In Conversation with Clair at Wild Wedding Company

by Michelle

Wild Wedding Company are bespoke wedding planners based on the Hampshire / West Sussex border. They are passionate about all weddings from relaxed rustic to a no expense spared luxury celebration.

Wild Wedding Company recognise that each wedding and couple are completely unique, so they work with you offering the benefit of contacts and experience to create memories to last a lifetime.

From full wedding planning to on the day co-ordination, Wild Wedding has packages to suit all stages in your wedding planning journey. Over to Clair now to tell us more about her business.

Tell us a Little about yourself and your business

My name is Clair Wild and I’m the founder of Wild Wedding Company, a wedding planning consultancy based on the Hampshire/West Sussex border.

We can help brides with set-up and coordination with their suppliers on the day or be there right from beginning finding a venue, caterer, photographer, everything for them if they want! Having previously worked in events and hospitality I understand the practicalities of organising an event, but equally planning my own wedding gives me the empathy and understanding for my brides.

What motivated you to start your business?

I’ve always been interested in hospitality since starting my very first job in a country house hotel in Lancashire when I was 15. I loved the buzz of seeing people enjoying themselves at weddings and parties and knowing I made that happen.

After completing a degree in hospitality I knew I wanted to continue working in the field and in my ideal world wanted to be a wedding planner. However, at that time they were relatively unheard of in the UK and I wasn’t in the financial position to take a leap of faith to work for myself, so I worked for events companies and hotels.

I took a few years out from the industry to work a 9-5 position as a civil servant (although still organising events and corporate trips!) whilst I had my children. However, planning my own wedding a couple of years ago reminded me how much I still loved all things wedding and being in the hospitality industry, so with the support of my husband we decided now was time to go for it, as he says, we’re only here once!

Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business

My day can be really varied! I aim to get up around 5/5.30 so that I can go for a run, be showered and dressed while my kids are still asleep. I then check my emails and social media, responding to anything urgent before making a to do list for the day – I do love a list!

Once I’ve got the kids to school/nursery the rest of the day will be taken up with any or all of the following: research for my brides e.g. getting quotes from caterers for them or finding the right venue; writing blog posts for my website; planning my social media interaction; meeting with suppliers or visiting venues; planning styled photo shoots.  After picking the kids up, I enjoy some time with them before checking in with emails/work later in the evening.

On a wedding day, I can be on site super early if not the day before setting up tables and styling the rooms. I check in with the bridal party to ensure everyone is happy.

My day will revolve around ensuring all suppliers are where they need to be at the right time doing what they should be and also making sure the bride and groom’s day is going exactly how they want it to.

I can be on hand to: answer phone calls from lost guests; fasten bridal dresses; gather everyone for photos; making a dash to the supermarket for the DIY wedding that’s run out of wine, anything that is needed!

If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?

Wild Wedding Company can help plan your wedding, being as involved as much or as little as you want, it is always your day and we work with you to ensure its the very best it can be. Our focus is only on you and your day.

Planning a wedding can take around 250 hours, that’s a lot of time that many people don’t have! We offer three packages starting from £500. Each of the packages involves a complimentary initial consultation with us where we get to know you as couple and understand what you envision for your day.

On the day coordination is for those couples who have planned their wedding, but who could be worried for example who will handle the details on the day e.g. who will set the centrepieces and all the details exactly how you wanted. We would be involved from 2-4 weeks before your wedding, enabling you to hand over the final supplier liaison and relax and enjoy the build up.

Partial planning is for those who have planned some of the wedding e.g. the caterers or the venue but are feeling overwhelmed or just don’t have the time to carry things forwards. We would help with the rest of the planning as well as being there on the day.

With full planning we’re involved from the beginning, right up until the end of your wedding day. We can help you find all of the suppliers you need and using our list of contacts, we can often secure discounts which are passed directly to you. The cost of weddings can quickly add up, we can help you budget and plan your wedding, ensuring you don’t spend more than you can afford.

How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?

We offer a complimentary initial consultation for all of our couples so that we can meet each other. This gives the opportunity to discuss ideas and aspirations but also for everyone to see if we can work together.

A wedding day is such a special day and we feel truly privileged to be involved.

What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?

I love seeing a bride’s face when she sees the reception room for the first time and seeing all the details she’s been dreaming of come together.

It’s the personal touches people add that make the day a reflection of them; a photo montage; flowers from their garden they’ve purposefully grown; a surfboard guest book! I’m also an old romantic who like many people, loves the moment the bride arrives and the groom sees her for the first time, gives me goose bumps every time.

The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more

Still within the wedding realm, we’re starting to offer decor hire. At the moment we have things like log slices, tealight baubles, chair covers and glass vases, but we’ll be building up our inventory.

What have you got planned for the next 12 months?

Building up the decor hire and increasing my social media presence. We’re also taking part in a couple of weddings fairs.

And finally what or who inspires you and why?

It sounds cheesy and he’d probably be surprised that I’ve said it, but my husband. My husband is self employed and works so very hard at his business. Sometimes his business (haulage) drives me mad when he’s away for days at a time or working such long days me and the kids barely see him.

However, I know he is doing something he loves and that it’s the only thing he’s ever wanted to do. He was the one that told me life is too short, he believes in me and that I should just go for it as he knew I would make it a success.

Having his support means everything, but also watching how hard he works and how respected he is in what he does is something for me to aspire to in my business.

Photo Credit: James White Photography

All images courtesy of Wild Wedding Company

 

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