WHAT I DO…
- Event Management, On the Day Coordination, Problem Solving & Styling
- Specialisations in Eco Friendly, DIY & Outdoor Celebrations
- In The Lake District & Cumbria for International, National and Local Clients
- Venue Management for unique spaces & Business Consultancy for Wedding Professionals
... Organised Creativity
WHY IS WBA DIFFERENT?…
Honest - Sometimes you just need an honest sounding board and someone to hear your ideas then help bring them to life. Its important to me that every decision you make reflects you as a couple and creates the right atmosphere, flow and memories. Once I know your style and personalities and using my extensive experience in event management, I will be honest about what will work and what is needed.
Creative - I believe a wedding is about the joining of two lives so each wedding should showcase this union. I will take time to get to know you and ensure the plans highlight your story. I love a challenge so tell me your quirks, your passions or even what you’re known for. What’s your home like? What’s your favourite hobby? What defines you? Will guests come to your wedding and know from the invitation to the sign on the drive that is it ‘you’ reflected in this event?
Calm - A Wedding Planner should always be calm. Like a swan across the lake, working hard but with all the grace I can muster! Nothing will get in the way of keeping everyone happy. Every event is about the people so this is at the forefront of every plan. I
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Annabel Candler
I understand that for some couples planning a wedding is exciting and they proudly plough through the tick list. I also know that some get consumed by the options, lists and pressure. I will never push my help on anyone, I am simply here to lean on or take the reins. My goal is to make sure every event is unique to the couple and filled with the perfect atmosphere while not wasting time, money or effort. Lets even have a laugh while making those important decisions!
Annabel is my ray of sunshine throughout the the whole wedding process. She is calm, professional, funny, and kind. You really need an ally who can talk some sense into the many stressful situations that arise. We planned this wedding from the United States and it would not have happened without her. I would recommend Annabel to anyone and everyone who needs not only a wedding planner but a friend! Thank you again for the best wedding ever!!!!
Richard and Cate Ashley
Happy couple married in September
A wonderful evening with lasting memories
Annabelle arranged our 50th wedding anniversary party in our local church hall. She completely changed the look and atmosphere with her superb decor. She coordinated the food/wine and music with such grace and skill that every supplier praised her efficiency. This was all done at a distance from Cumbria to Yorkshire. We can’t thank her enough for making it such a memorable evening.
Carly & Ben
Happy couple married in August
An asset to our wedding day
“We had a definite vision of what we wanted our wedding to be and planned it ourselves but it became clear as we ironed out the details that we would need someone there on the day so that everything would run smoothly and we could enjoy every minute of it.”
What made you pick Weddings by Annabel?
“Once we agreed on our venue, which was not an established wedding venue, I started to research who could offer wedding coordinator services in Cumbria. There was no contest, every review and every indication pointed to Annabel being the best choice. Following a call with Annabel it was clear she really knew her stuff and would be an asset to our wedding, both before and on the day.”
The day before and day of the wedding, what stood out as most helpful from Annabel?
“Annabel came the day before to help us to set up, decorate the tipi and to walk through the schedule for the day. Her direction and support helped immensely during what could have been a stressful day of set up, but she helped prioritise what needed to be done to get everything in order before the next morning. I could not have relaxed as much as I did on the day without Annabel, she made sure everyone was in the right place, chairs were moved when they needed to be, the caterers knew where to go and at what time, and that was all before midday! Throughout the day she was wherever she was needed, making sure the day went as planned and always smiling. “
Would you recommend Annabel for those couples?
“Absolutely. A DIY wedding is great but only if you can enjoy it. A wedding is probably the biggest event you will ever plan and it is a huge thing to orchestrate, not something I could ever have imagined going smoothly without Annabel there to run the show.”
Katy & Adam
Happy couple married in June
Lovely to work with
Why did you choose Annabel?
*We actually liked how she had done a wedding in a completely non-traditions venue having seen the pictures online. Once we met with her her easygoing vibe really made us feel comfortable, and she didn’t tell us what we should or shouldn’t do in a way that felt restrictive or pushy - just gave advice on options, ideas and what she thought would work well, meaning she was a great sense check for us at any time.
What was the immediate effect of having someone with Annabels experience and contacts around?
*She recommended our venue in our first meeting - we called, went the next day and booked it! It wasn’t even on our radar but she seemed to understand exactly what we were looking for and pulled it out of thin air. We loved being able to ask her about suppliers - either ones she knew or if we found someone checking she had heard of them - and her knowledge of what would and wouldn’t work in terms of run of show and everything was so helpful.*
During planning, how useful was it having Annabel on the team?
