Think you don’t need a wedding planner? Read about Michelle before you make your mind up. You might be surprised about the many different ways that she can help.

A little bit about Michelle

My name is Michelle, (that’s me above at one of my Christmas Eve weddings where the bride and groom hired reindeer for the children to pet and feed, it was an amazing surprise) I am 35, I live in Manchester with my husband of almost 10 years and our two children. I was born in Canada and moved to the UK when I was 4. My passion for weddings began when I was 11 and a bridesmaid for the first time for my cousin, I loved everything about the day and I loved being a part of it. My next experience with a wedding was 13 years later when I began to plan my own, I did everything from making the invites to checking the room was set out how it should be and how I wanted it. I wish I’d have thought of becoming a wedding planner back then. I have now been in the wedding industry for 10 years as I started out making wedding invitations and doing wedding makeup. But I found that I was spending more and more time helping people plan their day and realised that this is what I was good at, so I took the plunge and set up Ladybelle Weddings in 2013. It was the best thing I did and I absolutely love my job.

How do couples benefit from your service?

Couples benefit from my services in a few different ways, depending on the level of help they require from me. I canCelebrant Manchester Blog | Unity Civil Celebrancy help them from the beginning of their plans right the way through to the wedding day. If they are half way through their plans I can take over them and help right the way through to the wedding day or I can help them on the day. One thing that is consistent is that no matter how much help they require they will all receive a professional and friendly service.

I keep in regular contact with the couple and they have the final say on everything to do with their wedding day, I don’t take over and I am not pushy. I am there to help and advise them. Think of me as your middle person, the person who you can scream and shout it if it all gets too much.

What do you love most about your work?

Ooooooh that’s a hard question. It’s one I am asked a lot and if I am totally honest there isn’t one specific thing I like I love it all. I love the planning, the preparation and the wedding day. I love sitting and chatting my couples and finding out bits about them and how they met.

I suppose If I have to choose I would say I love the day the most when I see all the hard work and preparation come together, the family and friends of the couple enjoying everything they have planned for their big day. I love that moment when the couples see’s each other for the first time, it’s so special and you can see the love for each other, I’m very privileged to witness that moment.

What will couples get for their money?

When you hire Ladybelle Weddings, you are hiring a first class service without the first class price tag. I will help and guide you with your wedding plans. I will be as involved as you want me to be. I have a long list of reputable companies who I have worked with and can trust to make your day special. I will negotiate all quotes for you ensuring you get the best price. When it comes to the wedding day I am there as your eyes and ears making sure everything is as you want it to be and that you have the most wonderful day that you deserve. I am contactable every day and with unlimited contact you are safe in the knowledge that I am looking after your day as if it were my own.

How creative can couples be with their wedding?

I encourage my couples to be creative when it comes to their wedding day. They can be asCelebrant Manchester Blog | Unity Civil Celebrancy creative and as innovative as they like, the possibilities really are endless. For example, I have had a couple who had a wedding in their parent’s field with old bath tubs filled with bottles of beer and bales of hay. As you can see in the image at the top of the page, one couple wanted Reindeer after the ceremony with Elves and Father Christmas. I believe your wedding day should be reflective of what you like as a couple and as individuals in some way. The couple that you can see on the right, Olah and Bola had a Civil Wedding then had a religious blessing and changed into their traditional African wedding attire.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a couple, what would it be?

Hire a Wedding planner!! It will give you that freedom to carry on with your day-to-day life without the worry of rushing home to get hold of the venue, or photographer before they close. I will take care of all that.

Be organised too, if you don’t have a wedding planner then sign up for my tips on my website its FREE and will help you along the way.


Liz Thompson is a Civil Celebrant based in Manchester in the UK and working across the North West of England, Liz creates unique and personal ceremonies and services for life events such as Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Baby naming, Vow Renewal and many more. Follow Liz on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest

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