Image by Guy Collier Photography.
Morning! Kat here from Katrina Otter Weddings. That’ll be me (the planner, not the bride!) in today’s feature header.
So I’m going to start off today’s post by being totally honest with you…
No matter what stage of the planning process you’re at, but especially the initial few months of engagement and wedding planning excitement (you know, the stage before the reality of wedmin hits!), the title and subject matter of the latest feature in our collaborative wedding planning series is probably going to register quite highly on your trés dull meter! Probably as highly as this total, but essential, snooze-athon?!
BUT before you click on another jam packed inspirational feature then please STOP and take a moment to consider the “what ifs”, the potential consequences and the added layer of stress as a result of not reading on (or at least bookmarking this feature) and therefore not having a wedding day emergency kit…
WHAT IF there’s a mini heatwave like there was a couple of weeks ago and you / your wedding party / your guests are prone to a little burn..?
WHAT IF a guest accidentally steps on your dress and tears the hem? The zip or buttons break? OR even worse, there’s a rogue wine spillage..?
WHAT IF you’re prone to hayfever and your photographer finds the most idyllic patch of tall billowy grass for your couple shots..?
… you get the drift!
So, let’s start off with the question you’re probably now asking yourself… do you really need an emergency kit..?
Well, if you’re still reading on and those “what ifs” made you sit up and take notice then I think you already know the answer is YES, right..?! Wedding day emergency kits are a must-have for many reasons.
Feature Image by Mister Phill.
I love today’s planning piece by Katrina Otter – it’s honest, fresh and really quite personal.
Katrina and I both had elements of our day that went against the usual wedding format; For starters my Mum walked me down the aisle. My Dad’s sadly not with us anymore and whilst I know that on the day I missed his presence terribly, I couldn’t think of a better person to have by my side in that moment. She was a legend and steadied me as I made my way towards my future husband. So a big wave to all the amazing Mums out there!
I was also heckled into making a speech. Whilst I’d actually prepared one I felt like one more speech might have sent everyone over the edge a little so I quietly bowed out. I judged the crowd wrong! So yes, I made an off the cuff speech, straight from the heart and I think I did OK.
As for Kat… Well she’s a one-woman-warrior for breaking the wedding party roles! She had her Victorian Bulldog Betty act as her Maid of Honour, she firmly held the microphone and addressed her guests in her own bridal speech and she’s also been a Best Woman for her brother’s wedding at the gorgeous RSA in London.
So folks, it really is up to you to decide what’s right and what’s not quite right when it comes to your own wedding party.
Kat’s here to guide you through it all…
A Modern Day Guide to Wedding Party Roles & Responsibilities
Let me tell you a little story…
Rewind the clocks to the start of 2013 and the boy and I were in the final few months of our wedding planning journey. One evening we were discussing the traditional order of speeches (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the Father of the Bride followed by the Groom and then the Best Man) when the realisation suddenly hit me… Hang on a minute, how are we going to factor in more than one Best Man, when does MY Best Woman talk AND what about me..?
This in turn opened a whole can of worms… Why couldn’t my Victorian Bulldog Betty be my Maid of Honour, why did the Best Men have to be in charge of our wedding rings; they lost their passports on the stag do so why on earth would I entrust them with our rings..?! You get the drift and from that moment on, I picked up the roles and responsibilities rule book, threw it out the window and haven’t picked it up since!
SO, if you were thinking that my latest feature in our collaborative wedding planning series was going to be like any other readily available and easily Google searchable guide on roles and responsibilities then think again!
(BTW if you do want to stick to tradition then there’s nothing wrong with this (I’m just shaking things up a little) but this feature is definitely not for you and you may want to look here instead!)
Even 4 years on from my own wedding, it’s safe to say that wedding party roles and responsibilities are still incredibly traditional. Weddings themselves have changed hugely over the past few years but we’re still working with the same lists and allocation of roles that we have for decades. Now I’m not sure why that is but I am sure that today’s feature is a modern-day guide to roles and responsibilities and I think / hope you’re going to like it!
Images by Hannah Duffy Photography.
I don’t think many people would describe me as ‘outdoorsy’. Sure, I like a little alfresco lunch in the summertime, a long dog walk to my fave coffee shop and I did seek out a walled garden wedding venue just to have that outside element to my big day. But ‘outdoorsy’ – no.
So, it was quite the surprise when I found peace in a beautiful woodland just an hour or so down the M25.
GreenAcres Woodland Weddings is a wedding venue with a difference; these ancient woodlands are a place where you can truly celebrate life’s journey. I mean the full cycle people and all the emotions that are entangled in these momentous events that we all experience – new life, the joining of two loved ones and ultimately that time when we must bid farewell.
GreenAcres is the place where all of this and more can be celebrated.
Images by Hannah Duffy Photography.
I’m feeling all kinds of emotional this morning and I’ll tell you why…
Today is the first post of the New Year from my dear friend Katrina Otter. Kat is our resident wedding planner here at Coco Wedding Venues and she provides us with a wealth of planning tips and advice on these very pages. But she also happens to be the Wedding Planner of the Year 2017 as of last week’s The Wedding Industry Awards and I was there to scream, clap and ugly cry at this brilliant announcement.
This award-winning planner has the most incredible vision but her skills are firmly rooted in the logistics, schedules and spreadsheets that are the backbone of your wedding day. Planning a wedding can be quite a daunting process and for some couples this might be the very first (and only!) time they try to organise such a big event. If you’re finding yourself a little lost right now then this feature is perfect for you as Kat will be taking you through the 5 w’s of hiring a Wedding Planner – who, what, why, when & where.
