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Liz Linkleter Event Planning & Design offers a comprehensive wedding planning and bespoke design service… And we’re smitten! Never twee, never ostentatious and rarely traditional, their weddings are understated but always creative and individual, steering clear of Pinterest styling clichés and one-size-fits-all design schemes.

No matter what your vision, Liz and her team will work closely with you to create something that speaks volumes about you as a couple. Known for creating weddings for discerning, style-conscious clients, they bring many years’ worth of experience working in the luxury fashion industry into everything they do.

So, if you need a little assistance with your planning and want to give your guests the party of a lifetime then read on my friends… You might also spot some of our gorgeous venues too!

Notes from Liz Linkleter

Liz:

I founded Liz Linkleter Event Planning & Design following my own wedding – something a lot of wedding industry professionals say! Having amassed ten years’ experience in luxury fashion PR and event production, most recently at Alexander McQueen, I wanted to apply that style-conscious approach and sense of understated luxury to wedding planning and styling. I love nothing more than a party, and am constantly thinking of reasons to throw them – nothing makes me happier than seeing my friends going wild on the dancefloor. It’s an amazing feeling seeing my clients having the best day of their lives and knowing I have helped make that happen.

My passion is simple things when they are done well, seeking out the very best of beautiful, elegant design. I’m aware of trends, but I don’t feel compelled to follow them – in fact, I’ll help you navigate through all those Pinterest references your friends are copying, to create something truly stunning and timeless. Bringing together the meticulous organisation and production skills I’ve gathered through my career, and a creative flair that the fashion industry has helped to develop, I love to create weddings that are atmospheric, fun-filled and unforgettable.

OUR SERVICES

As your wedding planner, we can work with you every step of the journey, from engagement to the big day and beyond.

We will find your perfect venue, hunt out props and furniture, and source the very best suppliers and entertainment. We then provide total event management, so you can relax knowing that everything is in hand. With our connections and expertise in planning weddings of all scales, we can save you time, alleviate the stress, and actually save you money. Our suppliers don’t just do weddings – they’ve worked with some of the best fashion brands in the world and a lot of famous faces.

Our most popular and comprehensive option is the full planning package, but we also offer a creative design only service for couples who have the time to plan their wedding but want some creative help to make sure it really wows their guests. And for those approaching their wedding day, we offer a very popular 4-week and on-the-day service, where we take over all the coordination a month before the big day, liaising with all your suppliers, pulling together your event schedule and managing the day itself so you can relax and enjoy it.

We also offer a venue search service. Whether in a stately home, a warehouse in East London or in your back garden, we pride ourselves on finding the perfect venue for your celebrations. We have organised weddings in venues as varied as a deconsecrated church in the middle of a park, an 18th century National Trust house with sumptuous pastel interiors, by a river in the middle of the countryside, and in an old London car factory. If it’s special and stunning, we know about it.

ADVICE WHEN CHOOSING A WEDDING PLANNER

Every wedding planner is different, with different experience and taste. Each one has a trademark style that they are known for, and it’s important to find someone who is a good fit for you.

When meeting wedding planners who you like the look of, it’s important to ask as many questions as possible. Get an understanding of their experience, including the kind of weddings they plan and the amount of weddings they plan per year. Ask if they offer only set packages, or if they can create something bespoke. It’s also worth remembering that not all wedding planners are also wedding designers/stylists – be sure to ask this question in your initial meeting, if it’s not clear from their website.

In the initial meeting, try to get a clear understanding of the scope of work – what the wedding planner will look after, and what (if anything) will be your responsibility. Always ask if there are any hidden additional costs. Finally, it can be helpful to know how the costs will be invoiced and how visible your budget will be – we always ensure costs are paid directly to suppliers by our clients, so all the costs are completely transparent, but not everyone does this.

Finally, the most important thing is to make sure you like your wedding planner and that you get on well. You’ll be spending a lot of time together, so this is an absolute essential. I often end up good friends with my clients – perk of the job.

TOP FIVE PLANNING TIPS

  • My top tip to brides is to try not to get too obsessed with Pinterest! It is an amazing resource and full of fantastic inspiration, but it can also be overwhelming. Try to stay true to yourselves – what you love, what you find beautiful, and the history of your relationship – rather than replicating others or following trends that will date.
  • Make sure you work with the venue you’ve hired – it’s so important to work with your surroundings, rather than forcing your ideas onto a space when they aren’t a natural fit.
  • Try to relax and enjoy the process. Planning your wedding should be fun! If you don’t have the budget to stretch to a wedding planner, consider asking friends and family for help.
  • Try not to bite off more than you can chew – you may regret committing yourself to a lot of DIY projects as the wedding day gets closer. You don’t want to be up a ladder hanging decorations at midnight the night before your wedding!
  • My top tip for atmosphere once the party has started is to make sure your dance floor, smoking area and bar are as close together as possible. Nothing kills a dance floor vibe more than a bar that’s in a separate room.

Based in East London Liz Linkleter works on weddings throughout the UK and abroad. If you’ve spotted something you love and have identified with Liz’s impeccable taste and style then you can make an enquiry directly by emailing liz@lizlinkleter.com or calling +44 (0) 7736 288 117.

You can also follow the lovely Liz on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Happy planning!

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