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Thank you to our lovely clients who have provided an insight to their time with Weddings by Annabel. What an array of special days we have been involved with!
Megan & Greg, Askham-in-Furness - September 2017
"In the early stages of our wedding planning, we knew we wanted to do some different, informal and fun. My biggest, and probably only concern about that was not having a proper venue, and therefore a wedding coordinator or venue staff to rely upon. I was never looking for a wedding planning to ‘plan’ our wedding in its entirety, we had lots of ideas, and we wanted it to be ‘ours’ but I just needed that extra pair of hands (and ears!). We’d decided to go for a festival themed wedding, in tipis, in a field, with live music throughout the day, and there was one thing we really didn’t want – a formal sit down meal. We could visualise it all, our question was just ‘how do we make this happen’.
From our first meeting with Annabel, we had the reassurance that we’d have someone taking care of our day, that would be part of the planning journey over the following year, and by the time the day arrived, she’d know what was in our heads as much as we did and would be making sure that became a reality.
I remember a point during the day when my husband and I were stood in the Tipis discussing how it was just how we imagined and more. We clocked Annabel and her colleague, at the time they were lighting candles, collecting rubbish and topping up our cocktail bar. It was then that I said to my husband ‘you don’t realise until the day how much we needed this, its worth every penny’. And I still stand by that now, I think the management of the day would not have gone as well as it did without Annabels help, and a number of things would have fallen onto our wedding guests, which is exactly what we didn’t want.
As as an added bonus, she told us she’s a lucky omen with the weather and it proved to be correct. Our wedding day felt right in the middle of a storm, the week before the wind and rain was beyond belief, and they day after it returned, yet our wedding day was a beautiful day without a drop of rain!"
Rebecca & Simon, Kirklinton Hall - August 2017
While freelancing as Wedding Manager at Kirklinton Hall I had the pleasure of being part of some wonderful celebrations. Some booked to have us as more than a Venue Coordinator,,,
"We had the best day ever! The hall was just a million times better then I had ever imagined! I knew it would be good but not that good! We just kind of wish we could go back and attend as guests as well to have the full experience! It was such a fabulous whirl wind! You were also absolutely amazing having you around meant we felt we could just totally relax not check the clock and someone would keep us in line! You were a complete star and we can't thank you enough for all your help and advice before and on the day! I think I need you as my PA!"
Di & Thomas, Low House - April 2017
Why did you decide on hiring a planner?
We didn’t set out intending to hire a planner. After we had spoken to Annabel initially, we thought about whether the help that Weddings by Annabel could offer would be a good investment for some of the budget and decided that it was.
How did Annabel help in the lead up?
Annabel helped in a number of practical ways: speaking to suppliers for us and letting them know she was on board on the day; providing us with extremely detailed planning and budgeting tools to keep us on track; acting as a sounding board for some of our ideas; helping us to refine and polish elements we were struggling with and challenging us to think about parts of the days that hadn’t yet been given much thought. More than that, though, Annabel was a huge moral support – calm and reassuring throughout - and reminded us that (now more than ever) a sense of humour and perspective were very important!
Would you recommend Weddings by Annabel?
We would recommend Weddings by Annabel without hesitation. Annabel is both lovely and ruthlessly efficient. We cannot really explain how grateful we are to her for the part that she played in making sure that our day was just perfect for us.
Rachael & James, Belmount Hall - July 2016
Why did you feel you needed planning help?
"We live in the US and we also have busy lives, so it was difficult to find time to research and plan the wedding. Also this is the first wedding we’d ever planned so it’s easy to overlook some of the details, or to worry about the wrong things. We have many happy memories of holidays in the Lake District but we don't have any family living in the area so it was useful to have Annabel's local knowledge."
Why did you choose Annabel?
"James came across her website and we both liked the vibe. We wanted someone level-headed and organised. And when we spoke with her, she exuded such warmth, fun and competence that we opted for the full package!"
What help did Annabel give in the run up to your big day?
"She provided us with a huge choice of suppliers, accompanied us to visit the venue, compiled a budget management spreadsheet, and kept us on track for various tasks. She listened to us about the sort of event we wanted and gave great advice on how to make it happen. And lots of additional details such as receiving items ordered from the internet and picking up the flowers."
