Money saving wedding tips

Here are our top money saving wedding tips

The wedding tips that will save you hundreds

With an average wedding costing around £25,000 we thought it would be useful to have some money saving wedding tips to help you enjoy an amazing wedding for less money – remember there are always ways to cut back! Before you being planning make a list of all the things you need to do and prioritise them. This can really help with budgeting as well. Is that cold embossed paper more important than a plainer paper but inviting an extra person to the reception? wedding tips

Venue

This is one of the biggest costs for your wedding and you could say one of the most important (apart from the dress). For that reason you are more likely to splurge alot more. However you can still have that perfect venue for less by picking an unpopular day. Most people go for a weekend but if you pick a week day you will find some places will reduce the cost as much as half! The benefit of this is that you will also get good discounts for other things such as florists or photographers as they are less likely to have work then. Yes there is the worry that less people can make it but you know the people that really matter will make an effort and take a day off work to be there.

Guest List

Try not to over invite. It’s easily done but remember the bigger the guest list the bigger the cost. Seventy might sound a lot but that’s only fifteen members of each persons family, then ten friends each with their partners. You can see how the number can add up very quickly. So try and stick to family and few best friends for the main reception and invite the rest to the evening.

Wedding dresses

One of the biggest wedding tips where you can save hundreds is the wedding dress! So many woman may say “I want a brand new dress” but remember most wedding dresses are worn for a matter of hours and you could be saving a small fortune. With the average wedding dress selling for over a thousand pounds why wouldn’t you want to save some money and still have that dress you’ve always dreamed of for the fraction of the cost? These days you can pick up designer dresses and find the exact dress you may have seen in a bridal magazine. We would suggest looking on some sites online such as SellMyWeddingDress, Preloved and Confetti‘s for sale section. Other good bets are The Dressmarket, Gumtree and of course Ebay.  Another great place to search is Oxfam, they have eleven specialist bridal departments. Its says on their website that some designers often donate their dresses to the charity straight from the catwalk so you might even bag yourself a designer bargain.

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Whilst a lot of brides do their own make up, some opt to pay for beauty expert to come to their house. That’s great but it does cost a lot and if you aren’t sure its worth that to you then there are other ways you can look gorgeous without spending so much. Why not try a beauty counter in a department store such as House of Fraser or Debenhams? Or ask a friend who you trust and whose make up you have admired. You buy the make you like but perhaps get them to help you on the day.

Alternatively, check out beauty training schools. They may do your hair and make-up free on the day as part of their training course. Check Beautyfinder for a directory of training schools and colleges that are local to you.

Invitations

Designing and making your own wedding invitations can be fun but also it makes them more personal to you. There are loads of great sites out there now which can help you do this such as Wedding chicks. You would still have to pay for the paper and ink but if you are really on a tight budget you could email them to your guests instead. Also instead of making save the date cards and posting them out, why not let people know by text or email. Alternatively create an event on Facebook (choose ‘private’ in the event’s privacy section, so only guests can see).

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds if weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

 

 

 

Wedding at The South Farm, Cambridgeshire

Our live band the Right Hook had a brilliant night playing at a charming rural venue in Cambridgeshire called South Farm. This beautifully romantic farm has a lot to offer couples looking for a more natural environment for the wedding. South Farm is situated on the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire borders in area surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, rolling hills and countryside. With it being a family run business you will find that from the moment you arrive your guests will feel at home and pampered by their charming and dedicated team.  800_800_scaled_452151_South-Farm_5F00_2

This venue also has an excellent range of ceremony and reception options including the low beamed and beautiful Tudor Barn, which at night can be transformed into a romantic haven with its twinkly fairy lights. There is also the stunning rustic garden Summerhouse. This unique seven sided oak framed structure sits seductively over the edge of the lily pond whilst your guests are seated on the bank looking across the water as  you both say your vows. They also have the elegant grade II listed Drawing Room which is perfect for a more intimate affair and last but not least the light and airy space of the Old Dairy. This space lends itself well for anyone looking for a smaller party of guests but still wanting something romantic and original.

South Farm is licensed for Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships by Cambridgeshire County Council. Ceremonies must be booked with the Registrars as well as South Farm. For details click here.

