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Top 10 Wedding Planning Dos and Don’ts – Western Mail 24th August 2013

Oh So Perfect – In The Press

Our wedding planner Samantha has been at it again,  this time sharing her oh so handy tips and advice in South Wales’ biggest newspaper – The Western Mail. Samantha’s article ‘Top 10 Wedding Planning Dos and Don’ts’ was featured in the Western Mail’s weekend supplement wedding special on Saturday 24th August 2013 – here’s a catch up of the article in case you missed it!

Samantha Imbimbo and Oh So Perfect in the Western Mail

Samantha Imbimbo and Oh So Perfect in the Western Mail

1. DO start with the budget. Sit down together and realistically discuss how much you would like to spend on your wedding, and how you will fund it. Will you use savings?  A loan? Will your family want to help out? Only spend what you can afford – you don’t want to end up with debt spoiling the honeymoon!

2. DO put together a rough guest list as early as possible. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, and it may change here and there as the months go on, but it will give you a clear indication of numbers for when you start booking your venue and catering.

 3. DON’T forget to think about your venue’s interior. If you’re already set on a colour scheme or theme, try to find a venue which compliments your existing choices, or else choose a theme which is supported by the colours already present in your venue’s décor. A blue colour scheme in a room with red carpets and gold curtains, for example, will only clash, so use your venue to its full aesthetic advantage!

4. DO design the invitations carefully. The wedding invitation is the first ‘clue’ guests receive about the overall style of your big day – so try to create an invitation which ties in to your colour scheme or theme so your guests have a clear indication of what they can expect on the day.

5. DO DIY Cut costs and add a personal touch by doing-it-yourself where you can. Involve your friends and family by asking them to help you make your own favours, build your own sweetie station or craft some decorations of your own. Online blogs are a great place to pick up ideas and tutorials.

6. DO seat friends and family together. It was once tradition at the wedding breakfast to seat your guests with people they hadn’t met before, but often this can leave the room feeling very sober as guests exchange polite chit-chat. Scrap formalities and seat your guests together with the people they know – the atmosphere will be lively and your guests will have a more enjoyable experience.

7. DON’T forget the kids. If you’ve invited guests to bring their children, make sure there is something available to keep them entertained. Place a colouring book or packet of bubbles on the tables with children seated at to play with during the speeches, or even hire-in an event nanny who will keep the children entertained with toys and games all evening while your guests are busy dancing.

8. DO practise your first dance. All eyes are on you here, and it can be embarrassing if you’ve not prepared. You don’t have to book a dancing lesson or choreograph a routine, but make sure you have a little slow dance at home together to your song a week or two before just to make sure you’re used to each other’s pace and movements before you take the stage. Plus it’ll spark a romantic evening for you both before the wedding!

9. DON’T forget the groom. Girls, it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of planning a wedding, but remember there will be two of you exchanging vows, so be sure to include your man in the decision making and allow him the personal touches he’d like too. (Except the perhaps the bunny-girl waitresses – there’s a limit!)

10. DO have fun, and hire an on the day coordinator! Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, and many people do it without the help of a wedding planner; but do consider hiring a coordinator for the big day itself– you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the day you spent so long planning, knowing someone else is there to set up and keep watch while you’re focusing on having fun.

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

A ‘Thank You’ Gift from Katy and Stu

I always feel quite sad at the end of the wedding day; saying goodbye to the couples I’ve often come to know like old friends, and walking off into the sunset leaving them to dance the night away with their friends and family, knowing that I probably won’t see them again now the wedding planning is complete. Saying goodbye after months of working together can be hard, but it’s all worthwhile knowing how happy they are at the end of their wedding day, and leaving them to start on their journey together as husband and wife.

A gorgeous gift – a Pip Studio teacup and saucer!

It’s rare that I get to meet up with my couples after the wedding, although many do keep in touch, but when I get an opportunity to catch up and meet with a past bride it always makes me smile to hear them tell me how wonderful their day was, how perfect everything went, and -always! – that they couldn’t believe how quickly the day had passed!

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of meeting up with my previous bride Katy, whose wedding we coordinated at St Donat’s Castle back in May this year. Three months have flown by, but it is clear to see that Katy is still on an absolute high following her big day, although she’s been left wondering what to do with her evenings now that she hasn’t got any wedding-work to do – this bride was a DIY-legend!

