Go Hen Feature: A Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner

  Oh So Perfect wedding planner Samantha gave an insight this week into what it takes to coordinate a wedding for online hen party experts Go Hen. Follow the link to read the article ‘A Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner’ on http://www.gohen.com and see Samantha’s input as a feature writer for this popular website…

 Go Hen Feature: A Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner 

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Magic Steps Dance Party Specialists

Oh So Perfect recently had the pleasure of  meeting professional dance company, Magic Steps.

Dedicated to helping couples prepare those special moves for their first dance, and providing Hens across the country with a unique party to remember, Magic Steps also had the recent honour of choreographing Emmerdale’s 2011 “Marlon and Paddy’s Big Night In” DVD!

First established 6 years ago, in Leeds, Magic Steps now cover the whole of the UK. Professional dancer and choreographer, Zoe, is here to tell you a little bit more about the company…

Magic Steps provide unforgettable dance experiences for your hen weekend or first dance.

A dance experience is a unique and exciting  idea and a great way to start your Hen weekend. Its a fabulous way for all your Hens to get to know each other and get whipped into a sexy dance troupe. You will learn a personalised routine, anything from Dirty Dancing to Thriller, that you will want to perform again and again, maybe even at the wedding!

Our dance classes are designed to suit the absolute beginner so there is no need to worry if you have two left feet. The idea is to have fun and a giggle with the girls.

We also provide first dance lessons for couples, whether they just want to avoid the awkward shuffle on the dance floor or they want to truly dazzle their guests. Our patient dance instructors will even travel to the couple’s home and take care of everything, giving them the confidence to enjoy their first dance as husband and wife.

Our wedding dance lessons will suit any Bride and Groom; from the Traditional Waltz to the Vintage inspired 50’s wedding dance or even the slightly crazy Thriller routine, our Dance experinces are really dynamic and would suit any bride.

Glamorous, fun and exciting – we go the extra mile to ensure our clients get the very best!

Zoe graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre. Whilst at college she trained in ballet, tap, modern and ballroom. Upon graduating, Zoe gained her first job as a production dancer on-board Carnival cruise lines. She then went on to join a world tour with pop sensation, Lemar, before spending 6 months living in India working on a Bollywood movie.  On returning to London, Zoe has worked as an Assistant Director and Choreographer for ITV ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Come Rain Come Shine’, BBC’s ‘Comic Relief’ and Channel 4s ‘Big Brother’…

I saw a gap in the market after my Aunty came to me in a panic before her wedding day. Her and my uncle certainly have two left feet, so I whipped up a perfect routine for their first dance. I created Magic Steps with my partner Steven to help other couples in need of  little help before their big day.  In the past 5 years dance has become more and more popular due to shows such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Got To Dance’ and ‘Pineapple Studios’.

Wedding dance lessons have become a ‘must have’ as everyone now wants to look thieir best on their wedding day and Hen dance parties has really seen the same effect as one of the most popular choices for a daytime hen activity. We now have over 200 amazing instructors nationwide and offer over 30 different party themes.

Zoe’s partner, Steven, graduated from The Royal Academy of Music London. Upon returning to London, Steven played “Peter” in ‘Company’ and “Jinx” in ‘Forever Plaid’ . He then played “Nick” in the Europen Tour of ‘Fame’. Steven has just recently finished playing Take That’s Howard Donald in UK tour ‘Back for Good’.

Together we have been running Magic Steps full time for five years and love working with each individual couple. Each couple’s requirements are completely different so no two days in the dance studio are ever the same!!

One amazing booking we had – the Bride and groom contacted us as they wanted an elaborate show stopping dance routine and wanted proffessioanal street dancers to join them on stage. They wanted to do this as a complete surprise for their guests. What they didnt know, however, was that the cheif bridesmaid had already contacted us to learn a surprise dance routine for the Bride and Groom! With a lot of work we pulled it off and both parties were completely surprised.

We also had a bride that was so self concious with her body after giving birth to her two sons she has decided she was not even going to wear a wedding dress, let alone perform a first dance. However, after the third lesson of the dance package booked by her partner, she confided in me that thanks to having these lessons in the comfort of her own home she felt inspired and confident and had decided to go and buy the wedding dress that she never dared buy.

