the mother of the bride, Dr Ann Canham, following Charlotte and Nick’s wedding in Buckinghamshire – they really are just gorgeous and have opened up to full bloom this morning making my little office space at Perfect HQ smell just divine!

“Yet another Samantha triumph last Saturday. Thank you so much for all you did and especially your calm and reassuring presence throughout.” Ann Canham, Mother of the Bride

Ann has sent such lovely words in her emails to me following Saturday, and herself, the bride and groom and all the family were so very kind with their thank you’s both in person and in their speeches on the day too. We previously worked with the family at Kate and Richard’s wedding in Cardigan back in 2012 (follow this link to view our photos), and Ann wrote me such a kind testimonial afterwards:

I cannot recommend Samantha highly enough following my daughter and son in law’s wedding on 15th September. She is calm, professional, supportive and prepared for all eventualities. She has a lovely manner and gave us all a huge degree of confidence and comfort that everything would be wonderful – it was! Thank you so much Samantha.

It’s always so wonderful to receive kind words from our clients after their wedding day, but even more rewarding sometimes is receiving incredible compliments and words of thanks from the suppliers we work with too.

These are the professionals who have worked at hundreds of weddings, with hundreds of different people, and sometimes with 10 or 20 (sometimes more!) years experience, so to receive the following words from last weekend’s excellent florists, caterers and photographers commending my work and thanking me for my coordination on the day really is just an honour too:



“You were an absolute delight and pleasure to work with – so lovely when one meets a consummate professional who is also a total kindred spirit with a good sense of humour…..a tremendous hug to you too from all of us – lets hope lots of lovely weddings come our way and we can work together again very soon.”
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“You were just brilliant and so nice to work with… I will recommend you to future brides and grooms.” Seasons Catering


“It was a pleasure for us to work with you too and I found the day a real joy and having such lovely people to work with as well as the gorgeous family and all of their guests it was the perfect day! Thank you very much for all your help and coordination throughout the day, it really made a difference.” Wendy Aldiss Photography

We have heaps of gorgeous photos to share with you soon from this wedding and will share them all with you in a just a few more week’s time… for now, it’s onwards with the next oh so perfect wedding day!

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Congratulations Charlotte and Nick!

I can not even begin to describe how utterly beautiful yesterday’s Buckinghamshire wedding was – utterly, utterly divine! – and I feel so proud to have been a part of such an exquisite day.

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Congratulations to the radiant Charlotte and her new husband Nicholas, such a wonderful pair of people so very in love and so perfectly suited; you both were simply stunning, all day long.

Such an honour, also, to work not just with them these last few weeks but also with their wonderful family. It is always such a joy to work with a family a second time; having previously coordinated sister Kate and Richard’s wedding in West Wales in 2012 (follow this link for the images) we were delighted to be asked to work with this family again, and it has been a pleasure to get to know them all even better and say hello once again to past guests, family members and old faces.

I am so lucky in this job to work with such warm, welcoming families like these, who were overwhelmingly full of gratitude to to have me on board once again – I can not thank them enough for their kind words yesterday both in their speeches and in the quiet words between family moments. I am truly touched, blessed and honoured to have been a part of both of these special occasions.

Yesterday was a very long day, 20 hours coordinating from start to finish, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat for a wedding – and a family – like this one.

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The above is just a little taster of images from their day for you to enjoy on this lovely Sunday afternoon, but you can expect much more photos from this wedding and indeed all of the beautiful weddings I have been honoured to coordinate this season in a few weeks to follow.

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Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs Walwyn

This week we’re wishing a very happy first anniversary to our gorgeous White Horse couple Annie and Humphrey, who were married on 8th June 2013 in a beautiful ceremony in the little Oxfordshire village of  Woolstone, followed by one of our biggest and most glorious wedding recetions to date – a beautiful country garden styled marquee in nothing less than a beautiful English country garden, of course!

It was a wonderul day, and we were delighted to be involved in the planning and delivery of this wedding from day one – how time does fly, we can’t believe this was already a year ago!

Happy anniversary you lovely pair, we wish you all the best as ever!

To see all the photos from this beautiful wedding, just follow this link.