Katy surprised me with this gorgeous gift – a Pip Studio teacup and saucer – it’s absolutely delightful, I feel very spoilt indeed! I really am a very lucky wedding planner, working with the loveliest and most grateful of couples, it’s such an honour and a pleasure to work for them all on one of the most important, memorable days of their life.

There was a little thank you card hidden in amongst the tissue paper too, so I thought I’d share Katy and Stu’s message with you too:


Just a little note to say a very big *Thank You”* for all your help, support and hardwork on the day of our wedding and the few weeks before leading up to it!

Knowing you had everything under control let us really relax and enjoy our day!! The ceremony and dining hall looked amazing!

Thank you again for making our day so special…

Now then, I’m off to make a cup of tea in my new cup and saucer. Go and make yourself one too then sit down and follow this link to see all the lovely photos from Katy and Stu’s ‘Castle by the Sea’ wedding…. enjoy!

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


Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience – the hype continues!

Well regular followers of our little blog, and of Oh So Perfect in general, will know that earlier this year our wedding planner Samantha gave her wedding planning skills over to Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert as his mentor in the series 4 episode of Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience: Wedding Planner.

We blogged plenty about it at the time of filming, and we were even featured in a fabulous article in the Western Mail newspaper not long before it hit the telebox, and back in June Oh So Perfect made our TV début on BBC1 Wales – yipee!

Rhod Gilbert and Samantha Imbimbo reflect on the day.

Rhod Gilbert and Samantha Imbimbo reflect on the day.

Well last Thursday we were at it again, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience received it’s second television outing, this time debuting nationally in the UK on BBC2, and what an exciting week it has been! On Wednesday last week Rhod was spotted on the One Show talking about the show, and the following morning a whole clip featuring Rhod Gilbert and Samantha was played out on ITV’s Day Break. Not only that, but less then 24 hours after the show made it’s BBC2 debut, Samantha was interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio talking to Roberto Perrone about brides making speeches.

We’ve received lovely comments, emails and messages of support from lots of people out there in wedding land, and even lots of enquiries from budding wedding planners in the making looking for guidance and advice – thank you to all of you!

Now I expect things will start to quieten down once again from here on, and gladly so as it’s busy, busy here at Perfect HQ at the moment as we prepare to deliver another 3 weddings before the close of summer and continue working with couples not just across the UK but even half way across the world right now (that’s right!), so we haven’t got the time to be too famous just yet – we’ll leave that job to Rhod I think!!

If you haven’t had chance to catch us on the tele just yet, then there is still time to view the show on BBC iPlayer until this Thursday, or if you’ve still missed it, well you’ll just have to buy yourself the DVD come Christmas, hehe!

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

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Morris

We’d like to wish a very happy first anniversary to our beautiful ‘Better Together’ couple – Emma and Andy – who were married in a gorgeous ceremony in Laugharne on 4th August 2012, followed by a vintage garden party celebration at Broadway Country House, for which we had the pleasure of assisting with the design and coordination of this lovely, lovely little affair. We hope you two have a gorgeous day together drinking plenty of champagne!


Looking back to last year, I remember sound of the rain slamming into the sides of the marquee as we set up that morning – I must admit I was starting to worry! – but by the time the afternoon set in and the guests began to arrive, the rain cleared up and the sun shone so brightly, there was nothing to worry about in the slightest, and a beautiful day was enjoyed by all!

We had meters and meters of bespoke bunting custom made for Emma and Andy which not only went all around and across the marquee, but also adorned the conservatory, walk ways and a little romantic outdoor pagoda, with a few spare strands to decorate the bridal suite too. Emma and Andy were also the first Oh So Perfect couple to request our hand made paper pompoms, which have since become a popular feature at OSP events having been requested by our couples time and time again after seeing these lovely purple ones!

Here’s a little look back at some photos of the set up of this pretty purple reception; stringing up all the bunting and pompoms with the help of my two assistants Christina and Mark…

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And of course, my favourite part of the day – showing my couple what their venue looks like before the guests get to see! www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

If you’d like to see all the photos from Emma and Andy’s purple vintage ‘Better Together’ wedding, just follow this link! 

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

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