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Up close and personal with...

Rebecca Buckingham...Heart Shaped Weddings

When did you start in this business and what did you do before?

I started Heart Shaped in Summer 2014. I'd had the idea for such a long time and finally decided while on maternity leave with my son, that I had to give this dream of mine a shot! So, while learning how to look after a baby I was also learning how to run a business (insert all the scary face emojis!)

Life before Heart Shaped was spent commuting to London everyday to work in the fashion industry – men’s tailoring to be exact (so I'm always super-keen to see what my groom and his pals will be wearing on the big day)

I worked with the buyers and designers of high street retailers and regularly made trips with them to the Far East and to the fabric shows in Paris

Believe me when I tell you that I’ve made it seem way more glam than it actually was! I just couldn’t imagine jumping back into that life once Max came along

Do you have a particular style?

Not really, but I see that as a plus. For me, it keeps things exciting and definitely more interesting than if I was only focussed on weddings of a particular type. My couples are all different, so it makes sense that their weddings are too!

I’ve worked in country houses, theatres, restaurants, marquees, old abandoned churches and warehouses – and loved them all equally for different reasons

What can a wedding planner do that a best friend or venue manager can’t do?

Wedding planners are all about the details

Not just making sure that the day runs smoothly, not just the details on the day, not just the pretty details and not just the jobs my couples feel they can entrust to friends or family (because let’s face it, you want the special people in your life enjoying themselves on your big day, not stressing about remembering the things they need to help out with!)

Wedding planners look at ALL the details from EVERY angle and make sure that everything works together seamlessly as it should – we don’t just look at individual elements of the wedding

Where do you get your inspiration?

I love the Australian blogs (Nouba & The Lane, I’m looking at you), the weddings they feature are always for me…perfect! I also love an interior magazine – I’m forever house dreaming and can see trends that I know I’m going to be able to use in some way. But, honestly, inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing a colour combo used on a card that will inspire me

What sort of info do you need to know when meeting with a prospective client?

Idea of budget, what (if anything) the couple have booked so far, areas they need help, what are their must haves and their no ways

I also love a proposal story too, not just because I’m a bit nosey(!) but because I like to get to know them as much as possible straight away

What is your favourite flower?

Ooh, this is a tricky one…whenever I see an amazing bouquet on Instagram I change my mind! I love a dahlia, a sweet pea, a hydrangea (as big as my head) and a dried honesty flower!

What sort of lead time do you need when taking on a project and can/would you do more than one wedding per weekend?

It depends what my couple need me to do. For my on-the-day service, I generally start working with a couple 6-8 weeks prior to their wedding, although I have been booked with just 2 weeks to go before! (Yep I remember that one?!)

For a partial, where the couple have done some planning themselves but are by no means finished, it’s typically 6-8 months, as it gives me enough time to source any suppliers that haven’t been booked and work on styling if needed

For a full plan, a year or more is ideal as we have enough time to get the biggies booked early on and then work on the finer details. Although, give me a time-frame that isn’t as long as these and I’ll make it work!

Multiple weddings on the same weekend is absolutely do-able depending on the service I am providing for each couple …I’ve done it in the past and would happily do it again. My feet were killing me for a week afterwards though!

What is your favourite type of client/style of wedding?

A relaxed couple that are open to suggestions are the dream! I know when I have my initial call whether or not I am the right fit for a couple and vice versa