The Team

Firstly, allow me to introduce myself, I am Charlotte-aka Charlie-Cooper (née Bonehill), founder and coordinator of ‘By Charlie’ I have 15 years experience in the events and hospitality industry- a decade of which was in my home city of London, England- where I worked on Europe’s biggest home & lifestyle exhibitions, London Fashion Week, The Queens Jubilee at Buckingham Palace (yes…the actual queen of England!!) and various other exciting live events. I moved to St Lucia in 2013 permanently  after falling in love, initially with the island as a child and later my husband. I am a proud St Lucian Citizen and business owner, wife and mum to my beautiful son born in 2015. I have a BA (hons) degree in Event Management & PR, and have qualifications in 3D illustrations & operations management!  Hobbies include- home decor, movies, reading and swimming/beaching with my son.

 

 

Della is my incredible assistant- both personally and for my events. She is my right arm- and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without her! Della took an interest in events when my son started school and she had less to do for me on a personal level. Having worked for me already for 2 years I recognised her skill set and strengths, that she is extremely adaptable, eager to learn and well as easy to teach. I threw her in at the deep end on a wedding of 450 people and she blew my mind- so now she attends all setups, events and breakdowns with me- and is starting to design some of her own events in preparation for the next steps as we grow and evolve!  She has great ideas and however stressful the job or day may be, brings a beautiful smile and a huge burst of positivity and happiness with her!

 

 

I have 4 additional team members who will be added here shortly, these are the ‘Do-ers’. They make my vision come to life and are there with and for me on site no matter what crazy requests or ideas I have. These boys bring the ‘how to’, DIY knowledge, humour and the music to all of my events!

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The Process

1- Get in Contact

Please give us as much information as possible- it will allow us to provide a more accurate & detailed response.Useful information includes date (or ideal month/time frame), venues of interest or style of preferred location, theme/colour scheme, number of guests, ballpark budget and the type of event flow you would like to have. For example, if you’re planning a wedding, do you want to go all out with a more formal flow of ceremony, cocktails, dinner, speeches and dancing? Maybe you prefer to keep it more relaxed, a ceremony and reception with food, drink and dancing throughout the event.The more information you give us the better equipped we are to send a thorough response

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2- Let’s Talk

Next it’s time to setup your complimentary 60 minute consultation- this can be via the phone or online (video call via zoom, facetime , whatsapp or skype) and will give us the opportunity to discuss your event requirements in more detail. It’s crucial that you are comfortable with your planner and confident in the process and being able to speak (digitally) face to face enables us to break the ice and begin building a relationship. This will also allow us to get a feel for your personality, vision and expectations and answer any queries you may have about us and our methods. We can decide together whether one of our set packages will work, or if your event is better suited to a custom built planning process.

 

3- Book

The next step is to officially book our service and we will provide you with a contract and the other paperwork necessary to get started.A non refundable 50% deposit is required to secure our services and allow us to begin the process.This will take us all the way up until the wedding and covers all work during the planning process. Full T&C’s will be detailed in the official paperwork but can be discussed during consultation.

 

4- Planning Time

Let the fun commence- once the contract has been signed by each of us and deposit paid, we have another call or face to face meeting to discuss decor and more intricate details. Within 2 weeks after this discussion we will provide you with a 100% custom built event proposal & design which includes the suggested layout & flow, mood boards detailing the colour, fabric and texture we will use, venue photos, design options for you to pick and choose from and plenty of inspiration to build your dream doo! We create this document according to your venue and budget. If your package includes a checklist, you will receive this also and any other initial arrangements will be made such as site visits if necessary/possible. Your design proposal will come in one beautifully laid out PDF document, thorough and concise to allow you to make changes and additions if necessary for us.

Once you have sent us your feedback and a final design is agreed upon- its all systems go…  time to book vendors from our fabulous database of partners, build a budget, collect quotes and finally present your wedding 3d image to you as a sneak peek of what’s about to come. You are in control of how often we update you and which area’s- if any- you’d like to be involved in.

5- The Main Event

Showtime..its the big week and time for you to enjoy every second of the event. We never book 2 large events the same week to ensure 100% of our focus, time and attention is just for you. We deal with the setup, coordination and breakdown for a seamless and stress free experience, which will allow you to soak up every second and ensure you build your best memories with us. We can also arrange add on services throughout the week for you and your group and can offer special prices & offerings on various island wide activities such as private boats and tours.