Dahlia Hill – picture perfect

Upon first introduction to international wedding planner, Dahlia Hill you instantly know you are in good company. Her calm voice is instantly reassuring – and she will make you feel like your wedding will be wrapped in cashmere with a bow on top.

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After all, weddings can be hyped with the 's' word – but with Dahlia Hill at your side and her extensive experience, the word 'stress' is banished. So what is Dahlia's secret? How does she make the flappable, unflappable – and create a picture perfect wedding?

Lily Anna Rose caught up with Dahlia Hill, a self confessed perfectionist, to find out about life in the wedding industry and how to deal with difficult guests. Photos taken on location at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa and by Abi Chadwick.

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Dresses supplied by Anna Bridal

How long have you been involved in the wedding industry?
I have worked within the wedding industry for over 20 years. Both in the UK and overseas. I love it!

What sets Dahlia Hill apart from other wedding planners? 
My warm and friendly approach can also do attitude – when required to deal with difficult situations that affect my clients. I have a sense of humour, which is helpful when needing to lighten moments. But being a good listener is the best attribute to help couples achieve their ultimate day. It is definitely 'all about them'.

What are the most important attributes Dahlia Hill has?
Problem solving is all about getting the right solution for my clients. Understanding my clients and having a good eye for detail allows me to use my experience to intuitively know what’s best for them. And even after 20 years in the business, there are still endless situations to learn from.

Staying calm and being jolly, patient and professional helps to keep couples at ease. I am simply passionate about what I do. I love people and romance. I enjoy the quirks and curve balls that get thrown whilst organising a lifetime event.

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What should couples consider before choosing a wedding planner?
Couples need to carefully consider what they mutually require. They need to think about how they are going to achieve their goals and within the budget available to them. A good planner will be clear and help to manage expectations. Opt for a wedding planner who can honestly help achieve wishes realistically to avoid disappointment. 

Most couples have a perception that a wedding planner is an expensive ‘busy body’. When in actual fact a wedding planner is there to save you money, help you avoid unnecessary stress and be a friendly but impartial confident when things get too much. 

A good wedding planner will certainly ensure all your dreams and plans come together – on the most important day of your life. 

It is my pleasure to be of service and I am always humbled to be chosen to be a part of such a momentous occasion.

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Cakes and macarons by Fancie Buns

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If you had a dream wedding you could plan, who, what and where would it be? 
It would be for a couple who had found love later in life or under difficult circumstances. Perhaps held at a destination with a romantic but personal story attached. Included with everything they had both ever dreamed of and thought impossible. Weddings are so personal and individual. My job is to create a wedding that my clients dream of, not what I want.

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Flowers by Emma at Arcade Flowers

You have worked on some pretty spectacular weddings – what is the most challenging situation that you have to manage?
I am sure you are expecting me to say rustling up a camel at the last minute; straightening a wonky cake; sewing a bridesmaid into her dress; rescuing a wandering child from a pond or contending with the good old English weather? But to be honest the most challenging of all is family politics – especially when there is family friction and members do not get along. They forget the consideration for the couple whose wedding it is.

I find creating a jolly atmosphere, using distraction tactics and politely reminding said persons why they are there in the first place usually works. If all else fails book them a taxi and send them home.

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Last of all, whilst couples are on a budget for their big day – what 5 things would Dahlia Hill recommend that a couple should invest in?

Wedding planner – of course! To alleviate stress and ensure all your wedding day dreams come true, on time and on budget.

Wedding stationery – invitations give the first impressions whilst setting the scene for your wedding day. It prepares your guests and engages them with your future plans.

Wedding dress – you want everyone to go ‘wow’ when you walk in the room, right? Whilst your future husband stares, mesmerised.

Food and drink – after all your guests will be expecting a celebration to toast to your bright future – so let’s get this party started.

Photographer – to capture your memories that will last forever and to share with generations to come. And to give you both the warmest of smiles on even the stormiest of days.

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For more details about Dahlia Hill Weddings you can email or call +44(0)7947 371847

Art direction Dahlia Hill Wedings.


Posted: 30/12/2016 19:41:01


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