Ever Wondered What a Wedding Stylist Does All Day?

One of the reasons I enjoy my job as a Wedding Stylist so much is because every day is different. It’s a wonderful mix of working from home and getting out and about, meeting couples and visiting venues.

For every wedding, there’s a distinct ‘ideas’ stage when I’m busy planning and creating moodboards. There’s also a period of intense preparation where I’m booking suppliers and sourcing materials. Then there’s the styling and set-up itself when all my hard work comes together to create something beautiful for my clients.    

My work is varied and unpredictable. It changes throughout the year, particularly during peak wedding season. Here’s what a day could include…

Nikki Knots & Kisses styling a tablescape with black candles

An Average Day at Knots & Kisses HQ

7am – Breakfast. Usually fruit with yoghurt or baked eggs and spinach. This is always accompanied by LOTS OF TEA!

8am – Social media hour. Mainly updating Instagram, replying to DMs and posting Insta Stories

9am – Emails. Responding to enquiries, booking consultations and finalising plans.

Once I’ve got the necessary admin out the way, I have to balance my styling work with stationery orders. The morning could be spent preparing wedding invitations for delivery, or I might be working on elements of the styling process listed below:

  • Moodboards and styling plan creation.
  • Finding inspiration and mocking up tablescapes.
  • Sourcing suppliers, materials and hire items.
  • Pricing bespoke installations.
  • Compiling quotes.
  • Booking in all the various elements once clients have decided to go ahead.
  • Liaising with other suppliers, updating spreadsheets and creating timelines.
  • Implementing changes to existing plans. Often, I’ll be working with couples over a couple of years so things can and do change.

12pm – Lunchtime walk.

12.30pm – Lunch

My afternoons are just as varied. Consultations and meetings feature heavily, either over the phone or in-person. I include up to three venue visits in my full wedding styling service, so these keep me busy too. I love walking through the space, chatting through your plans in detail, and generally getting to know you better. When I’m not talking to clients or liaising with suppliers, I’m often busy making bespoke items and installations.

6pm – Dinner. Now my husband, Ant, is at home, we’ve got into a habit of cooking together. Evenings are usually spent relaxing in front of the TV or playing board games, but we occasionally have the odd night out for a pub quiz!

What About the Wedding Itself?

So much goes into styling a wedding. I spend the day before completing lots of last-minute prep including:

  • Collecting props, furniture and décor from suppliers if they’re not delivering.
  • Collecting anything from the couple that they want displaying.
  • Creating an inventory of everything I’ll be taking to the wedding so it can be checked off when packing the van and rechecked when collecting from the venue.
  • Checking timelines and making sure I have phone numbers for all the important contacts.

When it’s finally time to set-up, my day usually begins around 6am. I collect my assistants if they need transport, unload all our supplies at the venue and get started on the styling. Some weddings also involve staying all day to turnaround rooms and create new spaces after the ceremony. Either way, once the celebration is over, we’ll return to pack and collect any items that have been borrowed or hired.

It’s always a long, tiring day, but I love every minute. After months of planning, it’s amazing to see a venue transformed and know I’ve created exactly what my clients wanted.   

Learn more about my Wedding Design and Styling services here.

Photo Credits:

Photographer // Clare Kinchin Photography, Hair Stylist // The Updo Girl, Makeup Artist // Sophie White MUA