I am very excited about today's guest interview! Especially if you recently got engaged and just started planning your wedding. Let me introduce you to Abi Clarke - Abi is the director of AC Weddings and Events and helps couples organise their dream wedding! She has many years of experience in the Aberdeen wedding industry, she can really help to reduce the stress of planning your wedding (or any other event) and save you time and money in the process.
Abi also runs a charity called MISS (Miscarriage Information Support Service), where she and her team help and support women and their partners who have suffered a miscarriage. Please have a look on the website, if you would like to know more about MISS.
Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
A. Born in the town of Wakefield in Yorkshire with my parents, I moved up to the remote but scenic Isle of Skye at the age of 9 where my grandparents lived and feel this is where my love of the countryside and the outdoors comes from.
In 2007 after finishing high school and undertaking placements with local businesses to gain more knowledge and experience, I then moved up to Aberdeen to study creative industries in television at Aberdeen College where I met my husband then progressed to BA (Hons) in Media Studies at Robert Gordon University. After studying, we decided to take the plunge and start a wedding and corporate videography business in Aberdeen. This was a huge learning experience where I gained a great amount of knowledge on weddings, venues, events and videography/editing/digital marketing. My husband and I in 2016 had our rainbow baby called Robyn then soon after, Mikey was born in 2017. After this, I decided that my time was finishing with the long hours of editing a wedding/corporate video and decided to move onto wedding planning and events management where I could get more involved with the planning, organising and styling of a wedding or event.
In my spare time, I really enjoy time with my children and husband – walking in the outdoors and enjoying nature. I like meditating in the morning, reading my book and going to the gym.
Q. Tell us a surprising fact about yourself.
A. I ate my first McDonalds at the age of 14!
Q. How did you come to be a wedding and events planner?
A. I love creating the dream wedding for a couple and creating the plan which a client has envisaged for their event.
I have been involved with weddings for over 10 years and enjoy the organising, planning and putting together the couple’s ideas together. Working closely with a lot of venues has helped to identify which sites are most suitable for my clients in terms of the style, theme and colours they would like to use.
Q. What do you love most about your job?
A. Seeing their eyes and face light up when my client first walks into the room is worth all the time, effort and hard work.
Q. Why should couples consider booking a wedding planner?
A. Hiring a wedding planner can help you avoid expensive mistakes and negotiate deals with your suppliers; I have worked with some wedding suppliers for almost 10 years so I can recommend these to you; create a schedule for your wedding or event day ensuring there are no issues or and everything runs on time.
Q. What top wedding planning tips can you give couples?
A. Understand that wedding do come with a cost and sign up for a credit card with a rewards programme.
Trim your wedding budget by looking at your guest list as half of your wedding costs go-to dining your guests.
Ask family and friends for help and they may have a side business where they can give you freebies.
Prepare for rejection. Usually 10-20% of guests will not be able to attend your wedding and that’s ok!
Q. Would you like to add anything else?
A. Why should you hire AC Weddings & Events for events management? We can save you time and money with our established connections with venues and suppliers; give you creative ideas and formats that we know have worked well previously; budget management for overall event success
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into Abi's life and her business AC Weddings and Events! If you have any questions for her, please get in touch with her:
Visit our website: www.acweddingsandevents.com
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