Planning an intimate wedding

Are you considering a smaller, more personal wedding or civil partnership following the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions on guest numbers?

It’s all about these complete rock stars – total legends – my very best friends – and their special day
In the summer of 2020

An altogether more personal post as we begin to look forward to the return of weddings.

A relaxed Lockdown small wedding - civil ceremony at Leeds Town Hall
All the fun for an intimate Civil Ceremony in Leeds

Is it possible to still have a wedding day celebration with current restrictions! It’s a question I get asked often, and on this post I’m going to answer some of the most recent FAQ’s, whilst also sharing the essential edit from this fabulous Civil Partnership of my unbelievably gorgeous best friend.

Two families coming together to witness the civil ceremony of life partners.
Treasured memories are captured at important life events

Let me introduce this incredible couple. They mean the absolute world to me, I love and adore them and if any couple were meant for each other these two were without any doubt. There was also never any doubt that Jane and I were destined for one of those rare and unique lifelong friendships. We are the perfect partners in crime, I really would do anything for her, but when it came to planning her long awaited important day she really didn’t need any help from me.

No matter what the weather love always wins

A super stylish couple their journey to making a legal commitment was never going to be a traditional one, they always wanted a free hand to create a day that was uniquely them. The notion of a wedding in every sense of the word was most definitely not the big dream for Jane and Bob.

Mixed sex Civil Partnership Leeds Town Hall
Finally a long awaited day of celebration

As government had marked the change for same sex unions allowing legal civil partnerships back in 2004, heterosexual opposite sex couples were excluded. This meant that unless you chose a traditional wedding you were not able to enter into a civil partnership which afforded the same benefits as married couples with regard to pensions, tax and inheritance. Jane campaigned, challenged, and supported a change to the law to make this legal for all couples, and when in December 2019 the government reviewed the Civil Partnership Act allowing mixed-sex couples to form a non religious union the planning began. A modern interpretation of a traditional wedding was all about a small intimate ceremony, private dining, followed by a fabulous big party for everyone. This was absolutely what they wanted and would perfectly reflect their relationship.

Sheltering from the rain is always going to be an irresistible photo opportunity

Unfortunately we all know what happened next! A pandemic was to put all the plans on hold but they were super chilled about it. The most important thing was always going to be the legal bit for them, but we understand it’s not the same for all our couples. The idea of not having the day you have always dreamt of has caused heartbreak and sadness for many as wedding days have been postponed, and postponed again. My advice has always been to do what is right for you, right now. In an ever changing and unpredictable world never before have we been reminded more to live in the moment. What’s really important is now, we can’t change what has already happened, and worrying about the future won’t change today. We only have the now assured, and to this end I believe we should not put our life on hold. And making the most of what you are able to do when we are able to do it is exactly what Jane and Bob did. They went ahead as soon as restrictions were lifted in the summer of 2020 and they had a sensational, albeit very wet, intimate Civil Partnership ceremony at Leeds Town Hall.

Isn’t life all about the love, the joy, and happiness

One thing this sassy, charismatic couple are not is totally comfortable in the spotlight. The very thought of old school formal wedding photography had them in a mild panic. The plan was to have family capturing relaxed amateur shots of the day, but I had just the photographer in mind for this modern classic.The night before the big day I shared my secret for the celebrations to be captured on film by Leeds based photographer Tim Dunk https://timdunk.com/

Wedding Photography https://timdunk.com/

Tim is an incredible, fearlessly creative photographer, whose style, calm and relaxed personality, and visual perspective was perfectly aligned with them both. It was a priority to get someone I knew and trusted to not only capture images as a lifetime record of their momentous life event, but a guy who would make them feel comfortable, allowing them to shine without any awkwardness or contrived unrealistic and uncomfortable posing.

Finally something to celebrate in 2020 – the year of the global pandemic

Photography really is king for recording special moments in our lives. It is the number regret of so many couples when they have chosen not to commission a professional photographer.

Isn’t it all about the most important people in your lives

Photography was Jane and Bob’s biggest fear but became one of their greatest memories.

Oh brother
Yes sister
Not your typical wedding shot of the boys
When an image captures the mood of the girls

A truly unforgettable day.

And for those of you still hanging on to the dream of your long awaited special day, and for those of you new to planning your fabulous wedding celebrations, below are just a few of the words of advice for the questions that I regularly get asked.

