Rockabilly Inspired Las Vegas Cakes

Earlier this week we blogged about the different wedding themes and ideas that have inspired us over the years, We Don’t Just Cater For Vintage – Oh no!, and mentioned our burning desire to get our hands on a full-on Vegas-inspired wedding to play with.

Well you can imagine our delight then when we saw that our friends at Hetty’s Tea Party have this week produced the most fabulous set of Vegas cake-pops, along with a very kitsch leopard-print Vegas cake which would do any Rockabilly bride proud!

‘Excited’ is not strong enough a word.

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Augustus Gloop

This week Oh So Perfect caught up with Kay Augustus from Wales-based chocolate fountain supplier Augustus Gloop to find about more about their product and service…

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Augustus Gloop Chocolate fountains are exceptionally versatile, catering for any bride and groom’s requirements and adapting their fountain to suit any sort of function and venue. Quite simply, they will appeal to any body who likes chocolate! The team specialise in chocolate fountain hire, and can cater for any event with anything from as little as 50 to as many as 600 guests, and have previously catered for Welsh International, Ospreys and Lions player Adam Jones’ wedding.

We served all their guests including rugby players from past and present such as Adam Jones, Shane Williams, Alun Wyn Jones, Huw Bennet, Robbin McBride, Ryan Jones, Duncan Jones, Jonathan Thomas and Rob Howley.

Despite their toned physiques they were particularly partial to the donuts dunked in our delicious blend of Belgium chocolate!

Based in Ammanford, South Wales, and now entering the second year of business, chocolate fountain supplier Augustus Gloop are steaming full power ahead in the Welsh Wedding Industry.

Augustus Gloop were recently nominated for the Welsh National Wedding Awards, we did not win the award but were overwhelmed by the fact that we had been nominated and recognised for our services during our first year of trading. Now that we have more clients under our belt we are really hoping to get nominated again this year!

Augustus Gloop is a family-run business, who thoroughly believe that their service and pricing is exceptional above the rest. The company was created by Kay and her husband after their chocolate fountain experience at their own wedding…

I am a HUGE fan of chocolate (who isn’t?) and when my husband and I got married 3 years ago we hired a chocolate fountain for our wedding guests.  It was very expensive and the chocolate tasted like cheap cooking chocolate, it left an awful after taste and the dipping items were not great either.  Our daughter was 20 months old at the time and she didn’t even like it.

In October 2010 Augustus Gloop was born and the company took its first booking within 2 weeks of trading.  Since then they have taken several bookings a week, including those for 2-3 years in advance.  They have just finished thier first wedding season and word of mouth is spreading now as recommendations are coming in thick and fast.

We are often asked where the name came from we wanted to pick a name which was fun, catchy and stood out amongst others. Most people recognise the name from the character Augustus Gloop in ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’, however there is more to it than this.  The word gloop represents the melted chocolate and the word Augustus is actually our surname.

For more information on Augustus Gloop and for informatgion on how you can book them for your wedding, visit the webiste www.augustuschocolate.co.uk

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It’s Not All Glamour Being a Wedding Planner…

Diary of a Wedding Planner

That’s right – not every day is glamorous in the life of a wedding and event planner, and I’m certainly becoming very mastered in the art of waiting in car parks for impromptu meetings and quick exchanges!

Today I collected the final items ready for this Saturday’s charity auction at the Mumbai Ball I’ve been working on lately for Type1 Diabetes charity JDRF.

We’ve certainly got some incredible items in the mix – I’m so impressed with the range of donated prizes for the auctions and prize draws, they really are very high profile indeed. But, glamorous though they are, I’m still here at 10:30pm putting together all the final bits of information ready to go to the printers tomorrow – it’s going to be a long and very unglamorous night, but even so, I bloody love my job!

With love,
Samantha x

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We don’t just cater for ‘vintage’ – oh no!

Diary of a Wedding Planner

Those of you who regularly follow the blog and activities at Oh So Perfect will no doubt have noticed that we’re currently going through a bit of a ‘vintage’ phase. Now I say ‘phase’ very carefully, as personally I absolutely adore ‘vintage’ and all that comes with it… it is certainly no ‘phase’ in my life!

