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A wooden curved seating chart and welcome sign by the foot of the head table.  The welcome sign says 'your seat awaits' is in green with gold fringing, the seating chart is in pink with green text.  A large pink flower arrangement is visible by the welcome sign.

Heather Sham Photography

  • Do we have to like your retro style?
    We would love it if you dig retro as much as we do but it’s not an absolute must. We draw our inspiration from bygone eras such as the '50s ’60s, and ’70s, and use them as a guide when designing and styling. If you love colour, prefer unconventional over traditional and want a design-led wedding, we will work together brilliantly.
  • Do you offer planning/styling throughout the UK?
    If your vision rocks our boat, we will be there! Yes. We will travel anywhere for our ideal clients. This applies to full planning and design & styling bookings only. On-the-day coordination, on its own, is offered for London and surrounding areas only.
  • Why don’t you offer coordination, on its own, throughout the UK?
    It just doesn’t make sense, for us and our couples, to travel far for coordination only. You can find brilliant local coordinators close to your venue anywhere in the UK. Coordination doesn't have a niche; it's pure logistics, so look for someone with good experience. Your venue might know a few who worked there before and can recommend them. We work best when coordinating weddings that are designed and planned by us. It just means that we have unrivalled insider knowledge when it comes to the setup and how you want your day to unfold.
  • Do you plan weddings abroad?
    We would absolutely consider traveling anywhere for our ideal clients, of course! Just get in touch and let's see what we can do for you.
  • Can we change our minds and add coordination on at a later date?
    Of course, you can! Loads of our couples do when they realise that they rather have our team run the day.
  • Do you decline bookings, and why?
    To stay true to ourselves, we must. There are a few reasons why: The obvious one - we are not available for that date anymore. Our aesthetics don’t align in the slightest. Our niche: modern, colourful and retro-inspired - you know, the rockstar kind. There is no point contacting us if you are after a neutral colour palette, want the all-white look, are into that classic blue and white combo, dig dark colours or a gothic aesthetic, or want chair covers with bows (I had to put that one in for laughs - seriously though, what is that all about?!). The couple contact us after they've booked important suppliers and we realise that what they want isn't achievable with those suppliers. The first things I ask clients in our discovery call: Have you booked a venue? Who is the photographer? Who is the florist? The florist is a big one here as flowers play such an important part in creating the overall aesthetic. For example, if you wanted modern architectural florals but have booked a traditional florist, you won't achieve the style you want! Loads of design-led couples choose wisely, but there are times when couples book unsuitable suppliers that we (or anyone else) cannot work with to create and deliver what is needed. Not because they're a bad supplier, but simply because they don't specialise in what you want. If we cannot deliver on the design front, then we can;'t in all good faith take your event on knowing it won't be what you want.
  • What does wedding styling cover?
    Wedding styling includes concept design and then on-the-day setup and styling of the venue. This includes: Beautiful tablescapes - design and sourcing of all the furniture, glassware and tableware Prop-sourcing Floral design, florist recommendations and briefing Wedding stationery and signage, including stationer recommendations and briefings Wedding website design and build (by our very own graphic designer) Set design - bespoke ceremony backdrops, hanging installations, staging, display plinths, etc. Wedding attire recommendations – we know many incredible independent designers we can hook you up with!
  • Can we rent props from you?
    We are not a prop rental company as such. I haven't listed any props on my website as I believe that every wedding should be unique. What I have accumulated over the years is available to each couple as and when needed. These include disco balls, a large neon sign, peacock chairs, retro coffee tables, display tables, gorgeous candle holders, lava lamps, vases and lots more. All items requested for a wedding or event will be added onto the proposal quote.
  • We have a specific ceremony backdrop in mind. Can you design and build one?
    Yes! We do offer in-house bespoke set design. We can design and build bespoke staging, ceremony backdrops, installations, event signage and display plinths.
  • When do we need to book you in for on-the-day wedding coordination?
    We take on on-the-day wedding coordination bookings at least 4 to 6 weeks before your wedding date. Don't leave it too late as we get booked up pretty fast every season! We don't take on very last minute bookings for wedding coordination, as we like to get to know our couples beforehand to understand their needs and wants. Additionally, we need time to correspond and coordinate the setup with all suppliers involved. Short notice bookings for coordination wouldn't allow us to deliver the quality you deserve.