Should we wait until we can have the big party we hoped for? Look at all the options, and be guided by what’s right for you. You can always have a big party on your anniversary.

Should I wait until guest numbers are increased? This is a tough one as often the biggest consideration is not being able to include older family members, but also if the BIG day surrounded by all your family and friends has been your dream it is understandably a more difficult decision. Once again you have to do what’s right for you and seek advice from a professional wedding planner to look at alternatives. Thankfully we now have a roadmap with provisional dates including a guide to the increasing guest numbers, and I guarantee if you can hold tight it will most definitely be a wedding day worth waiting for.

Can we get married legally just the two of us, and still have a ceremony and the day we planned at a later date? Absolutely you can. When register offices reopen you will be able to have a legal wedding ceremony just the two of you and two witnesses. Followed by a ceremony conducted by a celebrant with all your exciting plans, family and friends included.

Are there wedding venues that cater for smaller weddings? Don’t be afraid to reach out to Wedding Planners and Wedding Venues as there are so many incredible options which can include your symbolic ceremony, your wedding breakfast, and your fabulous wedding after party. Flexibility has been key throughout these changing times and now you have more choice than ever.

In my happy place

Please do ask away in the comments below if you have any questions or are just looking for some expert advice.

I’ve felt privileged and honoured to write this post and enjoyed every moment as I relived the joy of one of my very favourite peoples special day. I’ve loved talking about fabulous weddings in Yorkshire again, and cannot wait for the day to come when I’ll be back working with loved up couples on their luxury wedding plans here at home, and abroad.

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to my wonderful friends for allowing me to share their incredible day, and to the man himself Tim https://timdunk.com/ for capturing it all in his own completely brilliant way.

Much love Pamella x

https://pamelladunn.co.uk/

As Featured in vogue

The Wedding Edit May 2020

Pamella Dunn’s enviable style and designs guarantee they are the most sought after UK based, multi award winning, Wedding Planning and Design team. Pamella’s work has been featured within many of the UK’s top bridal magazines, favoured by fashionistas who share their love of travel.

See her events online at  www.pamelladunn.co.uk  and on Instagram @PamellaDunn +44 7900216132

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Pamella is an experienced, ambitious and highly respected luxury wedding planner and business coach. Her impressive track record of high end weddings across Yorkshire, the UK, and internationally has seen her receive numerous industry awards, including the much coveted Bridebook UK Wedding Planner of the year.

Having worked and established her business in Yorkshire where she is permanently based, she also has offices in Amsterdam and Lisbon.

During the past 10 years she has worked alongside many of the major hotels, event companies and industry leading vendors. Travelling across Europe, and around the world she is invited to promote venues, luxury brands, and her network of premium contacts is extensive.

Pamella

We know your wedding will stand out from the crowd.

It’s easy to be influenced by brands you admire, Instagram, friends and relatives weddings you have attended, stylists and designers who are leading the way and at the top of their game. There’s rarely an original idea, truly most things have been done, but if you really explore what it is that you are creating with Pamella, what style, vision and personality you’d love to show the world on your magical day – if only you were brave enough! I can guarantee you will have a unique, signature, and beautiful personal wedding to remember. 

Featuring in the Vogue Wedding Edit

As the considerations are seemingly endless the earlier you discuss your plans with a professional the less likely you are to encounter any issues further down the line that were so important to you. These could be COVID-19 restrictions, limited guest numbers, flight and quarantine rules, venue stipulations that don’t allow naked flames or even insist on their own preferred suppliers. We will discuss the potential of crazy weather conditions and the precautions you can take, as well as your timings, the additional costs that squeeze your budget, or noise restrictions that can exclude your favourite band. Saving precious time early in the process could be the best wedding decision you make. 

2020 may not have been the year of the luxury wedding – but we can promise we are planning something very special for 2021 weddings.

Much love for now from all the team at Pamella Dunn Events

xoxo

The Rise Of The OUTDOOR CEREMONY.

Summer wedding flowers, and contemporary acrylic plinths for a beautiful outdoor wedding on the lawn at the breathtaking Yorkshire wedding venue

Holdsworth House.

Caught up in lockdown limitations we are still navigating our way through these exceptional times, but it seemed like the right time to share a common theme running through some of the recent requests that have landed in the inbox, and our latest advice on weddings as we live and work through the Covid-19 pandemic.

White wooden chairs and fabulous wedding florals.

