Kanika & Ed
Venue: Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell
Planning our wedding at Glanusk Estate was a mammoth task. While the setting was beautiful, we needed to source nearly everything ourselves – from power to water to toilets – for 270 people. But thanks to Gail, the process went very smoothly.
Gail is friendly and approachable which makes working with her an absolute pleasure. She is meticulous in her planning and let us regularly up to date on anything to do with our wedding which made everything a lot more manageable. Gail is extremely creative and well connected and brought so many ideas to the table when it came to deciding on decorations and considering suppliers – things we wouldn’t have come up with alone. She also worked in our budget to make sure we were able to have the wedding we wanted without going overboard.
Gail literally made our wedding day. It couldn’t have gone any better and we highly recommend her to anyone who asks!
Nicky & Dave
Venue: Llangoed Hall, Brecon
Kind words from Nicky:
I have to say that I had never thought about what my wedding would look like and so when my boyfriend proposed, I literally had no idea where to start! I hadn’t thought about the dress, colours, what the bridesmaids would wear or where it would be, let alone who would be the photographer, who would do the flowers or who would do the invitations. I had no idea there were so many options for everything and I certainly had no idea about all of the tiny details (matching typefaces for all stationary??) that are involved in this life changing ceremony.
It is, however, my extreme good fortune that one of dearest friends is the fabulous Gail at Eleanor Gail. We have known each other for 20 years and during that time I have seen that Gail’s strengths are her incredible capacity for organisation, minute attention to detail and she is a master at negotiation. She has steered me through the whole process with such professionalism and knowledge that both my husband and I credit the success of the day entirely to her. Gail put us in touch with the most amazing photographer, a stunningly artistic florist and a fantastic make up artist.
My husband and I live in the Cotswolds where there are lots of wedding venues but we were overwhelmed by the options available to us here. We were chatting to Gail and she suggested Llangoed Hall. As soon as we approached, we were absolutely ready to sign on the dotted line. It is the most stunning venue, a magical place with an atmosphere that was immediately enchanting. The fact that Gail had already organised weddings there, and knew the staff and how the Hall operated, made it a fait-au-complet. Everything was easy and we had every confidence in her choices and recommendations.
When I think of our wedding now, it brings me to tears. It was the most perfect, magical, amazing day and I never, in a million years, thought it would be possible to create something so wonderful. Everything happened like clockwork but at the same time, everything was so relaxed with our guests telling us afterwards that they had the best day as well. This is entirely due to Gail’s knowledge of the industry she is working in, her ability to interpret my very vague ideas and her calm professional manner.
I would not hesitate to recommend Gail to anyone. To entrust someone with the organisation of such a special day takes trust. I, of course, had complete faith in Gail as I have the advantage of having known her for so long. However, we have never worked together during this time and so to see her in a professional capacity was something new for me. I knew she would be brilliant. She cares enormously about her work and is absolutely, entirely in her perfect job. She is, without doubt, an expert in her field who will help you experience the most relaxed, amazing, beautiful day of your lives.
Kind words from Dave:
From the outset we both had an idea of the type of wedding that we wanted, but little idea of how to make it happen.
Once we were engaged we were keen not to wait too long to tie the knot, we set about buying wedding magazines, reading blogs and basically devouring anything wedding based. We live in the Cotswolds so we are inundated with potential venues all vying to host your special day.
Having looked through various websites we visited a few venues locally and weren’t impressed. Everything seemed impersonal and formulaic rather than listening to what we were looking for and trying to accommodate us we were offered packages “£000 will get you this, that plus 1.25 glasses of fizz per guest” the opposite of what we had dreamed of and not lighting our fire at all.
We moved on from here feeling a bit disheartened and explored hiring a large venue where we could accommodate our guests overnight but we would have to organise absolutely everything from the caterers to chairs and so on, we would get the (very large and impressive) house but that was it, the rest was up to us.
We booked to view it, feeling a bit daunted and Nicky mentioned it to Gail who simply said “if you’re looking at that why don’t you come and have a look at this” and so began our journey with Gail and Llangoed Hall. We agreed to visit soon afterwards having scoured through their website and pretty much agreeing that unless it was horrendous we would book it on the spot. Which we did, thankfully!
Having secured the venue we then had to fill in the blanks. Llangoed had given us a folder full of brochures for various providers, photographers to florists, wedding favours to DJs – we didn’t know where to start!
We turned to Gail for her help through the maze and she started by giving us two photographers. We booked the first one whose style we preferred, encouraged by her professionalism we leaned on Gail more and more, she introduced us to the florist, make up artist and many others who we went on to use. She steered us through the process, the etiquette and some of the seemingly minor things that made our day just extraordinary.