On the day, how was your day effected by having assistance from a planner?
"Oh my god, she was indispensable! She has critical to the success of the day. And it was wonderful to know that someone was in charge so we could just relax and enjoy ourselves."
Was there anything provided that you didn't expect from Annabel?
"Neither of us quite realised the importance of her role on the actual wedding day."
Was there effect on your suppliers having some additional help?
"I think they all appreciated engaging with a professional."
Would you recommend Annabel's services?
Rachael & James xx
Caitlin & Chase, Graythwaite Cottages & Grubbins Point - June 2015
"We weren’t initially too concerned about the planning – I tend to enjoy pulling big ideas together, and had initially thought we could do it all ourselves. We were more concerned about pulling it all together on the day. But as a naïve couple who’d never planned a wedding before, we decided on a tent wedding, which had a lot more elements to consider than we’d initially anticipated! So Annabel helped put our minds at rest when things got a bit overwhelming.
We had a few little hiccups to contend with during our planning, and when these cropped up Annabel was at the end of the phone / computer with suggestions and ideas as to how to overcome it. She also suggested suppliers to use, which was a huge help. When things got more complicated as we neared the wedding Annabel was great, and really helped ease any stress. She coordinated all of the suppliers, which to be honest can all be a little overwhelming (we used a fair few!) Annabel has a calming nature, so as soon as you speak to her, her chirpy and happy nature is contagious so you leave the conversation feeling like a weight’s been lifted!"
Did you feel confident in handing over to Annabel?
"If we’re completely honest, initially no! That wasn’t at all to do with not feeling Annabel was up to the job – more a case of wanting to be across everything that was going on and maintaining control (what a control freak!) However, as it got closer to the wedding, we ended up taking a step back (as much as we could) and letting Annabel take the reins, and we’re so glad we did!! When Annabel tells you not to worry, trust her. She’s the expert! She’s seen it all, so is great at putting things in perspective and getting things done! We had a bit of an issue in the morning in that our hair and makeup artists were in a car crash (both okay thank god) but only one could make it and was severely delayed. Annabel was hands-on-deck and managed to find us another stylist to step in last-minute! The originally booked makeup artist that made it over also said that when she spoke to Annabel on the phone following the crash Annabel had been unbelievably calming and really helped her. We didn’t notice too many other problems, but I guess that’s the sign of a job well done!"
Hazel & Phil, Tithe Barn - May 2015
Geoff, Father of the Bride commented...
Why did you hire a planner? "We hired a wedding planner because we live a long way from our daughter and it was difficult to make choices and decisions"
How helpful was Annabel in the lead up to your event? "Annabel was very helpful - she enabled us to get our heads round all the things we needed to do, who would what, and when."
Did you have any particular concerns during planning that Annabel helped with? "Annabel was especially helpful in our budgeting - her spreadsheet helped us to understand and plan the spending"
How did having Annabel there on the day help? "On the day we were a little behind schedule (like most people) - Annabel worked hard to get the room ready and decorated, keep the wedding reception moving, then clear up!"
Would you recommend Annabel's services? "Definitely yes - I was father of the bride, she saved my sanity!"
Amy & James, Dockray - April 2015
"Annabel offered a very flexible set of services - from full involvement from an early stage , to consultations as and when required. Whatever it was we needed, she was able to provide. What was particularly invaluable was having another person (other than the bride and groom) who knew all the plans (and all our particular wishes). This meant that suppliers did not keep disturbing us during the day , and Annabel was also able to 'police' the bridal party (by which I mean groomsmen) to make sure they were doing their jobs. Annabel had been in touch with all the suppliers in the weeks prior to the wedding , so was also able to iron out any last minute queries. Again, all of this made us both feel very reassured - and allowed us to get on with just enjoying the day!"
This lovely couple hired us to look after them during planning, a few consultations, then be there on the day to coordinate their beautiful marquee wedding in a field in the Lakes. There were some great new suppliers to meet and some difficult morning weather to handle! We even took to gardening in the morning, turning over turf to cover up a lot of mud! The Groom and Ushers were in their wellies laying matting too. All hands on deck but it turned sunny and dried up. The day was glorious and such fun!