Now more than ever planning for a celebration is something we are all looking forward to. Weddings, parties, ceremonies and events will all return, but they may not look like they used to do for quite sometime.

Huge flower balls by the incredibly talented River & Rose, line the aisle before taking centre stage as the wedding breakfast centrepieces.

How we envisage the future is very personal, and how we plan for a scaled back socially distant wedding will be one persons idea of the perfect day and another’s ultimate horror. We know you need vision and guidance to create events of the future, that you’ll be looking for the lead from your guests and your venue, and as we live in a constantly changing era we will continue to be a trusted space where you can turn for help and our thoughts on the current situation.

A handmade, exquisite English Country Garden wedding cake by Pretty Sugar Cake Company

As you can imagine we have quite a few questions for the government, such as, will there be a change in the laws, will the option to get married anywhere – as you currently can in Scotland – be introduced in Britain. This would be a welcome boost for the industry, whilst offering scope for couples to get married in their own garden, on a lake, or at a favourite beauty spot for instance.

Huge pink roses, and white pom poms of hydrangeas, paired with soft foliage are a winning combination for outdoor ceremonies.

Unsurprisingly the outdoor ceremony and wedding party are rising in popularity. A trend influenced by oversees weddings where tropical vibes and wall to wall sunshine are highly likely; always the ultimate appeal. And although we have seen UK venues adapt and compete over recent years, now is really the time for wedding venues to seduce us with their outdoor facilities to meet predicted demand.

Quiet alone time for the couple on the day is precious, scheduling portrait shots creates this perfect time Emily shone in this incredible gown from the fabulous Dotty Bridal

Of course nothing could prepare any of us for the devastation Coronavirus has had if your wedding was planned for 2020, but the excitement landing in our inbox is helping us all look forward to creating extra special luxury outdoor weddings.

Gabriella wrote to us recently to ask ….

‘We’ve decided to postpone our wedding until next year and we are now looking to tie the knot at a woodland ceremony with an outdoor reception to follow. We’d like your help and guidance as we don’t really know where to start in terms of what we’ll need, how social distancing and guest numbers may impact our choices, and the challenges of outdoor events. Could we possibly discuss a checklist and ideas of things that are commonly overlooked when it comes to outdoor celebrations?”

So what flowers to have – we’ll work with you to design every detail of your wedding.

As outdoor ceremonies and receptions become more and more popular your choice of venue and location will come first. We will take advice on numbers and restrictions as lockdown eases, and follow closely government guidance, keeping you informed. We can tell you that it’s worth considering the logistics first, as well as checking you can come in on budget, all whilst keeping your friends and family happy and safe on the day.

Our top eleven questions are:

  • do you need water, and electric
  • is there enough space for you to hire in a large tent or marquee as a wet weather contingency and for catering for your guest numbers
  • how many days will you have the venue or location available for set up and take down
  • is the ground level
  • is access and parking sufficient
  • will you need to hire in bathroom and toilet facilities
  • will your tables and chairs stand up to being positioned directly on the ground
  • will your plan B cover hot as well as rainy weather, and possibly high winds, meeting the latest relevant government requirements
  • will you require wedding professionals for set up and on the day management – On The Day Coordination is key to a stress free event –
  • will your wedding vendors be required to wear PPE
  • will you have mobile and internet reception
Beautiful bridal portraits are treasured lasting memories for generations to come.

Remembering your Plan B will need to consider all weather conditions and cover, permitted outdoor structures, access, food, flowers, decorations, photography, live music and entertainment. And whilst in the UK we often worry about the rain, if the sun is shining and temperatures rise this comes with its own challenges. With keeping drinks cold being the biggest, but wilting flowers and buzzy bees can also be a problem. Think footwear too, and practice your walk up the aisle. 

A seamless outdoor wedding anticipates all eventualities and takes months of careful planning. Take advice from a professional wedding planner and get your figures together before you book to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Your wedding is about doing things your way.

I believe there’s much awaited good news on the horizon for couples planning to marry in 2021 and beyond. Nothing elicits love and laughter, and treasured memory making like a family wedding, and it seems fitting following these unstable times. We live in hope that deliciously fabulous and glamorous celebrations are not too far off.

Stay safe, be kind, and do get in touch with your wedding questions

Pamella xxx

Natural, authentic wedding photography by the undeniably talented Amanda at Cream Photography

Wedding Disruption 2020

Pamella

COVID-19 Communication

You’ve read a lot of these I know, but with the current climate so uncertain and changing daily we wanted to share our advice, and an update about how to best tackle this difficult situation when planning the most memorable and important day of your lives together.

