Having worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years,
producing catwalk shows for top designers and labels, Elizabeth
Walshe moved into wedding planning after she planned her own
wedding in 2016 and loved ever minute of it. Offering a friendly
and bespoke wedding and event planning service, Elizabeth brings
her incredible eye for detail and effortless elegance to all of her
events. Wondering how she does it, we quizzed Elizabeth on her job
and what goes into planning the perfect wedding.
1. The Elizabeth Walshe motto is …
"Stay Calm" I am well known for always smiling and remaining
calm; there is no problem that can't be solved or at the very least
put right. My secret is to always be extremely organised so that if
a problem arises, I am ready to deal with it!
2. Four things you can't produce a wedding
a budget, a checklist and
3. What has been your career highlight to
Producing Beyonce's first ever catwalk show in London
4. The best wedding we ever produced
Having recently got married, I would have to say my own because
I loved every second planning our day and it inspired me to expand
my fashion events company into wedding planning.
My husband and I are both born and bred in London and so that
became our wedding theme for the day. Our wedding invitations
incorporated beautifully hand drawn maps of London illustrating the
route from where we were married at Farm Street Church in Mayfair
to the ICA on the Mall where we held our reception.
I wanted the reception to feel like we were in an English
country garden in the middle of London so we filled the ICA with
beautiful white hydrangeas, peonies and roses - we even designed
and included an arbour and a love seat. The iconic British designer
Kate Halfpenny, designed my dress; it was stunning and I felt
incredible! It really was the most wonderful day!
5. When planning a wedding, always be
This is your day! Decide on what you want and stick to the plan,
you can't please all of the people, all of the time. Make a list of
what's most important to you and don't be persuaded to go off
6. Who is your favourite person to follow
on Instagram and why?
It has to be Brides
Magazine! I am passionate about weddings and Brides Magazine is
always full of such inspiring articles and pictures.
7. Our dream celebrity /'it girl' to plan a
wedding for would be…
Emma Watson, I love her style! She is chic, unique and a little
quirky. She recently quoted Jean Cocteau in an interview saying
"Style is a very simple way of saying complicated things." She is a
firm believer in gender equality and has been appointed as a UN
Women's Goodwill Ambassador. I think she is great role model for
young women and that's something I am also passionate about.
8. What does wedding style mean to
Your wedding style should reflect your own personal style. It is
not so much a theme as a concept and it is important to
conceptualise the event so that it looks and feels cohesive. Once
you have decided on the style of the day then stick to "the bigger
picture" and eliminate anything that doesn't fit. But remember you
don't have to be too literal and can choose the essence of an idea
as opposed to obvious choices, making it feel less themed, but well
thought out; for me wedding styling is all in the detail.
9. What are the key trends for receptions
at the moment?
My favourite trend this season is transparency. I have always
been a huge fan of glasshouses they make stunning reception spaces.
You can also hire marquees with transparent ceilings. Glass and
acrylics can be used as stationary, welcome signs and seating
plans. I would then add beautiful glassware to the table
10. How do you see the Royal Wedding being
I think it will be classically beautiful, full of grandeur with
all the usual pomp and ceremony, but with a modern twist that will
personify Meghan's style.
11. Do you have a signature aesthetic or
personal style that you put into the weddings you've planned?
My personal style is contemporary and elegant; my aim is to make
weddings look effortlessly beautiful. I have a keen eye for detail
and love to add in a twist. I enjoy creating magical moments, I
like to tell a story throughout the wedding day and then make sure
those moments are captured within creative settings making
beautiful memories, which will last forever. Having worked as a
stylist and a show producer for many years I know exactly how to
style the bride, the venue and the event to create a unique wow
factor for each couple that I work with.
12. What's your favourite part of your
Conceptualising the event and bringing all the elements together
so that every detail is in keeping with our concept. As a producer
that's exactly what I have been doing for over 20 years. It is my
job to keep everyone involved on track so that the big day looks
and feels as stunning as the bride and groom hoped and imagined it
13. And the worst?
Packing up and de rigging once the party is over, it's a service
that I offer so that the bride and groom can leave their
celebration without a care, but by that stage all I really want is
to go home and have a cup of tea or a large glass of wine!
14. And finally, what's next...
We have lots of different events on the horizon and it is this
eclectic mix that keeps us inspired and a little different to your
average wedding planner. We offer a completely bespoke service:
full or partial wedding planning or we can simply style and design
the day. We also offer personal styling sessions to help brides
find the perfect dress. We are talking to a number of newly engaged
couples and are super excited to start planning their special days,
but couldn't possibly reveal any of their closely guarded secrets
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