Olivia’s Blog

24 September
Places to consider in the UK for your mini moon.
If you’ve never heard of a mini moon, where have you been? They are an increasingly popular option for newly married couples who choose to wait a bit before venturing out on their proper honeymoon. The clue is in the name - mini moons are short breaks taken by newlyweds after the wedding, while waiting for the proper honeymoon at a later date.
30 July
Cotswold House Hotel & Spa: Review
At the beginning of the month, I was very lucky to be invited to visit the Costwold House Hotel & Spa. Set in two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens this grade II Regency luxury townhouse, in the heart of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, makes for the perfect location for your Civil Ceremony, Wedding Reception or special occasion.
06 July
10 reasons why you should have a guest list
Creating a wedding gift list allows you to have the newlywed home of your dreams or a perfect honeymoon. They give your guests guidance with selecting the perfect wedding gift for you both. If you’re not sure about a gift list, here are ten reasons why having a registry a great idea.
18 May
Royal Wedding Predictions
With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only a day away, I thought it was the perfect time to share my predictions with you! The whole world will be eagerly watching with excitement and anticipation as the coverage starts on BBC 1 from 9am UK time tomorrow morning and will also be shown on ITV1 and Sky news. This really is a bit of fun and I suppose is more of what I’d like to see come to fruition!
24 January
You’re Engaged! But what next?
So engagement season has brought us news of so many beautiful engagements! Are you one of those lucky couples joining the likes of Ed Sheeran and Princess Eugenie? What do you need to consider once you've said yes? Read my top 6 things to do next...
10 Jan
{REVIEW} Luxury Wedding Planner
Happy New Year! Get organised with your wedding planning with the use of this gorgeous luxury wedding planner by Blush & Gold
15 November
Bridal Party Duties
Your bridal party are your "a-team" that totally have your back on the day! They have named roles and should be chosen wisely. These people mean a lot to you and your other half and asking them to be part of the main party will be a real honour to those asked.
17 October
Wedding Flower Basics
Ok, firstly, this is a big topic and I am NOT a florist but the points below may assist you when choosing your florist and wedding flowers and to get to grips with wedding flower basics. Flowers can really make a wedding, the scent, the colour, the nostalgia, the opulence, the simplicity, they really give a wow factor to your special day. Your chosen florist will be able to advise you on flowers that are in season, what flowers go well together, what foliage will work and what arrangements will work best at your venue and for your style. I would always recommend getting on...you know what I'm going to say...pinterest, to gather images of what styles, flowers, colours and themes your really love.
04 October
Inviting children to your wedding
Children are a huge part of family life and weddings are a big life event where they do play a part. You may even have children of your own or you might have niece’s or nephews, young cousins and friends who have little ones. At the onset of your wedding planning you and your partner need to think about whether you would like little people at your wedding or not. By the way, this is totally your choice but for some reason this topic sparks hot debate between family members and friends which can put pressure on you either way. I hope you find this article helpful whether you choose to invite children to your special day or not.
06 September
Top tips for wedding dress shopping
If like me you're engaged to be married (congrats!) one of the most thrilling parts of the wedding planning process is the dress search!It’s a really exciting time and the dress is probably something you’ve dreamed of since being a little girl – am I right? I started my search last week so this is all really fresh in my mind! I had a lovely first experience and I'm looking forward to visiting more boutiques soon.
09 August
Table Talk
Today I’m going to share with you my top tips on creating a table plan that works for you both and your guests. Creating the table plan or seating plan is arguably one of the most difficult tasks when planning your special day. It can be pretty challenging, daunting and time consuming but it’s got to be done!
03 August
Bridal Party Gift Ideas
Are you struggling to find that perfect gift for your bridal tribe? We've pulled together our favourites here as it’s always nice to thank those special guests who have helped you along the way. I’ve put together an inspiration board on pinterest too if you fancy a nose!
16 July
Wedding Planning Q&A
Over on my facebook group The Wedding Planning Community, I recently filmed a facebook live session, including answers to my members burning questions.
