One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is getting to know some very talented and fabulous peeps. As soon as I started chatting with Sam, I knew that she would be incredibly good at what she does. I'm really delighted to feature her work on my blog. Over to Sam!
Can you tell me a bit about your business?
I started my career co-ordinating many exciting and innovative weddings in the hospitality industry as a wedding and events manager. It was through this that my passion for weddings grew and Samantha Whitehead-Young Wedding Design was established in 2003. That passion has not faded over all these years and every wedding is different which makes for an exciting and interesting life.
We offer couples many services to assist in the planning of their wedding from an hour consultation to full wedding planning. We are a supplier-independent therefore we are not tied to any specific allegiances or interests allowing us to create the perfect occasion without compromise. We have however over the years built a lot of relationships with local and national suppliers to help save you money. We negotiate the best prices possible and pass on all discounts and benefits to our clients through our clear accounting system. In fact, these cost savings quite often negate the cost of our fees altogether.
We understand that it is the couples wedding day, and follow their wishes to the letter creating the day that they dreamed of without all the stress that is inevitably involved.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love working with the couples and their ideas, as mentioned before each couple and wedding is different and it makes for a working life where one day is never the same.
The whole process is enjoyable from the day that you realise their design dream via an inspiration board to providing the dream wedding within budget.
However, the finale of the wedding day itself is where it all comes together and having the pleasure of experiencing everything from the look on the groom's face when he first glimpses his bride, the emotion of family and friends throughout the day and the ever increasingly interesting first dances!
I enjoy the end of this day not because I am glad it is over, but because they have had the day they have been dreaming of so long and will remember with their friends and family forevermore.
What plans do you have for your business for the future?
Our future plans consist of many more SWY couples having the wedding of their dreams!
'All the work for The SERIOUS Hat Band and [the top hat band] comes from word of mouth. We think this is because we’re obsessed with making sure our clients are nothing less than delighted with our performance on and off stage. Clients tell us that our meticulous and efficient organisation means they have complete confidence that we’ve thought of everything. And fortunately, we’ve been around long enough not to have to work with anyone who doesn’t take the same approach. We’re proud to be picky and we can count the number of agents, party organisers and wedding planners with whom we work, on the fingers of one hand. We’re delighted to include Samantha on that list and even more delighted to be included on her list of trusted suppliers. All her events run like clockwork and her calm and capable organisation makes for a perfect event every time.'
'We have only had the opportunity of working with Samantha a couple of times and in that time we have found her approach to wedding planning extremely refreshing. She is courteous, efficient and amiable. Above all, she loves what she does.
Wedding planning is more than just organising people around a set of times, it’s knowing the couple’s aspirations and understanding every variable at a wedding…and there are many! I hope we have an opportunity to work with Samantha in the very near future.'
Sarah & Lee
'Just a line to say thank you so much for our wedding day. I know perfect days like that do not happen without a lot of hard work and effort.'
Helen & David
'Samantha is incredibly dedicated to what she does and has a great passion for weddings. Throughout the planning process and through the day itself I was incredibly relaxed, knowing that Samantha had everything in control.'