*Planning the wedding remotely, it was amazing to have Annabel local and so accessible to us via email etc. She also brought many things to our attention that we just wouldn’t have thought of on our own. She also made us feel calm about the things we didn’t have figured out and helped us get the timing right in terms of what suppliers and plans needed to be in place by when.*
On your special day, did you notice the influence of having Annabel around?
*By that stage it was really nice having her there because we had enjoyed the time we had spent with her! But it was also great that we could direct questions to her, that she helped keep people calm, that the venue could talk directly to her instead of with us about every detail and a million other small things. It was also great having her with an eye on timing - we never had to check a watch and wonder if we were on track. Annabel was really lovely to work with and we would definitely recommend her!*
Becca & Ben
Happy couple married in June
The Wonderful Annabel!
Why did you decide to find a Planner?
Our wedding was very DIY and 6 hours away from where we live in London. I knew just setting up and getting everything up there would be stressful enough and didn’t want to have to think about that on my wedding day. Being a bit of a control freak (!) I realised I was at risk of spending our wedding day stressed about logistics, so I took swift action to find an ‘on the day coordinator’ that I found out about on one of the bridal Facebook groups I joined when I got engaged.
What made you pick Annabel?
She was one of the first I googled, and after sending a few emails to a bunch of planners she replied immediately which I felt was a great sign of efficiency!
What were your preconceptions of a Planner’s role and did Annabel change those thoughts?
I thought if you had a wedding planner they essentially took on all of the organisation. I didn’t think there was something in between; someone who gave you some advice to take or leave, who worked through problematic areas with you and was a general wonder-woman/man on the day. Couples who want some help but still want to hold the reigns and realise their vision to make their wedding their own should totally chat to the wonderful Annabel!
Throughout planning, what was most helpful?
Tackling issues with me for sure. We had this lovely plan to serve the cake as dessert ourselves (as in, me and my husband going round to each table) which we didn’t do in the end, but Annabel worked through the logistical struggles with me and was chill when I decided to just throw money at the problem and pay the caterers to do it instead!
I also appreciated how warm Annabel was. From day one she felt like someone I could talk to and I really, really, really appreciated that.
On the day, did you feel Annabel helped make the day flow?
Absolutely! I didn’t need to think about a thing. I think the only point I intervened was when my very nervous bridesmaid begged us to start the speeches so she could get hers out of the way and get drunk!
Would you recommend Weddings by Annabel?
100 million per cent, yes.
Jason and Alex Burn
Happy couple married in May
Perfect outdoor Handfasting
Annabel ensured that our wedding and handfasting ran perfectly. From our initial planning chats, to meeting us on site a few days before the day Annabel was brilliant. Offering advice based on her wealth of experience but also listening to everything we wanted & our 'vision'. She also went above and beyond on the day, even going to retrieve a set of keys that had disappeared into the village with one of our guests! Highly, highly recommended
Brides Magazine, Wed Inspire, Local Radio Channels, Your North West Wedding
Industry Awards (4)
National Wedding Awards - Best Wedding Planner - Finalist 2019
County Brides - Best Wedding Coordinator North West 2017
Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2013 - Best National Wedding Planner Winner
Stars of Business Awards - Best Small Business 2015
Bridebook Awards (1)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your most memorable wedding?
Wow. I have so many memories of wonderful times with wonderful people! The moments that stand out include a wonderful parading brass band, Mariachi band, a sheep delivering the wedding rings, epic weather storms, guests heart attack (she survived by the way!), suppliers in a car crash (again, they are fine!), crazy weather and difficult guests. None effected the celebration as that's what I'm around for!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Creative - Experienced - Professional - Honest - Calm
What about your business are you most proud of?
All of my event challenges being overcome but also being a Mummy while building my business. I somehow manage to juggle two little ladies with my lovely business!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Its all starts with the venues. Its the foundation for all the other elements. So much will be influenced such as style, budget, flexibility, atmosphere, professionalism and logistics.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Oooo! That would take up pages! Every wedding has something that I love because I make sure each couple represent themselves in the day. From a quirky invite to a unique favour, something should showcase who you are.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Brief chat (easy way to understand what they are looking for and if I fit the bill!) - then consultations (meet and go through EVERYTHING until I know them and their dream day and iron out all the ideas still to create and elements still to confirm) - the it can be ongoing support, set up assistance and on the day coordination. It all depends on the couple and what they need me to do. I do what they don't want to do and so a package is created around this.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?
Either a Leopard print themed marquee wedding, fell top ceremony or a sheep to deliver the beer!
How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?
Laughter, fun, scenario planning and trust.
What do you love most about your job?
Remember that your expectations are not the same as the guests.
What is your favourite moment at a wedding?
First dance. Its when all the official elements have been ticked off, everyone has relaxed into the day and you get to see the couple in their most loving moment.