Today, we are chatting to the lovely Lorna Marie who tells us all about what inspired her to become a Wedding & Event Planner as well as the amazing services she offers.
1. What inspired you to become a Wedding & Event Planner?
I was asked to be a Bridesmaid back in 2017 and although I’d always dreamt of being a wedding planner, having always been the ‘super organised one’ amongst friends & creating tea parties for my parents as a child, being a part of this special journey in particular, gave me the push I needed to take the leap of faith & follow that dream.
2. How long have you been working in this industry?
3. What’s been the most extravagant wedding you’ve worked on?
I worked a wedding where the couple were inspired by the wedding of Alex Bowen & Olivia Buckland (Love Island stars) and so, as well as having bunches of the most beautiful flowers that dressed the staircase of their venue, they also had a blanket of perfectly pink florals that cascaded like a waterfall from the top table onto the floor.
4. Have you worked on weddings abroad? I imagine this would be the dream!
No not as of yet, but it is most definitely up there with the dream goals for my business.
5. Are you able to travel to certain locations across the U.K. for a wedding? Or is there restrictions in terms of how far you’ll travel to do your job?
I am happy to travel across the UK for my clients’ weddings. Travel costs can be incurred depending on the situation. For example, if the couple are getting married outside of the region I work in majority of the time, then there will more likely than not, be travel costs incurred on the actual day of the wedding as I will be there to co-ordinate the day to ensure it all runs smoothly. Furthermore, additional costs may be required for if I am needed to stay overnight in order to be present for set up the day before, or clear down the day after. If we can meet in the middle for our meetings & perhaps if I visit the venue with them during the planning process then that travel time may also be in addition to the cost of my services. Of course (now more than ever) there is the option for video calls and facetimes, so my guidance can take on a virtual form; regardless of distance it’s important to me that every client knows I am only ever a phone call away.
6. Are there general questions you get asked a lot from engaged couples?
“Is there such thing as starting too early” I hear a lot, and my answer is no. If you are engaged and are in a good place to start planning your wedding, then get ahead and make a start! The earlier you make decisions, the easier it is further on down the line.
“What’s the difference between a wedding planner & a venue coordinator” venue coordinators are professionals in their field, they know everything you need to know about the venue when it comes to hosting a wedding. They more often than not, will work closely with a list of recommended suppliers and can offer advice on what works best within the venue.
A wedding planner has knowledge that expands further than just within 1 venue. There are different types of venues & to be a freelance wedding planner, you build on your experience in various settings with numerous suppliers to offer advice in different scenarios as to what works best where, why & how etc.
7. Do you work solo or do you have a team?
Lorna Marie Events is made up of me and only me! I am still growing my business and have things I want to achieve before I can even think about expanding.
8. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I know everyone must say it, but there’s so many!
I think up at the top has to be the relationships I create with client’s when I venture on their event planning journey with them.
I am honoured to be a part of any special event where my services have been utilised and so, knowing that I have helped someone else achieve something that exceeds all expectations, is a truly amazing feeling.
9. What’s the least favourite part of the job?
That all special events have to eventually come to an end, does that count?
10. How do you work with engaged couples to share their vision? Do you use Pinterest a lot?
I think Pinterest is really useful in spotting what matters most to a client because it’s a way in which they can focus their attention in one (albeit big) place! It does have it’s flaws – sometimes being somewhat unrealistic, but it is a great platform to get inspired. I used it a lot in my personal life when I was thinking about decorating a room & needing inspiration, or when looking for recipes to try and actually when creating an event for myself after completing my diploma in wedding and event planning. It’s a way of organising, what can sometimes be chaos in your mind.
I don’t think it’s just because I’m a very organised person myself either…Knowing that you have exhausted every option possible when incorporating a candle centre piece onto your guest tables, somewhat gives off a sense of relief, even if you haven’t made a final decision yet.
I like to hear about what’s important to them as people also, hear about their hobbies; perhaps their values. It not only makes their planning more personal to them, it reminds them of why their planning the event they are, and what’s most important to remember during the planning process.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today! It’s been amazing to chat with you about the incredible service you offer couples and I hope our audience of Brides-to-be will choose you to help them plan their special day!