I first created my ‘vintage suitcase’ display for when we attended the Something Kinda Vintage wedding fair back in March. The stand was designed to fit the theme, and show retro-inspired couples an example of the sort of styling we could help them create on their own vintage themed wedding day. It proved very popular on the day, with plenty of ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ !

Owing partly to the very popular trend in the UK at the moment for ‘vintage’ themes, and due to my personal love for the vintage scene and lifestyle, the suitcase has recently stuck with Oh So Perfect, and is attracting lots of attention at wedding fairs and on the website/Facebook page etc.

However, at Oh So Perfect we don’t just cater for ‘vintage’ weddings – oh no!

As dedicated wedding planners and stylists, we happily work with all manner or styles, themes and ideas, and will always work closely with our couple to find the right style for them, whatever their personal taste.

So that brings me neatly back round to this little blog post; a chance for me to express delight at some of the more contemporary, unique and altogether more personal themes I have come across/worked on/ been inspired by lately…


 Rock’n’Roll Bride

I’m a big fan of the Rock’n’Roll bride blog – it’s full of some very quirky ideas and styles to inspire a whole manner of ‘alternative’ couples – whether retro-Rockabilly inspired, lover of all things ‘Goth’, or just a little bit edgy, there’s always something interesting on there to inspire the most unusual of weddings! 

Black Horses

I recently met a bride at a wedding fair who wanted to plan her wedding as far away from the ‘expected’ style as possible. One of her choices is to have black horses leading her carriage. I met another bride at the same fair who is having skeletons incorporated into her centrepieces… I’d love to see the finished result, how marvellous!

Glitz and Glam

A few years ago I had the pleasure of assisting Finesse Planning at their ‘Glitz and Glam’ theme wedding in the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel. The venue didn’t have a flower in sight; instead contemporary mirror balls, giant cocktails glasses, fabulous feather displays and red uplighting turned the wedding into a glam, modern affair, styled by Ruth Hunter herself.


Full-on Vegas

One theme I would absolutely love to get my hands on but haven’t been given the opportunity just yet is a Vegas theme. Yes, yes, it’s cheesy and has been done many times before, but still, how fantastic would it be to find a couple ready to embrace the theme to the full? Give me slot machines and showgirls, giant dice displays and some fountains and I’d be in wedding-planner heaven, wouldn’t it be fun to style?! I think so… 

Eastern Promise

This week I’ve been pulling together the final threads ready for this weekend’s charity ‘Mumbai Ball’ I’ve helped to plan in Cardiff. I’m hoping to have some beautiful snaps to share with you next week of the vibrant colour scheme, henna artist, musicians and genuine Indian-chef prepared dinner that’s being served to the guests. What I would really love to do one day is style a marquee wedding with an Asian or bohemian-style theme, creating a lavish Bedouin tent in the middle of the countryside, now that would be exciting.

So to conclude, Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events isn’t all just about vintage elegance, and any opportunity to embrace a new theme and style fills me with so much natural built-in wedding-planner excitement I can’t even tell you! Bring on the next challenge…. :)

What would be your perfect wedding theme? Have you seen been to a uniquely-styled wedding you’ll never forget? Share your thoughts below….

With love,
Samantha x

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Pin, Pin, Pinning!

Diary of a Wedding Planner

After writing a few nights ago about my recent discovery of how to use website Pinterest ‘Getting To Grips With Pinterest’, I can now safely say I’m hooked!

 Every evening this week I’ve been pin, pin, pinning my way through different blogs, websites and bridal inspiration sources, creating my own set of mood boards to share with other Pinterest-lovers.

So far I’ve split my boards into different categories: there are boards which depict inspiring images to suit different themes and styles such as ‘Vintage Elegance’, ‘Glamour and Glitz’, ‘Shabby Chic’ and ‘Eastern Promise’, as well as general categories offering a whole range of different style ideas to inspire the elements of your wedding such as ‘Flowers’, ‘Favours and Gifts’, ‘Transport’ and (always a favourite) ‘Shoes.’

