Location / Coverage: Based in Swindon, Wiltshire, mainly specialising in beautiful unique weddings in Wiltshire, Cotswolds and the Home Counties
What does Your Planning Angel do?
Your Planning Angel is a Wedding and Events company based in Swindon, Wiltshire. My planning services allow the couple to have complete control over their wedding plans without all the stress and pressure. Planning a wedding takes a substantial amount of time, and with so many venues and suppliers to choose from it can be a very daunting task. Your Planning Angel exists to help busy, professional couples create a truly unique and memorable wedding day.
How did Your Planning Angel come about and how long has the business been going?
I first thought of setting up Your Planning Angel in 2010, but at the time I was invested in a successful career in the financial sector. Five years, a wedding, two house moves and two children later I knew it was time to take a leap of faith and I launched Your Planning Angel at the beginning of 2015. I can honestly say that it was the best career decision I’ve ever made – I absolutely love it!
Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be a wedding planner?
I have always loved planning anything from hosting a little get together with friends to large corporate events. I get an enormous sense of achievement from taking an idea and combining all the elements to create a great occasion. Weddings are the ultimate celebration for most couples and I’ve known for many years that I wanted to extend my passion for event planning to focus on weddings, so becoming a wedding planner has been a very natural transition for me.
At Paperchain we produce completely unique wedding stationery, and we take a huge amount of pride in working closely with our bride and grooms to make sure that they receive their perfect wedding stationery.
How did Paperchain Wedding Stationery come about and how long has the company been running?
It was sort of by accident. I had been working as a graphic designer for 15 years when my sister asked me to design her wedding stationery for her. Of course I said that I would be honoured. I then went on to design my own wedding stationery and received loads of really great comments on both. Paperchain was born!
Who works at Paperchain Wedding Stationery and what are your roles?
I decided to really put my heart and soul into Paperchain and to leave my job as a graphic designer and work at Paperchain full time. I design the wedding stationery and run Paperchain with the support of my husband and two lovely children.
Chantilly Rose is a wedding and event planning business located in Oxfordshire. We can help with all your planning needs from supplier sourcing to full wedding planning. We also cater for any event which needs assistance with organisation and planning at any stage. We organise wedding fayres across Oxfordshire too, so keep an eye out for us at your local wedding venue.
How did Chantilly Rose Weddings and Events come about and how long has the business been going?
We have always been fascinated by the world of weddings; all the pretty things, the glitz and glamour. Everyone is always so joyful at a celebration so it was only natural for us to want to explore the industry and wedding planning has always been a dream job of ours. Organisation is a key attribute, so we thought why not become a wedding and event planner and help lots of people plan their dream day in the process. After pledging a year to plan a wedding for a couple in the military to ‘win a wedding’, we knew that it was definitely the job for us, and it was after then that Chantilly Rose Weddings and Events was born.
The business is now approaching its first year so we are still fairly new, but we are loving every minute of it and excited to see where the future will take us.
Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be a wedding planner?
Always! To get a personalised invitation land on your doorstep is an exciting experience. It’s the first insight to what the event will entail. The build up to the big day is always filled with anticipation and questions, then to see the couple so happy on the day is just so special. To know you have helped plan that wedding is even more special.
Wedding planning was always in the back of our minds. It was the dream job that you never think you would get in to.
After planning my own wedding whilst heavily pregnant, sending the venue co-ordinator all the documents she needed to carry out the wedding day itself, I assumed she would take over on the day with my instructions and be by my side from the minute we stepped foot in the door. Unfortunately, this was not the case. She greeted us and showed us to our reception room where we sat down for our wedding breakfast then she was nowhere to be seen. I had to search for her myself, to which I was informed she had left for the day. This then led me to do what she should have been doing, organising speeches, DJ, lighting, buffet, first dance and cake cutting. Something the bride should not have been doing on her wedding day.
Although this should not have happened, I knew then that it was my mission to help as many brides as possible enjoy their day, and by becoming a wedding planner I would achieve this.
If you have ever dreamed of having your wedding featured in your very own magazine, LifetimesMAG.com is perfect for you. We produce custom, personalised magazines that tell the story of your big day, in a range of stunning styles.
Each magazine features flowing articles created by our expert writers (based on answers from you, your friends and family, to a series of tailored questions) in combination with your pictures.
We also create personalised magazines for anniversaries, hen and stag do celebrations, and all of life’s milestones.
It is inevitable that your memories of a special occasion such as a wedding will fade over time; trust me, it happens to all of us! However, with a LifetimesMAG your memories will remain fresh as you can relive those details, emotions and feelings time and time again.
How did LifetimesMAG.com come about and how long has the company been running?
The original incarnation of LifetimesMAG.com was Lifetimes Publishing, which was established by a friend of mine back in 2007. Originally the idea was for the writer to attend the wedding before liaising with the designer on creating the magazine. Although quite a few orders were processed, the service was inflexible and expensive.
However, I always thought the concept of a personalised wedding magazine had great potential, and I took over the company a year ago with the aim of completely relaunching the service this summer as LifetimesMAG.com and giving it the time, effort and love it deserves.
The revamped service features a really nice interactive website through which orders can be placed and the information we need for the articles can be retrieved from people without sending a writer to the wedding. We call the website process a ‘Template’ option, whereas we still offer a ‘Bespoke’ option featuring telephone-based interviews.
With prices starting at just £199 or, for example, £399 for 100 printed copies of an absolutely stunning 16-page magazine packed with all your memories, we have made the service very affordable, especially when you consider more expensive wedding-related services.
It was also really important to give the magazines a fresh look and more design options, and there are now 10 stunning styles to choose from.
Who works at LifetimesMAG.com and what are your roles?
Richard heads up our design team, while I keep a close eye on the editorial side of things along with Phil. We also have Simon who heads up our proofreading team. My wife, Lynda, helps in a number of areas including marketing, communications and editorial. We also have a network of hand-picked freelance writers and designers based across the UK, from the south west to the north east.