Ask the Expert: One Oake Wedding Planning

This week I’m chatting with Aimee of One Oake  on the role of a wedding planner. 

What is the role of a wedding planner? Why would I hire one?
A wedding planners role is someone who can support and assist you with the overall, planning, design and management of your wedding. Wedding planners can also help take some of the burden and stress away of planning a wedding and save you time searching the internet for venues and suppliers.  A good wedding planner will understand your dream wedding day and deliver. They will also work tirelessly to ensure every detail is looked after and perfectly executed.

Why should you hire a planner? We can help bring your vision to life, we will be able to recommend suppliers that are the perfect fit for you, your wedding and your budget. We will be there on the day from set up to take down to oversee the event and make sure everyone and everything is present and correct. We may be able to save you money by result of existing supplier relationships and we can also check over contracts and make sure everything is booked correctly. The list goes on…

Aimee of One Oake

How would I find you? You can find wedding planners across social media, venue and supplier recommendations and of course Google! You would be able to find One Oake on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and our website!  

I have so many ideas can you help me narrow them down?
Of course! In your first consultation I will try to get a feel for you as a couple and really get to know you both. We can then start talking about what you want from your wedding, what’s important to you is it the venue, food, entertainment and what do you want your guests lasting impressions to be. In this first consultation we will be able to narrow down your ideas and start planning your dream wedding.

My mum wants to be very involved she doesn’t think I need an ‘outsiders’ help. What do you think?
I am always happy to work alongside family when planning your dream day, they can have great ideas and input and sometimes they may also be paying for the wedding! However it is extremely important to remember that this day is about the both of you as a couple and what you both want for your wedding. You want your day to reflect you not your parents.

The venue provides a wedding planner as part of the package do I need an additional one? 
Having also worked as a venue coordinator I have great knowledge between these two roles. An independent planner is contracted by You and works for You, every decision will be made with You as a priority. Whereas a venue coordinator is employed by the Venue. A venue coordinator will be an expert in everything to do with your wedding on the venue side of things. They will coordinate with the in- house team, check room layouts, menu options and drinks packages etc. They will meet the couple a couple of times through out the planning process and make sure all venue staff have the correct information for your wedding.  Whereas an independent wedding planner is there to support, guide and give you access to their little black book of recommended suppliers and venues for your wedding. They are also there to problem solve, manage and run every aspect of your day. They will act as your wedding PA!

I love planning but have such a busy job I just can’t see how I can get it all done, how involved will I be still?  Thats what we are here for! Wedding planners are perfect if you are time poor because of work and having a busy life. We are here to take your stress away and help make your day perfect. All the ideas for your wedding will stem from you, its your wedding day and we want to make you happy and make sure you have the most perfect day. We will take all your own ideas and let you know if they will work or not and who the best suppliers are to make your vision a reality. You will still be very heavily involved!


What does a planner cost?  This would depend on what you need from your planner. Wedding planners can offer you lots of different services in order to suit your needs. Full Planning, Part Planning and On the Day Management are the most popular and you can expect these service to start from approx £1,000 for on the day and rise up to 10%-15% of your overall budget spend for full planning.  Depending on the planner they may offer you a fixed fee instead of a percentage. 

What are your favourite trends for 2020 weddings?
This year has seen the rise of the 3 day wedding and I think this will carry over into 2020 as well. Being able to hire a venue from a Friday-Sunday, having a rehearsal or party on the Friday night, the wedding on the Saturday and then a brunch/ chilled out afternoon on the Sunday is the perfect way to elongate your wedding celebrations and really enjoy having everyone all together! It also makes things a bit easier for the couple as they have three days to catch up with everyone instead of just one afternoon! It also works perfectly for any out of town/abroad guests who can really make a holiday of it! 

What trends do you hope will stick around from 2019?
One of my favourite trends that started towards the end of 2018 but has become huge in 2019 is grazing tables. I absolutely adore this idea and think it is perfect for an outdoor marquee or tipi wedding or even a more formal affair in a top hotel for an evening buffet or during the drinks reception. These are so versatile and can be made to be as formal or informal as you like. One supplier nailing this trend is Grape and Fig, I am obsessed with their work!


Floral beauty

Favourite venue?
There are so many amazing venues where I am based in Essex from large country houses to barns and modern high rise hotels I am spoilt for choice. However I would say that Hylands Estate holds a special place in my heart as this is where I got my first job in the industry and made some life long friends. It is a gorgeous white mansion set in acres of parkland and can be such a stunning set up for a wedding. I also had the opportunity to host my first styled shoot here which managed to grace the cover of a magazine so its a special place to me. However I do have a venue bucket list of places I would love to plan a wedding which includes the ever amazing and unique Aynhoe Park! This is the ultimate venue for me, I love the grand country house mixed with the quirkiness of the decor. I have my fingers tightly crossed for a client to book this amazing venue

Do you have any top tips for brides starting the planning process?
Enjoy your engagement! Don’t rush into your planning, really enjoy this special time together. Once you feel like you are ready to start planning create a mood board of colour schemes, venues, floral ,dresses etc you really like to really get an idea of the kind of wedding you want. Look at the moodboard a lot in the initial planning stages and feel free to chop and change it until it feel perfect, then take this to all your supplier meetings and venue visits and make sure what you looking at it fitting with your dream wedding.


Aimee's Instagram feed is gorgeous, go take a look and her website with all her info is here


Image credits

top: @helenwarnerphotography

bottom: bouquet @missfleurfloral photographer

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