  • We would like you to come set up and style our wedding venue with materials sourced by us. Can you do that, and how much would that cost?
    Of course, we can come to do the set-up for you and style the venue, but the sourcing has to be done right on your part for it to work. If you are design-led and really know your onions, you may need someone for the setup only. Get in touch and we can give you a bespoke quote for this. Setup is usually done by my team and will set you back approximately £400 per team member plus expenses. How many team members are needed depends on the complexity of the job. FYI, there is at least a team of four on-site when we do setups. This will only work if you understand design, are experienced with styling and staging events and know where to source the perfect styling materials from. What we offer here at WLLW is complete wedding design; mood boards, prop and supplier sourcing, supplier briefing, coordination and venue styling in one package. We pride ourselves in delivering gorgeous styling designs in our retro-inspired colourful niche. Check out what's included in our Design and Styling package here.
  • How far in advance do we have to book you in for planning and styling?
    Our busiest time is the prime wedding season, from May to September, and is less busy out of season. Booking six months to a year in advance will most probably secure your date. Having said that, we do get short-lead bookings too, and we thrive on working against the clock to deliver fabulous weddings and events. Get in touch to check if your date is available.
  • What can we get for our wedding budget?
    We will always work within your wedding budget. I wouldn’t recommend something that the budget couldn’t cover. To help you work out what your wedding budget will cover, I have written a very informative blog post - read it here. Good to know about our prices - We will always do a bespoke proposal highlighting what our planning costs will be for that particular wedding. The guide prices shown on our packages page are a starting price only. What will influence our planning and designing prices are the size and complexity of the event, the number of team members needed for setup and take down and our time spent on that wedding. We mainly work with mid to high wedding budgets. Usually, the full wedding planning and design package, for a wedding of 100 guests comes to around £8,000 - £10,000.
  • What happens after the discovery call?
    After the discovery call, I will prepare and send you the proposal, our contract with T&Cs, and the booking link. Once the boring bit is out of the way, we deep-dive into your wedding design and the real fun begins! We'll book in a venue visit, where we can meet in person, do a walk through, and discuss your vision – I will get all my inspiration from this! You will receive a clever visual seasonal personality questionnaire. Your answers will be an indication on who you are and what you like. We'll book in the kick-off call to discuss your aesthetics and styling in detail. I will ask you to send me everything you have started on already, like your plans for the wedding attire and a Pinterest board, for example. In our kick-off call I will present my initial mood-board and we will discuss my styling suggestions. Once we know which direction the design is taking us and what our colour palette is, I will develop a more detailed mood-board. Our signed off mood-board will be used to book and brief all recommended suppliers. Planning and logistics are led by us if you have booked The Maxi. Once all is secured, booked, designed, and planned out, you can sit back and enjoy the run-up to your wedding.
  • Do you offer payment plans and what method of payment can we use?
    The way we like to be paid is in three instalments: 40% to secure your booking Second instalment is due at the halfway point of your wedding date Last instalment is due at 4 weeks before the wedding As much as we aim to calculate our cost in advance, an additional invoice could be sent out after the wedding if you incurred extra on-the-day expenses, such as extra staff members, last minute prop changes, extra working hours, collections, deliveries, takedown time, etc. You can choose any method of payment - bank transfer or credit card. We have Stripe set up to make payments easier. Read more about what’s included in each package, how we work, and the easiest way to calculate your wedding budget here.
  • Do you take commission from suppliers for recommending them?
    Never! We recommend suppliers that are right for the style of each wedding. If commission is offered by a supplier, we will always pass that saving onto our client instead.
  • We want our wedding to be private. What is your privacy policy on image sharing?
    Most couples are completely fine with us sharing imagery from their special day, however, some couples don't feel comfortable doing so. This usually comes up with high-profile weddings with famous guests attending, but it is everyone's right to keep their wedding private. To ensure our couples privacy, this option is available in the contract, and you can opt out from imagery usage on social media and in any marketing materials. I've written a blog post about this, so if you need guidance, have a read about it here.
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