Our live wedding band the Right Hook is one of South Farm’s preferred entertainment suppliers and they will transform your wedding, party or function into a night to remember. We will tailor our set specifically to your event, and even learn any songs or special requests you have. We’ll help you get exactly what you want at your party or wedding. 0330-e1450956470777

We are very proud to have a highly popular and sought after live band that provide music for weddings, parties and corporate events across the UK and Europe. All our events come with a DJ service, high spec PA and lighting rig, and all the boring but necessary insurances and assurances that allow you to enjoy your wedding safe in the knowledge that the entertainment is all taken care of. We also provide announcements throughout the evening, a bespoke first dance song performance and a tailored outfit to match your colour scheme.

If you are planning a wedding  in Cambridgeshire or anywhere in the South of England then why not book a band you know will deliver the best party! To find out more about what we provide click here.

 

How to pick your wedding photographer

Here are our top tips on how to pick your wedding photographer

Choosing your wedding photographer needs some serious planning. When planning your wedding you can directly view items such as your dress, sample the cake, and watch your chosen band in action. But when it comes to your wedding photos, you won’t see what you’re getting until after the event. And you don’t want to have to do it all again to get those special shots!

That means careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills and artistic style are even more important when selecting your wedding photographer. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help you pick your wedding photographer and to make sure you have amazing photos that capture your day and create lasting memories for you both in years to come.

Pick a style

wedding photographer, wedding day, wedding, bride and groomBefore you start researching local photographers we suggest that you first discuss and decide what style of photography you prefer. These could be candid and spontaneous photos which are not posed. For example it might show the bridesmaids dancing whilst sipping on their champagne and a group of men laughing or joking around by the bar. These types of shots are unplanned so in most cases people will not be staring into the lense. You may feel these types of images are more of a realistic portrayal of your day than the more posed photos. The classic photos tend to be posed shots of the two of you, your friends and family in front of various backdrops. That’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity in this category. Depending on your venue you can have some truly beautiful backdrops so it might be an idea to show your photographer around your chosen venue first so they can get an idea of your requirements.

Research is the key

This is where many people fail. They meet one photographer that they like and just book them before reviewing all the options. But its better to look around first. Start your search by reading reviews from recent newlyweds and browsing local wedding suppliers. Then review potential photographer’s websites to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style and personality. Also check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too if possible. That enables you to read other people’s reviews and check they are positive whilst also seeing how the photographer responds to any comments.

Arrange to meet them

Set up some meetings with your top 3 or 4 photographers that you have researched and make sure when you meet them you explain that you are seeing a few people before you decide to book. First of all check they are free on the date of your wedding and then go on to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you envision for your photos. Its always important to meet your chosen photographer before booking so you can see if you like their personality and view their wedding album portfolio.

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When reviewing a photographer’s album, look for the key aspects you would like captured. Such as whether they got photos of both the bride and the groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also look for the thoughtful expressions and shots that show emotion from the day. Do people look relaxed and joyous, not like a deer caught in headlights! Also make sure the images have good lighting and beware of any photos that are poorly focused.

Make sure you get on

Don’t dismiss the fact that you need to like your photographer. Is the photographer excited by your thoughts and description of your wedding? Are they interested and positive when responding to your questions and are they making good suggestions? Any good professional photographer needs to have good social skills and be confident and bold enough to go out hunting for great images. Whilst doing so they need to be able to put you at ease and avoid irritating or pestering guests. Remember they will be shadowing your every move and the more comfortable you are with them the better.

Time to book

Once you have researched your photographers its time to make a decision and book one.  While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony events (getting ready with your bridesmaids or first-look photos) to the end of the reception. It’s usually better to pay for more coverage if your preference is to have them until the end and there’s a chance you’ll run over (overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate). Make sure you go over all the pricing and pay the deposit by credit card incase of any problems nearer the day.

Ask about your rights

Most contracts have a clause that says that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the wedding photographer can use them promotionally on their website or for ads, etc. That also means you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the rights to the images.

We hope these  tips have been useful and wish you lots of luck in your search for finding your wedding photographer.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

Amazing first dance – How to choose yours

Tips to help you plan that uniquely amazing first dance

Everyone wants to have an amazing first dance right? Are you worried you will just spend your first dance swaying from side to side in an awkward romantic embrace? Then why not create a totally amazing and unique dance routine to surprise your wedding guests that will be remembered for years to come. A lot of people don’t do this as they think it’s too hard or that they don’t have time. But if you want to do this you can. Just a few hours a week practice and you will be John Travolta before you know it.

