We are proud to introduce Belle readers to The Chic Wedding Company. As the name suggests, this is the go-to business for a perfectly coordinated, stylish wedding.
Meet Wendy Smulski. After her romantic wedding in Venice, planned with the help of an Italian wedding planner, Wendy decided to help other North East brides to create their dream day.
She says: “I had no contacts in northern Italy, just a vision of what I wanted. Without a planner working for me I would have been lost. They were invaluable.”
Wendy signed up with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners – an organisation set up to create a kind of blueprint for professional planners, with codes of conduct and ethics regulations.
After launching her own business, Wendy covers the whole of the North East and North Yorkshire from her Northallerton headquarters.
Like other wedding planners, Wendy offers a range of services and can be involved as much, or as little, as you need – from dealing with an inflexible venue to planning a wedding down to the smallest detail.
“Some couples like to plan the day but need help negotiating the best price with suppliers and the venue. Others find the whole thing so intimidating that it threatens to overshadow the actual event. They just need to off-load everything,” says Wendy.
But what about the cost? According to Wendy a good planner will more than make good their fee, she says: “I like to think my cost is more than covered by the money I can save.”
“It’s easy to get carried away when you’re planning your wedding – peer pressure is a terrible thing,” says Wendy, so she agrees the wedding budget with the client from the outset and strives to organise a magnificent wedding day for any price-range.
Wendy’s overseas experience has proven to be invaluable and she can now help other couples looking to get married abroad.
Wendy says: “A good planner never loses sight of the couple at the centre of this event. It’s their event, their big day.”
You can contact Wendy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01609 774955
Look out for more from Wendy and other North East wedding planners in the next issue of Belle Bridal – out at the end of July!