We have always believed in the power of love: In creating joy, in bringing people together. Our weddings are designed to enrich your hearts and minds, celebrating one of life’s truly magical moments. With coronavirus (COVID-19) declared a global pandemic, we are helping our clients, their guests, suppliers and the wider industry to manage the uncertainty, the worry – both emotionally and financially. Like you, we are making daily decisions as to how we can keep our couples, clients, and partners safe and healthy. Our commitment is to adhere to the W.H.O advice, and protocols advised by the government. The well-being of you, our clients and your safety is paramount, and we want to reassure you that health and safety is our absolute priority. We have introduced a number of measures to help prevent the spread of the virus, and for now these include holding virtual meetings where ever possible, and updating you via email and phone. In this extremely fast- moving situation we are following developments so we can adapt where necessary.
Staying Informed and Healthy: First and foremost, we care about everyone’s safety, and are closely monitoring the situation and guidance from the government website, and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Because the situation and policies are changing daily, we encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the recommendations of your local health authorities, but please always remember we are here for you and will happily give our best advice.
Still the best advice
Staying safe: No matter what your plans are, it’s worth repeating when you are advising your guests or team that the WHO’s advice for protecting yourself and others is still: Wash your hands frequently with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitisers; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough; and maintain distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Of course, if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing yourself, seek medical attention.
Helping Our Clients: Postponing all our 2020 weddings has been heartbreaking, and we have been overwhelmed with the support in the industry as we have all worked together to ensure we have provided all our clients with the support they needed, and found solutions in all cases. Our focus will now be on helping couples and suppliers with the possibility of things changing at short notice. We will support everyone as new regulations and legal requirements are introduced that will need to be adhered to. Next year will be the year of epic celebrations, with wedding fever welcomed.Together we will find solutions and work arounds, allowing you to plan and make the necessary decisions more confidently.
Postponing your date; If you haven’t already and you are considering rearranging your date speak to your venue and discuss a number of future dates, these may include weekdays and Sundays. Flexibility will offer you the most choice and maybe secure all or most of your original wedding team. We are delighted that to date all our suppliers are offering flexibility in terms of postponement and fees. We suggest that before you confirm a new date with your venue and registrar or church, check availability with your wedding team, and should your suppliers not be available what their policy is. This is your special day and the industry as a whole never forget that the success of your wedding day is built on trusted relationships and exceptional service, they really are being as understanding as they can be, whilst managing their own concerns and financial worries. We recognise that these are uncertain times, and that not everyone has insurance, or can claim but please know we are here to support you in anyway we can. Get in touch, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us anything! Advice is free, and so is support. We will do what we can to help, it’s what we do with so much love.

Take care and happy planning Pamella xxx

Luxury Wedding Style

UK Wedding Planner

In need of an expert wedding professional?

Introducing The Wedding Planner Questionnaire 

Here to support you with our experience and professional planning, to calm your nerves, and ensure your vision of a perfect day does look spectacular and run smoothly. Follow the questionnaire below, and discover our guide to uncovering your true style.

Questionaire

  • Wedding Venue
  • Number of Day Guests
  • Number of evening guests
  • Number of children
  • Timings for ceremony
  • Location of ceremony 
  • Timings for Wedding Breakfast
  • Timings for Evening Reception
  • Expected close of event
  • Services you are considering to assist with your wedding – [please include all your suppliers and any already confirmed]
  • Total wedding budget

please email the above to mywedding@pamelladunn.co.uk

When All You Have To Think About Is Seeing The Person You Love Most In The World

Finding My Wedding Style

Consider how you would like to feel on your wedding day, and what kind of experience you would like your guests to have. A relaxed family affair will have a very different vibe to a glamorous cocktail party, and a traditional ceremony in a breathtaking historic building would be planned very differently to say a festival wedding in the forest. And with so many styles, colours, venues, locations and themes influencing you it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose sight of what your marriage means to you. Discover your design and narrow down your brief by asking:

Our Top Five Wedding Planning Questions:

  • Where would you like to get married?
  • What would you like to wear; traditional or something completely different?
  • What time of year will you choose?
  • What atmosphere will you create?
  • What will be your guests lasting memories?
Our Hearts Our Full As You Head To The Dance Floor

Blending, layering, designing, styling! All part of the creative process when you’re planning a wedding with us.

