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Hey guys, we know there are lots of things going on in the wedding industry, lots of events, lots of people doing a similar thing… but that shouldn’t mean we can’t all get along!
Today we are chatting to John from Not Just Travel NorthEast and Count Me In Events – so grab a cuppa (and a biscuit) and have a read
So John tell us a bit more about what you do. I have two businesses – Not Just Travel North East which has been running 2 years and Count Me In Events which has been going just over a year.
Why did you decide to set up in business? Having Rheumatoid Arthritis made me change direction as I was part owner of a 24/7 Admin firm but always involved with travel in some aspect. So I decided to set up Not Just Travel to feed my love of travel. Also having exhibited at a lot of wedding fairs, I found some treat you very well as an exhibitor, others less so. I wanted to make all exhibitors feel valued.
Travel wise – what is your Unique Selling Point? What it says on the tin – not just travel – we go the extra mile to ensure a personal one to one service, giving customer service the way it should be. Being a finalist in the 2013 North of England Wedding Awards demonstrates I am getting it right. In terms of our events, it is that we care about exhibitors, we understand they are not just some people who turn up on their day off and hope some visitors arrived – they are their to get the most for their business.
What is the favourite part of your job? Working with couples to plan their honeymoons. Also on their return hearing all about the trip. (At Tyne the Knot we are NOT AT ALL jealous of all the research he has to do IN RESORT!!!). We also love seeing visitors flood in and happy exhibitors at our events.
We all have something that is bottom of our to do lists – what is the least favourite part of your job? When booking honeymoons, or any holidays for that matter, having to explain to a couple who have waited to book, that the prices and availability have changed. Never nice, but we always have something else to share and hopefully help them get an equally good trip. Our events are great it is simply the stress just before we open awaiting visitors!
What is your most popular product or service? Me! People buy in to me and my skills knowing I will work for them. Whether this is a honeymoon or a fair!
As a travel specialist – what is your top tip for brides and grooms? Always take a copy of your marriage certificate with you. Also, if a bride is wanting to change her passport before she gets married remember you cannot apply for VISAs until the day you are married when the passport comes in to force. And as a fair organiser – share your insight into making the most of the day. Do not turn up too late in the day, take time to talk to exhibitors and be polite to them even if you are not interested. It makes all the difference to exhibitors!
Do you have a favourite celebrity wedding? Yes, those we do not see in magazines 🙂
Do you have a favourite wedding venue? Exhibiting at and organising wedding fairs means I’ll step around answering that…
What trends do you see still making their mark or coming on the scene? Vintage style still a big one for weddings.
Share with us your favourite inspirational quote/verse: “Onwards and upwards”
What is your favourite wedding fayre? Our next one being planned….
And these are Count Me In Events, Falcons Rugby Club November 3rd (supporting St Oswalds ) and February 16th at Tiger Tiger Newcastle.
What is your wedding must have? A honeymoon or overseas wedding booked by Not Just Travel North East of course
Is there such thing as a typical day in the office? Not Just Travel North East always involves some sort of planning of a trip or an exotic holiday, generally a lot of working to people’s budgets. For an event organiser – not really (we hear that!!!)
As the expert, what is your dream honeymoon? Sugar Beach St Lucia (luckily I was taken there was few weeks ago by the Tourist Board it is wonderful) (we are not jealous….)
If you are thinking of getting married abroad we have brought together a checklist of the key things you need to think about.
As with any holiday or travel outside the UK please check all local laws and regulations carefully – you don’t want to get arrested on your big day!
- Think about where you would want to get married and look at the legalities involved
- Contact the embassies and anyone who may specialise in weddings in that area to seek advise on requirements, documentation etc
- Set your budget ASAP! Make sure you have enough for travel, accommodation, fees, your “normal” wedding items such as the dress and groomswear, accessories, stationery, and any money for guests
- If you are inviting people – what are you going to pay for and what will they need to pay for! If you are providing a nights stay at the hotel where your reception is they may need to know or are you hoping they will make it a mini holiday and you aren’t subsiding at all? Then tell them ASAP – they will need to plan and save to meet costs so tell those you want to be there as soon as you have decided
- Once you have an idea of the numbers – book your package
- If you can visit – do – see the venue, speak to the staff, look at your option – it will help with your planning
- Check your passports are valid for that date – you may need 6 months remaining
- Get your documents in order and stick to deadlines – if an embassy or office needs a document in get it in – you don’t want to get there to find you have missed a deadline and can’t get married!
- Book some wedding insurance – ADEQUATE for your needs – speak to an expert
- Get your wedding co-ordinators details and make contact!
- Sort out your dress and fittings (any deadlines need to include travel time)
- Get your invites out at least 6 months in advance as people will need to book in holiday, book travel and save!
- Have a plan to help your guests – whether it is being a co-ordinator or assisting in finding places to stay – make sure you know as much as possible so they don’t feel this is too much hassle
- Know what is included in your package and make plans – what about a cake? food allergies, a disco or entertainment, the wedding breakfast?
