Jenny & Ben – Dairy Barns

   
Jenny married Ben in a beautiful Dairy Barn in North Norfolk, on Easter weekend 26th March 2016. 

Oh So Perfect’s Samantha not only had the privilege of attending  and assisting this wedding, she also had the absolute honour of performing a very special role on the day – being a bridesmaid! 

Despite being part of the main wedding party, Samantha’s ‘wedding coordinator hat’ couldn’t be completely left at home this weekend, and her pink clipboard perfectly complimented the pretty pale dress as she coordinated the day between sips of pink champagne.

On Good Friday, Samantha set to work primping and preening the beautifully selected wild flowers into rustic jars to form the centrepieces, whilst Oh So Perfect’s Daniel and the boys set to work in the barn draping home made bunting and hanging the ‘Bird Twitchers’table plan amongst the wooden eaves. 

On the wedding day itself, Samantha had the pleasure of announcing the new Mr & Mrs into the wedding breakfast, before tucking in to bangers and mash, followed by apple crumble and custard – yum! There were also scrumptious dairy ice creams and sweet pancakes to be devoured! 

OSP’s Daniel played a part in keeping the ceremony running smoothly and looking after the PA system too whilst Samantha flaffed with the wedding dress! 

There was a real ‘all hands on deck’ feel to this wedding, with the wedding cake being baked by the bride’s friend, and one of the most professional homemade photo booths ever seen hidden upstairs! 

Jen & Ben really did provide their guests with a most gorgeous day to be enjoyed by all… And it was a pleasure to be a part of it! X

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 Well, even the greatest wedding planners need a little extra time to party!! 

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk to view our full range of planning and coordination services. 

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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. 

DIY Tissue Paper Pompom Tutorial – a recap!

Emma and Andy's purple pompoms www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

Emma and Andy’s purple pompoms http://www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

Ever since we made these fabulous thrifty tissue paper pompoms for Emma and Andy’s Laugharne wedding last year, we’ve been inundated with requests to produce them for brides again and again!

This weekend I’ll be making 3 sets of big fluffy floofs in shades of violet, sugar plum pink and mocha for Samantha and Daniel’s vintage themed Gower wedding, so I thought since I’m getting crafty myself, perhaps I should share my step-by-step guide to DIY-ing your own pompoms all over again – happy crafting!

Violet, Sugar Plum, Mocha and White for Samantha and Daniel - www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

Violet, Sugar Plum, Mocha and White for Samantha and Daniel – http://www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

The original post can be found here: DIY Tissue Paper Pompom Tutorial

You will need…

  • Tissue paper in your choice of colour (we recommend 10 sheets per pompom)
  • Scissors
  • Nylon wire (or fishing wire)
  • Floristry wire (we’ve used silver, but you could match the colour to the paper if you like!)

Step 1

Layer up your 10 sheets of tissue paper (they should all be the same size and shape!) and begin to fold them concertina/fan-style.

Step 2

Snip off a length of the fishing wire. This will be used to hold your folded tissue paper together at the centre.

You can fold your tissue paper in half while it’s like this to help you find the middle!

Step 3

Wind the floristry wire around the centre and twist the wire together to keep it secure.

Step 4

This is a good moment to attach your length of nylon wire, as it will be a lot easier to add now then when the pompom is full. It also means you can hang it up as you begin separating the layers of paper.

Cut off your required length of nylon wire, and attach it around the floristry wire.

Fold the floristry wire over, or twist it together, to prevent the nylon wire from slipping off.

Step 5

You can now begin separating the layers of tissue paper using your hands.

You may find it easier to hang the pompom first, or ask someone to hold it up for you using the nylon wire, but we’ve illustrated this without hanging it first.

Lift the outer sheets to their highest capability.

Gently lift out the outer layers on the top and the bottom, and work your way towards the middle, pulling each inner layer out a little less each time.

The central layer shouldn’t need any tweaking at all.

Step 6

Your pompom should now be looking something like this…

Step 7

If you haven’t already hung up your pompom, now is a good time to do so. You will then be able to work on the other side with ease.

Repeat Step 5 on the other side of the pompom…

 

Use your hands to tidy up the areas where the two sides of the pompom meet. They don’t need to touch perfectly necessarily, as long as they all open out fairly evenly.

Step 8

Stand back and look at your pompom in all its hanging glory!!

 

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

DIY Tissue Paper Pompom Tutorial

We’ve been getting crafty at Oh So Perfect this week in preparation for Emma and Andy’s wedding in Laugharne next month. Tissue paper pompoms, or ‘floofs’ as we love to call, them are inexpensive and easy to make, yet they can add so much colour and fun to a venue.

