Goodbye & Thank You 2019

What a year 2019 has been! I’ve had the best year of weddings! I’ve worked with some absolutely amazing couples who I’ll miss being in touch with but feel so honored to have been part of their wedding day. If this is you, please keep in touch! 

I’ve met and worked alongside some really fab suppliers this year too. A huge thank you to all the caterers who have fed me. The bar staff who have kept me hydrated on those long, tiring wedding coordination days. Seriously, whoever thinks working by yourself in your business is lonely has not worked in the wedding industry. We’re a lovely bunch, supporting each other any way we can. I have a strong ethos of only working with nice people and luckily there are so many in the wedding industry. 

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One absolute highlight of the year has been winning The Wedding Industry Award for Yorkshire and the North East Venue Stylist. This really was a grateful win. It meant so much to me that the couple’s I’d worked with this year made it happen by voting. So a huge thank you to them. I’m going to the Nationals in January so wish me luck! I’m up against some amazing competition so I’m not at all hopeful but just thankful to be there!

When I started Emily K Weddings I remember looking at the winners of those awards and thinking it must be amazing to get to that level, to say I’m there, really makes me happy and yes really proud of myself. I feel like I work so hard in my business like literally my husband has to tell me to have a day off from time to time. I get wrapped up in the wedding whirlwind for each of my clients and just love that I get to help people create their dream wedding.

Cheesy but it’s really true. I’m a true believer that when you’re passionate about doing something and you give it all your hustle and heart, the results shine through. 

Emily K Weddings has grown so much this year as in physically as well. I’ve recently got a small warehouse space to house all my lovely decor which is a forever growing collection so if it’s not on the hire collection page it doesn’t mean I don’t have it. The collection is forever growing and it’s difficult to keep it updated all the time, so if there is something specific, get in touch. I’m hoping the warehouse space will one day it will develop into a space where couples can view styling setups for tables, etc. However, there is a lot of hard work to do well before that but stay tuned. 

I’ve learned lots along the way this year, mainly to not underestimate the time and skill it takes to clean glass candle holders. Haha. There are many New Year goals I’ve set myself to keep Emily K Weddings moving onwards and upwards, some I know I’ll stick to, others if I’m been honest might not happen, I mean blogging, realistically, keeping up a regular blog schedule is a pipedream! I’m not a natural writer, I tend to type as I talk which sometimes doesn’t make sense. I’ve accepted now that that’s ok, my brain just isn’t wired in a wordy way, I’m much more about the visual. In other words, if you’ve read to this point, you’re doing well! One other New Year’s resolution is to accept that I am only one person and can’t do it all so to accept help when offered. Let’s see how it goes!

Group photo with the lovely Where the Ribbon Ends, Garden Studio and M & G Photographic. Photo by the lovely M & G Photographic too!

Happy New Year Everyone! I can’t wait for an even more exciting and challenging 2020. More weddings, more couples and creating more beautiful bespoke weddings. 

If you’re recently engaged and looking for help with wedding planning, styling, coordination or set up, get in touch. 2021 is almost full but the 2022 calendar is open. It’s not too early to book!

The Ramblings of Turning 30

This weekend I turn 30. I’m not sure how I feel about it if I’m being totally honest. Part of me is panicking that I’m now getting old and the other part of me is glad to not have uncertainty and lack of confidence I had in my early twenties when I was learning who I was. 

Someone once said to me, your twenties are your selfish years, you do what you want, live freely and don’t have too many responsibilities. This was the approach I adopted and don’t regret it. 

I thought I’d do this post so you know a little more about me. I am a human wedding planner and stylist after all. I like to get to know my couples and genuinely get excited to hear about your wedding plans. I’m married and I know it’s such an amazing time of your lives and you should totally enjoy it all. That’s why I love to help!

 

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Image via Pinterest. Very true!

 

Without sounding like a cringe-worthy CV bio or dating profile, here I go! 

I’ve always been a creative, I loved the usual art and design at school and it then took me onto the path of Interior Design that I studied at Uni and worked in the industry for the past few years. I love design! I love seeing that idea from your head come to life. I’ll be honest, I suck at words, English writing and talking isn’t my strong point so if you can make sense of what I’m talking about, you’re doing well! 

So ye, I love design and being an Interior Designer has taught me so much. I designed pubs, bars and restaurants so I was lucky enough to meet such a variety of people, from investors to pub landlords. (I love a good pub by the way!). The thing I really loved most though was standing there on a building site with my hard hat and safety boots on and seeing all the ideas become a finished space and working with the best suppliers to do a great job. Very similar to wedding planning!

After getting married in 2015 and driving my, now husband, and family mad with wedding ideas and meticulous planning, it seemed the wedding bug sparked within me and I really found my passion. The plans I put together for our wedding were concrete. The decor was scheduled out, boxed and labelled so everyone knew what to do on the morning of the wedding. It took hours, but I loved it. The set up on the morning was pretty stressful for my mum and family as they rushed round to get things done. This was my one wedding regret. I wish I’d got someone to do it for me. That’s why I offer this to my couples. Please don’t miss out on that morning getting ready with mum. 