HOW TO MAX THE WEDDING BUDGET

bride guide,

Keep it simple, sophisticated, and timelessly elegant.

Every wedding tells a story, of love, a special connection between two people. It’s the joy and experience we love to share and what makes wedding planning magical. We know there’s the wedmin, logistics and family struggles, but you must always remember your wedding is about the love story ….

At Pamella Dunn Events we like to make dreams come true. Not in a clichéd fairytale way, but in a way where we take your desired vision and make it a reality. With a touch of glamour, of course. Although, there is always a happy ever after for our brides, grooms and other clients too. Lavish florals, exquisite event styling and design in luxury locations are our signature. We absolutely adore our clients and we treasure our special relationship. The gorgeous feedback we receive fills our hearts with joy and feeds our passion for excellence. 

Hear what Maria Staiano-Sharp had to say following her June 2017 wedding at Rudding Park in Yorkshire. “ Pamella is exceptional – our wedding morning went without a hitch and I genuinely think it was because of her. Her styling is also exquisite and our entrance hall was exactly as I imagined. THANK YOU for your military precision, organisation and creativity xxxx.”

Request your copy of the Pamella Dunn Wedding Planner and say hello to the team ….

Your Wedding Planning Begins Here

Wedding Design

As we prepare to launch the online Wedding Design Services we have looked at three very different venues, and share some of our expert styling advice. Whilst you can consult with your stylist to design your wedding decor that will compliment most venues, some designs work particularly well in certain locations.

Beautiful Barn Weddings

Rural barns can be huge spaces, and they are working well with some of the emerging trends which are varied and diverse, with an influence to suit every style. From dramatic tropical designs led by bold leaf stationery, and masses of glossy foliage, to the quiet calm of the Danish lifestyle craze Hygge. Easily translated the essence of calm can be introduced with rich warm fabrics, faux furs, and a sea of candles.

top table, barn wedding,
Our signature leafy foliage and candle lit statement top table.

Lighting is one of the key areas when first considering the overall barn style and design. Lighting is a great influencer on atmosphere, mood and ambiance taking a blank space from really fabulous, to ridiculously spectacular, and it’s a design feature we are happy to see appearing as a priority. Edison and festoon lighting are featuring alongside draping, whilst candles are a key trend when displayed in abundance both inside and outdoors. Consider decorating the aisle, ceremony, window sills and just about anywhere with magical candles in varying heights and vessels, it is a real winner when it comes to styling a truly magical barn wedding.

city wedding, high fashion wedding, black bride, black groom,
High fashion city life locations for the coolest of wedding vibes.

Contemporary City Chic Hotels

Stylish city chic weddings with marble and powdery hues of white and grey offer a serene, romantic and contemporary flavour. Where one huge oversized floral installation is a favourite, where it is definitely the bigger the better, with an abundant, unstructured and natural design. 

Living walls and floral backdrop add a luxe seriously horticultural vibe. And illuminated bars, lounge furniture can be used to create a club night chill out area for the after party.

Grand Stately Homes

stately home, magical wedding, fairytale wedding,
Stately homes steeped in history create a magical wedding backdrop.

Clients considering stepping back in time who are enchanted by the twist on styling we have seen over the past few years, will fall in love with the magical setting of a period property. Country houses come to life once again as rustic gets a luxury touch, and vintage styling leans towards a glamorous Victorian feel that works perfectly in a historical setting.

Styling is definitely moving away from the traditional vintage, and moving towards the old Hollywood glamour. Flowers, flowers, and more flowers are must haves when it comes to stately home decor. The bigger the better with an abundant and lavish design, we adore the huge displays of seasonal home grown summer flowers.

The ballroom at Rise Hall was intoxicating as the air filled with the exquisite perfume from the huge flower ball centrepieces.

Centrepiece, wedding flowers, stately home,
A Rise Hall three day weekend wedding with incredible high impact floral centrepieces.

From flowing foliage with trailing florals, loose just picked looks complimenting whimsical styling, it’s a natural feel in harmony with the sleek bohemian gowns that are emerging from the bridal designers. Sumptuous fabrics and textures are the perfect companion for the luxury personalised details. We adore the bespoke silk ribbons, hand dyed to coordinate with the clients colour palette, and monogramed napkins to add style to the place settings. Table linen also plays an increasingly important role in more traditional bespoke designs, with colour and fabrics transforming the overall mood and style. Look to the Dutch Masters, Victorian and other period dramas for ideas and inspiration..

