Meet Tanya, Our Wedding Fairy Godmother

Meet Tanya Hedley, our Regional Sales Manager in the UK. A former lawyer and award-winning wedding co-ordinator, you could say she’s our secret weapon.

Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tanya has been part of our team since August 2018 and has added a vivacious flair and witty sense of humour to our growing team. Take a look and learn more about Tanya’s current role, her valuable experience and how she translates her unmatched passion for weddings into everything she does at WeddingDates…

HERE AT WEDDINGDATES…

A DAY IN THE LIFE

“After catching up with emails I typically speak to 10 or 20 venues per day – from the very small to the very grand, this gives me a varied insight into the industry.  I speak to venues about all sorts of issues, perhaps they want an opinion on their brochure, perhaps they want to attract more bookings, perhaps they are sick of working from an outdated Excel spreadsheet.  Other days I may be visiting venues, vlogging on Instagram or delivering a training course. It’s extremely varied.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ROLE

“Empowering venues – we get to ask couples all the questions that venues can’t, making us an invaluable resource and your new best friend.”

BIGGEST LESSONS

“We’re all in the same boat (or luxury yacht daaarling)!  It doesn’t matter whether your packages are £30 or £300 per head, we all face the same challenges.”

WHAT YOUR NEED TO SUCCEED

“I’m client led through and through.  At my hotel I put the couples first, at WeddingDates I put the venues first.  Customer first, task second.”

 

THE INDUSTRY WE KNOW & LOVE…

FOR THE LOVE OF WEDDINGS

“I used to be a lawyer until I came to my senses.  I’m hyper-organised so the wedding day appeals to the Monica Geller in me (instilling order in a day that could otherwise be chaos) but it allows me to indulge in my love of fashion.  Last month I got to try on a black Vera Wang gown!”

TOP TIP

“Good enough is not good enough.”

 

AS A PAST WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR…

FULL OF EXPERIENCE

“I ran my weddings “from first visit to first dance” – I was a Marketing Manager, Sales Manager and a Coordinator rolled into one.  How long have you got..?! ” 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

“I was a dab hand at setting up 6ft champagne towers with not a single breakage, but what really sticks in my mind is dressing brides – I feel like I’m backstage at London Fashion Week and I love playing Lady in Waiting (it’s the icing on the cake after months of graft).  Plus, when all her friends are stressing, crying and covered in make-up, it’s best left to the professionals. I love knowing my fabrics, I love getting the perfect drop on a skirt and I can’t bear to see a strapless gaping at the bust – step aside please!”

“Scaling a 12th-floor window ledge in high heels to clean bird **** from a window which was in full view of the congregation.  Yes, I would literally kill myself for a Bride.”

ADVICE TO NEW WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS 

“Find the balance between best friend and professional. Finding that sweet spot will make you the best in your field. Oh, and however tempting, do not dish out your personal mobile number!”

THE HIGHLIGHTS

“Winning Wedding Coordinator of the Year for three consecutive years.  It had never been done before. I always sacrificed holidays and personal time for wedding season, so this meant so much to me.”

WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR NO-NO’S

“Amateurs, now is not the time for Aunty Sandra to try her hand at baking cakes.”  

 

Get in touch with Tanya today at tanya@weddingdates.co.uk or head over to our Services page to see how Tanya and our Sales team can further support your venue or business goals.

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