Hello! I’m Claudia and I’m a fully qualified, bespoke Wedding & Event Planner living in the beautifully scenic county of Cornwall! I launched my business in July 2014 and have since become an up-and-coming planner in Cornwall.
Wedding and Event Planning first caught my eye when I finished my travels around Thailand in 2011. I returned home and wanted a brand new challenge! I had always loved weddings, and found that the amount of time spent bringing every detail together produced breath-taking results. After a lot of research (because that’s what a planner does best!) I decided to begin with a course, so I enrolled into the QC International Career School. After working hard to complete each unit with top marks, I finally earned my Diploma in Wedding and Event Planning.
Most couples don’t realise that the average UK wedding takes roughly 200 hours to plan. That’s an awful lot to fit into an already busy life! Most of your time will be spent sourcing, researching, and visiting venues, vendors, and suppliers. The bigger, more obvious, things are usually easier to book – but then there are the intricate details, some of which are often forgotten! There’s the colour scheme, the breeds of flowers, the favour bags or boxes, the seating arrangements, floor plans, the linen and glassware, who will style the venue, and who will make sure everything looks perfect on the day? Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. It may come completely naturally to you, but to some it may be laborious and time consuming. This is where a wedding planner is your best friend!
A good planner should be able to make you feel at ease from the moment you meet them. You should feel confident that they can understand your vision and bring your ideas together, alleviate all stress of the planning process, take care of any problems on the day and make sure that everything flows effortlessly, and most importantly to guide you to suppliers who are right for you. If you hear the words ‘commission based’ then look elsewhere – you don’t want to be stuck with a photographer who can’t capture the perfect moments just because your planner earned a 10% commission!
Don’t forget that your opinions should be more than accounted for. A good planner is there to advise and guide you, to steer you away from bad decisions, and to help bring your ideas together. You also don’t want a planner who is too afraid to tell you that something doesn’t look quite right, or advise you that the caterer you’re considering gave their last guests food poisoning!
I believe that your day should be filled with the most perfect final touches and garnished with little bursts of your personalities. Things should run smoothly. At Claudia Montano, Weddings & Events I strive to create a wonderful day that you and your guests will remember for many years to come… after all, it’s all in the detail.