First dance lessons are fast becoming a must have with couples who are a little more adventurous but even if you aren’t as confident as you would like to be, there are still many options for you to do a dance that is simple and has your own stamp on it. Remember you don’t have to be flamboyant and jump around your stage to create something that is unique.Amazing First Dance, wedding, wedding ideas, first dance, wedding planning

With the popularity of Youtube and Instagram videos it does seem a lot of couples are trying to compete to gain that first dance crown but although you don’t want to necessarily copy someone you can look online to gain some inspiration for the kind of dance you and your partner would like to learn. It can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be and it’s a great bonding experience that you will have memories of after the event.

We have put together a few ideas to help you get started:

Take inspiration from the classics

Copy a famous dance routine from a film such as Dirty Dancing’s “Time of my life”. You know that famous high jump is a winner and will get your guests cheering in delight and will leave you feeling like a film star.

Fun Mix up

Learn a medley of short dances from a few famous songs and put them all together for a dance off between you and your partner. Throw in some Jacko with some Britney, a bit of Elvis or James Brown, and perhaps a dose of Grease to get everyone singing along.  This is a fun and engaging dance for couples who are looking for a less serious first dance routine.

Get Elegant with Strictly

With the recent popularity of programmes like Strictly Come Dancing you may fancy something a little more elegant so why not try learning some ball room or salsa dancing; this will surely impress your guests. While some couples may be happy to muddle through a routine themselves or enlist a friend with dance experience for advice, if you’re determined to get the technique and footwork spot on, you can’t beat a series of lessons from a professional.

Surprise him with your talents

If you are musical yourself then perhaps instead of dancing you want to sing your first dance as a surprise to your partner, this is romantic gesture that will pull at everyone’s heart strings. You could even go one step further and write the song yourself. Not only will this be an incredibly beautiful gesture on your wedding day, but it is a song that the two of you will have for the rest of your lives. Perhaps once you have finished the song the band can then take over and sing it again whilst you embrace your partner for a twirl around the dance floor to your amazing first dance.

The bottom line is, everybody has a first dance and it’s about choosing a style and song you both like to create something you both enjoy. These are the memories you take away with you from your special day.

The Right Hook band are always very happy to make each event as personal and bespoke as possible and learning your chosen first dance song to perform on the big day is just one of the ways they do that. Get in touch now to see if they can perform the song you need or ask them for some ideas of popular first dance songs that have gone down well and to ensure you have an amazing first dance.

Here is an article that might help you choose that first dance.

Top 5 tips to finding your perfect wedding dress

How to find that perfect wedding dress

Shopping for your wedding dress is a once in a life time experience, something that you want to cherish the memories of for a long time. Therefore it certainly isn’t something you want to rush. With so many dress styles and options, the choices can sometimes make it overwhelming so here are a few helpful tips to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable shopping experience.

1. Start your search for your dress about 8 months to a year before the big day. Designer gowns should really be ordered six to nine months in advance to ensure there is enough time for delivery and any alterations. If you want to customize your dress by adding jewels or lace or by modifying the neckline or train, it can take even longer, so plan accordingly.

2. Come up with a realistic budget and factor in any alterations. Some bridal shops cap their alterations price at a certain amount but others will charge a flat fee. Remember that most salons will ask for 50% of the cost upfront. We would advise to pay by credit card so you have a record of the payment incase any problems arise. Always plan ahead so you know your realistic budget and can ensure you are looking only at gowns in this price range.  Brides are devastated when they find ‘The One’ but don’t have the available funds to purchase the dress, which risks their gown being discontinued or sold to someone else.wedding dress

3. Before going shopping, familiarise yourself with the different styles of dresses by looking in magazines and perhaps starting a scrap book of your likes and dislike. But remember not to entirely disregard a style until you have tried it on. There are 6 main styles for wedding gowns which are:

  • Ball gown
  • Empire
  • A-line
  • Sheath
  • Fit-and-flare
  • Mermaid

Try on one of each the first time you go shopping for your gown so that you can decide which ones suit you the most and narrow down your search.

4. Limit the amount of people you decide to take on your shopping trip. Although it might be tempting to ask everyone on what will be the most important shopping trip of your life, the more people you invite, the greater the chance that you’ll end up confused. Bridal consultants advise selecting up to 3 close friends or relatives to accompany you to gown appointments, people who are honest and have your best interest at heart.

5.Test how comfortable your gown is by moving around in it, sit down, dance, and walk up and down the shop. Remember you will be wearing this dress all day and you want to feel amazing and beautiful. It should fit you perfectly and feel comfortable to wear. If you have to keep pulling up the cleavage or the dress is so tight you can’t breathe then ditch that style and move on to the next. Don’t worry or rush the process, you will know when you find the one; go with your gut instinct. Remember its your day and your dress!

