Hollie and Andrew ~ Choccywoccy Wonderland 

  
Hollie married Andrew on Saturday 29th August in a ceremony at the Woburn Hotel in Bedfordshire, followed by a reception for friends and family at Flaxbourne Gardens, Aspley Guise. 

The guests were treated to a day of Alice in Wonderland themed delights intricately woven into the set up with sweet touches such as a miniature magnifying glass table plan, tea party hand made teacup centrepieces, a cookie jar buffet, and nonsense arrows and riddles dotted about the room. 

The piece de resistance of came in the shape of a novelty, dormouse tea party cake made by legendary chocolatiers Choocywoccydoodah, which formed a central focus for many guest photographs throughout the afternoon!

Oh So Perfect we’re delighted to work with bride Hollie on an ‘as and when’ basis whilst planning her wedding, assisting with supplier meetings and some simple idea forming, and were ultimately thrilled to provide the on the day coordination for this special day.  
    
    
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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For more information about wedding planning and coordination, visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

  


Anna & Jeremy ~ Suitcases and Canoes 

 Anna and Jeremy were married at St Cynog’s church, Boughrood on Saturday 15th August 2015, followed by a reception and wedding breakfast at Felin Newydd House, Llandefalle.

The theme of the wedding was elegant, rustic, with a hint of travel – a nod towards the many countries Anna and Jeremy have visited around the world together, both with work and leisure, and a tribute to their expat life in Grand Cayman.

Anna, Jeremy and Oh So Perfect’s wedding planner Samantha worked very closely together for several months to create and perfect the style of the day, pulling together ideas and designing feature displays which included vintage suitcases, rustic crates, flowers, candles and an old map of the world hosting the table plan.

Together we designed an outdoor breakout area, which centred around a rustic canoe and old whiskey barrels. During the day, the canoe was filled with beers from around the world for guests to enjoy at their leisure, and in the evening we converted this display into a feature whiskey, port and cigar bar.

Guests were given little bottles of cocktails at their tables, individually designed to match the country the table was named after, and handmade wooden napkin rings whittled and produced by the father of the groom were offered out as keepsakes. The wedding cake was lovingly made by a cousin of the bride.

There was a relaxed vibe to the whole day, with dinner and music, and a special treat performance of a brass quintet with the groom himself playing the tuba. The next day, guests rekindled on the grass outside Felin Newydd House for a hangover-hog roast, enjoyed by many!

Oh So Perfect were delighted to have assisted in the overall planning, styling and design, and weekend coordination of this beautiful wedding, working from people afar with our international couple based in Cayman for 9 months leading up to the big day….
Congratulations Anna and Jeremy! X

    
    
      

    
    
    
    
    
    
 
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
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For more information about wedding planning and coordination, visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk


Julie & Paul ~ Thank you

I am so often overwhelmed by the sweet sincerity and gratitude of my clients. 

A few days ago I received an email from my recent couple Julie and Paul saying… “We would both like say a massive Thankyou for making our day very special, we wish you all the best with your business and will recommend you to anyone…We have sent you a little gift in the post.”

Today I received the most incredibly thoughtful gift at my door; a pair of beautiful Swarovski encrusted champagne flutes, with a personalised message on the glass “Samantha, thank you for making our wedding day Oh So Perfect, from Julie & Paul x”

So very touched, to say the least!

  

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

 

Katie and Owen ~ Champagne and White 

 Katie and Owen were married in a church service near their home town of Blackwood in Gwent on 25th July 2915. The couple entertained and welcomed guests in a large marquee reception on the ground of the groom’s family home following the ceremony. 

Guests were treated to a champagne reception with string quartet, followed by a three course meal, band, marryoke and an utterly divine dessert table! 

Oh So Perfect’s wedding planner Samantha was delighted to coordinate this beautiful day, with the help of her assistant Penny. 
    

  

 

  

  

   

    
 

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For more information about wedding planning and coordination, visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk


Charlotte & Nick ~ Elegant florals in the barn

  Charlotte & Nick were married on Saturday 5th July 2014 in a church ceremony followed by an utterly divine wedding reception in Buckinghamshire.

The wedding breakfast barn on a listed farm property, was in every way filled to the rafters with fresh flowers; an abundance of different types of rose and peonies at various stages of blossom adorned tables littered with glassware, teacups, and hurricane vases and tall candelabras. Cherry blossom grew up the listed barn walls, and a cherry blossom tree offered guests a clue to where to sit. 

