You think of a wedding and you’ll pretty much straight away think of the bride. Her flowing white dress, her impeccable make up, her perfectly manicured nails and her purposely selected flowers, jewellery, shoes – the lot. However there’s one lady out there who wants to change this preconception and runs her wedding planning business with the groom in the forefront. So, if you’re groom doesn’t glaze over when you mentioned the ‘W’ word or if he’s wanting to get his teeth stuck into the planning as much as you, then I may well have the answer.
I interviewed Olivia, the woman behind Olivia Soleto Weddings the other day…
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Olivia Soleto-Teasdale, and I’m a wedding planner.
Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?
I live in Islington, north London with my husband, Anthony. I cover the whole of the UK and Ireland, and further afield if required. With so many people living away from their home town these days I have to be flexible.
What is your background and how did you get into the wedding business?
For the last ten years I’ve worked as a senior manager in the catering and hospitality industry, including Wagamama and most recently, stylish British restaurant, Canteen. I’ve always enjoyed organising events and have planned many things for family and friends over the years. I came up with the idea some years back, but it wasn’t until I planned my own wedding I realised I was good at it. Organising a wedding can be very stressful, but with my professional background it’s something I’m accustomed to, along with the long hours and high expectations.