The story behind the ‘no ordinary wedding planner’
Hi there. I’m Linzi – no ordinary wedding planner and designer here at ‘that black & white cat’ and I confess that I love all things wedding.
Life before wedding planning
My career before becoming a wedding planner was as a chartered accountant within large corporate retail businesses. I spent over 15 years as a professional Head of Finance budgeting, planning, negotiating, influencing, and, of course, using the obligatory spreadsheets. I know first hand what its like to be planning your wedding whilst working long intensive days in a professional career.
How I became a wedding planner
I trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) (www.ukawp.com) before I started as I wanted to make sure I had all the right training to deliver weddings to perfection. I’m also an organiser at heart and i bring this to every wedding to make sure everything is delivered on time and to perfection. Of course, being an accountant helps out with budget and payment tracking.
Being part of the UKAWP is an important part of the business. I have access to an amazing group of national planners for support and inspiration, as well as receiving ongoing training to ensure I am always up to date. I’m also a big believer in their principle of not allowing commissions in the wedding industry – a planner should work to get our couples the best price possible and give any savings obtained direct to you. If you come on board with me, you agree one fee for my services and that’s it.
Why ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’?
Unique and creative weddings are my specialty. I really support my couples to embrace their personalities to create an original and perfect wedding day. This can be the tiniest touch or a fully styled wedding. I want you to have a wedding day you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
I never dreamed that within our first year we would receive the English Wedding Awards ‘Best Wedding Planner’ for the East Midlands and then also win best Specialist Service in the Wedding Awards 2017. Its been the most amazing journey and hard work, but seeing all our happy couples on their special days makes it all worthwhile.
Seb is my partner and rock. I can’t thank him enough for supporting me on my journey to create what you see here today. With over 20 years of audio visual experience working in theatre, television and entertainment, he is often there to assist on the more technical delivery aspects. He also helps with on the day support if I need an extra pair of hands.
Sooty, Betty and Charley are our three cats and I love them to bits. They occasionally help out and if you want to meet them just let me know (though I can’t always guarantee they’ll appear!).
Here you go!
- I’m a trained classical violinist & have traveled Europe with an orchestra when i was younger
- I’ve walked the Inca Trail in Peru
- I am a stationery addict
- I’m mad about our cats (see more pictures below)
If you want to know more about me (the ‘no ordinary wedding planner’) I’ve written a blog which you can read by clicking here.
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