Nicola & Mike, Knipe Hall - Sept 2014
"We had Annabel for the 6 weeks run up to the wedding and the day that she took over couldn’t have come sooner. It was great not to have to deal with the suppliers anymore and for Annabel to manage them and to make sure that they all knew what they were providing and when; she also had some great recommendations where we were struggling to pick the right supplier. I found it difficult to stop organising my friends and family as it is what I do generally, however Annabel encouraged me to let go and before not too long I relinquished the reins and was happy in the knowledge that Annabel was going to make an excellent job of it (and she did). Thank you Annabel!"
Mahee & Girish, Storrs Hall - Aug 2014
"Thank you so much! Annabel made our dream vision a reality. Words cannot express how grateful we both are, she made our day seamless when there was potential for so much to go wrong. To have that peace of mind that anything and everything was in her very capable hands was a welcomed relief, it meant that we could actually take in and enjoy what is a very emotional and big day! Hiring Annabel was the best thing we did to ensure that our big day was AMAZING. Thank you so much, Mahee and Girish."
Victoria & Charlie, Belmount Hall - Sept 2014
Victoria came to Weddings by Annabel as she knew she had her hands full with work and lived far away from their venue. It was also a very DIY style celebration with the Hall being a beautiful blank canvas. Annabel provided ongoing support throughout planning, including venue visits and consultation meetings. On the day, Annabel was around for more than 14 hours to make sure everything went smoothly including the outdoor ceremony and wonderful American style BBQ. The weather went from miserable to glorious so the guests enjoyed an emotional ceremony with a fell back drop. Each aspect was carefully managed and guests had many fantastic comments about the atmosphere that was maintained all day.
From the first meeting, Annabel had some lovely ideas that really helped make our big day extra-special. A calming, positive and organised presence throughout, it was a joy to have her there to take all of the stress away. Thank you so much for everything.
Mr and Mrs C
Sarah & Jorge, Askham Hall - June 2014
"Living abroad was one main factor as we wanted to have someone on the ground and from the area that knew who to work with and how to get everything arranged. The main reason though was to allow us to relax on the day. I spoke to 2 others but Annabel had the best grasp of our international logistical wedding, she immediately had ideas on our theme, incorporating mexican and english styles, and she was really easy and approachable to chat to on Skype. Annabel would always offer me 2 or 3 vendors for each area, and offer some variation in price or styles for example. This made it much easier for me to select the vendors that fit with my wedding style and budget. Also for decorations she was very supportive in seeing through the ideas that I had, and helped bring them to life rather than changing or imposing other ideas.
I had no idea how to do those final steps and make the arrangements for the day to run smoothly but Annabel took care of everything and all my last minute nerves were calmed by her experience and knowledge. I figured if Annabel feels things are organised, I can relax!
I never saw the decorated reception barn until I entered with my husband and all the guests were inside, I also had no idea when the cake or flowers would arrive, I didnt have to worry about anything being set out, I knew Annabel knew what was going on, and just relaxed and enjoyed the day. Annabel was there coordinating, she was friendly and approachable to everyone, while keeping herself and all her hard work discrete.
Id recommend weddings by Annabel to anyone! Annabel knows some amazing local suppliers and vendors, and works effortlessly with those and new vendors I selected. Annabel took all the stress out of my day and the lead up to the day. Her organisation and understanding of how a wedding day functions (even if we were asking for things slightly out of the ordinary) were so important in keeping me calm, she would combine all the various vendors requests and questions into one easy to handle email for Jorge and I to respond to. To anyone who wants to enjoy their day stress free and find someone they can put their confidence in for their most important day, I would definitely recommend Weddings by Annabel!
Nicole & Daryl, Rulehome - December 2013
"My image of wedding planners was wholly taken from Father of the Bride! A flamboyant person who was going to take over and spend all our money, but that pull not be further from the truth. Annabel was kind, helpful, thoughtful, frugal with our money and made the wedding day experience very enjoyable... She has super powers at combating little problems the bride doesn't need to hear about!
Annabel was like an angel - I wasn't aware of on the day issues although I am sure there were plenty. Both Daryl and I recognised that we had such an amazing day because there was a little Annabel behind the scenes organising everybody and ironing things out. We are both so very grateful.