It really is quite addictive!

With love,
Samantha x

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Natalie J Weddings official photos from Something Kinda Vintage

We’re delighted to be able to share these official photographs with you taken by Natalie J Weddings at the Something Kinda Vintage Wedding Fair in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, last month…




www.nataliejweddings.com

www.somethingkindavintage.com

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Getting to grips with Pinterest

Diary of a Wedding Planner

I joined popular website Pinterest quite a few months ago, but have been forever putting off using it, mainly due to the fact that I was slightly clueless as to what I’m actually meant to do with it…

However, this week I have decided that it really is the time to for me to finally get to grips with this little ‘pin thing’ – especially since I keep receiving emails to let me know that another person has started ‘following’ me and I feel slightly guilty that I’m not providing them with anything to follow!

So here I am – giving it a go.

I have decided to use it primarily as a handy online tool to share ideas with my current Oh So Perfect couples when working on their own wedding design. I will create a board for each of my Oh So Fabulous Wedding Design couples, and allow them the ability to add to it also, so together we can share thoughts and images at the touch of a button. Not only will it make it much easier for me to share ideas and inspiration online with my brides and grooms quickly without too much back and forth emailing, it will also give me an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with others in the wedding industry too.

Give it another few weeks and I’ll be a pro, I’m sure!

Here’s my profile address if you’d care to join me in my new pinning adventure… pinterest.com/ohsoperfect

With love
Samantha x 

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The Groom Drank Champagne….

Oh So Honest – Client Testimonial

We received this lovely little email from one of my grooms this morning on receipt of his Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates Hamper:

Just to say a huge thank you for the champagne and chocolates. They look absolutely lovely and it took a lot of self control not to tuck into them when I got home from work last night!

You’re very welcome!

Don’t miss out on your chance to receive this luxury engagement gift courtesy of Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events – offer ends 30th April!

More details on how to claim your FREE gift here: Fortnum and Mason FREE engagement gift!


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

We’re giving away a Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates hamper to all couples booking selected services with us before 30th April 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here

Carmarthenshire National Welsh Wedding Fayre

Diary of a Wedding Planner

Today we exhibited at the Carmarthenshire County Showground for the ‘West Wales’ National Welsh Wedding Fayre.

It was wonderfully busy with lots of VIP guests entering with a champagne reception, plus plenty of other visitors that had come not only from West Wales but from right down the M4 corridor too. There were plenty of exhibitors with a whole range of products and services on display, each with beautifully presented stands and displays. Two fashion shows (which we were lucky enough to be positioned with a prime viewing spot!) and Debenhams goodie bags – fab!

We met lots of lovely couples, as ever, plus smiley happy brides and their mothers or friends, taking in ideas, information and inspiration. I’m very excited about some of the couples I met today on the stand – we’re going to be working on some very beautiful weddings very soon and I simply can not wait to find out more about them!

I also had the chance to put some faces to names within the industry, and meet lots of lovely new wedding pros all dedicated to making the wedding industry in South and West Wales one of the best in the UK.

Here are some snaps from my phone of today’s Oh So Perfect stand, plus some cheeky little instagram pics from my day in Carmarthen…

Our vintage suitcase styling was popular as ever, bringing in lots of people who were inspired by the look.

Our new leaflets got their first public outing!

It was also the first outing of my gorgeous Pretti Perfect cute jute! Not just cute, but very useful too…

As usual we had fresh flowers on display – I love fresh flowers they’re an instant pick-up when I start to feel tired. If I can’t get fresh flowers, I’ll take along a scented candle instead.

I always take the full vase of flowers home to enjoy in my house after the fair…

… but the little flower snippets from the tea cups end up in the bin which is such a shame – I hate throwing fresh flowers away. Today I made a small exception and snuck a few home in my hair!

Our signature-style vintage tea cups held the Oh So Perfect business cards on display.

