About

HELLO! I’m Laura… I’m a London wedding planner and coordinator (rated in the top 3 in London for 2019-2020!) and I run a multi award winning blog as the backbone to my website offering planning tips, advice and inspiration to those planning a wedding.

 

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Bespoke services, flexible help, pick + mix planning!

My planning services are bespoke and flexible, so my tag line is ‘pick + mix wedding planning’. Couples can pick and choose which elements they need help with and we’ll take it from there. The experience has to be easy, yet unique, innovative, and personal for my clients. Above all, it should be stress free and fun. It’s a celebration after all!

I have personally planned and worked on some 170+ weddings and events to date (under Devine Bride and as a consultant at a handful of wedding venues), and I know what’s worked, what’s not, and what’s fun!

From planning power hours to partial planning, help on the day to hire a bridesmaid, and everything in between! My speciality is difficult dry hire venues, and my most popular service is my On The Day Coordination package.

I tend to help couples who know what they want and what they are doing, who are generally quite creative and non-traditional, but just need a hand to bring their vision to life, hone in on the finer details of the planning, and make it all happen on the day.

I am based in East London (Walthamstow) but, due to popular demand, I also have a Glasgow based team for venue dressing, set up and styling (in addition to my London based planning team – which is me and a few wedmin helpers, plus a few trusted freelancers for wedding day help as needed) to be able to offer the best and most personalised service to my clients as a London wedding planner and coordinator.

 

Please email any hellos or enquiries to laura@devinebride.co.uk

 

Who am I, what do I do, and what is pick + mix wedding planning?

 

Good to Know

  • I try to chat with couples on a video call for their initial consultation, but also love meeting for drinks if you can make it to The Wing beside Oxford Circus, which I use as my office.
  • I love working with fun couples on bespoke weddings.
  • I only take on a few full planning and partial planning packages a year to be able to focus on them fully, and give them plenty of creative and planning time – alongside all my On The Day services throughout the rest of the weekends of the year.
  • The rest of my bookings are made up from a mixture of my pick + mix services.
  • I don’t work on commission. Ever. Working on a commission basis promotes favouritism, and my aim is always to match the right supplier to the right client – for the client’s needs and wants only.
  • I’m not a fan of traditions, hierarchy’s, or anything that doesn’t promote equality.
  • I’m also not fond of chair covers.
  • I don’t wear black at weddings as guests usually think I’m the caterer!
  • I usually wear a smart colour so I’m easily found and identifiable, by guests and staff alike, however my aim is to blend in as if I were a guest (dress code wise).
  • I hate clipboards and headsets and don’t use them at weddings!
  • With every new client sign up, I make a donation to Eat or Heat Walthamstow food bank. More on that below.

 

For peace of mind, I am also:

💪🏼 Fully insured
💪🏼 Level 2 Emergency First Aid trained
💪🏼 Level 2 Fire Safety & Fire Warden trained

 

My Working Week Consists of…

  • 3 days a week I work from The Wing in Fitzrovia, which I use as my office (when not in lockdown!)
  • 2 days a week I freelance at venues or take on b2b wedding work
  • My weekends are usually spent wedding-ing Mar-Oct
  • At Christmas time I work on a lot of corporate Christmas parties and events (usually Oct-Jan)
  • …I sometimes see my husband on a Sunday!
  • Follow what I’m up to in real time here on Instagram!

 

 

A bit more about Laura Devine…

I’m Glasgow born and bred, but live, work and play in London – and have done for over 12 years now. Glasgow meets London was the loose theme for my own wedding (some years ago now).

My life experience spans a degree in Product Design from the Glasgow School of Art, a short stint at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, further (more business led) education at The London College of Fashion, and then a variety of business and event management roles working at global fashion and beauty chains. Although I’d like to think of myself as quite creative, I’m also obsessively organised – and always have been.

I started my business when I was in my twenties, and now in my thirties and over 170+ weddings and events later, it’s fair to say that there’s not much I can’t manage or coordinate. I love weddings, and parties! I’ve been through it myself, and as a bridesmaid three times, so I know the ups and downs and the stresses – as well as a lot of tricks.

Ultimately, it’s all about making people happy, and helping couples put on the (stress free) party of their lives – and I love that. 

 

Great Loves

In short… I am a lover of parties, pizza, and wine! 🥳🍕🍷

But seriously, after my husband (of course!), my greatest love is travelling.  It’s the only thing you can buy in life that makes you richer.  Travelling used to be our biggest extravagance.  I prefer to always go places I’ve never been before and try to explore the world – but Ibiza is a place I would go back to any weekend.

I also love wine (excluding Buckfast, for the record!), and love trying it where ever we go travelling, exploring or adventuring. Saint-Émilion and Mendoza have been favs so far ❤️

However since we moved up to Walthamstow (from Bow), renovating our house has taken over our lives, and our finances…!

I love the food and restaurant scene in London.  Finding new places to go for brunch on a Sunday after a wedding on a Saturday is one of my favourite things!  But dinner at Morito in Hackney would be my perfect date night.

I love working in the wedding industry because I love helping others and just generally making people happy, there’s no better feeling – honestly! And I feel so lucky to work as a wedding planner and coordinator, in London and around the country, and to assist on such an amazing day for my couples.

 

Smaller Loves

Other smaller loves include Crosstown doughnuts, ARD Bakery, Percy Pigs, Gogglebox, Battersea Power Station, anything interiors led, surrealist art, geometric prints, plants, indie music (circa the era of The Strokes, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys, and We Are Scientists), fun electro music, and partying in general! 

I’m more into gigs rather than movies (I’m all about going out and live experiences), and prefer biographies to fiction.

 

Giving Back

As a side note, I regularly donate to Eat or Heat Walthamstow food bank. With every new client sign up, I make a donation from Devine Bride. I also set reminders in my diary for personal monthly donations. This is something that is close to my heart and, very unfortunately, is greatly needed in the UK.

 

Please email any hellos or enquiries to laura@devinebride.co.uk

 
 

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