Throughout this time Nicky and Gail were in constant contact, occasionally I would chip in with the odd question for clarification but I felt that we were in safe hands. Our day soon came around and Gail’s finishing touches such as the hand produced order of the day and the mirrored table plan added those final bits of magic to the day. I could be biased but I feel that because of Gail ours was the best wedding that I have ever been to, a sentiment echoed by many of our guests, they loved how we did everything and the relaxed but smooth way that the day ran.
My overriding memory of Gail is her telling us “make sure you practice how you’re going to kiss when the registrar tells you, you want it to look right and you only get one chance” – now that’s dedication and why you should have no hesitation in hiring Gail for your special day.
Ceri & Bart
Venue: Llangoed Hall, Brecon
Having been born and raised in Wales, it was not an option not to get married there. However, living in France comes with some logistical issues for organising a wedding, especially when you have not lived in the UK for 15 years.
After a simple google search for wedding planners, Gail’s name popped up. She was the first person that I contacted and replied instantly. We arranged a skype call to discuss what we were looking for and the type of wedding we wanted…and that was it…Gail went into overdrive!
We initially contacted Gail around 5 months before we wanted to get married. We were worried that we did not have enough time however, after completely understanding our needs Gail was able to confirm our ideal venue – Llangoed Hall.
From that moment on, Gail organised and arranged everything for us. Not only this, but she guided us through the whole (alien) process, for which we could not be grateful enough.
We returned to Wales for a week, roughly 3 months before the wedding. During that week, Gail had arranged for us to register our marriage, meet with the florist and photographer, have our bespoke wedding rings made, pick our wedding suits for ourselves and our wedding party and lastly, to visit and stay at Llangoed Hall, where we choose our wedding breakfast menu, wines and the logistics of the day.
Following our visit to Wales, our wedding was very much finalised and all that was left to do was wait!
To Gail’s credit, she took on all of the stress associated with the organisation away from us, without ever compromising on quality or detail. It still baffles me that after the initial skype call, Gail understood us (and our personalities) so well. So much so, all of Gail’s proposals were unequivocally accepted as a simple result of her instantly knowing what we wanted, coupled with our standards.
Everyone says their wedding day is magical. I did underestimate this. With emotions running high and being a perfectionist, the anticipation of the whole day that we had planned could be stressful. Luckily, with Gail on hand from early morning of our wedding day, everything ran to military precision without mishap, errors or confusion. All our guests – those from Wales and overseas – have subsequently commented on our wedding day, specifically mentioning how well the day was organised and the attention to detail. For that, we cannot take the credit!
If I had to do the whole day again, I would not think twice about using Gail. Her professionalism and knowledge of wedding planning and the wedding industry are second to none. She makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Not once did we ever worry that something was not being done or was overlooked.
Gail is a pleasure and delight to work with and I could not recommend her highly enough to anyone thinking of hiring a wedding planner.
Ceri & Bart.x.
Linda and Victor Chen
Venue: Bryngarw House, South Wales
I have to say it’s not easy to hold a wedding in foreign country. Fortunately, we had Gail as our wedding planner. We contacted many wedding planners but we chose Gail who understood what we wanted from our day. She helped us to deal with the marriage legal documents, introduced the processes of the British wedding to us, found our wedding venue and visited the venue with us many times.
On our wedding day, the decorations were amazing! The flowers on the table, the wedding arch, the garlands and the table planner… everything was so beautiful. It was exactly what we wanted- an elegant British style wedding. Our family and friends really enjoyed the day and many of them told us it was the best wedding they had experienced ever.
Thanks for everything, Gail. We had an amazing wedding day that we can remember forever.
