Archive for July, 2012

Amazing Events!
July 31, 2012

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Here at THE CHIC WEDDING COMPANY we don’t just do weddings…. We create the most amazing events too… including Birthday Parties for all ages, Christenings, Anniversary Celebrations and Charity Balls to name just a few…

We can create any event from the traditional to the quirky and to suit any budget.  Why not give us a call on 01609 774955, message us on facebook or Twitter or via the website Looking forward to hearing from you soon..


Wow! Just seen this…..
July 23, 2012

Couple get engaged and married on the same day

A pro-active bride-to-be planned her entire Gretna Green wedding without her partner’s knowledge, only popping the question on Leap day last week; the very morning of their big day.

Tracy Davis from Derbyshire took advantage of the tradition which allows women to propose to their men every four years on February 29th, by getting down on one knee last week before her partner of 8 years, Paul, accepted.

While the groom was overjoyed at the prospect of marrying his long term girlfriend, he described Tracy’s marriage proposal as less of a request and more of an order. In Paul’s version of events, he revealed he was woken by his 42-year-old partner and informed they were getting married that same day.

The nutritionist admitted that she’d started to plan the big surprise day last year, arranging all the important details including bridal outfits, flowers and the wedding ceremony itself in secret. The couple exchanged vows at the famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, bride Tracy chose to wed in Gretna as she feels it is the most romantic place in the world.

Organised bride Tracy even arranged for the couple to stay in overnight in a Gretna Green hotel the night before her planned wedding without arousing her partner’s suspicions. While 46-year-old Paul admitted the surprise engagement and wedding hours later came as a bit of a shock, he revealed he was over the moon to finally be married to his partner of 8 years.

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Fantastic news……!
July 23, 2012

Hey! Guess what!  From October 2012 all you lovely couples will be able to ‘tie the knot’ whenever you want…

A quick update during this busy wedding season……
July 19, 2012

Been busy, busy, busy of late….. wedding planning consultations attended and proposals prepared for some truly lovely brides and grooms to be… so looking forward to working with them to create the most beautiful wedding day ever!

So…… all my lovely friends out there in the world of social media!
July 14, 2012

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So…… all my lovely friends out there in the world of social media!

Do you know someone who is planning a wedding or a renewal of vows?? Please pass on my name and details …………..


……..and ask them to message me for all our latest news, up-to-date trends, fabulous offers and all things weddings!! There’s something for everyone…. xx

Calling all you busy professionals……..
July 9, 2012

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Calling all you busy professional people!
Have you been engaged for a while but haven’t got the time to plan your wedding day?  Other commitments been getting in the way?  Here’s how to get the day you’ve always dreamed of without any of… the stress and worry…
It’s so easy, go to our ‘contact us’ page on our website Just give us a call, send an email, pop a letter in the post or message us on facebook or twitter. Alternatively, use the form – ‘Let us contact you’ and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Wedding Planners versus Wedding Coordinators
July 2, 2012

A little while ago a lovely colleague at the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) Melanie, from Cranberry Blue posted this article on her blog.  Very interesting and extremely useful for planners, venues, brides and industry professionals alike. Let me know what you think…


“If I had a pound for every time a heard a bride say ‘my venue has a Wedding Co-ordinator so I don’t need a Wedding Planner’ then I would be a pretty wealthy woman…

Now to a Wedding Planner, having an excellent Wedding Co-ordinator at the venue is vital as it makes our job much easier, as it means we can focus on managing the day as a whole, over-seeing all the tiny details, being on hand to attend to the bride and groom and solve any problems that may arise. I therefore don’t want this article to come across as negative to Wedding Co-ordinators but I simply wish to highlight the difference between the 2 roles so that you can make an informed decision as to what is right for you.

Depending on the type of service you have confirmed with a Wedding Planner, we are likely to have planned the majority if not all of your wedding, from sourcing the venue and suppliers right down to creating the design concept, planning the schedule of the day and ensuring every last detail is in place. We therefore know the ins and outs of your wedding day to the same level of detail (if not more) to you so are best equipped to be there on the day to manage it so you can just relax and enjoy yourself, confident that your wedding is in safe hands.

Most venues have a recommended supplier list, a lot of those will only include suppliers who they feel offer the right level of service and product to match the venue, however some operate on a commission basis where the supplier either has to pay the venue certain percentage if they are booked, or they even have to pay to be on that list. While this may give you a small selection of suppliers to choose from, it does not guarantee that they are of a certain quality and they haven’t been chosen specifically for you.

A Wedding Planner on the other hand has spent years building up close relationships with high calibre suppliers so they can reply on them to deliver 100%. We have a wide range of different people that we work with that offer something different in terms of style and price to ensure they are exactly what you are looking for.

Given these close relationships, Wedding Planners also have pre-negotiated rates in many cases, or if not then we will always negotiate hard on your behalf and pass that discount directly onto you. Venues can on the flip side make a commission from you using certain suppliers and it’s not in their interest to negotiate a saving for you.

A good Wedding Planner will always strive to make each wedding they plan unique and tailor-made, whereas venues generally like to keep to a similar format that works for them.

With so many elements that go into planning a wedding, a Wedding Co-ordinator will help with specific details on the day but won’t manage the entire process from start to finish like a Wedding Planner will.

Most Wedding Planners offer a separate ‘On the Day Management’ service which is perfect for some couples who are happy to plan their wedding themselves. Although a Wedding Co-ordinator at a venue will manage some of the tasks of the day such as co-ordinating with the registrar; ensuring the rooms are ready before guests arrive and being the main contact for the day, what they won’t do but Cranberry Blue Weddings will is…

• Create a highly detailed timeline for the day that includes absolutely everything involved in making your day run like clockwork. In addition to this we create simplified versions for the wedding party so everyone is clear what their roles are.

• Be on hand 2-3 weeks before to discuss the final details relating to all aspects of the wedding, so any concerns you have can be addressed

• Re-confirm delivery and set up times, and details with all of your suppliers and co-ordinate this with the venue. This is done 2-3 weeks before and again on the morning of the wedding day itself.

• Receive the buttonholes and bouquets from the florist and ensure they are allocated to the right people

• Assist in putting the buttonholes on (you’d be surprised as to how many men don’t know how to do this)

• Ensure the Procession line into the ceremony is correct

• Help set up the venue (ideally the day before), if not on the morning and rigorously check the seating plan has been followed correctly

• Double check that the tables look perfect and the table cloths have been pressed (they always have unsightly creases in them), check cutlery is lined up perfectly and glasses are in exactly the right position etc.

• We will visit you in the morning to check you are okay and be on hand if you need anything, however small

• What happens if something goes wrong on the day – someone spills foundation on their dress, a supplier doesn’t turn up or your cake is damaged? We’re there to resolve all of these problems for you – using our emergency kit to remove the makeup, call in a favour from another supplier worst case scenario or use some cleverly placed flowers to disguise the cake accident.

So before you dismiss using the services of a Wedding Planner, either to plan the whole event or to just be there on the day itself it might just be worth thinking about investing a relatively small amount of money to ensure your day is even better than you could have expected…”

Melanie – Cranberry Blue

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