Here’s our DIY tutorial of how to make these lovely, puffy paper balls for yourself!

You will need…

  • Tissue paper in your choice of colour (we recommend 10 sheets per pompom)
  • Scissors
  • Nylon wire (or fishing wire)
  • Floristry wire (we’ve used silver, but you could match the colour to the paper if you like!)

 Step 1

Layer up your 10 sheets of tissue paper (they should all be the same size and shape!) and begin to fold them concertina/fan-style.

Step 2

Snip off a length of the fishing wire. This will be used to hold your folded tissue paper together at the centre.

You can fold your tissue paper in half while it’s like this to help you find the middle!

Step 3

Wind the floristry wire around the centre and twist the wire together to keep it secure.

Step 4

This is a good moment to attach your length of nylon wire, as it will be a lot easier to add now then when the pompom is full. It also means you can hang it up as you begin separating the layers of paper.

Cut off your required length of nylon wire, and attach it around the floristry wire.

Fold the floristry wire over, or twist it together, to prevent the nylon wire from slipping off.

Step 5

You can now begin separating the layers of tissue paper using your hands.

You may find it easier to hang the pompom first, or ask someone to hold it up for you using the nylon wire, but we’ve illustrated this without hanging it first.

Lift the outer sheets to their highest capability.

Gently lift out the outer layers on the top and the bottom, and work your way towards the middle, pulling each inner layer out a little less each time.

The central layer shouldn’t need any tweaking at all.

Step 6

Your pompom should now be looking something like this…

Step 7

If you haven’t already hung up your pompom, now is a good time to do so. You will then be able to work on the other side with ease.

Repeat Step 5 on the other side of the pompom…

Use your hands to tidy up the areas where the two sides of the pompom meet. They don’t need to touch perfectly necessarily, as long as they all open out fairly evenly.

Step 8

Stand back and look at your pompom in all its hanging glory!!

Stay posted as next month we’ll be bringing you the full story of Emma and Andy’s wedding which we’ve designed, styled and will be coordinating  on the day, with full photos and details of how we made their special day Oh So Perfect!

Here’s some of our purple practice floofs for their wedding…

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

Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

We’re starting our day today with a spot of our favourite activity – shopping!

We’re busy this morning building a ‘shopping list’ for one of our wedding couples, so that we can start finding all the bits and pieces to pull together their wedding design and comparing prices on items to source or hire. Like every girl, our wedding planner Samantha loves shopping around for good value and a bargain, and our brides never spend a penny more than they want to, if anything Oh So Perfect are here to help them save money!

It’s a common myth that:

“Wedding Planners are expensive and my wedding will end up costing more…”

Not true! We’re here to work closely with the budget you’ve set to help create your dream wedding no matter how much or little you’d like to spend.

At Oh So Perfect we’ll help you find ways to achieve the look for less by identifying areas and ways where your costs can be cut smaller. We shop around comparing offers and prices with different suppliers, and will help you to consider whether to hire or buy the different aspects of your wedding to find the best bargain and make planning easier for you. We’ll even find ways to help you become a DIY bride and cut the costs of hiring a service altogether when you can do it yourself (or with our help!) just as easily.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got the time to shop around – we’re here to do it for you!

Plus, as experienced wedding planners, sometimes we receive special offers from  suppliers we’ve worked with and trusted before, but any supplier discounts offered to us are always given directly to you.

Still not sure?

As well as our full planning, styling and coordiantion packages at Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events we also cater for the couple with a limited budget by offering a ‘pay-as-you-go’ style service.

‘Oh So Helpful – As and When Planning and Support’ is the perfect pay by the hour service if you just need a little helping hand along the way, and you can even book an hour or two with Oh So Perfect for some advice about how to manage your budget and plan your wedding on a shoestring.

We’ve even helped a bride and groom plan their wedding with only £1,000! Now there’s a bargain….

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

I Heart Hobbycraft

Diary of a Wedding Planner

Today I have been to one of my favourite places in the world – Hobbycraft! And judging by your messages and reaction on my Facebook pages, it seems it’s a favourite for many of you too.

I love browsing the aisles for wedding craft inspiration. One of the best things about planning a DIY wedding is getting hands on and crafty, sourcing materials and ideas to create a fabulous wedding design which not only looks spectacular, but is personal and unique too.

This weekend I’ll be meeting one of my Oh So Fabulous couples to discuss plans for their wedding design, so here’s hoping another trip to my favourite crafting superstore is on the cards very, very soon!

Do you love hobbycraft? Share your DIY wedding secrets in the comment box below…

With love,
Samantha

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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