Behind the Scenes of a Wedding Planner
Have you wondered what’s the life of a wedding planner is like? TWV is here again with Behind the Scenes! In edition #2, we are honored to have the opportunity to chat with Weiwei, a wedding planner at Chère Weddings and Parties. She shares with us a little about herself, a lot about her job and the joys of it all.
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TWV: “Tell us a little about yourself…”
Weiwei: “I’m quite an introvert and I generally prefer smaller groups over a crowd. I like working behind the scenes and getting to watch the magic unfold is one of the many reasons why I absolutely love being a wedding planner. Seeing the bride walk down the aisle and hearing the applause that comes along soon after gives me much satisfaction. On days without weddings, I like to travel and explore and I wish I could do more of that. Spontaneity excites me and traveling gives me that chance!”
TWV: “What’s the life of a wedding planner like? Do share with us your typical day at work!”
Weiwei: “A typical day can be filled with appointments starting from site visits in the morning, followed by the appointment with couples or vendors over lunch. Spare time outdoors will be spent pinning images or scrolling through inspirations. If I’m in the office, it’s back to replying emails, working on budgets, schedules and so on. It’s best when I get to end off the day with couples discussing about an amazing idea they just discovered.”
TWV: “What made you choose to be a wedding planner and how did you get into it?”
Weiwei: “I have always been very interested in event planning. In my story, one thing simply led to another. I had the opportunity to attend many weddings and soak up the beauty of it as a spectator. One day I stumbled upon a wedding planning course, I just went for it and have been in love with it ever since.”
TWV: “What’s the best part about being a wedding planner? Tell us about one of your most memorable experiences.”
Weiwei: “The best part is the chance to witness and share the special moment when the couple exchanges their rings and vows. It’s very cheesy but true! For me, it’s the most peaceful moment of the big day (before the stresses of coordination rushes in). But I’ve got a couple of favourites. I love it when the bride or groom performs for their partner. I love to help out with making surprise come alive!”
TWV: “What’s the toughest part about wedding planning?”
Weiwei: “Managing expectations would be it. Different people have different expectations and sometimes it can get out of hand. I always try my best to understand my client’s needs and wants, but when it doesn’t match to their budget and timeframe, I have to advise them and provide them suitable alternatives. It’s tough, but that’s my job as a planner- to deliver the best wedding they can have.”
TWV: “Do you have any advice for the people out there who are looking to go into wedding planning?”
Weiwei: “The most important thing to consider is having to sacrifice your “normal working hours”. You have to work late nights especially when the event draws near, but trust me when I say that it’s an amazing experience.”
TWV: “Why do you think couples should invest in a wedding planner?”
Weiwei: “A wedding planner helps in more ways than you can imagine. We first come in as strangers but we grow to become friends. Planning can be fun, but the stress floods in when you are working against time. Apart from having us in the picture to link you up with vendors and great deals, we can help to manage the expectations of your family and friends. In short, we save you from headaches so you can focus on enjoying the planning process.”
TWV: “What is your favourite wedding style?”
Weiwei: “Wedding trends are ever changing! It’s part of what makes the wedding industry so exciting! But whatever the latest trend is, I like to keep it minimalistic. I believe in simple classy patterns and nothing too cluttered.”
TWV: “Please share any interesting nuggets about yourself!”
Weiwei: “I love travelling! But I always find it difficult to put down work on hand to relax a bit. I make it a point to schedule alone-time for myself where I can disconnect for a few hours or half a day to refresh myself. I can sit in a café and people watch all day.”
TWV: “Any tips for couples planning their big day?”
Weiwei: “Start early! Last minute planning lead to hasty decisions. It also doubles the stress.” Weiwei is a wedding planner at Chère. She has been in the industry for several years and has loved every minute of it since she started.Chère is a Singapore-based company that provides a wide range of wedding services inclusive of conceptualization, designing and coordination. Chère comprises of a team of experienced and dedicated wedding planners that want to help couples fulfill their wedding fantasies. Their mission is to make every wedding they plan exclusive, special, and unforgettable. All photos used in this post are credited to Chère.
Weiwei is a wedding planner at Chère. She has been in the industry for several years and has loved every minute of it since she started. Chère is a Singapore-based company that provides a wide range of wedding services inclusive of conceptualization, designing and coordination. Chère comprises of a team of experienced and dedicated wedding planners that want to help couples fulfill their wedding fantasies. Their mission is to make every wedding they plan exclusive, special, and unforgettable. All photos used in this post are credited to Chère. Featured Photo Credits: Paisley Petals