Shortlisted: Luxury Travel Guide – Wedding and Honey Moon Specialist Awards 2016

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We’ve been shortlisted in the  Luxury Travel Guide – Wedding and Honey Moon Specialist Awards 2016…

Fingers crossed!

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.

 

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

‘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.

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

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!

 

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

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

 

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

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:

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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.

 

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

 

 

Kayleigh and Mark ~ Love Birds

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Goodness me, it seems we forgot to post this wedding up last season – goodness knows how as it was beautiful! But luckily we have realised today, and as such can share some lovely real-life wedding snaps from one of our weddings on the blog for you this afternoon!

www.ohsoperfect.co.ukOn Saturday 13th September 2013, Kayleigh married Mark in a ceremony at Treberfydd House, near Brecon, followed by a marquee reception in the manor house’s glorious gardens. Kayleigh and Mark refer to eachother as bird – what better pet name for two love birds – so elegantly reflected in their pretty, vintage theme.

Oh So Perfect were delighted to provide On The Day Coordination for this pretty pair!

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To view the video highlights from Kayleigh and Mark’s wedding, simply click here – or pop over and read the testimonial! 

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

Kayleigh and Mark’s Wedding Film Highlights by White Rose Wedding Films

Thank you to White Rose Wedding Films who recently sent us this clip of the video highlights from our ‘Love Bird’ couple Kayleigh and Mark’s wedding last September in Mid Wales. What a cute pairing, don’t you think?

To view our photos from Kayleigh and Mark’s wedding, simply click here – or pop over and read the testimonial! 

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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