Welcome to a new Sheena Solis Bride blog segment called 'Day in the Life of' where I will get to converse and interview my wedding industry peers & experts to get some real answers that will assist all inquisitive brides-to-be and better prepare you for your big day! #dayinthelifeof #sheenabride to follow this new blog series.
In today's blog, I recently got to catch up with a lovely wedding industry peer and good friend of mine, Amy Thorne - Wedding Industry Expert, Business Owner and mum. Over a lovely cup of coffee, yummy lunch and a fantastic view of Lincoln Catherdal from the rooftop of the Restaurant: The Terrace on the Bail, I got to ask Amy some real questions about Brides, Wedding Planning, and being a passionate Business Owner all while being a Mum. Get a 101 insight of planning your wedding from a talented Expert.
tweak my work / life balance. Having said that I do pretty well, I am always my own worse
critic. My career gives Genevieve time to learn and develop tremendously in a fantastic
nursery, have special time with Daddy at weekends and extra time with Grandparents. She
is a little superstar and she means the world to me. I still need to make time for more
cuddles though, best feeling ever as a mummy!
able to relate with pretty much anyone. It also makes you more patient and tolerant! Life
experience is key to being an excellent wedding planner as well as the usual skill set. It is
also massively beneficial to having my own business, it makes me strive to do better for her
future. I can’t wait for Genevieve to talk about ‘mummy’s business’ in school.
creative and people based. It took me a few years before I could retrain due to
circumstances and finances but when I did I felt driven, inspired and hungry for a career in
the wedding industry. I spent years doing jobs that bored me and gave me no satisfaction.
Having said that I feel this time really built the foundations for my business as sometimes it
is good to do things you don’t like to appreciate what you love.
process though from enquiry, consultation, quote, conversion, contract, schedule, action
plan, venue searches, supplier searches, menu tastings, day in detail meetings through to
the day itself. The best part though is naturally their appreciation (whether that be a smile,
hug, thank you, mentioned in the speech or a gift) on the day and it is always lovely to
receive a handwritten thank you.
reputation and approachable nature make us the perfect partnership on their wedding
planning journey, whether this is full planning or just wedding day management.
depends on their circumstances and chosen venue. A Wedding Planner is great if they don’t
live in the area (another area of the UK or overseas), want somebody independent especially
if there are lots of personality clashes with family, bridesmaids, etc or they are a professional
couple with literally no time. I would definitely recommend a Wedding Planner for a
marquee, tipi, or village hall wedding where there is no venue coordinator. It is also
beneficial if the wedding is across two venues as I can be the ‘point of contact’ and have the
Whatever a bride discusses with me goes no further, it’s a special bond between planner
and bride and I very often keep in touch with them after the wedding which is really lovely.
Romance’. A beautiful Georgian country house exclusive wedding venue. This really is the
best in Lincolnshire, a truly stunning venue, great team, amazing food and the whole
package. I am very lucky to be part of Lucy’s team and absolutely love sharing in the
coordinated to perfection. Styled shoots are great to show how different ideas can work,
probably a little bit of my personality is thrown in as well. I can adapt to any style though
which is key to being a Wedding Planner and Stylist.
Sheena: What makes a Wedding Classic, yet true and authentic to a bride's style & personality?
incorporated to match the bride’s style. Every bride is unique and individual and they need
to feel comfortable.
their guests know are part of them as well as quirky props and fun photos.
help straight away with a planning kickstart, venue search or full / partial planning. Further
along with a little bit of wedmin, or nearer the end for my bridal burnout or wedding day
husband’s family have some woods down in Dorset and I would love to be able to have
wedding ceremonies there. Woodland theme, tree houses, oranges, greens, bronzes, pine
cones, floral arches, slight boho vibe with floral crowns, true rustic heaven. Followed by a
reception in a lodge style venue with close family and friends, open fires, hearty food,
beautiful wine. Everything warm, inviting, scrumptious yet elegant and opulent. I’m loving
this already and think I may need to create a mood / design board (just in case)!