Annabel - a heartfelt thank you for everything you did that we knew about and for everything you hid from us too. We had a perfect day and I know I'd have had a melt down without your help, support, guidance and organisation on the day. I giggled down the aisle and am still giggling with joy now (partly down to the groom ????) but mostly down to our perfect day that wouldn't have been so perfect without you!"
Nicole got in touch from Manchester after having a nightmare; the venue had to be changed! Poor Nicole had bought all the decor and finishing touches for the original location and needed some guidance in fitting it all to a new venue. She booked The Golden Fleece who were wonderfully helpful even though they hadnt hosted many big events. The day went brilliantly despite terrible weather and a few hiccups.
Guy & Becky, Askham - December 2013
"Without being intrusive Annabel was always there for us. She keeps your wedding day on-track, on-time and as you wanted it. She has the patience of a saint!
We'd highly recommend Weddings by Annabel. Annabel took the reins so that we could relax and enjoy every moment. She was brilliant.
Hiring a wedding planner gives you complete peace of mind, and takes away a lot of the stress. For us this was invaluable. As Annabel was taking care of our big day, there were no sleepless nights and (as far as we know!) the day ran completely to plan.
"Thanks again for everything, just writing this now, brings it all back how amazing you were. Having you was like having a PA/event-manager/big sister all rolled into one!"
This couple booked Annabel to manage the day itself at Askham Hall. It was one of the venues first weddings and there were many elements involved including a magician, toastmaster, silhouettist, band, DJ etc. The day was grey and very wet but everything went wonderfully and the guests had a great time!
Aaron & Georgina, Lorton - December 2013
For this lovely London based couple, the idea was to have a spectacular New Years Eve wedding party. There were 150 guests and only one was from this County! The rest came from all over the world so logistics were complicated and needed to be managed and communicated carefully. For on the day, there were an array of great finishing touches to be put in place as well as a mixture of local and national suppliers to coordinate including two live bands, two DJ's, catering, bar and decorators. The day went wonderfully, any glitches managed through and everyone commented on what a great, memorable time they had. There were a fab couple to work with and I was so pleased they had a fantastic Lake District Wedding! Georgina shared some thoughts...
"Good to have a sounding board when making decisions and to get everything down on paper and on the all important spreadsheet!
As bride and groom there's so much to do and so many people to speak to. Having Annabel running around on the day was a god send! So good to be able to lean on her to take care of the logistics and organising the suppliers. We simply wouldn't have been able to do it without her.
Just before I walked down the aisle I froze, I was so overwhelmed by the emotions of it all - especially thinking of my Dad (who is no longer with us). Annabel calmed me down, got me breathing again and made me laugh! That meant a lot.
Beckie & Chris, Watermillock - August 2013
"Everyone needs an Annabel! Some of our friends raised an eyebrow when they heard we had hired a wedding planner, think they thought I was being a bit bridezilla! But on they day they totally got it! Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and Annabel understands this and you can really tell that she wants to to go well for her clients. Its really refreshing to meet someone so genuine. Thanks again!"
Hayley & Kieran, Cockermouth - May 2013
"I would recommend meeting with Annabel because she is honest, friendly and informative and she was a great help when I emailed her after seeing a venue that I'd fallen in love with but realistically couldn't use. It was nice to speak to someone who knew what to look out for, what to ask and what to check.
On the day it was brilliant having Annabel around, she kept the day running smoothly and ensured that things ran on time. I was running late after my make up appointment, but Annabel kept me calm, arranged for some lunch to be bought to me and saved the day when I was worrying.
Looking back, I do not think our wedding would have ran as smoothly as it did without Annabel being around, from the initial stages of planning, to last minute complications with the venue, she was there every stop of the way, as much or as little as we needed her, and I would recommend her services in a heartbeat!
I can't thank Weddings By Annabel enough for helping with our wedding, everyone has said that we were so relaxed and unstressed about our wedding, and I'm certain that its because we had someone we could trust on board to help with the last minute details."
