With the new year tends to come an overwhelming sensation that you’re getting married this year. As exciting as the prospect is, you’re not sure where to start with getting everything organised, or you maybe not even be sure what should be on your checklist!
If you’re in the Canberra area and are looking for some support as you delve into the last legs of your journey towards becoming a married woman we can definitely point you in the right direction >>> look no further than Shampagne Wedding Planning.
We took some time this week to sit down with the lovely Steph and Sal from Shampagne to find out exactly what it takes to pull together an event of a life time…
Can you tell us a bit about Shampagne Wedding Planning?
Always the planners, organisers and decorators of countless parties and special occasions, we decided to channel our interests and start a wedding orientated business, offering a mixed bag of services to couples that we noticed there was a lack of in Canberra.
Our goal was to be that extra set of hands in the wedding process, whatever that may be! We knew how special the experience of planning a wedding was, and that so many couples wanted to do the planning themselves. But we also recognised that this is a once in a lifetime experience, and that knowing where to go, who to ask, how to approach certain aspects of a wedding can be difficult and overwhelming. We wanted to offer advice and assistance to couples doing it their way, making their planning process easier and more organised, rather than taking over.
Over the years we have come across a variety of needs and requests, so have structured our business based on what modern couples need.
Where are you based and what areas do you service?
We are a Canberra based business and are happy to travel anywhere a bride and groom need us!
What sort of packages do you offer to couples getting married?
We offer a range of services and honestly, everything is up for discussion! We have had unique requests for help over the years and are happy to help wherever we can.
Our most popular package is On the Day Management. This includes 12 hours of service on the wedding day to complete the setup of their ceremony and reception, and make sure everything runs smoothly up until the end of the formalities. On the Day Management is $1,000.
We offer a full planning package where we assist couples planning every facet of their wedding and also includes our attendance on the day. The full package is $2,000.
We offer a variety of other services for couples to pick and choose from as the need arises, from décor collection, stationery services, guest management (buses, accommodation etc), hens and bucks parties and tailor our pricing according to the couples individual needs.
Is there a group of suppliers that you work with on each wedding, or do you find a ‘best fit’ supplier dependent on a couples needs?
Of course we have our favourites, people we have worked with before and are familiar with their product/service and how they operate which is always beneficial. Our priority is in finding the perfect fit for our clients, so we are more than pleased to do the leg work and find the right supplier for the task at hand. We love expanding our network and working with businesses and people who have as much passion for their job as we do.
How early should couples book in for your services?
A lot of our clients actually come to us well into their planning, when they are feeling a bit overwhelmed by what’s still ahead and making sense of all the ideas and inspiration they are trying to bring together. Having two planners in our team makes it easier to accommodate couples especially during the busy peak wedding periods, but the more notice the better!
What advice do you have for brides when they are working out their wedding style?
Keep a mood board or Pinterest board. A picture speaks a thousand words, and collating everything together where you can see all the aspects at a glance will help keep your theme on track. This will also help you convey to your suppliers what you are looking to achieve and minimise any miscommunication or misinterpretation. One person’s version of coral might be very different to the next persons.
Also, when you make a decision on something, stop looking. You will second guess yourself and this can quickly lead to wasted budget and time, plus overwhelming yourself with too many options.
Have you had any unusual requests that you can share with us?
(Steph) Unfortunately I haven’t had anything too obscure. I had a couple who wanted to organise private car transport for all their interstate guests (about 60 people) which was interesting, couldn’t possibly hire a bus! And the second one would be a groom who wanted to pay all the vendors AFTER the wedding. He said “How do I know everyone is going to turn up and do their job”, and I had to explain to him at length that they definitely wouldn’t if they weren’t paid prior. I have had some curly choices in décor and favours etc but every couple is unique and their choices were the right ones for them.
(Sal) I agree, nothing too obscure to date. I think my most unusual request has been to create a carnival/clown theme wedding that felt far more like a kids 10th birthday party then a wedding. It was definitely a challenge but I am very proud of how it turned out and as we have said before, each wedding is unique to the couple and so who are we to judge! I love all of the weddings I have done for their individuality and uniqueness. It’s never dull being a wedding planner that’s for sure.
What is your favourite wedding story?
(Steph) One of my favourite weddings was a huge event about 2 years ago. So many aspects where a challenge and an absolute hoot. We had nearly 30 guests arrive who didn’t RSVP, we had a Maid of Honour who didn’t like her bridesmaid dress so bought a couture gown for the reception, we had a traditional band that quite literally nearly brought the roof down with their drums, a non-English speaking formidable Mother of the Bride, the bridal salon went into liquidation with a $14,000 dress inside which we had to try and find again with 5 months to go, late photographers, a hairstylist whose partner got sick and had 9 hair and makeups to do before 11am…. But the hilarity and enjoyment throughout the whole process and after the fact made every second worth it and we pulled off an incredible day.
What do you love most about work with couples on putting together their special day?
It’s a very special opportunity working so closely with brides (and grooms) bringing together such a big day. We have grown very close to some couples, become Facebook friends and seen them welcome their babies into the world! When you get to know more about the people getting married, it becomes a much more personal experience, and you feel so invested in making everything perfect.
(Steph) My two favourite parts of the process, are catching up with such lovely people on a regular basis for a coffee or a wine and getting excited together over nutting out their vision. And secondly, when you finally run into each other after the ceremony or early into the reception, having a big hug and saying ‘we did it! We did this together and isn’t it amazing’ – knowing you played a part in making their day as stress free and beautiful as possible, no amount of tired feet can compete with that feeling.
(Sal) My favourite part would have to be watching the bride walk down the aisle. No matter what is happening and how much still has to be done to prepare for the reception, there is always time to stop and watch. It’s such a special moment.
What other services do you offer apart from Wedding planning?
We can help with engagement parties, hens and bucks parties and a range of organisational services, for example décor collection. More and more we are seeing venues who need to open for business the next day and need everything cleaned up and collected, we can take the pressure off family and friends and take care of this so everyone can have a sleep in!
For 2017/2018 what sort of trends do you think we’ll see?
Mis-matching bridesmaid dresses will continue to increase, we think we will see more coloured bridal gowns in not just blushes and silvers, but bold colours like navy and red. I also think dresses will become a lot more out there. More alluring sleek gowns will increase in popularity, off the shoulder dresses, 2 piece gowns, deep necklines and nude/lace combinations, as well as tiered skirts and ruffles that are more edgy than traditional.
Greenery in place of/as a much bigger part of floristry will be huge. A very natural and more cost effective option. Also very neutral colour schemes, be it rustic, vintage or classic weddings will have a more natural earthy simplicity to them. The boho/woodland theme will continue to be huge, wooden tree slices, lanterns and jars, kraft stationery and did we mention greenery?!
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