About EJ

You may or may not believe me when I tell you I had my first hospitality job at the tender age of five – but it’s true!

Event Planner, Creative Director, Budget Genius!
Emma-Jane Wright
but my friends call me EJ

I was Chief Biscuit Arranger for the early morning tea and coffee trays for room service. By nine years old I was an experienced table layer, cutlery polisher, glass inspector, napkin folder extraordinaire, trainee waitress, ice bucket filler and responsible for the most beautifully stocked display of mixers behind the bar. I was also on the housekeeping team and proficient in hospital corners earning my 50p a week pocket money on Saturday mornings. Before you think I was a victim of child labour I should point out that my family were hoteliers so I grew up surrounded by the world of hospitality and in those days we all mucked in. And I LOVED it!

MY BACKGROUND

I guess you could say hospitality is in my blood so it’s no surprise that as an adult much of my worklife has been spent working in and around events. I firmly believe to be an excellent event professional you have to earn your stripes across all hospitality departments to truly understand how everything comes together seamlessly. I’ve definitely earned mine.

From washing dishes, making beds, waiting tables and preparing drinks, I worked my way up to Head of Department level in a 4 Red Star Country House Hotel. From co-ordinating helicopters for Wall Street Bankers, assisting a Prime Minister’s wife, greeting royalty, Hollywood royalty, locating awol grooms and working weddings, parties and corporate events both large and small, there’s not a lot I haven’t seen (or heard!). Over the years I’ve soaked up all this experience to develop a solid knowledge of what it takes to design and execute a wonderful experience your guests will long remember.

My experience has taught me how to approach a Head Chef during service (carefully), how to change the party mood and create the perfect atmosphere, styling and enhancing an event space, managing a tight (tight) budget, de-stressing brides, grooms, speakers and anyone wondering how they’re going to get through it all (sometimes a brandy helps!).

HERDING CATS

Planning a successful event is not just about colour schemes and food choices but understanding people. Planning for what you want people to do then planning for what people might ‘possibly’ do, is key. Co-ordinating guest movement is similar to herding cats. They have their own minds and don’t always follow the best laid plans. This anticipation of people’s behaviour only comes from experience. This key understanding enables the creation of realistic time lines which avoid delays and disappointments. Over the years I’ve learned to communicate and engage with a wide variety of personalities and temperaments. Having a finely tuned sixth sense helps.

SENSIBLE BUDGET MANAGEMENT

Planning events is my thing though it’s not just the creative element, venue search, supplier co-ordination and guest experience. Just as important is managing the budget wisely. I love the wow factor (don’t we all) but I’ll always be honest with my clients if I think there is a risk of overspending for spend’s sake. At the end of the day it’s your event, your money and your decisions but you can always rely on me to be led by my head and not my heart, guiding you gently and honestly. Trust is very important to me. I want to become the event planner you always turn to.

MY LITTLE BLACK BOOK

As Creative Director on styled shoots my little black book is brimming with superb trusted venues and suppliers with whom I work to make the magic happen. Many of those names offer my clients exclusive offers and discounts. I also offer a Supplier Search & Venue Finding Service for clients who don’t require my planning service.

BESPOKE EVENT STATIONERY

I offer bespoke stationery and signage for my event clients, brides and grooms. Please ask for more details.

RELAXED – IMPECCABLE – DISCREET

I offer a professional can-do attitude, honesty, discretion and trust at all times, a sense of humour, a seamless operation and impeccable delivery of the event you’ve been imagining. My aim is always to identify and exceed my clients’ expectations. If that sounds like a plan to you then please get in touch to check my diary. I genuinely can’t wait to plan something wonderful with you.

ALONGSIDE FIZZY DO

For Wedding Design, Impeccable Planning & Sensible Budget Management you need EJ at Fizzy Do

2012 – PRESENT: ONLINE MAGAZINE, PHOTO SHOOTS, WEDDING FAIRS

I’ve been writing an online wedding magazine for over 12 years. Launching as Buckinghams Events in 2012 then rebranding in 2020 to INSPOSA, I’ve organised some of the most successful wedding fairs and events in the East Midlands for stunning venues large and small including Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire and Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

DESIGN STUDIO

Alongside my husband Brian, we manage our Design Studio. Brian is a highly experienced graphic designer who offers Company Branding and Marketing Services. I offer Editorial Styling and Creative Direction for editorial shoots alongside web design. Together we offer the full package for professionals wanting to take their brand to the next level.

NETWORKING EVENTS

Business clients can benefit from my Business Networking Events across the region. Please ask if you would like to receive more information and dates.

2024 – POPPING THE CORK ON FIZZY DO!

EJ will help you plan a fabulous party, intimate dining experience or a beautiful wedding

Believe it or not ‘Fizzy Do’ was my first choice of name for Buckinghams but for some reason we went with the latter at the time. Perhaps it was serendipity and meant to be put ‘on ice’ until the time was right. 12 years since I launched my business and with well over 20 years experience in events and hospitality under my belt it’s time to throw myself back into doing what I love.

Fizzy Do has arrived to plan memorable private parties, intimate weddings, meaningful fond farewells and small business events. I’m so happy to have come full circle, back to my happy place.

Contact me now and let’s start planning your next Fizzy Do!

EJ x

(c) EJ Wright & Dottie Photography