Bonjour again!

I know two posts in one day, what has gotten over me!

I’ve brought back the #fridayfeeling as I saw this quote today and knew I had to post it because it’s actually how I feel right now!Marc Johns

Image credit – Marc Johns 

As you can imagine we’re entering into wedding season, for some they’re already inside and they won’t be coming up for air till later this year.

In this time it’s so important that we make sure we have time to play, even it’s it’s for a couple of hours, or if you’re lucky a weekend!

Been in this industry, is challenging and can be very emotional at times and been a planner you could be working on your own during the week, so I advise giving yourself some play time – play time could be anything like, shopping, catching up with friends, exercise, date nights, hanging out with family, or even playing with your favourite Star Wars figures (I did say play time)- or in my case my gold dinosaurs!

Having a weekly task list and adding this play time to it is vital because then you’ll know you have to make time for it, especially if you’ve made plans!  I’m a sucker for making plans and then when it comes to the day of ‘play time’ I’m always worrying I’ve not got time for this!  We should not be worried, we should be excited; but unfortunately this is the case for a lot of us, as regardless of what we do we feel we’re letting someone down, if it’s a client a boss, your partner it’s what we think!

This play time does not just go for wedding folk, it’s important you couples out there have time to play too!  If you’re planning your wedding on your own or even if you have a planner, it’s so important you find time to play/relax and do something that does not involve wedding planning – though make sure not to even bring up wedding planning because it won’t be play time!

So what are you all doing this weekend or next week that let’s you put your pads down and turn your computers off?  I’m going for drinks this evening followed by a Thai with the boy – this is my play time, what is yours?

I’m sure you all can relate to this, but I feel we all need to do this for ourselves because quite rightly we deserve it!  In this day and age we work to hard and forget the play!  Remember the saying work hard, play hard?!

Love you loads,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

Bonjour lovely, lovely people!

How are you?  Anyone getting married this weekend or going to a wedding?  Do share the details?

I just wanted to share some little advice with you for your menu and name cards!  Why not incorporate both the menu and name card together, so the name of your guest is on the menu?  Each guest will have a personalised menu that can fit nicely on the place setting?  This of course looks very stylish and will save money if you’re purchasing both anyway.

I know not everyone offers a menu per person, but if you’re looking for something visual then this is definitely a grand idea.

Also guests love to take home a memory of the wedding and this is perfect for guests to remember yours by.

Here is an example –

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I created this quickly in the studio with everything that I already had!  Just look at Viola the Velociraptor all happy amongst the setting!

Stationery design by the incredible – The Finer Details

Loads of love and have fun,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

Bonjour beauty’s and handsome’s!

How have you all been?

Finally the sun has come back out in the UK!  It definitely causes for celebration, especially as in the last month we’ve witnessed every season!

I’ve been meaning to write to you all and say how delighted I am to be featured on my newest and most favourite blog/directory at the moment ‘A Well Travelled Bride’.

Matthew Oliver International Wedding PlannerThere style, personality and detail is exactly what I’m after in a brand who represents me!  From the moment they first contacted me I knew I wanted to be part of their journey in taking over the world – which I have no doubt they will!  I love fresh blogs/directories that give each of there associates time, attention and the chance to get to know one another even if they’re across the world in New Zealand.  I just feel exceptionally comfortable and love their approach!

Hay they have even said that they’ll try and help me reach my dream this year in getting an Austria wedding!  You know me – you always have to have a dream!

They have created a great directory called the A – B List showcasing some of the worlds freshest talents in an easy way to view and get to know!

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If you’re planning an international wedding then their blog is going to be so useful for you – especially once they’ve had a few months to get settled; already they have some wondrous articles from around the world – talk a look below.

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I also love that both owners have had their own experiences within the wedding industry either designing beautiful wedding gowns or flying all over the world arranging scrumptious floral arrangements – from this you know how that they’re here to help you instead take your money and never contact you again!

Even though I loved them from their first email, the moment I actually fell in love with them was from their interview on me where they really made me feel special and honoured to be part of there community!

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Above is the introduction, but how nice is that?  Read the rest here!

So if you’re a bride or even a wedding professional A Well Travelled Bride is going to be special to everyone soon!

Thank you so much for popping by and love you all!

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

Bonjour!  It’s been a while and there is so much to talk about, more than a simple blog post can capture!