And one of my favourite cake-makers in Wales was there today with their incredible scrumptious cakes on display. I may have sneaked a few cheeky pieces over to my stand when no-one was looking… yummy raspbery and white chocolate mmmm…

With love,
Samantha x 

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

We’re giving away a Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates hamper to all couples booking selected services with us before 30th April 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here

Children at Weddings – Our Top Tips

Oh So Inspiring – Ideas Tips and Advice

Children at weddings. Now there’s a sentence which can bring about a lot of conversation, controversy and debate…

For some people, children are an added element of the day – they bring joy, laughter, and make very pretty flower girls and page boys. For others, they may be an undesired distraction. But whatever your feelings on the subject of children at weddings, here are our top tips on how to plan your big day whether or not you choose to invite young guests…

1. It’s OK to say no!
Inviting children to weddings is not for everyone, and if you and your partner decide that you would prefer not to have any under5s/under 12s/under16s etc. attending your special day, then you do have the right to say so. But do so politely, and clearly.

2. Divide the Day
If you’re worried about upsetting your guests, one of the easiest ways to keep everyone happy is to divide the different parts of the day into child-friendly and non-child-friendly sections. For example, ask that only adults attend the actual ceremony and/or wedding breakfast, but invite families with children to the evening reception only.

3. Be clear on your invitations
If all the family are invited, include all their names on the invitation, so that your guests aren’t left feeling embarrassed and unsure as to whether or not their little ones will be welcome. If you’d prefer to have no children attend, make this clear on the practical information part of your invite, but remember to remain polite. State at what age your cut off is, and if possible include a reason to assure your guests it’s nothing personal e.g. Unfortunately due to limited seating arrangements, we have decided not to invite children under the age of 12.

4. No exceptions!
Remember, it’s unfair to make exceptions for close friends and family. If you have asked your guests not to bring their children, then you mustn’t either! Your guests might feel annoyed to find that after they went to the effort of finding a babysitter for the day, your cousin’s toddler is chirping away at the back of the church.

5. But she looks so sweet…
Little girls make beautiful flower girls and bridesmaids, but remember you are allocating a very little lady with a very big task! Walking down the aisle in front of hundreds of people can be a daunting prospect for even the adults amongst us, but for a young child not only might this prove frightening, it may also prove a little distracting. Ask an adult that your child attendant knows well to accompany him/her with the task.

6. Plan your pews
Print out  some ‘Reserved for Families’ signs and ask the grooms-men or your wedding planner to place these on the seats nearer the back of the ceremony. That way, families with young children can sit towards the back and make an easy exit without any embarrassment should they need to pop out during the ceremony. It will also prevent any particularly loud children from disrupting your wedding wedding vows. Similarly, plan your wedding breakfast seating so that parents can make an unnoticed escape should they need to during the speeches.

7. Favours should be fun
If you are giving out wedding favours, make sure you include something child-friendly and fun for the children. One wedding we attended placed a big teddy bear on every child’s seat at the wedding breakfast, which made them feel extra special. Bubbles are another great idea to entertain children (and adults!)

8. Something for the speeches
Include a little something extra on the tables with child guests seated to keep them entertained during the speeches. Colouring books and crayons are excellent examples as these will keep children seated and quiet throughout the speeches, and will keep young children busy for a fair while.

9. Don’t just entertain your adults!
Remember to provide some entertainment for children at the reception too. Set-up a small corner of the venue with some giant games such as a Connect4  board or small ball pool where children can entertain themselves. You may even wish to ask your DJ to provide a few children’s songs at the beginning of the night to give young guests the chance to enjoy themselves before the adults take to the floor.

10. Hire a wedding nanny
Weddings today will often hire in a pop-up nursery for during the reception. If possible, book a small, separate room at the venue and hire an event nanny to come along and provide entertainment, games and child care for the evening, meaning the children are being kept entertained and out of sight, and parents can relax and let their hair down too, knowing their children are being looked after.

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

We’re giving away a Fortnum and Mason Champagne and Chocolates hamper to all couples booking selected services with us before 30th April 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here


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