 

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‘Top Tips for Wedding Speech Nerves’ by the Wedding Speech Guru

The thoughts of having to write and deliver a speech on the wedding day can certainly leave one feeling a touch apprehensive… if not absolutely terrified! Robin Bayley, the man behind Wedding Speech Guru, shares his top tips with Oh So Perfect on how to conqueror those wedding speech nerves.

The Father of the Bride says a few words at Kate and Richard's wedding.

The Father of the Bride says a few words at Kate and Richard’s wedding.

 

 

  1. Know what nerves are

The first thing to realise is that nerves are inevitable and, this is the important point, they are not a bad thing. Ask any performer – actor, comedian, singer, politician or sports star – and they will tell you that they are always nervous before a big occasion, and that they use nerves to raise their game.

 

  1. Know your speech

While nerves are inevitable, you do need to be able to control them. What do you need to control nerves? The answer is very simple: confidence. And how do you become more confident? The answer is again very simple: know your speech. The definition of confidence is to have faith in something; if you know your material and how you want to deliver it, you’ll have confidence in yourself.

 

For any wedding speech, or any speech, there are three P’s to remember: Plan, Prepare and Practise. Even if you are a bride or groom wanting to just say a few words, if you have planned, prepared and practised those words in advance, your ability to convey what you want to say will increase exponentially.

 

  1. Know your audience

If it’s your wedding you will know who the wedding guests are. If not, ask. Try and include stories from both sides of the aisle so you connect with everyone in the room. The more you connect, the better they will react to you, and the more relaxed you will feel. Another way to connect with the audience is to talk with as many people as possible in the reception beforehand. It’s good to look up at friendly faces when you stand to make your speech, and if they’ve met you they’ll get behind you. You may also get some gems of last-minute material.

 

  1. Know the room

Make sure you see the room where the speeches will take place. See how your voice sounds in the room. If you’re using a microphone, test it. Double and triple check that any other technology you need is working. Appoint someone you trust to make sure it comes on at the right moment. Practise with them.

 

  1. Know your limits

It is tempting to try and banish nerves with alcohol but I would strongly advise against it. Having any more than a couple of drinks will seriously impair your ability to deliver the speech. As the comedian Bob Monkhouse used to say: “Never accept a drink before your speech. And never refuse one after it!”

 

 

This article was written for Oh So Perfect by Robin Bayley of Wedding Speech Guru. Wedding Speech Guru is a personalised coaching service for anyone making a wedding speech. If you need help with the writing, editing or delivery of your speech, contact Robin on +44 7985 919856, robin@weddingspeechguru.co.uk, via weddingspeechguru.co.uk or on Twitter @weddspeechguru 

If you’d like to feature an article on the Oh So Perfect blog contact us on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

 

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Oh So Perfect offer expert advice in the June/July ‘Your Berks, Bucks, Oxon Wedding’ Magazine

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Have you picked up your June/July copy of Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding magazine just yet? Well if not then you’d better hop to it oh so lovelies as we’re featured in this latest edition answering your questions and offering our wedding planner’s expert advice on everything you need to know about wedding venues and outdoor ceremonies.

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Pick up your copy and flick through to page 92 for the full feature which not only includes our expert advice but also our photos of Sam and Rick’s outdoor ‘celebration of marriage’ ceremony and Emma and Andy’s now rather famous purple pompoms too! And of course Your County Wedding mag is always packed full of all sorts of other wonderful features including tips, gossip, fashion and beauty, real-life weddings and everything else you could possibly need to get your monthly bridal fix….

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If you’d like more advice about planning an outdoor wedding – or any wedding for that matter – or require some coordination and assistance on your wedding day, take a look at our website www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding packages and services to suit you.

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Would you like to feature Oh So Perfect in your wedding magazine or blog? Contact our wedding planner Samantha direct to discuss editorial opportunities today: samantha@ohsoperfect.co.uk

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Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs Cairns!

This year is positively flying by, and another Oh So Perfect anniversary is upon us once again!

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We’re delighted to wish our past perfect couple Katy and Stu a very happy first anniversary, one year on from their beautiful beaches and bays inspired wedding at St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan.