Oh So Perfect were delighted to work with this beautiful family for a second time, and provided on the day coordination for the happy couple.                                                                                                                                

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

Helpful Passport Advice for Newlyweds and Honeymoon Travellers

 

The lovely people at The Passports Office have sent us this helpful article containing all the advice you need for changing your name on your passport after getting married. Sarah Smith joins us on Oh So Perfect today to tell you eveything you need to know about going on honeymoon immediately after your wedding, and how to make sure your travel documents are valid for travel…   

Getting married is for most people the most the memorable and amazing day of their lives. So much time, effort and love goes into making every tiny detail Oh So Perfect. 

There are so many things to think about after you get married that lots of people tend to forget, not hard when there’s so many thoughts flying around such as where to go on honeymoon, your new marital home, who’s feeding the cat while we’re away, not to mention the tough stuff like changing your name! An endless amount of people need to be told whether you’re taking your loved one’s surname, you’re going doubled barrelled or you’re making up a new one all together and have decided you are now Mr and Mrs Loveheart-forever… (That’s what I’ve decided on, anyway!)

 

Aside from the usual Bank, Memberships and Utility companies there’s often one thing many married women overlook both before and after their wedding ceremony and that’s your Passport. Your Passport can be the most important document you hold as not only it is required to travel but it’s increasingly one of the only other forms of identification alongside a driving licence that most companies will accept to prove your identity. 

 

There are a few important things that most people do not know about passports before and after a wedding/name change that can make your life a lot easier. So if like millions of people around the world, you want to start your perfect married life together by jetting off somewhere romantic on honeymoon, we’ve compiled all this information in an easy to read format to help you avoid any headaches when planning your honeymoon.

 

Passport travel in your maiden name

 

It is often overlooked by the bride at the time, everyone assumes that you must change your passport even before you’ve booked your honeymoon into your new married name, but there is one exception to this rule. If this is your first marriage and you’re going to be changing your name from “Maiden” to “Married” name, you are able to still travel using your maiden name even after marriage! How is this possible you may ask? Well here’s the interesting bit, there is actually no legal requirement for a woman to change her name after marriage, its even possible that after becoming a Mrs you can continue to use either your married of maiden name in any future endeavours (this may prove difficult in certain circumstances but in terms of honeymoon travel it can make your life easier, see below).

 

You are legally able to still use your maiden name until your passport expires if you so wish, however if you decide to do this most travel agents/airlines will require that your name on the booking/tickets matches your maiden name shown on your Passport. As long as you abide by this rule you will not need to change your name on your Passport until after your honeymoon or when the Passport is due for renewal.

 

Changing name on your passport

 

When you change your name on your UK passport all depends on whether you want to do it before or after your ceremony. Either way really is down to you, if you’re so excited to use your new married name and just cant wait here’s how to go about it.

 

Before the ceremony

 

Many people are unaware that you can actually change your name on your passport up to 3 months before your ceremony. The passport office can post-date your passport with your change of name on it. There are a few things to remember though…your old passport will be cancelled and you will be unable to use your new passport until the date of your ceremony. 

 

You only need to add in one extra form with your application, this is called a PD2 Form:  and is also available at the Post Office or for more about marriage online see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/passports-for-newly-weds-and-civil-partners

 

This form must be signed by the religious minister or registrar performing the ceremony. Then you can just send it in with your normal application.

 

*Don’t get caught out though, some countries will not give visas for post-dated passports but if you know where you are spending your first romantic getaway then you can check here if that country will www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk 

 After the ceremony

Now if you decide to change your name after your ceremony and after your honeymoon that’s simple just continue to use your existing UK passport. And once you’re back and ready to get stuck into married life just send off your marriage or civil partnership certificate to the passport office with your application to renew your passport. Just bear in mind that standard applications via post do take 3-5 weeks, if you need this done urgently there are companies that can assist (see below).

 

Now we want your honeymoon to be as amazing and stress free as possible, so please remember as mentioned above the name on your passport, which would most likely be your Maiden Name in this case; will need to match the name on your holiday documentation/tickets of your honeymoon booking, this is why its important to plan your Passport name change in advance, as it can effect your plans in more ways than one.

 

 

Who can help?

 

If you are looking for more information and there are plenty of options, and all are designed to try and make the hassle of your passport application as smooth as possible.

