What To Expect At A Planning Redefined Workshop

It’s been a jam-packed few months since our three-day planning extravaganza in November, and time is once again hurtling along at speed (HOW is it mid April already?!). As you may have seen from our Instagram feed we’ve been incredibly busy behind-the-scenes and have announced some exciting Planning Redefined changes (we’ll cover this in more detail on the blog next month!).  We’ve also been been busy finalising plans for our fabulous May workshop, Marquees, Redefined.

This day-long workshop is bursting at the seams with information and practical, honest advice from the absolute best in marquee and outdoor weddings. We’ve already had a lot of interest, and you guys on the course are going to learn SO MUCH! The good news is that there are still a couple of tickets available. If you’re at all interested in planning marquee weddings (and let’s face it, they’re a must for the summer garden couple) we’d love for you to join us.

Looking Back

If you’re on the fence about attending one of our events, let’s take a bit of a trip down memory lane for a good old reminisce about November’s three-day workshop and a taster of what went down, to give you an idea of what to expect at a Planning Redefined workshop.

We had a total blast with our attendees and guest speakers, and worked hard to put on a course that gave a wide range of up-to-the-minute information with a solid business focus and not even a hint of a sugar coating.

To find the perfect location for our event, we consulted with Emma from Coco Wedding Venues – a directory like no other, packed with luxe, unique and just plain cool wedding venues. She recommended JJ APEX in London. With its light and airy event space, exposed brickwork, and vaulted beam ceiling, this was the perfect backdrop for a seriously stylish few days.

We know first-hand that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to wedding planning, and we wanted to make sure the content we provided on the course was as diverse as possible. With brilliant contributions from our panel of expert guest speakers, we covered pricing, branding, marketing, social media, goal setting, styling, PR and destination weddings (phew!), as well as a focused and informative step-by-step guide taking you through the wedding planning process. We packed a l-o-t in, and the room was absolutely buzzing with energy and excitement.

It wasn’t just note-taking and presentations though – oh no. At a Planning Redefined workshop, we like our participants to be able to get hands on, too. With guidance from superstar florist Emma Soulsby, everyone got stuck in to creating an emergency wedding bouquet. Fen from MonAnnie cakes showed us how to fix a cake-tastrophe, and Mix and Twist had us shaking and stirring along to a cocktail masterclass.

Work hard, play hard

Whilst everyone was downstairs tackling their cake and cocktails, I worked hard to turn the space upstairs into a luxurious dining area ready for our first day feast! We chose exposed farmhouse trestle tables from Wedhead, paired with ghost chairs and a colour palette of rose gold, aubergine and lavender.

And what a dinner it was, catered by Humdingers – melt-in-the-mouth spiced lamb shoulder was followed by salted caramel chocolate pots. Just delicious! The food was accompanied by some acoustic live music provided by Lemon Entertainment, and it was wonderful to see everyone getting to know each other and having enough time to network, relax and enjoy and beverage or 3!

Styling Skills

On day 3 it was the turn of Andri Benson (Always Andri Wedding Design) and Sundari Ferris (The Wedding Stylist) to show off their styling skills. These two talented ladies transformed a corner of the studio into a romantic, French château inspired wonderland – it was luxe and elegant and absolutely gorgeous. From the photos you’d easily believe we were in Provence rather than Shoreditch!

Everyone attending the course was then let loose on a selection of props to style their own flat lays and tablescapes. We’ll be showing more of the results in future blog posts, as well as interviews with some of our attendees, but suffice to say the range of atmospheres and styles that were created really impressed us.

We have loads of standout memories from the event, but I think what really struck us was just how much fun we had. We were expecting it to be enjoyable, but honestly I don’t think we stopped smiling for the whole three days! Take a look at this video from Insta-Wedding and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about!

It was so good to connect with a group of such passionate people, and we can’t wait to meet more new planners and help them bring their businesses to life at future events. The lovely Fern from Rock My Wedding attended the November course, and we’re chuffed to bits with her feedback:

“It’s the new way of training for wedding planners […]This is exciting for everyone, for brides and for the industry, as it just helps to shape a more creative, professional and stylish wedding scene for all of us!”

If you’d like to find out more about us and the workshops we offer, get in touch here. Here’s to the future!


+ Images: Hannah Duffy Photography + Venue: JJ Studios + Flowers: Emma Soulsby + Cakes and cookies: Monannie + Badges and stationery: Betty Lou Design + Furniture: Wedhead + Tableware: Duchess and Butler + Catering: Humdingers + Guest speakers: Karen Cinnamon; Helen Eriksen; Matthew Oliver; Sarah Shuttle; Louise Perry; Andri Benson; Sundari Ferris.