Enjoy the design adventure as you plan your dream wedding, and if your looking for inspiration and expert design advice enquire about our online design services.

Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness Pamella x

My Wedding Business

At Pamella Dunn Events we like to make dreams come true. Not in a clichéd fairytale way but in a way where we take your desired vision and make it a reality. With a touch of glamour, of course. Although, there is always a happy ever after for our brides, grooms and other clients too.

We tend to talk about dreams coming true a lot in the wedding industry, in reference to the wedding day itself – when everything comes together to produce a fabulous result that kick-starts your long-term future. However, there’s another side to the industry where exactly the same thing happens… Business.

Luxury Wedding Planner, Designer and Mentor Pamella Dunn

The My Wedding Business Course is perfect for anyone who has ever dreamed of working with weddings. It’s a business training day packed full of inspirational advice that helps bring everything you need together for a successful business, coaches you in order that you produce fabulous results for your clients, and kickstarts your long-term future as a budding entrepreneur. Alongside like-minded go-getters you will learn everything it takes to succeed in the glamorous world of ‘I do’s’.

Wedding planners, cake designers, wedding stationery businesses, florists, singers, luxury wedding venues, and wedding decor companies are just some of the industry leaders to have attended the My Wedding Business courses, seminars, workshops and retreats. We’ve travelled and hosted a luxury retreat in the inspiring design capital of Amsterdam, [where you can find one of our European offices,] shot incredible shoots in Lavender fields in the Cotswolds, and delivered an expert, interactive retreat sponsored by YSL at our favourite boutique wedding venue; Woodlands.

The My Wedding Business Course is perfect for anyone who has ever dreamed of working with weddings. It’s a business training day packed full of inspirational advice that helps bring everything you need together for a successful business, coaches you in order that you produce fabulous results for your clients, and kickstarts your long-term future as a budding entrepreneur. Alongside like-minded go-getters you will learn everything it takes to succeed in the glamorous world of ‘I do’s’.

Wedding planners, cake designers, wedding stationery businesses, florists, singers, makeup artists, luxury wedding venues and wedding decor companies are just some of the industry leaders to have attended the My Wedding Business courses, seminars, workshops and retreats. We’ve travelled and hosted a luxury retreat in the inspiring design capital of Amsterdam, [where you can find one of our European offices,] shot incredible shoots in Lavender fields in the Cotswolds, and delivered an expert, interactive retreat sponsored by YSL at our favourite boutique wedding venue; Woodlands.

The course or exclusive private 1:1’s are an absolute must for anyone who has dreamed of owning a wedding business, those who already run a business but want to branch out into the world of weddings, and anyone who wants to up their wedding-game and aim for a whole new target market. Maybe you’re recently married and fell in love with a certain aspect of your wedding day that you’d now like to pursue as a career. Nothing great ever came from staying in our comfort zone so now’s the time to step out and strive for what you want. Run by the highly-acclaimed, award-winning wedding planner Pamella Dunn, you will leave the course with everything you need to hit the ground running.

With a track-record in running an incredibly successful luxury wedding business and a background in coaching, Pamella knows just what it takes to make your business stand out as a market leader. The course covers everything you need to know from social media to styled photoshoots and you can also leave with a professional headshot to put straight on your website. [Contact us to enquire about the photo sessions and branding workshop.] Pamella’s little black book of the hottest wedding industry contacts means she’s extremely well-placed to suggest connections and help you network your way to the top of your game.

Former course attendees have gone on to successfully launch their businesses, connect and collaborate with similar businesses to produce applaudable results, and comfortably find their right target market to work with. Now it’s your turn… Whether you’ve got an idea for a business and want to make it happen, or you want to take your existing services to the next level then the My Wedding Business Course is exactly what you need. With the next course taking place in Leeds there is no time to waste. Book your place on the course today and start making those dreams come true.

We love hearing from you …..

Images credits :

Amanda from Cream Photography

Soniya from Soniya Zeb Photography

Getting Married In Italy

Luxury Wedding Planner – Pamella Dunn

Interviewed by Love Me In Italy following one of the press tours of this beautiful wedding destination, Pamella shares some of her luxury wedding planning secrets, and her love of the industry and Italy.