03 Sept
The Online Wedding Planner Q & A
On Saturday 27th August 2016 I announced to the world of social media that I have been working on a behind the scenes project for the past 18 months called “The Online Wedding Planner”. I was so happy to start spreading the news, however, I’m sure you are wondering what it’s all about?! So, I have put together a Q&A for you here to explain a little more in detail about what you can expect! I cannot wait to be able to help couples plan their special day in a fun, exciting and stress free way.
25 July
Real Weddings | Katie & Matthew
I can't believe this wedding took place a year ago...honestly, where does the time go! Katie and Matthew were so lovely to work with and have the cutest daughter Isobel who looked so adorable on the day! The ceremony took place at Lower Slaughter church at 12.30pm on Saturday 11th July 2015. The reception venue was a traditional poled marquee in the grounds of Mucky Cottages in the village of Naunton in the Cotswolds. The views were incredible and consisted of Cotswold countryside as far as the eye could see!
26 June
Honeymoon Destination: Jamaica
Evening All! I've been itching to write a post about one of my favourite places in the entire world - Jamaica, which is a fabulous honeymoon or special holiday destination, if you are currently considering your options. I'm going to give you my own personal account of my experience here and hopefully offer some advice and tips along the way! Our travel agent We booked the all inclusive trip with Thomson Holidays. There is a branch in my local town so it was easy enough to pop in and ask questions or add/amend the booking. I must say, the customer service was excellent and there were no hiccups along the way.
15 June
Get the glow: Lighting your wedding
Oh my gosh guys, I have been truly rubbish at writing blog posts this year. My last entry was in February! I do have excuses though as I went on holiday at the end of February to the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica and moved house (finally!). I'm also working on a secret project behind the scenes which I hope to be able to share with you soon which basically takes up all of my time - exciting stuff! Anyway - today, I wanted to discuss lighting your wedding. To me, lighting is a simple yet hugely effective way of creating a lovely atmosphere and enhancing the design and feel of the day.
15 Feb
Wedding Favour Inspiration
One of my Summer 2016 clients is looking to have beautifully crafted macarons to give to her guests. It got me thinking about the plethora of options available to couples looking to show their appreciation to their guests attending their special day. Over the years I've seen so many creative ideas! Favours will add a personal touch to your big day. If you're all about the design, a favour can add a stylish addition to your tablescape/theme. Here are some examples to help you choose the favour right for you. By the way, a favour isn't an essential element, so if you're on a tight budget you might want to omit this from your plans.
27 Dec
2015: A Year in Review
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are now enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation. Now that the year is drawing to a close I wanted to write a post about 2015, because honestly, it's been the best so far at Host HQ! The business has been running now for nearly 3 years and I feel it's really flourished. I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who I have worked with over the last twelve months and those who follow and support Host Event Management. I love what I do, it's hard work and challenging - but nothing else beats it!
28 September
Gloucestershire Marquee Wedding
This Summer I was lucky enough to be involved with the planning and running of Marianne and David's special day. They contacted me a year before their proposed date, needing some assistance as they lived in London and had demanding work schedules. The wedding was held in June near my home town of Thornbury in a gorgeous "chocolate box" village, Oldbury-on-Severn. It's a lovely village where Mr R and I have spent several Sunday afternoons taking a walk towards the river followed by a cider in the local pub The Anchor Inn. The ceremony was held at St Alrida's church which sits on the top of the hill, overlooking farmers fields and the River Severn.
21 Sept
Being a Wedding Planner: Behind the Scenes
Hello all, I am back to the UK after enjoying an Italian adventure with Mr R. The trip was totally amazing and much needed after a busy Summer of wedding loveliness! I've had some time to reflect whilst being away remembering the wonderful clients weddings I have worked on in 2015. Each and every wedding was a pleasure to be a part of. I witnessed so much love, fun, dancing, eating, drinking and personal details. I love my job as a planner, it's very touching to know that you get to play a role in someone's special day.
01 Aug
Welcome to my new website
Hello everyone! I am so ridiculously excited that my website has finally gone live. To share this "labour of love" with you means a lot. My web designer Bryony has been so wonderfully patient during this creative process and has captured my vision perfectly.