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All In The Detail: Precision Events UK

18th June 2021 | Rachel Hirst

THE PLANNING AND STYLING OF A WEDDING GOES WAY BEYOND THE AESTHETICS, FOR IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CREATING AN OCCASION THAT LOOKS AMAZING, IT SHOULD FEEL AMAZING TOO! This is where professional big day planners and venue stylists come into their own, taking events from standard to standout with their expert vision and flawless attention to detail.

Furthermore, as today’s guest – Vivian, the founder and creative director of UNVEILED Network member Precision Events UK – rightly points out, those at the top of their game won’t just roll out the same on-trend looks ‘I do’ after ‘I do’, but will create a celebration specific to the couple.

Covering weddings and events of all sizes across the South East of England and throughout Northampton, Vivian and her team have become known for their genuine passion, seamless organisational skills and incredibly keen eye for detail.

And it is these qualities teamed with their personal approach and vast industry knowledge that enables them to perfectly curate and execute their clients’ dream weddings through their range of partial and full planning services.

Interest piqued? Then be sure to read on for Vivian’s words of planning wisdom plus a very SPECIAL OFFER is available for the first reader to contact Precision Events UK referencing this interview. Full details below!

Hi Vivian!

Hi, I’m Vivian, the founder and creative director of Precision Events UK, a celebration and event planning company. We do event planning and venue styling for all celebrations, including weddings across the South East of England and Northampton.

WHERE DID YOUR PASSION FOR WEDDING PLANNING COME FROM?

I’ve always been artistic and creative from the get-go. One of my jobs was actually in events management and hospitality, and through that I really fell in love with using my creative flair to put together elegant events. I also get real joy from seeing people’s visions come to life, and so all those things eventually brought me to a point where I had no choice but to pursue my dream of helping people birth their visions.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF HIRING AN EVENT PLANNER?

Let’s face it – planning and pulling off an event can be a testing time for some. If that pressure can be taken away, it leaves you free to enjoy the build-up to your big day. When the day itself arrives, with someone else focused on making sure that everything runs smoothly and ‘putting out any fires’, you can just get on with creating special memories.

The other advantage is that as an event planner who is in the business, the network of vendors available to us is pretty vast. That means we have the capacity to find exactly what our clients need and are in a better position to get the best return for their investment.

At Precision Events UK, we take celebrations very seriously and relish the opportunity to create something luxurious.

IN WHAT WAYS CAN YOU ASSIST COUPLES?

We offer couples a range of services for their wedding day. We can either just focus on styling the wedding venue if they have everything else covered. Alternatively, we can offer what we call a ‘partial plan’ where we work with a couple for the final eight weeks leading up to their ceremony after they have put everything in place; we then execute on the day. Then, of course, we can provide a full planning service where we essentially do everything from consultation to pack down once the day has ended.

DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE STYLE?

Yes, we certainly have. Whatever concept a client leans towards, it will be marked with our signature of impeccable style and class.

WHAT COLOURS AND THEMES ARE POPULAR WITH COUPLES AT THE MOMENT?

Right now, the ‘in’ colour combos are cinnamon rose and dusty rose; terracotta and greenery; blush pink, greenery and cinnamon rose; and blue, dusty blue and burgundy. Tones of grey are really popular too.

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT THE WEDDINGS YOU STYLE ARE UNIQUE TO EACH COUPLE?

One of the key things we do from the outset is to get to know a couple well. I like to say we pull out a client’s ‘party persona’, and to do that, we have to really understand who they are and what it is they want. Then only after we have set that foundation can we put in place a process that can bring their specific vision to life.

WHAT ARE THE KEY SKILLS YOU BRING TO YOUR ROLE?

Passion, a keen eye for detail and solid organisational skills.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS FOR COUPLES WHO ARE WORKING WITH YOU?

We start off with an initial consultation where I ask the couple what their vision for their day is. My main objectives are, i) to really understand who they are so that I know how to best work with them, and ii) get clarity on their budget and timelines. So, I will actively listen and read between the lines, and I will ask, ask and ask more questions! For example, it’s important to understand their family dynamics and cultural preferences. Then I’d also need to understand how much support they need from me. Once this groundwork is laid, then we can move into selecting the specific package and getting into the logistics.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR COUPLES WHEN PLANNING THEIR WEDDING DAY STYLE?

I would say to couples when trying to work out your style, consider these three things:

  1. The places you’ve travelled to that you really liked.
  2. Your favourite style of furnishing – so, for example, are you modern-contemporary or chic-elegant or rustic.
  3. The things you like as individuals and as a couple, and that might relate to fashion and style or décor.

AND YOUR NO-NOS?

Ah, this is a good one!

  1. Don’t try and create a wedding for others but rather one that means something to you.
  2. Don’t overstretch your budget; remember a wedding is for one day, and a marriage is for life.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it always works out in the end!

WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE EMERGING IN WEDDINGS IN THE COMING YEAR AND BEYOND?

I think we will actually see a continuation of micro-weddings. The pandemic – that dreaded word – will continue to have an impact on the size of weddings, particularly as travel will still be restricted for some time. I think we’ll also see more outdoor weddings and weddings at home, either indoors or in gardens.

The other thing I think we’ll see following on from that initial small wedding, a second larger celebration; perhaps a big party for the first anniversary where couples can invite more guests.

IS THERE A SPECIAL OFFER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE FOR OUR READERS?

Yes, of course. I’d be happy to! The first reader to contact us via our website quoting this interview will get a free no-obligation 30-minute consultation to help them optimise their budget and pin down a theme for their wedding.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT?

Yes, I would give one crucial piece of advice to anyone choosing an event planner for their wedding. The one you select should make you feel completely secure in the fact that they will create an event specifically for you and not one similar to the one they did last month!

HOW CAN COUPLES GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?

They can visit our website and contact us via the contacts page. We also have a gallery page showcasing some of our work. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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