Your Wedding. Planned to perfection. New to the show for 2017 at London and Birmingham.

Hitched Wedding Planning Platform

The experts at hitched.co.uk present a panel of planning extraordinaires to answer your queries and ease your wedding worries. From venues viewpoints, to budget and time keeping must-dos, this exclusive panel of experts are on hand to help, so come prepared with your questions!

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Birmingham, NEC timetable

11.35-11.55 - 2017 trends to watch with Not On The High Street’s Rebecca Saunders
12.35-12.55 - Top 10 essential questions to ask your venue with Hampton Manor’s James Hill
14.40-15.00 - Incorporating wedding colour trends for 2017 with Shropshire Petals’ Ashley Corrigan

11.30-11.50 - Wedding Planning:  Practical, essential & cost-free advice from The Principal Hotel Company Ltd’s Kelly Mortimer
13.05-13.25 - Top tips to take on the day with Chantilly Rose Wedding and Event planning’s Christina Barker
14.35-14.55 - Incorporating wedding colour trends for 2017 with Shropshire Petals’ Ashley Corrigan
15.30-16.00 - Organising your budget, time and team with The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners’ Sandy Moretta

11.35-11.55 - Organising your budget, time and team with The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners’ Sandy Moretta
12.35-12.55 - Incorporating wedding colour trends for 2017 with Shropshire Petals’ Ashley Corrigan
14.40-15.00 - A venues viewpoint- wedding planning with The Wood Nornton’s Sandie & Katie

Hosted by Caroline Bradley, Editor at hitched

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Caroline is the editor of the UK’s leading wedding planning website hitched.co.uk. Caroline and the hitched team are dedicated to helping brides and grooms with every step of their wedding planning journey, ensuring couples have the knowledge and tools they need to plan their perfect day.

Birmingham Speakers


Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders from Not on the High Street, the leading online retailer for unique gifts, accessories and decorations, gives her inside knowledge on the top trends to keep an eye out for this year.

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James Hill

Hampton Manor carries with it a rich romantic history. From Eleanor of Castile and the tempestuous Edward I, to Elizabeth I and her reputed lover Robert Dudley, it’s slipped through the fingers of some of Britain’s most controversial lovers.

Today the staff have ditched their mourning suits and donned jeans and tweed. Guests no longer perch on rush bottom chairs, but sink into sofas. There’s no longer a lady of the Manor, but a stream of guests who celebrate the relaxed lifestyle that the Manor nurtures. With Peel’s Restaurant (Michelin Star) at its core, it’s all about bringing together people who love great food and entertaining, and want nothing more than to kick their feet up away from the fast-paced lifestyle of London or Birmingham city living. Hampton Manor sits in 45 acres of land and is home to 15 individually designed bedrooms.


Kelly Mortimer

Kelly began in the wedding industry in 2001 , arranging dream weddings in the Caribbean. Later she spent 10 years in 5* hotels in London including the world famous Claridge’s in Mayfair. She now oversees 48 wedding venues for The Principal Hotel Company & De Vere.

The Principal & De Vere venues span across the UK from Scotland to Southampton. Tree lined driveways lead to Victorian mansion houses set in acres of grounds, outdoor ceremony spaces, sweeping staircases for the perfect photograph and of course the ever popular city centre chic hotels for a glamorous celebration.

Through her career Kelly has managed events for various celebrities, socialites and royalty, and even her majesty The Queen!

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Christina Barker

Christina Barker, owner of Chantilly Rose Wedding and Event planning based in Carterton, Oxfordshire, U.K. I launched my business in 2014 after having this as my ‘dream job’ for a very long time. I have a huge passion for organising and I thrive off making others happy.

Being in the countryside, there are plenty of manor houses and stately homes to get married in and that’s what I love doing the most! I particularly love more intimate weddings as there’s just something really magical about them.

Originally from Portsmouth but relocated via the Royal Air Force. I am part of the military community as well as a mum of two. I enjoy being in the countryside and am a huge lover of pretty things.

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Sandy Moretta

Sandy launched her event planning business in 2003. Tern Events has a reputation for excellent organisation, creativity and attention to detail, which provide a good recipe for elegant, smooth running events. Sandy is also one half of the UK Alliance Of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) founded for one purpose: to promote professionalism in wedding planning. UKAWP invests in training and professional development that generates sustainable growth in the wedding planning industry.


Sandie Griffiths & Katie Bray

As one of Worcestershire’s most popular boutique hotels, The Wood Norton, certainly knows a thing or two about creating wow-factor weddings. Set in an unrivalled location, framed by the Cotswolds, this stunning Grade II* listed Victorian mansion played host to its very own royal wedding in 1907.

Today opulence is combined with the very best the modern world has to offer, with all weddings co-ordinated by the experienced and charming Weddings Manager, Sandie Griffiths.


Ashley Corrigan

Ashley Corrigan from Shropshire Petals, specialists in growing and producing natural petal confetti, wheat sheaves and dried flowers, is renowned for being a creative trend spotter. With her eye firmly on trends covering 2017 and beyond, Ashley will be sharing this season’s top trending colour schemes and how to incorporate them into your big day! And a wedding wouldn’t be complete without a showering of confetti, Ashley will also be sharing her tips for matching your chosen wedding colours to your confetti.

Discover the Shropshire Petals way on stand G60.


London Speakers

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Karen Beech

Karen is one of the longest serving members of the Galgorm Resorts team – Northern Ireland’s Premier Luxury Hotel and Spa.

She has a wealth of knowledge in various departments across the Resort and uses this to help each couples dream become reality! Karen’s gifts of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination, and contagious enthusiasm enable her to execute ideas flawlessly.


Andri Benson

London based wedding planner Andri has a background in theatre and costume design for film and TV which taught her to be pragmatic and creative leading her into the wedding industry. She has now been designing, planning and producing creative weddings in London and the South East for 7 years.


Katrina Otter

Katrina Otter Weddings was launched to offer a personalised, individual approach to wedding and party planning after Katrina’s successful career in London planning events across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and America.

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Based in the outskirts of London in an ancient town in South Buckinghamshire, Sundari offers her styling services to couples near and far. As a detail focused stylist, she designs the visual aspects of weddings with her distinct eye for beauty, elegance and artisan skills.



Jessie Thomson

With over 10 years of professional experience, Jessie Thomson is best known for creating artistic, elegant, and timeless weddings. Offering a comprehensive and completely bespoke wedding planning and co-ordination service which is fully blended with wedding design and styling in order to create beautiful and authentic celebrations for modern stylish couples.



And from the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners:

Sandy Moretta, Dominique Douglas and Bernadette Chapman.

The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners is the leading industry body for the UK wedding planning market. They are a trusted resource for accessing or joining its best and most respected professionals. There are strict entrance requirements for all UKAWP members so by choosing one of their wedding planners you know you are getting the best, most professional service available. The Alliance understands how important each wedding is and believe all involved have a duty to act with honesty and integrity.

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