Luxury Wedding Planner
Luxury Weddings Planned Across The Globe

  1. Pamella, you are one of the most esteemed International Wedding Planners. How many years have you been a Wedding Planner? What made you enter this field? Tell us your story briefly.

The wedding design and planning business was founded in 2010 following a senior management corporate career. Not what you might expect, but in part my role involved planning and hosting events from conferences to team building and recruitment days. So with an extensive network of contacts, venues, and experience the transition into the romantic world of weddings was a dream. The creative design process in an exciting environment was a huge attraction too. I absolutely adore flowers, and our weddings nearly always feature fabulous floral installations. But it is the love stories that really got me hooked. I never tire of hearing the personal story behind every couples wedding plans. 

Getting Married In Italy
Getting Married In Italy – The Love Story

2) I know you recently won the Best Luxury Destination Award … Tell us about the emotions you experienced.

To be recognised as a leader in the luxury wedding market was incredible. To be considered as an international expert was unbelievable. We work hard to deliver exceptional weddings across the globe, I am still so grateful and hugely honoured to receive such a prestigious award. Without the fantastic team, network of first class suppliers, our wonderful clients and their heartfelt feedback, and reviews we really wouldn’t be where we are today.

3) So many people would like to be Luxury Wedding Planners, but it is not a job for everyone. What are the main qualities you need to become a perfect Wedding Planner in your opinion?

It really is a dream job, but it takes hard work, organisation, exceptional administration, as well as good listening and communication skills to deliver a 5 star wedding. You have to remain calm working under pressure, have genuine warmth, and really good people skills, with a passion and thirst for creative design. And not forgetting a flexible approach to work – it is a must in the events industry!

4) You organise weddings all over the world and in Italy too. Which are your favourite Italian wedding destinations and the most sought-after ones? And what do clients look for when they decide to get married in Italy?

I love to travel and one of the joys of the business is being able to work anywhere in the world. Outdoor weddings are my favourite, and I love the experience of dining outside, so anywhere where the sun is shining is a dream destination. Italy is stunning, a truly beautiful location, and definitely in the top 5 most sought after for destination weddings.

The incredible history, coastline, lakes, countryside, villas, castles, palaces, and luxurious private estates all mean that Italy can deliver almost any client venue request. The weather, fine dining and romantic charm are all added bonuses, making our job so much easier. To be able to offer a wide range of options and guarantee exceptional service is something we value, and Italy has it all. Exploring venue options with clients looking for rustic charm Tuscany and Puglia tick all the boxes, with Rome the go to for city chic, high fashion brides and grooms.

Colosseum Rome Italy
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The Italian Lakes are sprinkled with pretty villages, gardens, olive groves and favoured by Hollywood A-listers for the array of exclusive luxury masserias, charming private villas, and historic period houses. But it is Liguria and the Italian Riviera that have stolen our hearts. As we were introduced to some of the fabulous locations, and experienced the character and charm of the crescent shaped region we held our breathe at every turn. The Mediterranean Sea laps the shores of this picturesque region in Santa Margherita Ligure where we discovered Villa Durazzo, set in manicured parkland this former family residence is a truly authentic Italian wedding venue. Moving on we made our way along the stunning coastline, and as the magical setting of Portofino was revealed we knew we where in for a treat. Sat high above this pretty village with is colourfully painted houses is the imposing Castello Brown, a unique historic venue with breathtaking views of the harbour and villas of the international jet-set.

Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como, Italy

This region has so much to offer and we can’t wait to introduce our clients to some of the most exquisite wedding venues in the world.

5) Considering your participation in the Press Tour of Liguria, what do you think about this experience? Do you consider proposing it as wedding destination to your future clients?

Without hesitation we are in love with Italy as a superior destination wedding location. The tour and having personal experience of visiting the Liguria region gave me an unparalleled insight that you really cannot achieve searching on the internet. Speaking confidently to clients, sharing first hand knowledge of the area, and all it has to offer has been invaluable.

6) Do you have dreams for the future or new projects you are working on?

We have recently launched a new dream website, and two new European offices in Amsterdam and Lisbon which is ridiculously exciting. There’s ambitious new projects planned for 2019, which will include working with carefully selected partners across the world to offer consultancy and wedding design to their clients. As well as taking our My Wedding Business Training Program on the road again. Following this years retreat where we visited the incredible flower fields of  Fam Flower Farm we will continue with plans to host workshops and retreats for wedding businesses across the globe.