For more information about Magic Steps, and to book your own wedding dance package or choreographed Hen party, visit the website www.magicsteps.co.uk

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 31st March 2012! To view this fabulous offer click here

Would you like to be featured as a recommended supplier? Contact Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

Oh So recommended…

At Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events we choose to work with and promote only the most talented and reputable wedding suppliers in the industry, to ensure that all our couples receive a quality service not only from us but from everyone involved in making their wedding day Oh So Perfect. We share ‘the best with the rest’ on our website through our ‘Oh So Perfect Loves‘ links page, and having recently updated our list for this month we thought we would share some of our more recent additions on our blog too, with a little description abut what each fabulous company can do for you…

Cake bakers and sweet-treat makers

Little Charm Bakery – based in a small village in Carmarthenshire, Little Charm Bakery create bespoke celebration cakes and cupcakes using local Welsh produce.

Queen Of Cakes
 –  offer beautiful, bespoke cakes and cupcakes for any occasion including weddings, birthdays, christenings, engagements, baby showers and more. The queen cake-baker herself has even attended masterclasses with the renowned cake designer Peggy Porschen at her studio in Belgravia, London.

Dilly Daydream Cakes
 – this yummy cake shop work directly from their premises on St Teilo Street, Pontarddulais – one of the busiest streets amongst brides in Wales.

Hetty’s Tea Party
 – Gloucester’s very own ‘pretty in a pinny’ designs and bakes celebration cakes for all occasions, and is especially crafty at creating unique and delicious ‘cake pops’ to be used as wedding favours for your wedding guests.

Welsh Chocolate Fountains
 – Wales’s expert chocolate fountain supplier will provide you not only with a tasty treat for guests but also a centrepiece for your celebration venue. Welsh Chocolate Fountains have also proved popular amongst some key Welsh celebrity weddings too.

Music for the masses

Down For The Count
 – this sensational 9-piece live band will be sure to have your guests on their feet, performing a fantastic mix of Jazz, Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown music for any event. Based in Crouch End, London, Down For The Count will even bring along their DJ equipment for something else musical later in the evening.

Vintage Fabulous

Port Out Starboard Home
 – a mother and daughter duo who ‘upcycle’ genuine vintage accessories into beautiful bespoke hair pieces to match your wedding outfit, providing you with an heirloom you can pass on for generations to come.

Pretty Flamingo
 – whether you’re looking for a novel way to launch your product, a hen party with a difference or just a good old-fashioned tea party, Pretty  Flamingo will be happy to oblige. Based primarily in the very pretty ‘boudoir’ room in Swansea’s Revue Studios, Ms Flamingo also provides vintage make-overs and photoshoots for the more glamorous hen.

A Touch of Vintage 
 – your very own vintage inspired dapper chap will provide your guests with a memorable retro photobooth experience, giving your wedding a touch of something to be remembered by.

‘L’ plates and cocktails

Circadian Fitness
 – Let these pole dance experts show you to your dressing room… they’ll make this a hen party to remember! You and your hens will have access to the dressing up box and Circadian Fitness will even film the routine you have learned for you to show everyone what an amazing time you had.Themed parties are their speciality!

The photographers speak for themselves… view the image galleries online

The ‘crafty’ lot

Something Kinda Cute – specialise in designing quirky wedding stationery, often with a vintage feel. Handmade stationery created with lots of lovely love in mind!

Cardiff Invitations
 – the award winning ‘Best Stationary in the East Wales Region’ at 2011’s Welsh National Wedding Awards.

White Crafts
 – not only do these lovelies design and create your wedding stationary, they’ll even hire out their replica postbox for guests to pop their cards in on the big day.

Lights, camera, action!

Orchid Films
 – awarded ‘Best Videographer in Wales’ at the 2011 Welsh National Wedding Awards, these ex-BBC videographers put toegther beautiful documentary style videos, and can even provide you with a ‘marryoke’ film to keep forever.


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

Would you like to be featured as a recommended supplier? Contact Oh So Perfect – Weddings and Events on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

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