We hope these wedding dress tips have been useful and wish you lots of luck in your search for your dream dress.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

Top 5 tips on choosing your wedding theme

Why should you choose a wedding theme?

Why do you need a wedding theme? A wedding theme will tie together the personal elements of your wedding and create a mood for your loved ones that illustrates who you and your partner are. This could be dictated by something as simple as a colour you both love, a place, an era or perhaps just the venues own style.  Here are are some top tips to help you find the perfect wedding theme for your big day.

The Venue

Most likely your choice of venue is going to be a reflection of you and your partner so you may find that you can use the venue to help you with your theme. For example if you have opted for a beach wedding you may want to have shells, sand and pebble decorations, there are so many wonderful ideas that you can research have a look online for inspiration too.

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Its important to sit down together and discuss words and key aspects that define you as a couple. Perhaps places you have travelled together, exploring activities that you both enjoy, cultures you both love, colours and styles. These sorts of touches and personal thoughts can really help you create a individual theme that captures your life together.

Pinterest

If you haven’t used it before then now is an ideal time to try using Pinterest. It’s a great visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas such as beautiful images, fashion styles, videos and tips. You can build up a catalogue of your interests and use them to help you decide on your theme.

Theme the band

So you have spent ages planning your big day and you’ve chosen that special shade of green for the bridesmaid dresses and ties for the men which then matches the beautiful bows on the reception hall chairs. Why not ask your evening entertainment to incorporate the colour into their look too? Just think how professional and streamlined your big day will be then? Not all wedding bands will offer this service but some will. We at the Right Hook do and we find that couple really appreciate that attention to detail.

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to include friends in your decisions or have conversations with the decoratively gifted members of your family. After all,  you have a lot to plan and sometimes it can be overwhelming! For this reason it can be great to have advice and help from others who may give you fresh ideas you haven’t even thought of. Always be opened minded and you will have no end of creative inputs from people.

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds if weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

Wedding at Millbridge Court, Frensham

Our live band the Right Hook had a brilliant night playing at the luxurious Millbridge Court in Frensham. This outstanding venue is located just outside of Farnham on the Surrey and Hampshire border.

With its high ceilings of raw oak beams and white washed walls there are copious amounts of light filtering through large glass windows which over look the beautiful surrey countryside. This venue is simple and sophisticated with 5 star finishing touches throughout. The venue boasts 7 boutique double bedrooms, complete with ensuites and there is also a suite for the brides to get ready over looking the ceremony room.Millbridge Court, Wedding Band, Farnham Wedding Band, Surrey Wedding Band.

The food at Millbridge Court has rave reviews from past guests since they recently went into partnership with Kalm Kitchen, who serve elegant and innovative restaurant quality dining for weddings and events. The staff at Kalm Kitchen have built a reputation for creating well presented, delicious food with expert attention to detail.

So whether you are looking for a summer or winter venue Millbrook has an enchanting and romantic atmosphere which is perfect for anyone’s big day or a special occasion.

The right hook are the perfect wedding band to make your Millbridge Court wedding spectacular! With a huge repertoire of music from the last 60 years, the band can delve into pop, rock, dance, Motown, jazz and easy listening tunes from any era to provide the perfect musical accompaniment whether it’s a laid back afternoon jazz set at a drinks reception, or a rocking party into the early hours with late night revellers.

If you are looking to book a wedding at Millbridge Court or any other venue in the Surrey area then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget!

The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

Wedding at Botleigh Grange, Southampton

Weddings at Botleigh Grange

Our live band the right hook had a fantastic evening playing at Botleigh Grange Hotel and Spa in Hampshire. This country style hotel is set within 14 acres of  stunning gardens and beautiful lakes. The combination of excellent service and facilities such as a luxurious Spa, award winning restaurant and 55 bedrooms, including four poster bedrooms, makes Botleigh Grange Hotel the perfect choice for a wedding venue or corporabotleigh grange, hotel, southamptom, hampshire, wedding venuete events in Southampton.

Botleigh Grange Hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships for up to 275 guests! So this beautiful venue is ideal whether you are looking for a small intimate affair or a large party with family and friends. They also have experienced wedding co-ordinators who will be happy to help you make the planning of your wedding as stress free as possible but will also be able to ensure your big day runs smoothly.

