Hey Wedding Belle, How is June going for you so far?
There is lots of lovely wedding and event hustle and bustle around at the moment, which is awesome! Now alongside the fun, pretty side to wedding planning comes the important technical and practical research and organising to ensure this amazing day you have planned actually runs smoothly. Timing is one thing but if you don’t have the right equipment, electricity and lighting your wedding might fall flat in more way than one!
Today we chat to a fabulous, trusted and experienced event management company who are very well versed in setting up stages, technical equipment, lighting, sound and ensuring everything runs perfectly in the background. Let’s chat to Matt and see what advice he can share with us.
If you do not know anything about the technical side of setting up a wedding or event then Matt has kindly given us a ‘Wedding Technical Checklist‘ which can be downloaded by clicking the link HERE >> and scroll half way down the page.
So let’s start the interview …
Q1 Tell us a little about yourself
With a background in live theatre and entertainment, I was always interested in ‘making the magic’ happen. So when I started Matt Bunday Events LTD in 2011. I think it was inevitable that we were going to have a big focus on innovation, uniqueness and bespoke, ‘never to be repeated’ events. We have provided event and production management support for a world record event in the 02 Arena, a very prestigious Titanic commemoration event on the dockside of Southampton with ABP (televised to the world in 2012) and weddings in a cave, a field and a youth hostel.
Q2 What made you want to work in the wedding industry?
I love the fact that weddings often involve transforming venues into new worlds and places of celebration. Every wedding that we have done has had a specific brief and has been in a different venue. I love the aspect of turning barns, caves, fields and other venues into something inspiring.
I also love the fact that weddings are great communal celebrations. They can result in whole towns and communities coming out to celebrate and everyone has one single agenda – to have a good time and to make it a day to remember for the bride and groom. We do a lot of events, but the weddings stand out as genuinely lovely and fun occasions.
Q3 What do your clients love about you and your work?
Most importantly, I believe that we are passionate about our work with our clients, in this context the bride and groom. We love weddings as there is such a good vibe to them to make everything perfect and to do new things, which is what we’re all about! We get generally passionate and excited with the client and want to do a great job for their special day!
I think we also offer a well-communicated and professional approach through the whole process (our tag line is ‘with you every step of the way’). I know that this is often true of a lot of companies, but we really try to take our clients through the finer details of what we propose to do beforehand so that there are no shocks afterwards. Just the other day I went out into my garden at night with some of my lighting and snapped pictures of what the lighting looked like when it hit the trees (I’m sure the neighbours laughed!). I did this because I realised that we were talking about outdoor lighting of a large garden area with our client and they hadn’t actually seen what we were talking about (as we had only ever visited in daytime). We really try to take our clients through the whole process and check that they understand what we’re talking about and why we propose the various options. We make it our upmost priority not to take any risks for onsite work, because we know that the event itself has very high expectations and must be an amazing day for all!
Finally I think that we are solid and reliable under pressure. We have a safe track record of doing events that ‘just MUST work’. Whether it be an expensive wedding or a time sensitive event, an outdoor event with road closures or an event that is going out on the television, we don’t shy away from the pressure and make it our aim to deliver events to a very high quality, in a proactive and supportive manner.
Q4 What do you think makes a good wedding?
Oh that’s a tough one… I think surrounding yourself with people that both know their stuff, and care about the happy couple and the wider wedding. Again this might seem obvious but I didn’t appreciate until I started doing weddings (and was also ‘best man’ for a wedding!), how much the pressure and high levels of detail can really take it out of you. There are also a lot of pressures that aren’t commonly associated with a wedding that people forget – you might be spending thousands flying family over from abroad, or maybe it’s the first time all your school friends have been in the same room for 15 years….so that experience needs to be so perfect!
I think it’s just so important to have people around you that you trust to plan things for you, or to deliver reliable and on-budget services. There are lots of things that a good company can just take off of your hands and make easier for you, so that you can focus your time and efforts around the more important things.
Q5 What’s been your favourite wedding so far?
That’s a really hard one… I don’t think it would necessarily be fair to list one and go into all kinds of specifics about it, each one is truly amazing and unique in its own right (whether it be for a venue, atmosphere, or entertainment). However I’ll share a moment… we worked with Isabella Weddings to put on a ‘wedding festival’ in a field in Hampshire. The bride had booked a particular kind of band that was close to the hearts of her and her friends. However she wanted it to be a complete surprise to people, and although there were rumours among the guests on the day (I even got asked by one guest if I was performing!), I don’t think many people actually knew who it was. So on all the production schedules and emails they were referred to as ‘Band 3’ and on the day we had to arrange to sound check them before the guests got there and then hide them away. It was a lot of fun as it was secret, and we also planned some great lighting effects for when they came on stage and it got the crowd going. The funny moment that I speak of was when we were doing the last bits of line checking after ‘Band 2’, just to make sure that everything still sounded the same as it had done in rehearsals earlier on in the day. However as we had to keep the band a surprise, a few of my technical team (in crew T shirts) were on stage checking the instrument of the lead singer and working on the drum kit…. It looked so out of place yet very funny to us as it is usually the other way around!
Q6 What is your top tip for couples?
I think that there is a lot of pressure to be traditional or do what ‘has always been done’, but at the end of the day it is your wedding and you should make it as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. Don’t be talked into spending more money or having that extra effect if you genuinely don’t want it.
Also (if I can be cheeky and have 2 points!) if you want to achieve the above, then surround yourselves with good suppliers and contacts that share your vision and know their stuff. There are plenty of companies out there but the decent ones won’t let you fail and generally want you to have the most amazing day.
Where can people find you?
Our links are all below but in the first instance just give us a call. We are very happy to talk on an informal basis just to understand what you want to achieve and then we can go from there. Our office number is 023 8055 3736
Our Website is: www.mattbundayevents.com
Thanks so much Matt for all of this wonderful insight and advice, so much useful and interesting information for everyone – really great!
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Love from Marie x