If you’d like to look back at the pictures in our portfolio from this gorgeous wedding, just follow this link!

 

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2014 Wedding Season… ready, steady, oh so go!

We’re oh so excited up at Perfect HQ this afternoon as the sun is shining in through the office window and there’s only two days to go before our first wedding of the 2014 season kicks off – hooray!

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We’ve been a little slower starting our season this year compared to last; last Spring saw us with two weddings in April and now gearing up towards our third, but this year we’re starting a little later with our first date in May. That said though, we also squeezed in three glorious winter weddings at the end of 2013 so it doesn’t feel quite as a long a gap between the seasons as the year before last!

Don’t be fooled though lovelies, starting our first wedding of 2014 a little later certainly doesn’t mean that we haven’t had a busy few months at Oh So Perfect this year already. We’ve been at our desks since January working hard on the year ahead, not only changing things within the business and updating our website (we relocated to Buckinghamshire a few months ago, did you hear?) but also writing editorial for Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon magazine, making contact with new suppliers, and of course not to mention the thing we do best – wedding planning!

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We’ve been busy working hard with international couples this year, assisting with the full planning of one very big wedding due to take place in July, and a huge family gathering (Oh So Perfect don’t just work on weddings either!) taking place at the end of this month too. We also helped a lovely Welsh couple to source a marquee with our Oh So Helpful as and when wedding planning service and held a few meetings with brides here and there to help them along their wedding planning way. Plus, next month our very own wedding planner Samantha is hanging up her clipboard for a day as she takes on the role of Maid of Honour for her best friend, so we’ve dipped our toes into the glamorous world of organising  hen parties too in recent weeks!

So, with the first big wedding of the year only 2 days away – and oh yes it’s certainly a big one (did someone say 400 guests in a marquee on the Gower peninsula….?)  – we’re busy, busy finalising schedules and plans, updating emails, and preparing our clipboard for the coming event. My fabulous South Wales assistant Anthony is gearing up his clipboard too to assist with organising and overseeing all the events at the marquee on Saturday morning as the suppliers arrive and set up, whilst Samantha will be working closely with the bride at her home helping her and her attendants get ready and arrive at the church on time. This bride has cleverly made the most of our newest package the Oh So Lovely – Bride’s Best Friend to ensure maximum support throughout the morning, afternoon and evening too.

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Later this afternoon I’ll be taking out the Oh So Oh No! emergency pink kit box and ensuring that it’s once again full to the brim with everything a good wedding planner could possibly need to help with any hiccups on the day… not that there will be any hiccups, this is an Oh So Perfect wedding after all! We’ve already loaded the car with our big white bridal brollies just in case, though with the current weather forecast showing blue sky and sunshine here’s hoping we won’t need them, but better to be prepared!

The 2014 season is about to kick off, and we have weddings taking place through May, June, July and August already on our books, but it’s not too late to add yours to the mix too so if you’d like any help with some Oh So Supportive – On The Day Coordination for your wedding day in England or Wales this year, make sure you get in touch quick to make the most of the wonderful packages and services we have to offer!

Until next time, lovelies….. xx

 

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Sam and Dan feature on Cwtch The Bride

We were utterly thrilled this week to see our gorgeous past couple, Samantha and Daniel, featured with their vintage floral wedding on the magnificent Cwtch The Bride blog – hooray!

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Follow this link to view the full post on the Cwtch The Bride blog and read Sam’s real life bride story, accompanied by gorgeous photographs from Maria Farrelly.

As well as the photos and story over on the blog, you can also see the highlights from their beautiful wedding video here, which was filmed by Oh So Perfect cheeky favourite Aurora Films:

Samantha and Daniel from Aurora Wedding Films on Vimeo.

We’re thrilled to wish the lovely couple a very happy one year anniversary this week too – we hope you’ve had a gorgeous first year of marriage together! Check out the original Oh So Perfect photographs from this stunning wedding down in Oxwich Bay which we had the pleasure of coordianting last April by following this link. 

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

 

Sainsbury’s Bank: Guide to Proposals

These helpful proposal tips were brought to you by Sainsbury’s Bank.

 

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