Wedding planner Aimee Dunne got in touch with me to share her wedding photos, and I had to know more. What’s it like for a professional wedding planner to organise her own wedding?
All photography is by Andy Catterall, who is based in London.
The wedding of a wedding planner
I asked Aimee about her own wedding planning experiences, and you can read her story between the gorgeous wedding photos below.
What was the first thing you booked for your wedding?
The venue. This was the most important thing to us and I feel this largely dictates the rest of the feel / theme of the wedding so we wanted this organised as early as possible. I wanted somewhere in the real English countryside, naturally beautiful, and somewhere guests would feel like they were escaping to.
Did your own planning go smoothly? What would you do differently?
Very smoothly. It sounds corny but I wouldn’t do anything differently, I loved every minute of it and even though I now see so many beautiful things for weddings, including great venues and suppliers, I still wouldn’t change anything. The planning all went very smoothly but I loved it so I think that’s why.
Aimee’s wedding dress by Benjamin Roberts is elegant and sophisticated with softly folded fabric layers. She chose a bracelet from award winning bridal jeweller Chez Bec to complement the dress perfectly. She’s a stunning bride!
What was the best thing about planning your wedding?
Using my creative side. I worked in the city for many years and somewhat forgot how creative I can be.
Planning my wedding bought this back to me and reminded me how much I enjoy visualising how something can look and then pulling it all together.
I get a true sense of joy from creating something lovely and even more so when I saw all my friends and family enjoy the day, and night, so much!
What was your favourite wedding moment?
Saying ‘I do’!
Your favourite wedding decoration?
Peonies. Simple, beautiful, English flowers..I love them.
What was your favourite wedding accessory?
My wedding shoes. I had dangerously high Christian Louboutins, white with a bright pink sole. They sound slightly tacky but they were stunning!
The best wedding planning moment?
Finding the wedding venue. The minute we drove into the grounds of Chewton Glen I just knew it was perfect and from then I could visualise everything. It was magical.
Did you use a wedding planner yourself?
No, I enjoyed doing it too much myself!
What’s it like training with the UKAWP?
The UKAWP training has been a complete asset. Not only did I learn an enormous amount about planning itself, I also met various other planners who are now friends.
The training really cemented the fact that this is the job for me and it was hugely beneficial to be able to meet so many other planners. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the training I‘ve done with them.
How important are the little details at a wedding?
The little details can never be underestimated. It’s all the little details that when pulled together create the whole wedding and it’s these details that so often make a wedding personal and unique rather than just another production line white wedding. I live for the details!
What qualities are most important in a wedding planner?
Attention to detail. It’s a wedding planner’s job to notice all the little things and ensure they’re perfect.
Honesty. Clients should be able to 100% trust their planners, they are after all entrusting one of the most important days of their lives to us.
Organisation. This really goes without saying that a planner needs to be organised at all times, and I really think there’s absolutely no excuse not to be, personally I love being organised!
(and a cheeky question to finish…)
Do you need to be just a little bit mad to want to be a professional wedding planner?
Yes! I also think OCD is a requirement and certainly helps!
Thanks Aimee for sharing your own wedding story. It looks like a perfect day.
The Aimee Dunne wedding blog is full of inspiration, ideas, wedding design and those gorgeous little details she has an eye for: visit www.aimeedunne.com/blog and of course Aimee’s own website for wedding planning and design in Kent and London is www.aimeedunne.com