 

The Post office can often help when applying for passports but tend to be less helpful when you require further help or special requirements such as post dated name changes. For all your facts and ins and outs there’s www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office with all the information you’ll need including the post-date name change form.


If you’re like me and would like someone to take all the stress and hassle out of the situation then you can use an independent Passport advice service such as www.passports-office.co.uk, they offer advice and checking services as well as services for urgent passports.

  

So pack your flip flops, your sun screen and your passport and go enjoy your amazing once in a lifetime honeymoon with your one true love.

 

Thank you to Sarah Smith at the Passports Office for sending us this useful information. If you would like to know more about passport advice post-marriage visit the website. All images in this article belong to Oh So Perfect. 


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

 

Henrietta & Craig – DIY Spring Barn Wedding

   Henrietta married Craig in a sweet ceremony in Gloucestershire, on Friday 17th April 2015.

Following the ceremony, the bride and groom, and their guests, arrived at Prior’s Court Barn in Brockworth, to continue celebrations on into the afternoon and evening. 

Henrietta and Craig took their theme to the extreme, creating a DIY wedding like no other. Not only did the bride and groom along with their team of hands-on-helpers, ushers and bridesmaids, decorate the barn from top to bottom with home made, hand made decorations, including everything from paper mâché hot air balloons, to hessian table runners; this incredibly talented bride even baked her own wedding cake, full dessert table of scones, tarts and brownies, and provided all the canapés on the day, whilst the groom provided guests with home made bottles of red wine ready on the tables for dinner. 

For dinner, guests were provided with chef hats and aprons, and one designsted person per table was given fun instructions to carve and serve the delicious roast lamb to those sat around them. 

Their guests didn’t exactly escape the DIY theme either, not only was the wedding breakfast a hands on celebration of food, fun and laughter, they were also invited to bring an array of sweet and savoury home baked delights to be judged in the wedding’s very own bake off competition that evening, and later on all the home cooked offerings were used for the evening buffet. The attendees were also invited to send back their best-kept-secret family recipes with their RSVPs which the happy couple had made into personalised cookbooks for the winners on the night. 

Oh So Perfect were delighted and honoured to provide on the day coordination for this very hands-on, elegant affair. Congratulations Henrietta and Craig! 

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

Oh So Perfect’s Top Tips to beat wedding stress on GoHen.com

Catch our wedding planner and all round wedding expert Samantha featured this week on the Go Hen wedding blog offering her top tips and advice on how to beat wedding planning stress.

Follow this link for the full article on www.gohen.com 

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

Hazel Griffiths – Testimonial

Client Testimonial 

Washington-based couple Jill and Nick planned their full wedding with the help of Oh So Perfect from August 2013 up until the big day the following July. Oh So Perfect were delighted to assist in the full planning, design and coordination of this wonderful Welsh wedding for our darling international clients.

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“Hi Samantha,

Now we are home and things are settled down I wanted to take the time to thank you so much for making Nick and Jill’s wedding such a great success. We all had a wonderful time and everything went along so smoothly thanks to your organization and planning You managed everything so unobstrusively and with great charm and tact and it was a real pleasure working with you.

Do keep in touch…. you are always welcome to come and visit us in Texas!

Very best wishes and many,many thanks,

Hazel”

Hazel Griffiths – Mother of the Groom

To view all the photos from Jill and Nick’s American Fairytale Wedding in Wales, just follow 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.

Jill and Nick – Testimonial

Client Testimonial 

Washington-based couple Jill and Nick planned their full wedding with the help of Oh So Perfect from August 2013 up until the big day the following July. Oh So Perfect were delighted to assist in the full planning, design and coordination of this wonderful Welsh wedding for our darling international clients.

Jill and Nick with Samantha Oh So Perfect

“Samantha,

I want to say THANK YOU for all of your help and work you did to make our wedding day absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have done it without you! The thought of planning a wedding overseas was always daunting, and for the past year you have perfectly guided us. Through expert recommendations (I couldn’t have asked for a better or more talented group of vendors), keeping us organized and on track, and coordinating every last detail on the day – you helped ease so much of the burden and stress. The church and the venue all looked stunning, and it was everything I had hoped for and more! You were such a delight to work with!”

Jill and Nick Griffiths

To view all the photos from Jill and Nick’s American Fairytale Wedding in Wales, just follow 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.

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