Emma & Tom, Langwathby Village Hall - May 2012
"What can I say. Without Annabel my wedding would have been chaos! I really didn't appreciate how important it is to have someone making sure that things run smoothly on the big day (and tactfully making sure that any problems get sorted out without the bride knowing!).
I was married in a local church and had the reception in a nearby Village Hall. I was keen to do as much of the decorating, organising etc as possible myself, as I really wanted my wedding to be personal to me. Annabel was great because she advised me on everything from which caterers and 'mobile' bar to use to how to cover up ugly notice boards in a Village Hall.
Annabel is so likeable and approachable that it was like having a big sister as back up on my big day.
To anyone thinking of hiring Annabel as a wedding planner I would say that it is money very well spent. Having the peace of mind to be able to enjoy every minute of one of the most important days of your life is priceless."
Laura & Pat, Morland Hall - July 2011
"There is no doubt that the day wouldn't have been the success it was without Annabel. It was great to have someone to talk to about my ideas and my concerns, especially as I was starting to drive my family mad. Annabel helped to keep me sane!
On the day, it is down to Annabel that everything went so smoothly (even despite a major drama). I've never seen anyone work so hard.
My husband and I were up in the bridal suite waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive back so we could be formally announced as Mr and Mrs. We were enjoying having a minute to ourselves and finishing off our champagne. We were up in the room for a while and the photographer came up and asked to take some photos of us. At this stage we had no idea there was an ambulance outside and my Great Aunt was being resuscitated, we were just happy having our photos taken. After what felt like nearly an hour we did start to wonder why we hadn't been announced yet but we were just swept away with everything and didn't suspect a thing as the photographer kept us busy. When we were finally let out of the room we were told that my Great Aunt was a little poorly and had gone to hospital as a precaution but it was nothing serious and everyone, even all the suppliers had been told to say the same thing. It didn't click at all that that was why we were kept busy in the room and we spent the entire day and evening being none-the-wiser, we actually only found out what happened on the Monday. Looking back I cannot believe how calm and collected everything, and Annabel appeared after it all happened.
Everyone should have an Annabel! It is down to Annabel that we had such an amazing day and I will never forget all that she did and how hard she worked to make sure that we had such an amazing time. Annabel is extremely good at what she does and even in the face of a major heart attack she ensured everything still went to plan."
Giles & Elspeth, Leeming House - May 2011
"Annabel made sure the guests knew where they had to be and when and liaise with every party involved from the florist, the hotel, the marquee suppliers, the bands, the firework man, the wedding transport for the guests and the photographer. We did not have to get involved in anything - all we had to do was enjoy the day. Then once it had all finished the next day the planner packed up all the things that she thought we'd like to take from the marquee and helped us clear it out - so it's not just the build up to and the day itself but all the clearing up and sorting out afterwards and making sure that all the cards and gifts actually get to you."
On this occasion I was asked to help by the venue as it was a large wedding with a lot to organise. They had a wonderful sunlit cruise on Ullswater the night before then a service at Newton Reigny on their wedding day. Unfortunately, the weather just got worse and worse! By the time the band came, they got stuck in the mud and waiters had to be sent out to help! The fireworks only just happened and the loos were an unpredictable nightmare! But everyone had a blast! You would have never of guessed that so many things were going wrong, but thats the way I like it! Nobody else spoke to the couple as people only needed to talk to me. I take the strain! It was a very long day but worth it to see such happy faces! I wish them all the best in the future!
Andrina & Nick - Holbeck Ghyll
"Just a small word on why a wedding planner helped me on my wedding day, in fact the full week. Annabel did all the arrangements and bookings and to see what comes out of the work she does is like a dream. I will never be able to thank her enough. The lodge was brilliant, the reception 5 star, everything was brilliant! All our love, Andrina & Nick xxx"
We booked it all including transport to and from the ceremony, accommodation for 5 nights next to Windermere, meal for four in a Michelin starred restaurant, Champagne, flowers, ceremony fees and planning fees for under their budget. It was a lovely afternoon at the wonderful Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel.For Andrina & Nicks day they only wanted a very small ceremony in a stunning place with a meal for four people afterwards. For the week they wished for a log cabin near one of the beautiful Lakes where they could bring their dogs and maybe do some fishing. Their budget was a mere £1,500.