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Right on time for all the season parties coming up, our 100 exclusive & fab charger plates in glass with a thin golden board just arrived. Available to rent immediately for your next holiday dinner, event or wedding, adding an extra festive ambience to your table decoration.

Just send us an email at info@save-the-date.se and let us know the date and how many you would like to rent. We will answer asap!

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Photo: Alicia Swedenborg Photo: Alicia Swedenborg


There are just soo many vendors you need to book. I know, it all seems a bit confusing at time and where should you actually start? With the venue, church, florist, caterer, baker, light and sound technician, liveband, DJ, photographer, videographer or wedding planner.... The list can be long and these are just the most obvious ones. 
In order to get that fab, miraculously smooth and perfect wedding there are a few people you just shouldn't miss booking. 

Babysitter - Make sure to book one or several all night long babysitters if children are invited to your wedding. 
A traditional Swedish wedding dinner can last for app 4 hours or longer if not planned well. No matter how beautiful flower decor and tasty food, but very few children under 15 will last this long. 
A separate room with a kids menu, entertainments such as movies, crafts and games and a few babysitters is a very wise idea. Everything of course based on the age of the children and the number of them. 
If several smaller children are invited make sure a good 'putting to sleep plan' is made beforehand. If there are hotel rooms on the venue putting several smaller children in one room can work and thus save on the number of babysitters.
I’ve had weddings with up to 25 children invited and for sure a good plan was appreciated, from the venue itself but most of all from the parents. 
Having babysitters booked is the best way to ensure your guests will stay in their seats during all dinner enjoying the food and fun speeches... and then afterwards being able to party all night together with you. 

Friend in charge of the gifts - If planning for a large scale wedding most often there are a certain amount of gifts involved. In Sweden we are still a bit reluctant to ask for money meaning guests tend to buy you things. And since there is still no efficient way to handle cash gifts in Sweden, envelopes with cash is often left on the gift table. 
One would think this would be all fine, of course no one will steal the gifts and envelopes during the evening/night. Unfortunately this is not the case. Several times during my 15 years as a planner I’ve had situations with missing gifts. 
Therefore, make sure to ask a trustworthy friend (not invited at the wedding) or your wedding planner to be in charge of handling the gifts. Right after all guests are seated first things is to make sure each card is attached properly to its box/gift. This in order for you to know who is the giver. Another smart idea is to put a small number on each card and gift. Easy way for you to understand card named 23 goes with gift 23 etc etc. 
Once this is done all gifts should be transported directly home to your house. It’s unfortunately not 100% safe to leave the gifts in a locked room at any venue I’ve experienced. Not only for safety reasons should the gifts be transported to your house but also it’s actually rather nice for you not having to handle this in the middle of the night when heading off for your wedding night. 

Lady in waiting - A third person to consider having around you, as a bride, on your wedding day is your own 'lady in waiting'. I.e your personal assistant who makes sure you can feel like a princess all day. Your planner can of course help out with numerous things during the day, but often he or she is busy taken care of the vendors and all logistics. What I’m talking about here is a person making sure there is lunch at the right time, your favorite Champagne ordered to your room and of course helping you getting dressed. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids can of course double as this but quite often they are busy getting ready and might need a hand or two themselves. If your planner has an assistant you can ask her to help out during preparation hours or just assign a good friend.

Good luck with all your planning!

/Mariella. 

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Photo: Alicia Swedenborg Photo: Alicia Swedenborg


...and having worked evenings, weekends, overtime and more hours in one day than you think is possibly, things are now slowing down a bit. But although it might be low season for the actual execution of the weddings, it is definitely not low season for me as a wedding planner during the autumn.
I will start introduction meetings and the planning process with my new couples and will also give some time to administration and website updates, visiting new venus and discuss collaborations with new vendors.

Less on demand calls and emails from bridal couples gave me a few minutes left the other day though, summerizing the summer season.
My fab assistants and I have travelled up north and to the south of Sweden, been in the Stockholm archipelago and in the city, built and decorated tents, castles, mansions and hotels. Ironed hundreds of white table cloths and folded probably closer to 2000 napkins. Don’t ask me how many candles we’ve lit. I can count to one specific wedding weekend where I know we used over 500 tea lights only during the wedding night.
We’ve experienced love, laughter & tears, sunshine & pouring rain, church & civil ceremonies, stressed brothers in laws, nervous bridemaids, gorgeous flower decorations, the best live band ever, technical problems x 2 (extremly stressful by the way), the coolest pre-wedding party, exclusive brunches the day after, delicious cakes, the cutest flower girls and the cutest dog walking down the aisle and then not to forget all the fantastic bridal couples.
Origin from Sweden of course but also France, Austria, US, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands they have given my assistants and me the opportunity to get to know them and their 1446 guests.
I’m thinking this is what makes it all worthwhile. Getting the chance to get to know each and every wedding couple and their guests a bit. Figuring out how to best help and guide them through the planning process.
And then in the end, I just simply love when the wedding day is here and I can see all their ideas and dreams come together. I will do it all over again and one more year for sure….

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Foto: Alicia Swedenborg Foto: Alicia Swedenborg

WeddingPlanner Stockholm utökar sitt team och söker ytterligare 1 assistent till sommarsäsongen 2017. Tidigare erfarenhet i bröllopsbranschen meriterande men ej nödvändigt. 

WeddingPlanner Stockholm grundades 2003 och är idag ett av Sveriges mest etablerade och välrenommerade företag inom bröllopskoordinering. Vårt mål är att erbjuda våra brudpar den bästa servicen och underleverantörerna som Sverige har att erbjuda. Tillsammans med våra brudpar har vi under åren skapat tusentals och åter tusentals oförglömliga minnen. Vi ser fram emot att skapa ännu fler framöver tillsammans med Dig!

Maila ditt intresse tillsammans med CV till mariella@weddingplanner.se senast 25 februari. 

Vi söker dig som har tidigare erfarenhet från bröllop, event eller serviceyrket. Personliga egenskaper vi letar efter är noggrann, ansvarsfull, service minded, positiv, diplomatisk och att du är en person som aldrig är rädd för att ta i. 
Du bör vara flytande i svenska och engelska i tal och skrift samt ha god datorvana. Körkort är ett krav. Arbetstiden är mestadels förlagd till kvällar och helger. Vi reser över hela landet.

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A short glimpse of one of last summer's highlight weddings in Båstad, captured beautifully by Patric Wilhelmsson Production. Please enjoy! 

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As a planner quite often you need to be able to visualize and create imaginable pictures in your head. Next step is to be able to sell the idea to the client followed by executing all dreams on the day of. Research trips to unique venues are sometimes part of my days during the fall.
Today, visiting a hidden castle 25 minutes south of Stockholm. The home of King Gustav III’s minister of finance, Johan Liljecrantz, Sturehof Slott is one of the most well kept 18th century castles in Sweden, now opening up for weddings and events.

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Please meet the brilliant team of WeddingPlanner Stockholm over the next few weeks.
The season of 2016 marks the 5th season for Sofie as Mariella's assistant and wedding coordinator. Effective, yet a perfectionist and always with a smile, Sofie is the perfect coordinator on your wedding day!

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Featured with a lovely reportage in latest issue of Kungliga Magasinet. I speak about wedding planning, trends and ideas and also show plenty of wonderful and inspiring pictures from last summer's weddings all captured beautifully by very talented photographers Linda Broström of Lindísima Photography and Alicia Swedenborg.
Welcome by the office to pick up your own copy and get inspired. Meanwhile you can read the whole reportage here.

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Foto: Brigitte Grenfeldt
Foto: Brigitte Grenfeldt