Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you plan weddings?
I professionally plan, beautifully design & expertly produce wow-factor weddings right across the UK.
Whilst I regularly produce weddings in London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge & Essex, I’ll always travel further afield for the right couple. In fact, across the next couple of wedding seasons, I’ll be travelling to Northampton, The Cotswolds, Liverpool and Surrey to help some amazing couples get married in style!
I have an amazing portfolio of venues and incredible supplier contacts right across the country, so wherever you’re hoping to plan a wedding in the UK, I can likely help!
Unfortunately, I don’t offer destination wedding planning services – my UK weddings keep me extremely busy, for which I’m incredibly grateful!
What type of weddings do you plan?
My job as your dedicated wedding planner is to plan and design a wedding that is authentic, personal and unique. No two One Curious Dream weddings are ever the same, so whether you’re hoping to host a marquee or tipi wedding at home/on private land, get married in a stately home, country house, rustic barn, warehouse, luxe hotel or anywhere in-between, it’s my job to help bring your vision to life.
I’ve planned everything from beautifully whimsical outdoor weddings, intimate micro weddings, flamboyantly fun festival weddings, uber-luxurious hotel weddings, right through to elegant fairytale castle weddings.
I apply my signature laidback luxury style and approach to each wedding I plan and design, creating a wedding celebration that is professionally planned, beautifully designed and expertly delivered. The common thread between the weddings I plan and design is that our couples want to create a sincere occasion in a beautiful setting where the focus is on fun and celebration with their nearest and dearest!
What wedding budget do we need to work with you?
Honest answer? How long is a piece of string! I’ve planned small, intimate weddings for less than 20k and large, extravagant weddings with a budget of 6 figures+. I’m open, honest and transparent in the way I work with our wedding planning clients, so I’ll always help you understand what you can realistically achieve with the budget you have.
If I also think your wedding budget will be better spent on your wedding, rather than my fees, I’ll tell you! I want you to have an amazing wedding but I will only work with couples where I can truly add value to your wedding planning experience.
When should we book you?
As soon as possible! Simply, the sooner I come on board, the quicker I’m able to ensure your wedding planning journey is smooth and stress-free. The majority of my clients hire me at an early stage of their planning so that I can offer a comprehensive, end to end service. I do also work with clients at a later stage as well (take a look at my partial planning service), so the key is to get in touch whenever you feel you might need some professional support.
I’m also extremely privileged that my wedding planning services are in-demand, and key dates throughout the wedding season can book a couple of years in advance. Please do always get in touch to check availability and to find out how I can tailor a service to suit your requirements.
How many weddings do you work on each year?
I’m very fortunate to be hired by such wonderful couples each year! Planning a wedding is very time consuming (did you know, on average, it takes between 250-350 hours to plan a wedding?!) and therefore I limit the number of full wedding planning clients I work with each season.
I offer a highly personal, bespoke range of wedding planning services and will always do my best to ensure you feel like you’re my only wedding planning client. I offer wedding planning meetings at a time to suit you, including evenings and weekends.
The only time where I am unable to offer a weekend meeting is where I have a wedding booked. However, I’m always able to find a suitable alternative that fits around your commitments.
We’re not based in the UK, can you help us plan a wedding?
Absolutely! I’m truly proud of my global client base and I work with couples all over the world including America, Australia and the Middle East. It means I know a thing or two about working across different time zones, and, as your local wedding planner here in the UK, I’ll do everything I possibly can to ensure the process is smooth, stress-free and enjoyable for you.
How about weekend weddings or extended celebrations?
YES! Many One Curious Dream couples choose to extend their wedding celebrations across multiple days. From selecting the perfect wedding venue and a dream team of wedding suppliers, I’ll create an extended wedding celebration that takes your guests needs into account across several days.
Do we have to use your preferred wedding suppliers?
It’s no secret that I have an incredible little black book full of top wedding industry suppliers who are tried, tested and thoroughly trusted. I want your wedding to be exceptional, so I will always recommend the very best wedding suppliers (that work within your budget) for you to consider. Many of the wedding suppliers that I work with regularly offer discounts and incentives to my wedding planning clients too, and of course, savings and discounts are always passed on to you.
However, there is no pressure to accept my supplier recommendations, after all, it’s YOUR wedding, and YOU remain in the driving seat at all times. I regularly work with new wedding suppliers too, so if you have a wedding business in mind already, then tell me all about them, and I’ll find a way to incorporate their services into your wedding. I do ask that all suppliers provide a legally sound contract and have appropriate insurance in place – I’m belt and braces about this as it’s your wedding and I want nothing left to chance!
How much do your wedding planning services cost?
Following an initial consultation, I’ll be able to provide a tailored proposal based on the complexity, size and duration of your wedding. Planning fees start from just 10% of your overall wedding event budget (specific exclusions apply) with a minimum investment. Additional fees are chargeable for multi-day weddings or where additional site-based coverage is required. I’m very transparent in my fee structure and will ensure there are no hidden surprises, so you’ll always know how much my wedding planning services will cost.
I’m also able to offer a fixed fee for larger wedding budgets, so do let me know if this is something you would like to explore at your wedding consultation.
What are your payment terms?
For my wedding planning services, I require a 25% retainer to get your wedding plans underway. From there, I divide the balance into equal, interest-free monthly payments, with the final payment due no later than 30 days before your wedding.
Do we pay for travel and accommodation costs?
It depends! I aim to keep my expenses to a minimum, so will only charge accommodation costs where necessary – e.g., if your wedding is located more than 90 minutes from my studio address OR if the setup, management or pack down arrangements for your wedding are particularly complex or lengthy.
All travel is chargeable at either 45p per mile (from/to my studio address) or when booking planes, trains or automobiles, at cost.
Do you accept commission?
As an Elite member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, I do not accept any form of commission or referral fee for recommending you and your wedding to venues or suppliers. I charge fairly for my wedding planning services, based on my skills, experience and your specific requirements, so I have no need to seek additional profit for the work I have already agreed to undertake for you. This means you can rest safe in the knowledge that my wedding venue and wedding supplier recommendations are always made with your very best interests at heart and that all discounts and savings are passed directly to you.
Are you insured?
Yes, absolutely. I hold public and employers liability insurance as well as professional indemnity insurance, which protects the professional advice I share with you.
I’m looking to become a wedding planner/gain work experience, can you help?
I advertise all wedding planning roles and work experience opportunities within One Curious Dream on this website, so please keep your eyes peeled. Unfortunately, I’m unable to accept speculative applications.
If you’re looking for professional mentoring to become a wedding planner, please get in touch to discuss my 1-2-1 wedding planner mentoring service, and I can share all of the information and pricing with you.
I’m a wedding supplier looking to work with One Curious Dream.
I love working with new suppliers! Please take the time to learn a little about the wedding planning services I offer and gain an understanding of my ethos and approach. Then, pop across an introductory email to [email protected]
Due to the number of supplier introductions I receive, I’m not always able to reply immediately; however, I will always keep your details on file.
I’m looking to launch a wedding venue or get help with my wedding venue, can you assist?
Absolutely! I offer a wedding venue consultancy service and you can find out more about this here.
I can’t see an answer to my question!
No problem! Please drop me a line: [email protected] and I’ll be back with you in two shakes of a lamb’s tail!