Frequently asked questions
Why do we need a Wedding Stylist?
Hiring a Wedding Stylist is a relatively new concept in the UK, so let me explain. There are several reasons you might need my help:
- You want a beautiful, elegant wedding, but you lack time and/or design skills. You’re happy sourcing your venue and suppliers, but you need someone you can trust to handle all the visual elements.
- You know how you want your wedding to look and feel, but you need someone to source the materials and bring it all together.
- Having gathered lots of visual inspiration, you need an expert to turn your jumbled ideas into a cohesive design.
- You have no idea how you’ll get everything set up on the day itself. You need someone creative and detail-focussed to make it happen so you can enjoy yourselves and spend quality time with friends and family.
Won’t the venue take care of all that?
This is a common misconception. If your wedding venue offers any styling, it’s likely to be very basic. For example, they won’t get involved in specific napkin folds or more elaborate place settings. My service includes full design and styling on the day plus exclusive access to my vast range of décor items.
What’s the difference between a Wedding Stylist and a Wedding Planner?
A Wedding Stylist focusses on aesthetics, not logistics. I’m all about the pretty!
Can you liaise with other suppliers on our behalf?
Of course. Working closely with other talented creatives is a crucial part of what I do. Once you’ve approved the final design plan, I can liaise with suppliers such as your Wedding Florist and Stationer to ensure the brief is fulfilled.
Will you be there on the wedding day itself?
Absolutely. All my packages include up to 8 hours of on-the-day venue styling. I’ll be there to set up as soon as your venue allows, ensuring everything is finished to the highest possible standard, exactly as you’ve imagined. Nobody from your wedding party needs to lift a finger and you’ll be free to enjoy those precious last few hours before getting married. Usually, I’m able to stay long enough to see your reaction and wish you both congratulations after the ceremony. The following morning, the last thing you’ll want to think about is rushing back to the venue, so my service also includes full take-down and collection of décor.
Can we hire décor and accessories without the design and styling?
No, I’m afraid not. Access to my collection is only available as part of my full wedding design and venue styling service.
When should we get in touch?
Ideally, as soon as you’ve chosen your wedding date and secured a venue. Not only will this give us plenty of time to dream, design and plan, the earlier you get in touch, the more likely it is your date will be available as high season dates do disappear quickly. However, if you’re further along in your planning or the wedding suddenly feels imminent, don’t be discouraged. It’s never too late to get in touch and I’ll always do my best to help.
How many guests do your packages cover?
All packages are competitively priced for up to 80 guests. This is based on the average number of guests my clients tend to have and the capacity of venues I regularly work at. If you are planning a significantly smaller or larger wedding, please get in touch to arrange a bespoke quote.
Are the candles unlimited?
The number of candles provided is the perfect amount based on the average number of tables for a wedding with up to 80 guests, plus enough for other spaces that typically require styling. If you decide you need more, this can be arranged for an additional fee.
We’ve devised a look for our wedding and sourced everything we need. Can we book you to style it all on our behalf?
I choose not to offer a standalone venue styling service as I prefer working on projects that allow me to dream, design, plan and source every detail. For me, on-the-day styling is the final piece in a big creative puzzle. It’s exciting and I love it, but I wouldn’t want to skip the process that comes before it. Thank you for understanding.
We’re interested in one of your packages, but our venue doesn’t allow candles. What should we do?
Where tall, tapered candles are not permitted due to venue policy, I can provide glass candle sleeves. As these safely enclose the flame, they are sometimes permitted. Similarly, some venues will allow you to use pillar candles in fully enclosed glass holders. If your venue has a strict ‘no flame’ policy, but you would like linen and/or linen and tableware, the cost of candles will be deducted from the price of your package.
Which areas do you cover?
I’m based in Fleet, and I style weddings throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and The Cotswolds. I’m also happy to consider travelling further afield for select weddings. Please get in touch to discuss the location of your event.
Travel more than 30 miles from Fleet will be charged at 60p per mile on your final invoice. If you’re using items that need collecting the following day, mileage will be included for this journey too. For distances more than 2 hours away where an overnight stay is required, a flat rate of £175 will be added to your initial invoice to cover the cost of accommodation.
What information do you need?
To begin with, just a brief introduction, the date you’re planning to get married and your chosen venue. We’ll get to know one another and discuss your wedding in more detail during your initial consultation.
When is payment due?
A 25% non-refundable booking fee is required to secure your date with the remaining balance due eight weeks before the wedding. An alternative payment plan is available if you’d like to spread the cost. A £250 refundable damage deposit will be added to your final invoice and returned within seven days of your wedding date, minus the cost to replace any broken items.
Are there any hidden costs?
No, not at all. I’ll provide an itemised quote so you can see exactly what you’re paying for including any chargeable extras such as travel and accommodation.
Are you insured?
Yes, I’m covered by full public liability insurance