In short, and what has been happening in MO for the last few months is…

  • We designed and planned a wedding for Oman royalty at the Mandarin Oriental in January
  • We opened up premises in Bradford-on-Avon – we call it the Studio
  • We created a brand new logo inspired by Winston (our lovely Red Setter)
  • Millie has joined the team as our intern
  • Bertie is joining the team as the business planner

Also a lot is happening in the next few months…

  • Brand new re-branded website is going to be released within the next couple of months
  • Weddings all over – UK, Scotland and France!
  • I know I keep saying it, but the 5 Reasons will be coming back!
  • I’m turning 30!!!!!

So as you can see it’s all happening which is very exciting, so please stay tuned for everything to unravel and please stay patient as once the new site is up and live we’ll bring back more tips, advice, design boards etc for the blog to give you the inspiration you need to plan your wedding.

Here is the studio in Bradford-on-Avon.

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photo credits – Hayley Savage Photography

We’re really happy with the rate everything is moving with MO and like always I really appreciate all the support you give.

Thank you so much for popping by and stay tuned!

Love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

Bonjour lovely people how are you?  I hope you’re having a lovely day?

Happy Easter holidays – let’s hope the weather stays like this for us!

What are all your plans this weekend?  Easter Egg hunt?  Chocolate Egg eating competition??  Mahusive Roast???     …I’m hoping for all of the above!

I’m really happy that I was featured recently on Crème de la Bride – the UK’s biggest wedding website for coloured couples.

It was a little feature of me giving some advice and showcasing some of my weddings…

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Please click here to view the rest of the article (it’s well worth a read!).

Thank you for popping by.

Love you all,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding and Events Planner xx

Happy Monday my lovelies, how are you?  Did you have a great weekend?  What lovely weather we’re having in the UK right now!  It’s wonderful!

I hope all your wedding plans are coming along nicely, I would love to hear about them?

Last week I was asked to talk on LBC Radio about men planning weddings and what I see being a wedding planner in the industry.

Matthew Oliver Weddings International Wedding PlannerIt’s a good question as everyone thinks men take a step back and let the woman plan there weddings, but it’s not always the case!  Some of my clients do it the other way round or some even work together on certain/particular tasks so they both get the day they deserve.  However it all depends on you and how you want to plan it – everyone is different!

You can listen to it here, I’m 2 minutes 42 seconds in –

A bit cringey as I hate the sound of my voice!  Great opportunity though and as you all know I love talking about weddings even if I do ramble on all the time.

Thank you for popping along and I hope you have a lovely day.

Love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding and Events Planner xx

Bonjour, bonjour how are we all today?

Happy Monday everyone – I hope you all had a lovely weekend?

I wanted to share my most recent wedding with you all which took place at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park back in January.  The wedding was for Omani royalty and it was a joy working with them throughout the 18 months.

Originally the wedding was to be in Oman at the Shangri-La, and then after a few challenges they decided to have the celebration in London, as the bride spent a lot of her life in London.

As they’re royals we’re not allowed to post photos of them or their guests, but no fret we can show you the beautiful design and set-up, which is probably the best I’ve done in my career.

Here is the collection of photos from the wedding – I’m so happy with the outcome and I’m sure you’ll love them too!

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I had the best suppliers with me to make this all happen.

Massive thanks to –

Venue – Mandarin Oriental

Photography – Paula Broome and Ever Photography

Florist – White Lilac

Stationery – The Finer Details

Production – Crescent Moon

Video – Philip White

Band – Riveria Band

Place Setting – Duchess and Butler

Equipment – Options Hire

Bar – Rustic Hire

Photo Booth – The Flash Pack

Cake – Peggy Porschen

Makeup – Gemma Aldous

Hair – Anna Baker

Toast Master – Paul Craycraft

Favours – Amouage

Thank you for popping along and I hope you have a lovely day.

Love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

Hello lovelies!

I just wanted to wish you all a very happy leap year and for all the amazing woman proposing to their loved ones – GOOD LUCK!!!

I know this is not appropriate, but I found it really funny hahaha.

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Have a wonderful day and love you all xx

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding and Events Planner xx

Hello, hello!!

How are you all?  It’s been a while, and I’m sorry.

There is a lot happening and soon there will be a big reveal on my new logo, new site and my new office/studio, so stay tuned.  It’s all very exciting.

I wanted to share with you a recent design board I created for one of my clients, as I thought you would all appreciate it and love it?!  It’s for a dreamy/romantic secret garden wedding!

The brief is – florals and foliage galore to transform the ceremony and reception into a secret garden.  The colours are delicate blushes, greens and whites.