I never thought, when in my early twenties, that I’d be running my own business one day. I didn’t really know what I’d be doing, I assumed just carrying on doing Interior Design in a company. There’s a quote that I love, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”― Farrah Gray. I can’t tell you how inspiring this quote was for me and it truly relates. So I decided to go for it. Life is too short not to give it go. So hence, after gaining a Diploma with the Wedding Academy, Emily K Weddings was launched. 

I did, however, set myself one goal in life when I was younger and that was to own a vintage VW camper van by the time I was 30. Well, that hasn’t happened but I do have my Emily K Weddings van and that’s totally fine for me. It’s not quite the soft top Mini you assume most wedding planners and stylist have but practically, it’s the dream. How else do you think I transport all the styling magic. Although you might set these little silly goals in life and they might not turn out how you want, sometimes the alternative is simply a better fit.

Another thing that no one tells you about wedding planning, is how fit you need to be! This has been a shock to my system. Heavy lifting and running around is all part of it, so if you see me with a messy bun and trainers on while I’m setting up, I may look scruffy but I’ll look sharp eventually. 

It also dawned on me the other day that I have never done anything radical with my hair. Feeling a little mainstream. Therefore, I’ve decided that, for my 30th, I’m getting my hair dyed pink (don’t worry mum, no tattoos or piercing. I’ll save them for my 40th!). I’m not sure what I’ll look like and I’m most definitely not cool enough to pull it off but I’m doing it anyway! If you do see me about with pink hair, just say it looks nice please even if it doesn’t. Fab, got that out of the way to avoid any awkward glances. 

One more thing about turning 30 is how different my life is now I’ve moved back to Mirfield, a small town in West Yorkshire after living in London for 6 years. We now have an actual house (with stairs!) and dog and, dare I say this, those god-awful garden shoes that are like crocs but Lidls own (it’s not a good look at all and every time I put them on I question my life, but they’re handy). I miss London, I miss our friends and going out for drinks and dinner during the week, but it never quite felt like home for me. It was a natural move back Up North where I genuinely have noticed, people are a lot more friendly. I’m so glad I experienced London life and it was amazing, but at the same time, it’s nice to be home. Although, I do miss being the token Northerner in the office and a bloody good brunch!

I think that’s enough of my ramblings, I could go on, maybe that’s what turning 30 does to you, makes you ramble like a crazy old person. I just wanted to share with you a personal post so you can see I am just a girl (a 30 year old one) behind the brand, not pretentious but down to earth and working hard to make unique, beautiful weddings for you!

Speak to you soon. By then I’ll be a woman in her 30’s! Eeks! As if, I still feel 23!
Click here to get in touch to arrange a consultation over a cuppa and let’s ramble away about weddings together.

 

 

 

5 Reasons You Need a Wedding Stylist

A wedding stylist isn’t necessarily a key ingredient to the wedding planning recipe, more like the garnish on the top making everything that bit better and taste even more yummy.
Here’s why that garnish is so much more than just a cherry on the top…

 

 

 

 

5 reasons you need a wedding stylist…

1. Save Money

Save money by hiring decor rather than buying it. Hiring a wedding stylist can be cheaper than doing everything yourselves. Stylists know where to get props and decor to help you make your wedding day even more amazing. 

2. Save Time

No one wants to be stressed or under pressure on their wedding day. A wedding stylist can set it all up for you before or on the morning of your wedding. Therefore, you have time to relax, get ready with mum and your bridesmaids, sip prosecco and just enjoy! Trust me, I’ve experienced this first hand on my own wedding day. On the morning of my wedding day, my parents and husband-to-be were frantically running around decorating the venue, they came back so stressed and had to rush to get ready. I felt so bad for doing that to them and I missed enjoying my morning with my mum. So please don’t have the same regret I did!

A stylist can also save you time before the day itself. I will help source decor so you don’t have to and if you have those extra bits you want to do yourself, just let me know and I’ll style them for you on the day. I totally understand if you want to use those Gin bottles you’ve been saving for table names!

 

 

3. Less Effort

It’s a lot more effort than you anticipate doing the styling yourself. Doing all the DIY elements, packing them up the day before then collecting the morning after your wedding is so much effort. The last thing you want to do after your first breakfast as husband and wife is clear up at the venue! A stylist does all that for you. Get yourselves off onto that honeymoon!

4. Better Design

When you’ve got a Pinterest board bursting at the seams with ideas that have evolved and changed so much, you don’t know what you want anymore! A wedding stylist can help you refine your wedding style and put together a more cohesive wedding design for you. My Story of Your Day pack does just that. Aimed at couples who have been bombarded with ideas and worried about which direction to take their wedding style, the pack clarifies those details and ideas to bring your day to life in a narrative. After reading through it, I guarantee, it’ll make you even more excited about your wedding day, maybe even a tear to your eye. My job as a wedding stylist is to then bring the Story of Your Day to life by sourcing, design decor and working with the best suppliers. 

5. Higher Quality

Chances are you might be able to get cheaper props from the high street, but you know what, if I’m being honest, they’ll look cheap. Quality is so important on your wedding day, those little details matter and if you hire a wedding stylist, they will have more high quality or specialised decor to set your wedding apart and elevate your wedding design. The quality of service for a stylist is important too. I communicate with you throughout your wedding planning and draw up a layout plan so your wedding design is exactly how you want! 

Get in touch to arrange your free consultation and let’s get creative with your wedding styling.

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