Hello, from Stacey!
Updated: Aug 3, 2018
Meet Stacey Ferguson, the owner of Peak Weddings & Events and wedding expert. Read on to find out a bit more about her, where she gets her amazing creativity and inspiration from and what being a wedding planner means to her…
Why did you decide to launch Peak Weddings and Events?
I love weddings, planning, coordinating and helping others in the industry, so after 15 years of working in hospitality and events I decided to set up my company, Peak Wedding & Events. I wanted to launch my own business, doing something I love and am quite good at! One of my favourite things about being an event planner is the diversity – one day I’ll be organising a glam event in a castle, then the next it will be a boho wedding in a tipi. The name, Peak, is inspired by a very special place – whenever we get a day https://www.peakweddingsandevents.com/services off, myself, my partner and our family love to escape to the beautiful Peak District, to enjoy the outdoors and quite a few Bakewell Puddings!
What do you love most about wedding planning?
Everything, from the initial meeting, developing ideas, excited emails and countdown phone calls, to seeing them on their special day stress-free, excited and so in love. I’m such a romantic – every wedding still makes me tear up! It’s such an honour to share this incredible journey with the couple, in fact, many of my brides are now good friends and I have planned many christenings after, too!
What’s your favourite wedding trend?
Ahh, too many to pick! 2018 has been SUCH a great year for weddings. I adore lots of the bridal trends showcased at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel. The dramatic floral arches, the Hollywood glamour, the gospel choirs – it was all so effortlessly elegant and classy.
The celestial wedding trend is another favourite of mine – moon and star-inspired stationery, décor and bridal accessories are so fashionable and very, very pretty.
I’m a huge foodie and am very excited by how wedding catering is evolving too. Things are moving away from the traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, toward sharing dishes, picnics and food stations, while couples are putting more thought into what drinks are on offer. Signature cocktails for the bride and groom (at a recent wedding I worked on, aged Singapore Slings in oak barrels were a huge hit), local ales, gin matched with flavoured tonics and herbs, as well as whiskey and cigar stations, are all big wedding trends for 2018.
What’s been your favourite celebrity wedding?
That’s a tough one! I think, for me, it has to be between two amazing days. I’m a massive Game of Thrones fan, so Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie’s wedding has to be up there. I loved the almost ‘normal’ feel about it – there was nothing showy or OTT about the day – and I have always loved a castle wedding. Rose looked so naturally beautiful and the fact they drove to their reception in a battered old Land Rover Defender, shows how they kept the day unique to them. The other has to be, of course, the Royal Wedding. Meghan’s dresses (Givenchy AND Stella McCartney – wow!), the flowers, the personal touches, the fusion of the two countries and cultures – loved it all.
Why do you think it’s important for couples to hire a wedding planner?
Planning a wedding is full of question: Where shall we get married? Church or civil? How many guests can we invite? Will they fit in the venue? Shall I have a sit-down meal or food stations and bowl food? How do I find suppliers who will get what we want? A wedding planner is there to formulate these questions, help you find the answers in a stress-free and fun way. They are, essentially, your wedding guru. That person you can call on for any wedding-related thing, big or small. I love being the person my brides get excited to see and, in all honesty, I get them. I know their wants and on their wedding day they know I am completely there to make sure their day is the one they’ve always dreamt of.
What types of venues have you planned weddings in?
Pretty much everywhere! Castles, stately homes, farms, barns, woodlands, gardens, stables, historic buildings, tipis, marquees, an ice cream parlour, hotels, restaurants – you name it! I’m always up for a challenge…!
How would you describe your planning style?
That’s tricky! I often get described as calm – perhaps that's down to being a mum of three young daughters! – but logistically thinking is a huge strength of mine. Having a background in hospitality and events, I live and breathe events. I honestly believe that my planning style adapts to the couple I’m working with, so they get the service they really want.
You’re engaged – congratulations! What’s it like being a professional wedding planner and planning your own wedding at the same time?
It’s so much fun! It’s great to see things from the other side and to know I am taking the journey with my brides – I even have two brides who have asked to mirror my own day! I went to a wedding fair with my fiancé recently and it was more like a day out chatting with all my supplier friends. I’m encouraging my partner to get involved as, although I might be a professional, it is our day, so I really want his personality to shine through the day, too.
Finally, what is your number one tip for couples planning their big day?
I always ask my couples to list three things that are important to them, apart from marrying the love of your life! Whether it be music, the venue or having Piña Coladas as their welcome drink. I am a huge believer in your day, your way.
Planning your wedding or big event in the East Midlands? Get in touch with Stacey to see how she can help you – click here to say hello.