I thought it might be nice to give you a little insight into my background, & some fun facts about me that you may not know. Really hope you like what you read!
I was born in Barnet, raised in Potters Bar, & lived in Hertfordshire until 2012. My first flat after I moved out was above John Lewis in Welwyn Garden City town centre. I loved that place! It was cheap, & BIG for a 1 bedroom flat, myself & Mr M held a lot of very noisy, drunken parties there. Sorry neighbours!!
Not just a fluffy blonde
I went to a private school in Welwyn. I know, you wouldn’t guess to hear me speak 😉 But if you listen to WHAT I say, rather than how I say it, then I think you’ll realise that I do in fact have a pretty good brain in this blonde head.
In 1998, I left school with 13 awesome GCSEs & 4 pretty darn good A Levels. I didn’t go to uni, instead chose to work as Executive Assistant to a director at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield. First ever job & I had my own office with my name on the door. BOOM!!! My role there was exciting & challenging, my organisational skills (& obsession with list-making) meaning I would tackle every task head on, proudly becoming my Director’s right-hand woman.
I stayed in the NHS for around a decade, before trying out work for Tesco HQ in Welwyn Garden City. I enjoyed being nearer home, & earning better money, but I never felt that I fitted the corporate environment. Although I am grateful for the opportunities I was granted, meaning I could keep honing my organisational skills, perfecting my diary management, & generally learning to love being efficient.
I got made redundant in 2012 & saw this as a stroke of luck (yes, it was a positive thing!). With the money I got from the payout, I set up my own events business, using what I’d learned over my years of working in the offices. Specifically, I wanted to be involved in the wedding business so took courses in Wedding Planning to help me forward, & was hooked. I adore this industry even though it’s changed significantly since I started.
I didn't just stop at getting my wedding planning qualifications though. I also hold accreditation in events & hospitality, wedding venue management & small business management. I LOVE to learn, I wonder what to take on this year? Hm...
It's not all work
On a personal level, getting to where I am has been a bit of a challenge. In 2015 I became very unwell & after 2 years of tests & appointments, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia with M.E. (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However I hate that phrase as the fatigue is just a small part of the condition). My health can be very up & down, as I throw myself into my work & then suffer if I’m not careful. A few times I’ve lost entire months as I just can’t get up to do anything.HOWEVER (shouts) I have NEVER missed a job.
In 2017 I met the owner of Flaxbourne Gardens in Aspley Guise. I went over to discuss running wedding shows there, to put the wedding venue on the local map. Within a fortnight, Paul had me signed up as the Wedding & Events Coordinator for Flaxbourne. I’m not lying when I say it’s my dream job! I’m very lucky to work with someone who shares my business ethos, & understands me not only with the challenges I face, but my need to keep on creating dream wedding days.
Going forward, I’m excited. There are new challenges to be had both in my own wedding planning business, & at Flaxbourne Gardens. I’m seriously excited to see what the future brings for me. It’s my 40th birthday in May 2020 & I honestly think it’s not a cliche to say that life starts at 40. But maybe I’ll revisit that thought AFTER the event!
Thanks for reading, I hope this gives you a bit of an insight into what I do, where I’ve been, & where I’m going to. I’m an open book so anything else you think you’d like to know then just ask! I’m not shy 🙂 Thanks for your continued support, here’s to making more memories TOGETHER. Beckie xx
Me. Ha! OK maybe that's a bit presumptuous to put that, but let me explain it.
I care. A LOT. You're not just a number, whether you're a visitor or a supplier, I want to know your story. I want to meet you more than once, to learn what makes you tick. I want to help you find what you're looking for, for your big day, & to help your business get seen by couples. Ultimately, I want to perfectly match-make specialists to couples.
There's no greater reward for me than to have a bride say to me "thanks for your wedding show, I found my wedding rings at last!" Or for a wedding supplier to email me really excited to have 5 new couples to work with for their wedding needs. It's an amazing feeling, being match maker.
It's incredibly satisfying & I honestly do a happy squeal (then show the email / text / PM around to anyone who'll look haha).
I keep learning & changing as the business needs me to. Templates that used to work for wedding shows 5, or even 2 years ago are no longer relevant, so I make frequently make changes to the style of shows that I hold. That way I ensure that they're presenting services that couples want, in a format that's exciting & helpful.
Hence why I started the Anti Wedding Show, wedding shows are still a viable way to buy items for your wedding, & for specialists to sell their wedding services, but the old format was overdone. Time for a change.
There's no pressure selling at my wedding shows. All of my wedding vendors are on your wavelength, with no hard sell, just a keen ear for listening to what you need to book for your big day.
I'm really proud of every single wedding specialist that I get to work with & that they truly care about their business. Every one of them is a small business owner who's put their heart & soul into what they do, so thank you to everyone who comes out to support them.
Well, I think that's enough to be getting on with, don't you? Basically, not all wedding shows were created equal & this year I'm set to shake up the scene. I'm so pleased you'll be with me for the ride.
See you at one of the upcoming shows soon! Bxx
PS To find out what I'm doing next, get on the database by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BeckieMelvinEvents1
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are