Next Year will also see the launch of a joint venture with business partner Joanne Penney of JP Events. The Wedding Business Agency is an exclusive concierge wedding planning service, and agency for premium wedding venues and vendors. The platform will share our little black book of trusted suppliers, and showcase bespoke packages with our partnered venues here in the UK and across the globe. As usual PD HQ is buzzing with activity and of course we hope to be back in Italy very soon. 

Pamella xoxo

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What do wedding planners do?

Your Wedding Planner Does More Than Just Wedding Planning

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Book a complimentary wedding planning consultation

Ahead of the brand new shiny website and following yesterday’s article where we unraveled the question, “do I need a wedding planner?” You contacted us with specific questions about what it was a wedding planner actually did. You wanted to now what it was that you didn’t know! The questions to ask, and the things to consider as you begin the exciting adventure of planning a wedding for the very first time. It’s unchartered territory and I’d like to help answer some of your questions.

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Wedding Flowers

As the considerations are seemingly endless the earlier you discuss your plans with a professional the less likely you are to encounter any issues that were so important to you. These could be restrictions at your venue that don’t allow naked flames or even insisting on their preferred suppliers, it could be crazy weather, your timings, the additional costs that squeeze your budget or noise restrictions that exclude your favourite band. Saving precious time early in the process could be the best wedding decision you make. Book a no obligation consultation with a planner and get an hours free wedding advice, it really could save you time and look after your budget, as well as ensuring a seamless and stress free day.

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Special moments

Design & Styling

And one of the best pieces of advice I could give would be to carefully consider any decision to style your own wedding. It is an exciting time and if you are a creative with passion and vision for how your wedding will look, I know you will be tempted to enlist the help of your bridal party to place your pretty details in your beautiful venue. You will want to oversee the proceedings whilst liaising with your hand picked suppliers, but the reality is you rarely have the time and your photographer and hair and makeup team will be calling you. Your closest friends and family will want to shower you with love and attention, and you will feel under pressure. A talented team of stylists will bring calm and joy to your most memorable of occasions. Enjoy this magical time and don’t be afraid to ask for expert advice.

From ‘wedmin’ to design, expert advice on venues, locations, artisan wedding suppliers, and a talented creative, an experienced wedding planner will inspire and guide you, reassure and excite you. They’ll have amazing ideas – one of our favourite Yorkshire venues has an outdoor fireplace we think is just made for toasting marshmallows!

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Toasting marshmallows

A professional wedding planner really is an engaged couples best friend.

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Reserved for your wedding planning meeting

Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness Pamella x

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Should I Hire A Wedding Planner?

Being awarded Wedding Planner Of The Year and receiving recognition from Bridebook has been one of Pamella’s highlights since launching her business nearly 10 years ago. One of the questions she frequently gets asked is why do I need a wedding planner, and as we are about to launch our brand spanky new website we thought we’d share our thoughts on why you need a wedding planner.

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Hiring a wedding planner …..

Well the truth is, not everyone does, so we put together this article looking at areas to consider when planning your wedding. Which we hope uncovers some of the mystery surrounding the role of a planner.

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Candles and cake …

Where you begin your personal wedding planning journey really depends on how you visualise your marriage taking shape. Most of us live in an era where we struggle to find extra hours as we rush from one demand on our precious time to another, where often just finding time to even think about what you might like for your significant celebration is tricky.  Consider this short list and step into the magical world of wedding planning confident you are heading in the right direction.

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Wedding Dress Dreams

6 key wedding planner questions Pamella asks:

1 – Have you chosen a date, place and venue?

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Wedding Venue Searching …

2 – Have you a budget you will work to?

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When your venue is a blank canvas

3 – Are you a creative looking to DIY your wedding, with support from family & friends?

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Creative wedding decor lighting

4 – Do you need help with the design and styling?

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Pamella shares her vision for wedding designing

5 – Do you need help with the administration, the coordination and on the day management?

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When it all comes together on the day …

6 – Have you identified key suppliers who you can work with?

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Wedding Vendors sent with love

These considerations will help you highlight where you will want additional support, advice and guidance. The answers will be quite different for every couple, but using the services of experienced professional planners for all or part of the above will allow you those moments to reflect, and take in the whole experience confident in the knowledge you are in safe hands.

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Wedding Planning, Saving You Time And Money ….

Wedding planning with expert advice is the secret, book a complimentary consultation you’ll be pleased you did!

Pamella x