Wednesday, 18 July 2018


A unique destination wedding is now a fact it is massive. Zanzibar is proving to be a hot bed for those who seek unique locations, intimate weddings or a more bohemian type feel.

During my most recent trip, I tried desperately  to extend my stay in Stone town and it was near impossible. All or most of the hotels  were fully booked for that specific weekend  from Africa House to Park Hyatt and to think  this is pre-summer holiday before schools are out was pretty much unexpected

So whats the appeal?

For those souls who seek a bit of culture,  Stone town is rich in heritage buildings and quite literally  full of history . The classified doors in alley ways, along with wooden shutters, stained windows, poster beds, stained windows,  muslim prayer calls  all indicative of the town's rich history of Arab, Indian and British influence.

The locals are generally friendly,  streets clean and relatively safe  with a vibrant  family friendly night life, great  water adventures and tours.

The only downside  I'd say is the Airport... a very frustrating  delay at the visa and customs desks . Plus there is no Wifi and literally 2 small shops . But  really this is a small price to pay compared to the  beauty that lies beyond the airport. Trip from the airport to Stonetown should cost no more that $10 .

 Enjoy a lovely glass of  Mimosa and Octopus at 6 Degrees and watch the sunset.

Next stop ... Kiwengwa.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Atinuke and Owoyemi's Lakeside Wedding in Dubai

This stunning destination wedding  is set in the hidden gem that is Arabian Ranches. I  scoured the whole of Dubai to find  an unusual setting for an outdoor wedding. 

When I came across such an  idyllic setting I had to sell this idea to my clients, who were somewhat  concerned about the weather. It took  guts and some serious  persuasion to also get the in -house Events Manager on side for restructuring the uneven turf by the lakeside

 The weather in Dubai around December is ideal for an outdoor wedding. However, I ensured that the venue had a contingency plan  in case the weather turned; so please make sure you go for a venue that offers the same. We lucked out on stunning weather and my clients had the wedding of their dreams. 

 I led on design and all the creative details including pashminas and pocket squares with gold embroidered initials, lounge area with 2 dozen cushions in the wedding colours, delicate fancy mini cakes alongside the wedding cake, personalised menu cards, outdoor bar etc. 

I worked alongside the amazing Maren and team from MP Designs, Irina on flowers, Dubai's greatest DJ, and and some great vendors. And of course my bride stylishly arrived in a Rolls Royce Phantom. 

This stylish lakeside wedding had an international guestlist with most travelling from the UK, Nigeria and the US.

More pics to follow.

Wedding Planned by Mrs Wedding Planner
Photography: Women in Wedding Photographers

Monday, 21 December 2015

Thelma and Kana's Winter Wedding

This is an insight into how planning comes together
 A caption of a  wedding I planned on the 5th of December 2015 at Hilton, Park Lane.
Cake by Sweet Hollywood
Decor by Blue Velvet Marquee
Audiovisual VNV Sounds

How exquisite is this fabulous bespoke wedding cake and elaborate display we created for Thelma & Kana's stunning Nigerian wedding reception at Hilton Park Lane. Press Play xWith Mrs Wedding-Planner Coco Luxe BLUE Velvet
Posted by Sweet Hollywood on Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday, 16 October 2015

Most Popular Destination Wedding Planner 2015 Award

I  won the first of many (hopefully) award ......  Mrs Wedding Planner won  the Most Popular Destination Wedding Planner 2015 in the UK!!!

The journey continues... we have booked  3 more destination weddings for next season. Thank you to everyone that voted!

Awaiting my personalised badge!
#entrepreneur #hope #inspire #mrsweddingplanner

Monday, 12 October 2015

Wedding Favours

 A lot of people struggle to decide on these probably because they overthink the gesture or  are just overwhelmed by good ole social media.

Get a practical and meaningful favour. For example if you are hosting a wedding in the countryside, why not get the finest artisinal products  luxuriously  and lovingly packaged? Or a garden inspired fan for a hot summer's day or pretty pashminas for a rooftop wedding reception?

