event planner, wedding planner
Lincoln and London
The Art of Events - Contemporary, Stylish and Affordable
Meet the man behind BLACK STRAWBERRY EVENTS
Ian Ganderton, specialist event planner and designer, may be the best-kept secret in the UK.
He is a visionary, masterminding cutting-edge and classic events for A-list clientele. Meticulous, yet refreshingly charming, Ian transforms events into fantasy worlds of exquisite taste.
In short, the man loves a great bash.
Originally from London, Ian has managed to stay below the radar until now. He has appeared on TV shows such as This Morning, The One Show, Vanessa and Trisha discussing Event Planning, Etiquette and Style as well as teaching at the Lucie Clayton Finishing School but prefers to keep his work diary private. He believes that attention to detail, superb inventive style and a hands-on approach is the formula for a perfect party.
His clients are, independent, fun loving people from all over the UK who are passionate about their events. The one thing they have in common is that they want an individual Event.
They include fortune 500 companies, global charities, fashion designers, friends, socialites, executives, celebrities, parents, and professional athletes as well as working mums, teachers, jobbing Actors and groups who want that something special. Many return time after time because they know they can trust Ian to make their dreams a reality.
Ian puts his success down to his “hands on” approach and the “endless hard work” of his strong and talented team. We have an annoying attention to detail and LOVE what we do!
Ian is also a respected Image Consultant and Style Guru. Having been a Tutor at The Lucie Clayton Finishing School in Kensington. He has worked with Politicians, Royals and Celebrities he regularly appears on TV and Radio Shows like This Morning, How to look Good Naked, The Vanessa Show and Trisha, The George Lamb Show and BBC Radio Breakfast discussing Image, Style and Etiquette.. His work has covered everything from business behaviour and skills to make overs both personal and Corporate.. He has produced articles on all aspects of etiquette, business skills and Image.
Ian's clients look for an edgy, sophisticated, creative and reliable event planning and production experience. Whether you are planning an important party, a corporate team building event or conference, a casino night or red carpet event; be it a concert, a school function, a gala fundraiser, or that most important of events – a wedding, we can provide any and all of the aspects of planning and production to ensure everything is perfect for your individual needs.
Ian’s personal network of only the finest suppliers, venues, and creatives guarantees you a very personal and original event.
Ian has created many highly successful events ranging from corporate dinners for leading International Companies and private bashes, to Charity Events and fashion shows during London Fashion Week.
Please enjoy reading through our list of Event Planning services. We look forward to creating a first class event with you because you deserve the nothing but the best.
Call Ian on 07970 341388 to schedule an appointment to discuss your requirements
WEDDINGS & PRIVATE EVENTS –
WE AT BLACK STRAWBERRY EVENTS LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN HELPING OUR CLIENTS CREATE THE PERFECT CELEBRATION.
WE CAN ASSIST ON ANY LEVEL, THROUGH DESIGNING, STYLING & PLANNING EVENTS OR IF YOU PREFER, SIMPLY PROVIDING CATERING, LEAVING YOU TO RUN THE SHOW.
WE WANT YOU TO RELAX & ENJOY YOUR EVENT, SAFE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT OUR COMBINED INPUT MEANS YOUR GUESTS ARE GOING TO HAVE THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES.
WE CAN HELP WITH:
• GLORIOUS, UNFORGETTABLE WEDDINGS & CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
• BIRTHDAYS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
• CHRISTENINGS, FIRST COMMUNIONS, BAH & BAT MITZVAHS
• DINNER PARTIES
• BARBECUES, PICNICS OR TEA PARTIES
• HIGH DAYS & HOLIDAYS
• CELEBRATIONS OF ALL KINDS
BUSINESS EVENTS -
BLACK STRAWBERRY EVENTS WILL TAKE TIME TO UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS OBJECTIVES AND THE OUTCOMES YOU WANT YOUR EVENTS TO ACHIEVE.
WE ARE ALL ABOUT COMMUNICATION AND WE’LL KEEP YOU INFORMED AT EVERY STEP.
AS BUSINESS PEOPLE OURSELVES, WE KNOW YOU NEED US TO BE FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT, SOURCE ETHICALLY, ACT TRANSPARENTLY IN ALL OUR DEALINGS & PRICING AND ENSURE WE MEET OR EXCEED ALL HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.
WHATEVER THE EVENT, BLACK STRAWBERRY EVENTS ARE YOUR AMBASSADORS, DELIVERING THE MESSAGES YOU WANT TO CONVEY.
WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUE FOR MONEY AND WORKING TO A REALISTIC BUDGET.
MORE THAN THAT, WE ALWAYS CREATE SOMETHING NEW & DIFFERENT TO YOUR COMPETITOR’S OFFERING.
WE CAN HELP WITH:
• MEETINGS, AWAY DAYS, JUNKETS & CONFERENCES
• DIRECTORS/PRIVATE DINING
• PREMIERES & CORPORATE PARTIES
• PRIVATE VIEWS
• NETWORKING BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES & CANAPÉS
• THEMED EVENTS
• SUMMER & CHRISTMAS PARTIES
• BRAND EXPERIENCES
YOUR VENUE IS FUNDAMENTAL TO YOUR EVENT’S SUCCESS.
WE HAVE ACCESS TO ROYAL PALACES, FAIRYTALE CHATEAUX, FRAGRANT GARDENS & HIP URBAN SPACES ALL OVER THE UK AND EUROPE.
