Meet our Weddings Executive, Stephanie Chittenden

Updated: Nov 15, 2018

With a strong passion for wedding planning, Steph strives to bring her brides visions to life. She shares with us her tips for planning the perfect wedding, what’s trending in 2018 and her favourite parts of the job.


How did you end up working in the wedding industry?

I started with Bell City in 2011, funnily enough as a food and beverage trainee. I always had a passion for organising events, so when I graduated from the food and beverage cadetship I moved into the conferences and events department. I was predominately involved with corporate clients and social events until 2013 when I decided to follow my passion for weddings and was appointed the Weddings Executive position.


What’s your favourite part of your job?

What I love most about my job is meeting couples who are in love, being involved with one of the most important days of their lives and helping them along the journey to plan their wedding day.

Even now I am always overwhelmed with excitement each time we prepare to begin the ceremony proceedings. A very special moment for me is to watch the grooms face as his future bride walks down the aisle – it gives me goose bumps every time!


What advice would you give to someone about plan their wedding?

Firstly, take a deep breath and remember to enjoy every moment. Planning a wedding is such a special time and sometimes couples forget to relax and enjoy the day.

1. Get the nitty gritty details out of the way, discuss your budget and the amount of guests you want in the early stages of your wedding planning – ensure your on the same page from the beginning.

2. As Melbourne often experiences four seasons in one day, make sure you pick a venue with inclement weather options

3. Lastly, too many couples get caught up in the pressure of planning a wedding, my advice is to relax and keep in mind the meaning behind the big day and the love that you share for one another.


How do you recommend couples personalise their wedding?

  • Memorable weddings are meaningful and personalised, and the personal touches are easier than you might think.

  • Serve wines from the year you met

  • Pick a wedding favour that reflects your personalities

  • Personalise your ceremony program with photos of you both, another great idea to make guests feel special is to personalise place cards with guests pictures

  • Move away from traditional ceremony music and chose a song that’s special to you

  • Write your own vows

  • Select or create a signature cocktail for pre-wedding drinks, either your favourite or one that represents you as a couple


Where should couples splurge, and where they should save when it comes to the wedding?

Splurge on the things that you, your partner and your guests will remember for years to come. For the majority, the most memorable elements of weddings are food, photography and music.

Save money when you can with a little DIY. For example your invitations, bonbonniere, place cards, save the date cards and guest book can be easily created with a little patience and minimal expense. Look at Pinterest for DIY inspiration and tips.


What traits should brides look for in a supplier?

I believe there are three significant considerations when selecting wedding suppliers:

  1. Reputation: Once you have locked in one supplier, such as the venue, speak to the team about their recommendations. You’ll find many venues have strong relationships with other high-quality suppliers, which is a safe bet that they will be reliable. Also, ensure you do your research online, look at their reviews on sites such as easyweddings.com.au and comments on their Facebook page.

  2. Price: Compare prices to find a supplier that’s within your budget; however don’t forget that the most expensive isn’t always the best quality.

  3. Professionalism and personality: You should be able to tell quickly if a supplier is right for you. If they respond to your requests in a timely manner, are professional and helpful and their personality meshes well with yours it’s a good sign you’ll work well together.



In your opinion, what are the up-to-the-minute wedding trends for 2018?

Moving away from the rustic styling that was popular in 2016, 2017 weddings will see gentle, soft colours making a comeback. Pantone colours will be among the most popular colours for weddings in 2018. Navy Blue and Golds are the new elegance with Textures and copper tableware.

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