We hope this post offers some guidance about what Wedding Planners do and if their services are something you feel you require, we’ve also included links to some of our absolute faves for you to research. To kick things off we have a beautiful behind-the-scenes film by Roost Film Co. from a private garden wedding Kat planned last Summer. This couple are also quite special to us as we introduced Claire & Tom to Katrina and together they created a truly stunning day.
So press play and see the role of a Wedding Planner in action!
The Five W’s to Hiring a Wedding Planner!
A big hello, a belated Happy New Year from Katrina Otter Weddings and welcome to my first wedding planning feature for 2017!
If you’re recently engaged (congratulations BTW!), new to the world of wedding planning or a newbie to the beautifully stylish pages of inspirational pretty here on Coco then here’s a quick re-cap about me and my partnership with Coco Wedding Venues…
- I’m an independent Wedding Planner and have been organising weddings throughout the UK since 2012.
- I’m one half of Coco & Kat – Creative Direction for Wedding Venues & Beyond.
- I’m the Resident Wedding Planner for Coco Wedding Venues.
- Together, Emma (aka Mrs Coco Wedding Venues!) and I have written a pretty fab series detailing all of the planning basics you’ll need to get you going.
And in 2017 we’ve got some more deliciously detailed and essential collaborative planning features in store for you, covering everything from roles and responsibilities to a three-part series with florist supremo Jay Archer.
Kicking off our 2017 series is today’s feature, the five W’s to hiring a Wedding Planner.
I have to be honest with you, today’s feature has been a rather long time in the making and one that I’ve postponed for at least a year now!
Well, over the years that I’ve been working as a Wedding Planner I’ve met with, learnt from, collaborated with, supported, mentored, listened to, socialised with and formed friendships with some truly incredible and inspirational UK and destination Wedding Planners.
As a profession, we work incredibly long and unsociable hours, our job can often be stressful, tiring and frustrating, we’re on call 24/7, we go above and beyond for our clients and we do all of this with a constant and unwavering sense of calm and positivity.
It’s because of all of this that I’ve procrastinated – I desperately want to do justice to this feature, our profession, the role we play and the work we do and of course to my wedding planning colleagues, mentors and friends.
So, it’s finally time to stop procrastinating (one of my 2017 wedding planning resolutions) and breakdown the Who, What, Why, When and Where to hiring a Wedding Planner…
The style of your wedding is completely up to you – it’s personal and should reflect the two of you, together. This is the whole basis for our wedding venue directory – individual style. But for this reason, the word ‘trend’ has become a bit of a controversial word to use in the wedding industry for fear it will promote a wedding that’s not honest to your style or your loves.
Whilst I completely understand this and don’t promote the cookie-cutter big day, if like me, you love to gaze at the new emerging interior trends, the latest colours and shapes hitting the high-street and have a wish list of current coveted pieces as long as your arm, then a trends feature is most probably for you.
So…. It’s back. Our BIG annual Wedding Trend Report in collaboration with our resident Wedding Planner Katrina Otter Weddings. In 2016 we coveted everything from the still bang-on-trend spring greens, oversized blooms and marble to bolder patterns, prints, palms and how can we forget… parrots!
We always love putting these features together for you guys and this year promises to be just as inspirational (minus the parrot!).
The 2017 Wedding Trend Report
It’s that time of year again when the temperatures plummet, the topic of conversation turns to glitterball trophies, Mrs. Claus and Buster (well it certainly does in the Otter household!) and wedding planning takes a healthy and probably much needed break in favour of our festive preparations and celebrations.
It’s also that time of year when the wedding industry starts to look to the year ahead and Emma and I join forces for the annual Coco & Kat collaborative Wedding Trend Report!
As mentioned in our 2014, 2015 and 2016 reports, whether you follow, believe or are even bothered by them or not (and that’s perfectly fine if you’re not!), trends happen all the same. There’s also no science as to which trend predictions will and won’t make the cut so instead, our report is merely an amalgamation of emerging trends from beautiful real weddings, inspirational styled shoots and the influential world of fashion, design, architecture and interiors.
Our aim is to guide you through the trends that we think and hope we’ll start to see in greater frequency in 2017 as well as providing you with a little bit of pre-Christmas aspirational and pinspirational pretty!
Shall we begin…?
STRONG STATEMENT GREENS
Wedding flower trends come and go but the trend for fresh-from-the-garden, lush and relaxed, deconstructed, locally-grown, seasonal, wild and foraged is well and truly here to stay!
And top of that “I’m here to stay” trend is greenery and foliage.
For 2017 this trend is going to be just as popular but with a slightly more daring and punchier edge through the incorporation of stronger statement greens (both flowers and foliage) thrown into the mix.
From fashion forward sage and olive green to Pantone’s 2017 fashion colour trends of Kale (PANTONE 18-0107 – a lush and fertile natural green that provides the perfect complementary background to a more vibrant wedding colour palette) and Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343 – a refreshingly bold yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent).
Image 1 by Amanda Alessi for Yeah Weddings via Hello May | Image 2 by Rebecca Goddard Photography at Wimbourne House via Coco Wedding Venues | Image 3 by Nail & Twine Photography via Hello May | Image 4 by Plenty to Declare Photography at Millbridge Court via 100 Layer Cake | Image 5 by Alissa Saylor Photography via Chic Vintage Brides | Image 6 by Therese Winberg Photography via Rock My Wedding.