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How to achieve this design

A glass venue or orangery for this look will work wonders as natural light would really work with this theme and create the mood.  Alternatively if you’re lucky enough to have the weather an outside reception in the middle of a wood would be ideal, but for most of us we’re not that lucky with the weather!

I love the idea of using wisteria and hanging it at different points of the day, so maybe on the ceremony structure and depending on the reception venue hanging from the ceiling.  Wisteria has a lovely smell and will work beautifully with this theme.  If you’re on a budget, ask your florist to use more foliage over flowers, so maybe 80% % foliage and 20% flowers.  This still works and will create a beautiful scene.

Romantic lighting is also important to bring this design to life, so dimmer switched overhead lights with hundreds upon hundreds of candles (you can never have to many candles) scattered everywhere will create the atmosphere perfectly.  I really like different heighted candles sat amongst flowers to create depth and class.

To get the quality of this design, hiring fine dining equipment and linen will take it to the next level, so charger plates, gold cutlery, glasses, blush water tumblers and different coloured linen to match the setting.  If you’re on a budget this will be the first thing to get rid off as caterers have the basics, which will work, though I would suggest hiring a different coloured napkin and instead of hiring table linen maybe hire wooden tables.

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To see more photos and inspiration of this design, please look at my Pinterest board on Dreamy Secret Garden Wedding.

Thank you for popping by and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding and Events Planner xx

Bonjourno my lovelies how are we all on this lovely winters day?  It is such a beautiful day!

I was just informed by one of my favourite suppliers that he has changed his website, and I just wanted to show it to all of you!

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A little snippet from his new site of one of our lovely weddings

Mr Tim Spatz is one of my all time favourite suppliers, he creates magical and personal videos for clients all around the world and his work is so perfect that his new site www.spatzfilm.com is just a dream.

When you arrive on his site you’ll see a showreel of all his work, and he has edited in a way to show you how personal and creative he is.

If you’re looking for a video guy, well he is the one 🙋😊😍

Much love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

Hello, hello my lovelies.  Happy weekend, happy Saturday – what are you up too?

Today we’re continuing to paint and decorate the shop and hopefully we’ll be finished this weekend – massive yay!!  Then comes the fun part feel it with beautiful furniture :-).

Though today we’re also creating a photo wall and having difficulty in deciding to either have a mix of different picture frames or keep to the same frame, but get different sizes! What shall we do?

The different frames will be a mix of a variety of frames and if we decide to go with the same frames then they’ll all be the same frame (wooden) in different sizes.

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Help me – same frames or different?

Love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding Planner xx

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Sorry I’m a week out, it’s been a very busy week in catching up with everything and getting prepared for the biggest wedding in my life for the 23rd January.

Did you have a great break?  What did you get up too?  What did Santa bring you?  I hope you got what you wanted?

I had a lovely break, although we were insanely busy driving up and down and across the country to visit family and friends and then we decided to hold an animal themed fancy dress New Years party – I of course went as Mr. Fox – what do you think, do I pull it off?

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I would not have changed anything about my break – thank you to everyone who made it special for me.

Anyway, today’s #fridayfeeling is well deserved and thought it should be in the lines of a New Years quote – so I thought this one was the best – ‘Invest in yourself in 2016’.

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It’s simple, to the point and perfect!  This year is going to be a very busy one and I’ve got undergo quite a few different challenges – opening a shop/studio, releasing my new logo and website, employing more staff and of course working with all the amazing, yet different weddings I have this year.

In this line of business and even when you’re planning your own wedding, everyone needs to invest time in themselves, if it’s a spa day, meeting up with friends, going on a long walk, going to Africa and helping the animals (what I want to do), doing the garden (ours is dreadful), literally anything, but it has to be for you, you, you and you – well if you decide to help animals I guess you’re helping them too, but you understand the jist?

When I say this line of business, I think I could honestly say everyone deserves to invest in themselves – I think in this day and age we’re all pressed to do the unstoppable and all we want to do is succeed, but we forget about ourselves, so lets all give us something back and to work towards this year!

For me after each wedding I’m going to invest some time in myself, and I think if you’re planning your own wedding you should do the same – not a honeymoon, but something for you, because hay you just planned your very own wedding!

So lets all raise a glass for 2016, the year we invest in ourselves :-).

What are you going to do?

Thank you for popping along and Happy New Year.

Lots of love,

Matthew Oliver

International Wedding and Events Planner xx