IF YOU’RE HOLDING YOUR EVENT OUTDOORS OR AT HOME, WE CAN SOURCE TRADITIONAL TENTS, ELEGANT PAVILIONS AND ALL KINDS OF FUNKY STRUCTURES THAT TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE SO THE SCENE IS FAULTLESSLY SET.
WE ARE EXPERTS IN MATCHING YOUR EVENT TO A VENUE THAT WILL WORK CREATIVELY AND FIT YOUR SPEND.
EVENT DESIGN & MANAGEMENT -
TOTAL CREATIVITY, WORKING WITH YOU TO FIND THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR ULTIMATE EVENT.
WE’LL COMPOSE THE EVENT YOU WANT FROM INVITATION TO CLEAN-UP. WE’LL INJECT THE DESIGN PROCESS WITH FUN & LUXURY AND TAKE THE PAIN OUT OF DECISION-MAKING.
TO COMPLETE THE VISION WE’LL BRING IN OUR CAREFULLY SOURCED EXPERT EVENT SUPPLIERS. WE DO NOT HIDE MARK-UPS AND ALL OUR THIRD PARTY PRICING IS COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT.
OUR FEES ARE BASED ON THE TIME WE SPEND DEVELOPING AND ORGANISING THE EVENT.
YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT WE WILL DELIVER YOUR EVENT WITH PRECISION & EFFICIENCY, KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP AT ALL KEY STAGES OF THE PRODUCTION PROCESS.
WE CAN ASSIST WITH:
• PRINT, INVITATIONS, TICKETING, CALLIGRAPHY
• ONLINE INVITATION MANAGEMENT
• SOCIAL NETWORKING, EVENT SITES & BLOGS
• ETIQUETTE & ANNOUNCEMENTS
• THEMED IDEAS
• VENUE SELECTION
• PERFECT STRUCTURES, TENTS & WCS
• DESIGN, DÉCOR, FLOWERS & LIGHTING
• FOOD, WINE & DRINK
• SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
• CELEBRITY CHEF COLLABORATIONS
• COCKTAILS, MIXOLOGISTS & FLARE BAR TENDERS
• CELEBRATION CAKES & CONFECTIONARY
• GIFTING & FAVOURS
• EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY, IMAGING & VIDEO MESSAGING
• BUTLERS, SERVICE & PROMOTIONAL STAFF
IMAGE & ETIQUETTE
Ian Ganderton offers Personal Styling and Personal Shopping packages for women & men. These are our main packages however we also offer additional specialist services for people returning to work, gaining promotion, public speaking etc,. Details available on request
Services range from hourly to full day packages and from wardrobe makeovers to personal shopping trips. All packages are guaranteed to make you look good and feel great whatever your budget or requirements. All our packages come with free unlimited aftercare and a personal style report.
GET A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION FOR YOUR WEDDING OR PLANNED EVENT
WE OFFER A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION IN THE PRIVACY AND COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME. THIS WILL ENABLE US TO ESTABLISH THE LEVEL AND DETAIL OF THE SERVICES YOU REQUIRE AND YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE EVENT, INCLUDING BUDGETS.
A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF OUR SERVICES AND FEES WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER OUR INITIAL CONSULTATION. FULL EVENT AND WEDDING PLANNING, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES WILL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, ASPECTS SUCH AS:
•EVENT DESIGN AND STYLING
•VENUE SOURCING AND BOOKING
•DEVELOPMENT OF SEATING AND TABLE PLANS
•SOURCING OF SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
•ASSISTANCE WITH THE SELECTION OF WEDDING AND OTHER FORMAL ATTIRE
•SELECTION, LIAISON AND MANAGEMENT OF ALL SERVICE PROVIDERS, E.G. FLORISTS, STATIONERS, CATERERS, GOWN DESIGNERS, MUSICIANS, OFFICIATE COORDINATION AND MAKE-UP ARTISTS
•PREPARATION OF A TIMELINE, BI-WEEKLY REPORTS AND A POST WEDDING WRAP-UP REPORT
•EXPECTED HOURS, RATES AND EXPENSES FOR THE PLANNING OF THE EVENT
COMPLETE WEDDING AND EVENT COORDINATION, DESIGN, STYLING AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES, WILL USUALLY BE BASED ON A PERCENTAGE OF THE EVENT BUDGET AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM FEE.
THIS COMPLETE AND DETAILED SERVICE MAY NOT BE REQUIRED BY ALL CLIENTS AND IN ADDITION TO THIS WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE BESPOKE PROPOSALS AND QUOTATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING SERVICES, THESE WOULD TYPICALLY BE BASED ON EITHER HOURLY RATES OR AN AGREED FIXED FEE.
VENUE AND SUPPLIER SOURCING ONLY
WEDDING DESIGN ONLY - WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO DEVELOP A BESPOKE AND PERSONALISED CONCEPT TO SUIT YOUR OWN STYLE. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE THIS AS A PLANNING TOOL TO SOURCE ALL OF YOUR WEDDING SUPPLIERS, VENUES AND DECORATIONS.
LAST MINUTE AND ON THE DAY MANAGEMENT - SUITABLE FOR CLIENTS WHO WANT TO PLAN THEIR OWN WEDDING OR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP BUT NEED THE HELP OF A PROFESSIONAL EVENT COORDINATOR TO ASSISTANCE WITH LAST MINUTE PLANNING AND ADVICE IN THE RUN UP TO THE EVENT, AS WELL AS ON THE DAY MANAGEMENT.