I got married in the UK and I gave out  favours  from my family's  favourite place. A local farm where we normally pick  the tastiest strawberries in summer for peanuts. So pressed apple juice and jam with customised labels were lovingly bottled and packaged by the farm owners. Sadly my dearest husband and lovely groomsmen forgot to take them to  the wedding venue on the day!

So get practical favours and hire a Wedding Planner to take all your boxed and labelled important bits and bobs to  your wedding venue. Assign this"handing over" task to your calmest and most polite family member.

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Summer Wedding at Addington Palace

Good morning!

Thought I would kick Monday off with a lovely wedding I planned. I am currently in recluse, preparing for my best season yet! Stay tuned

For now enjoy the video highlights of Mariama and Olufemi's stunning wedding.
Don't forget to maximise your screens!

Wedding Planned and designed by Mrs Wedding Planner
Best bits and ideas you can steal:
Customised Cocktails : Create Cocktail
Violinist: Catherine Fox
Photography: Atunbi
Videography : Beautiful Media
Fireworks: Chris Verheyden
Florist : Lola Flower Boutique and Flower Craft Lindfield(worked with the theme and palette)
Lighting: Wedding Creative
Wedding Car:  1959 Rolls Royce ( in keeping with the style of the venue)

#sierraleoneanwedding #sierraleone #nigerianwedding #weddings #ukweddings

Monday, 6 April 2015

First Dance Song

Today as I cooked dinner,  Robin Thicke's Sweetest Love came blasting through  the radio and I smiled. Certain songs remind me of my clients particularly their first dance songs.

Your first dance song should be memorable enough to evoke such  fond memories even for your guests.

It should be a song that makes you feel very warm inside, one that would make you feel like no one's watching, personal to both you and your partner.

Make sure you play it around your partner at every given opportunity to build up on the mushy effect on the day. Ahead of the wedding  day save your first dance song on a USB stick or on your Ipod. A good Wedding Planner will brief the DJ or band's lead vocalist ahead of the wedding,  run a test during sound check  on the morning of the event to ensure there are no glitches when the moment arrives.

Here are some magic moments only a memorable first dance song can evoke all caught on camera . These are all  images of my clients:

The danced to Robin Thicke's Sweetest Love

They danced to Ed Sheeran's  Thinking Out Loud

 Adorn by Miguel

Photography: Litehouse Photography and Cedric Maya

Lyrics to the Sweetest Love by Robin Thicke

Sunday, 5 April 2015

For my Brides-to-be on Easter Sunday

It's Easter Sunday and most families have had a nice family meal.  So for my brides-to-be I wanted to share this essential detail for your  future dinner parties. Know  thy table setting etiquette:

The blade of the knives should be facing the plate.
Please leave space for elbow room , approximate 15 inches between each place setting

Get wine(red and white), champagne  and water glasses (depends how formal you wanna go... maybe sherry too). The water glass should be  about  an inch  away from the dinner knife. 
This setting does not yet include  a champagne glass.  

These were all events I planned.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Makeup Trial

Every bride-to-be deserves to have at least one makeup trial ahead of their wedding day. It is essential to experiment with different looks to match different outfits or different  points of the big day, for instance a transition  from day to night look.

If you are not keen on makeup and prefer to do it yourself, do book an appointment with a leading high street makeup brand and go for a trial.The fact remains that you should not be pushed into anything you are uncomfortable with, so be clear on the look you are going for.

Although every bride wants to look the part,  it is worth sticking to a look that complements your personality.

A good Wedding Planner will shortlist vetted makeup artist based on  experience, client portfolio,  testimonials and how professional they appear.Prices should also be competitive.

Finally your brief and feedback should  be honest and to the point. Whatever you do always book that trial and see how you both get on.After all you'd be queen for the day and there is no excuse for not looking the part.