Matthew and Loyette Coleman
I cannot even begin to express how incredible Gail has been. From the very start, when I had worried that perhaps I simply wasn’t “weddingy” as I was concerned that my tastes were just not appropriate for a wedding, Gail did not hesitate in the slightest at the idea of creating a wedding that would be completely personal, unique and special to us. Even in the very first phone call, Gail was already putting forward suggestions that showed her creativity at moulding ideas that would give exactly what I could ever hope for. I knew I needed to feel like me on the day and that’s exactly what Gail considered right down to the tiniest detail. She made the entire process exciting and fun. In fact, the best way to describe it is that we were on a journey-one where ideas would evolve, change and become even better than what we originally planned. Gail had said at the very start that it would be an “organic” process and that was such an accurate way to describe our partnership. With Gail’s meticulous organisation and her ability to keep communication open, despite us not living locally, meant that we always knew we were in safe hands. One thing that will always be clear to anyone who has the pleasure of having Gail as their wedding planner, is that to Gail, this isn’t simply a profession but her passion. This left me in no doubt that not only would everything be alright but that everything would be perfect. However clichéd I may sound, my wedding day was the best day of my life, genuinely the best day and apart from my husband who stood by my side, it was Gail that made it all happen. On the days leading up to the wedding and on the very day of the actual wedding, everyone commented on how relaxed and laid back I was. How could I have been anything else when Gail had seen to everything, like a genuine fairy godmother? The wedding day was vibrant, colourful, gold and beautiful. Gail showed that elegance and originality can still go hand in hand. I cannot thank Gail enough for all she has done. Her commitment, dedication and professionalism, her ability to advise and be a true friend is simply commendable. My family and I will never ever forget everything she has done. I don’t know how I could ever thank Gail enough. Thank you doesn’t even cover it.
Dr Peter and Jan Morgan (Loyette’s parents)
On the 16th of August this year, we celebrated the marriage of my daughter, Loyette, to her husband, Matthew Coleman. It was, in every possible way, a day never to be forgotten, not only because we were naturally proud parents at a momentous occasion, but also because of the unforgettable contribution of Gail in her capacity as wedding planner. The venue, Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel in Bridgend, came alive in a panoply of colour, the tables and even the ceiling emblazoned in the most magnificent floral display. Everything, from bridesmaids’ dresses, to chiffon chair ties and even to the wedding cake was colour coded, while specially selected lanterns and gold-embossed fluted glasses suggested a breathtakingly stunning yet subtle Moroccan effect. Indeed, one felt from the reaction of the guests and even the hotel staff that they had not seen the like before. Gail’s management of the day and her unparalleled role in bringing everything to fruition cannot receive enough praise. We can only say, if you want the most magically memorable day for your daughter’s wedding, Gail is the one to manage it to perfection.
Emily and Dan Jervis
Chris and Annie Howells
I had the pleasure of planning Annie & Chris’s wedding at Llangoed Hall, Brecon in February this year. Annie, originally from Australia with Indonesian roots, and Chris, originally from Wales, tied the knot in the heart of the Wye Valley and invited their friends and family from the US, Europe, the Far East and Australia making this a truly international wedding.
“Gail proved to be an excellent wedding planner who successfully co-ordinated myself in London at the time, my wife-to-be living in Hong Kong and many of our guests from locations such as Indonesia, Australia, Borneo and the US. She subsequently blended into an international wedding party with grace and diplomacy. Gail saved my wife and I a great deal of time and stress and I would not hesitate to recommend her services.”
Kayleigh and Jamie Edmunds
Thank you for everything Gail, you’ve been amazing from beginning to end! We had the most perfect day & we have only yourself to thank! All the little touches you did were just perfect! I would recommend you to anyone! All our love from Mr & Mrs Edmunds.xxx
Jane and Colin Williams
I have just had the most magical wedding conceivable at Oxwich Bay, on the Gower largely made possible by Gail from Eleanor Gail, wedding planner.
I was hugely sceptical at first about getting a wedding planner, however during a short lull whilst getting ready on my wedding day I was able to reflect how calm I felt and realised it was because I knew at that very moment Gail was behind the scenes organising all the little details that otherwise would have been mine to deal with. I could take a step back, relax and enjoy myself and why, now I can remember more of that special day than many others can of theirs.
I live three hours away from the venue and did not realise how problematic this would be until I started to try and organise the details. By having Gail she was able to source local suppliers, get quotes and make suggestions. She did the bulk of liaising and all I had to do was make final decisions and then leave the rest to Gail. If there were any problems it was Gail who sent e-mails and negotiated.
Gail was indispensable in the final weeks before the wedding. She chased up all the loose ends, made sure that I made all payments at the right time and even made my table decorations for me. Without Gail I honestly don’t think my wedding would have been the overwhelming success that it was. Her professionalism and thoughtfulness was exemplary and I would now consider her a true friend. I will be recommending to all my friends to get married in Wales just so that Gail can be their planner.
My message, (from a complete convert to having a wedding planner) to anyone who is planning a wedding, or in the final months and weeks of the process would be to seriously consider in engaging Gail to help you. Her presence just on the day of the wedding was worth any amount of money.
Finally on a personal note I would like to Thank Gail from the bottom of my heart in creating, as one close friend said, “the perfect day!”
THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU
Jane and Colin