The right hook are the perfect wedding band to rock your Botleigh Grange wedding. With a huge repertoire of music from the last 60 years, the band can delve into pop, rock, dance, Motown, jazz and easy listening tunes from any era to provide the perfect musical accompaniment whether it’s a laid back afternoon jazz set at a drinks reception, or a rocking party into the early hours with late night revellers.

Every musician involved is committed to making sure that the guests are having a great time and ensuring that the event is a huge success. If there is a particular song you would like the band to play just ask and they will learn it and play it for you on the day.

If you are planning a wedding at Botleigh Grange Hotel and Spa, or any other wedding venue in the Hampshire area, then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget! The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

 

 

 

How to plan the best wedding of 2017!

Top 10 wedding planning tips for the best wedding

Do you want the best wedding of 2017? Here are some essential tips to guide you.

1. Location

Do you know if you are envisioning a traditional church, a beach front or barn for your wedding ? Is your dream a huge affair or an intimate guest list of close family and friends? Sit down with your partner and discuss this before moving on.

2. Budget

Now we would all like to skip this one and pretend money is no object but even if you are lucky enough not to worry about the financial side of your big day it’s good to be aware of the costs and do a break down of roughly how much you wish to spend on each aspect.

3. The venue

The venue you pick will determine the amount of guests you can invite, the location of your wedding and, of course the theme and styling too. You need to allocate a good proportion of your wedding planning time and budget to finding your dream venue because there are so many different options to consider.

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Some people leave this till last which really isn’t a good idea as the best bands and DJ’s get booked up as much as 18 months in advance. The entertainment often makes or breaks the wedding party so get your favourite band or DJ booked early. We would say research the bands, listen to demos, watch videos and choose a band whose singer really engages with the guests; someone who knows how to bring the party alive! Remember that most good bands also have their own lighting equipment and DJ so this makes it easier for you when booking.

5. The dress

Most woman have been dreaming about their wedding dress since a young age and you might already have an idea of what you want but be opened minded and try different styles. Don’t rush the process, enjoy it! It’s not everyday you get to be a princess.

6. The Guest List

This can also be a tricky one and some couples find it hard to always agree on who should come to the whole day and just the evening. And that’s before other relatives start trying to get their preferences seen to. Just remember it’s your big day and it’s who YOU want to be there.

7. The photographer

This is an important one as these are your memories to treasure in years to come. Everyone wants different things from their chosen photographer but for most it would be someone who can take emotional but beautiful shots that show the love between you. Weddings can be stressful, especially for the bride who wants everything to go to plan, so its even more important to get someone who will help relax and calm the bride and portray the importance and loving aspect of the day.

8. The first dance

Research your favourite songs and identify ones that are meaningful for you both as a couple. Some people like to learn a dance routine or have a compilation of songs, this is entirely up to you.

9. The cake

Begin researching your wedding cake designs between 3-6 months before your wedding. Remember that cake bakers get booked up early too. Price will be based on the size of the cake, the amount of labour needed to create it and the cost of its ingredients. More experienced or reputable pros are usually pricier and it’s good to get tastings and ask for recommendations from friends.

10. Relax!

Try not to worry!! Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life and you wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t feel stressed or anxious about the big day. But remember it’s is going to be amazing, so try to enjoy everything because you’ll regret if you don’t.

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful and you feel closer to creating the best wedding you can envisage.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest, has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales

The Celtic Manor resort offers a 5-star hotel, with 330 rooms, 32 suites, three championship golf courses, six restaurants, an award-winning spa and health club. Set in 1,400 acres of parkland, standing up high on a hill this hotel definitely should not  be judged just from its dated exterior. celtic manor resort, wales wedding venue

Once you step inside this unique hotel the vast lobby opens up in front of you with its sunlit flooded atrium, roman style pillars and towering trees. There is a carved statue of a dragon centre stage, overlooked by six balconied accommodation floors gently lit with blue lighting to create an impressive entry.  Once past this grand lobby you will find a large bar and restaurant offering a wide range of drinks and food, with large sofas to relax in over a coffee or a glass of wine.

We found the service at the Celtic Manor resort to be extremely welcoming and professional, every staff member we spoke too went out of their way to ensure that  our needs were met and  despite the buzz of guests around us the copious space creates the illusion of serenity and we felt very relaxed.

We would recommend this luxurious welsh hotel for anyone looking to book a party or a wedding in the area. If you are still looking for a band to play here or any venues locally then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget! The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.