Here are a few examples from my clients:

 Makeup trial
Brief no 1: Glamorous

On the day look for glamorous outfit

Bridal gown makeup
Brief: natural
Makeup by MisDeeMakep

Melissa on the other hand is not a makeup fan.I had to persuade her to have one  and I am glad she trusted my recommendation.  We ensured her makeup on the day was light and natural.

Makeup by Dela  Alakija

Friday, 3 April 2015

Intimate Moments on your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is a long day. All eyes will be on you and you have to be attentive to every guest you interact with. For this reason alone, I always ensure the hour away for photography is a memorable experience.

For this wedding I planned in Dubai. The couple were sent off  with their bridal party in a yacht for pictures.It was their moment away from the limelight and an opportunity to remind themselves what the day is all about.

 They told me it  was good fun!

This video was shot by Beautiful Media 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

A day in the life of a Wedding Planner

Well part of planning involves meetings,  endless administration and  creativity.

For client meetings I often have coffee in a lovely space . I always want to create a memorable experience for my clients even during consultation. Sometimes generous clients offer to treat me and well  I accept.

For about a week now, I have had meetings in a beautiful new hideout in West London.I sit there, listen to the piano and run my venue searches, tackle my spreadsheets, write my monthly reports and so on for hours on end.

As a foodie, I also get to tuck into side orders. My new spot helps me to be productive and optimistic about  my journey in developing Mrs Wedding Planner.

Yesterday was a good day and I look forward to tomorrow.

Revisiting Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah

 In 2011, as I researched the wedding industry to  see whether or not I should venture into Wedding Planning, I approached Yemi  Osunkoya of Kosibah label for an interview and he kindly obliged.

Kosibah specialises in bespoke figure enhancing bridal, evening and formal daywear. Renown for luxurious fabrics, corsetry, boned bodices and embellishment these form fitting gowns  are high in demand. Kosibah gowns are  all tailor made from the Kosibah Atelier in Camden,NW London.

I am grateful that  he believed in me then. Thank you Yemi Kosibah, because of you I am still here.

Here are some of his latest creations and a link to the interview I conducted in 2011.

All images courtesy of Alakija Studios , Abi Oshodi and Nikos Papadopoulos Goga

To view the interview I conducted with Yemi in 2011 go here

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cake Tasting

I flew out to Vienna  a couple of weeks ago for back to back meetings with vendors including Demel ahead of a luxury destination wedding. This legendary establishment has been making exquisite chocolate and the finest confectionary by hand at Vienna's most elegant address for over two centuries.

I was taken for an exclusive tour in the cake cellar.  What made this particular vendor even more special was that  Bill Clinton had stopped here for cakes. For that reason alone my client was sold.

When meeting with wedding cake vendors, you need to look through their portfolio, have a tasting, discuss flavours( for nut allergies, etc), guest numbers, aesthetics,  logistics, complimentary accessories including cake stand , knife, and so on. Never assume ask questions.

Traditional Viennese flavours including Sachertorte  a very rich chocolate cake, with layers of apricot jam are part of the Vienna experience.

Sachertorte was invented in 1832 by 16-year-old Franz Sacher and today over 1,000 cakes are sold daily in four of the most prestigious locations across Austria, Demel being one. It was therefore no surprise  that the patisserie chef declined my suggestion of using a foreign recipe, red velvet.

Well the meeting ended with a negotiated price, cake design and a few additional flavours . It was no surprise that I returned home slightly heavier and greedier.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Groom's Speech

  This can be one of the most daunting experiences so brides remember to wear the  most reassuring of smiles when that moment arrives.

Grooms keep your speeches short, sweet and personal and do not hold back the tears if you get emotional. Your bride and guests appreciate such priceless symbols of  love.

Tell the funniest part of your story, thank your guests and whatever you do,  don't forget to mention "my beautiful wife".

So to brides and grooms- to- be, this will be your first official public display of  teamwork. 

I planned both weddings at The Orangery in Maidstone,  Kent and the H Hotel in Dubai respectively.

Photography : Litehouse Photography