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We are kicking off 2017 with an interview with Rachel from Love By Design Weddings, a fabulous business that provides a wedding decoration service and unique handmade wedding decorations for weddings in Dorset, Hampshire and the New Forest.

Who is Love By Design Weddings?

I am Rachel Pertee, the founder and owner of Love By Design Weddings. I am married with two teenage sons and a dog at our home in Christchurch!

I launched Love By Design Weddings after styling our wedding. When organising our wedding day I struggled to find wedding venue decorations that matched our wedding theme and vision so I decided to style our wedding day myself. I absolutely loved sourcing the materials, searching for ideas and creating the final unique handmade decorations.

What did you do before Love By Design Weddings?

I worked in Financial Services for 21 years with a 4-year break to raise my two sons. I spent my days at work feeling dissatisfied and longing to do something more creative.

Where are you based and where do you cover?

I am based in Highcliffe, near Christchurch and provide a complete wedding venue decoration service for wedding venues across Dorset, Hampshire and the New Forest, within a 40-mile radius of my home. I am happy to discuss costs for weddings outside of this area if required.

How would you describe your decorating style?

Adaptable! I can decorate in any style required. I love to create rustic weddings, vintage weddings, beach themed weddings, in fact, I just love weddings and talking about them with the lovely couples I meet! A lot of my decorations are handmade and unique so are perfect for any couple seeking a personal touch to their wedding day.

What services do you provide?

We will create and supply everything you need to make your wedding day perfect including the following wedding supplies:

  • Handmade wedding decorations
  • Personalised wedding table place settings
  • Bespoke wedding table centrepieces
  • Wedding table decorations
  • Vintage, shabby chic and beach themed wedding decorations
  • Wedding chair covers and sashes
  • Bespoke wedding sparkler covers
  • Handmade seating plans
  • Hanging wedding decorations
  • Wedding lanterns
  • Wedding card post boxes
  • Bunting
  • Vintage crockery
  • Wedding favours
  • Table runners

What is your favourite moment to date?

Finding the most amazing, beautiful handmade vintage bunting for a wedding I have been asked to decorate in May 2017 and the wonderful feedback from the bride to be who was just over the moon with it!

What do you enjoy most about Love By Design Weddings?

Meeting couples, talking about their weddings, and being able to take away all the stress and worry that their chosen wedding venue won’t be decorated in time on their big day or to the standard they require. I love their reactions to my ideas and last but not least, I love the opportunity it provides to display my creativity.

What is your rough pricing structure for weddings?

Initial consultations at Love By Design Weddings in Christchurch are free.

Initial consultations at wedding venues are £30. This fee is deducted from the total invoice if the couple decide to proceed with our services.

Our basic set-up service costs £220. This is perfect for those couples who have sourced, made or bought their own wedding decorations, and require a professional to decorate their chosen wedding venue on their big day. Both partners of Love By Design Weddings will be exclusively theirs for a morning or afternoon to set up and style their wedding day. This is based on weddings for up to 100-seated guests.

Our optional take down service costs £75. We are happy to return to local wedding venues at the end of the wedding day to take down and pack away the wedding decorations for the couple so that they can spend every last minute with their friends and family on their special day.

We also hire out wedding decorations, which can be included within our wedding venue decoration service or on a DIY basis. Each item is priced individually, but as an example, a lace chair sash costs 50p to hire and a hessian chair sash costs £1.

Previous weddings that you thought were brilliant?

I loved creating a beautiful rustic, autumn themed wedding filled with pumpkins, pine cones, leaves, lanterns, hessian and colour last October. I handmade all of the decorations using lotus seed pods, dried orange slices, mini log slices, mini apples, mini pumpkins, a mix of dried and fabric leaves, and a lot of glue! I carved out pumpkins and painted them cream to hold flowers on the tables. I even carved out Mr and Mrs pumpkins for the bride and groom to hold when it got dark, which made a wonderful photo. And hearing the great reactions of all those who attended – it made every burn from the glue gun worthwhile!

What one piece of advice would you give to a wedding couple?

Don’t feel that you have to do everything yourself and get stressed in the process - it’s totally okay to ask for a little help with your wedding planning! After all, you want great memories, not bad ones!