- Confirm transportation and all important parts – your dress for example – make the airline aware of what you are trusting them with (and check your insurance)
- Book any treatments or rooms, services or assistance at the hotel asap so you can make sure they are available!
Good Afternoon to our lovely readers inspired by some sunshine over the bank holiday (I know that was very strange!) I’ve had the pleasure to have a chat with Michelle from Italy Bride and Groom and she has been sharing all the need to know on getting married abroad – or more specifically Italy!
Now I love to share – so here is some of the fantastic photos and bits of information she told me – don’t get too jealous of all these beautiful shots but feel free to get in touch if you want to arrange your wedding with Michelle!
A wedding in the ‘Italian Part of Italy’.
Castellabate, Cilento in South Italy just 1.5 hours direct train or transfer from Naples airport and right next door to the Amalfi Coast….. a dream location for a really dreamy wedding. I live, work and got married here myself. You just can’t not fall in love with this place. It’s so Italian with no hussle and bussle or commercial tourism at all. Being tucked away in a Mediterranean cove we are always lucky enough to have fabulous weather. Filled with Italian tradition and style and loads of Italian Prosecco Champagne, Ice-cream, coffees and the famous Mediterranean diet you just can’t say no to.
There are loads of lovely venues from a hilltop Castles to Ancient seaside Towers and terraces to golden sandy beaches villas and more…. Large and small venues to meet all guest numbers and giving comfort and style to your ceremony with a ‘Wow’ affect on everyone’s expression. Breathtaking views and Italian atmosphere throughout.
For a wedding here preparing your documents could never be easier now whether a religious or civil ceremony. I’m here to assist and officially translate for you all the way. Always allow from 6 months, follow the British Consulate Rome guidelines and we are on our way. I will guide you every step of the way.
See attached guidelines….Rome Consulate Information from December 1st 2012.
On booking with me I offer a Complimentary 3 day Pre Wedding visit here. We will visit many venues and hotels and also have dinner in the reception venues. An excellent way to discover this stunning place and get to see your wedding plans started. Ideal to pass on information to your guests about travel and accommodation too.
Look at my facebook page for loads more photos and real life weddings
REAL WEDDING: CLAIRE & TOM JUNE 15TH 2012
After a stressful few months of looking at Wedding venues in the South West of England we asked ourselves what we would do if we could have any wedding and we both said we wanted to get married in Italy. So we decided to have a look online just to see what was available. At first we looked at a few of the major tour operator’s websites but felt that they were too limited and we wouldn’t really be able to put our personal touch on the day. We then started looking at private wedding planners to see if we could afford our dream wedding within our budget and that’s when we found Michelle at Italy Bride and Groom (http://www.italybrideandgroom.com).
We exchanged a few emails to find out more information about what services Michelle could offer and the locations. After only a few emails we knew Michelle was the wedding planner for us and we had fallen in love with the location of Castellabate and Santa Maria so we booked our date.
The year leading up to our wedding we were in constant contact with Michelle discussing all the big decisions right down to the finer details. Any idea’s we had Michelle would find out if it was possible and arrange it all for us. In total we had approximately 50 guests to our wedding.
On the day of the Wedding Tom travelled to the wedding venue in a Tuk Tuk with his two best men whilst I travelled in a Vintage Fiat 500. The ceremony was held in the Castle ruins of a hill top village called Castellabate. Whilst the ceremony was held in Italian, we had an interpreter who translated it into English.
After the ceremony we had some group photo’s overlooking the sea and then we walked around the village of Castellabate where we got some great photo’s which were really Italian. We used Chantal from Reflections photography as our photographer and were so pleased with the photo’s she took. The photo’s are better than we imagined they would be and everyone who see’s our photo’s comments on how great they are. Not only was Chantal an amazing photographer, but we got to know Chantal before the wedding and she is so lovely, it was like a friend was taking our photos. (http://www.photographychantal.co.uk).
Our reception was held in the Cantina Belvedere restaurant which overlooks the ocean and the village of Santa Maria. We served Pimm’s and aperitif’s whist every one mingled after the ceremony. We then moved down to the restaurant terrace when we did the speeches and had dinner. Dinner consisted of many different course’s including hot and cold pasta’s, meats and salads. The food at the Cantina Belvedere was out of this world and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. Fiore the owner was great and made us feel so welcome. He went out of his way to make sure the day was just as we wanted. The view was fantastic and was the perfect backdrop to our reception.
After dinner we had our first dance and then the party started. We had prepared a play list with our favourite songs. Later on in the evening we cut the cake and then had fireworks. I would highly recommend the fireworks as these we fantastic overlooking Santa Maria below.
Quite a few people thought we were mad planning a wedding at a town and venue we had never even visited in a foreign country, and of course we got a few jitters the closer we got to flying out. However the first time we met Michelle and visited the Castle and Cantina Belvedere we were absolutely blown away. I really could not recommend Michelle highly enough, she really did make our Wedding the most fantastic days of our lives. We would do it all over again tomorrow if we could.
Claire & Tom.
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