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Behind The Door With….Green And Bloom

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom

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Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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This week for ‘Behind The Door With’ I was super excited to chat with Roberta Moberg who runs not one but two creative wedding businesses! I love the idea of vendors incorporating different wedding elements together which complement each other and I’m sure brides love it too!

Roberta has a talent and love for flowers and has been running her floristry business, Green and Bloom, for eight years now. Specialising in special occasions, Green and Bloom are all about fresh Australian grown blooms as well as a focus on design and quality. Roberta runs the studio from her own classic Queenslander home and is lucky enough to have a refrigeration mechanic as a husband so you know her flower fridges are in good hands!

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“Running the business from home suits me best as a working mum” Roberta tells me. “I can do a flower run in the morning and be back in time to take the kids to school.” Meetings take place at the client’s chosen wedding venue which works well for Roberta as she can talk through which flowers and designs might work best in the space.

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Roberta tells me that her focus is on the quality of her work, so Green and Bloom don’t compromise when it comes to flowers and price. “I limit the number of weddings I take per year”, says Roberta, “because it’s important to me that they are the most beautiful and best they can be.” It was after this change was made that got Roberta thinking about her second business, which has more of a DIY idea for couples that want to do their own flowers.

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Prop it Pretty is almost two years old and complements Green and Bloom perfectly.  The range of hire pieces includes beautiful vases and vintage flower vessels as well as props, signage, crockery and furniture. The website is designed so that couples can pick and choose special pieces for their big day and there are lots of beautiful pictures so they can get a feel for how it might look. Having such a great website also means that Roberta doesn’t really need to show couples the pieces in person and she can keep some on hand in her studio and some in a warehouse.

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Images via Green and Bloom and Studio Sixty Photography

I really love that Roberta’s businesses can work both for DIY couples on a budget and also those that have a bit more to spend. She certainly is one clever business owner!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a clever lady indeed; the ability to be able to cater for different brides with different budgets is so smart – and with a focus on style and quality, it’s a recipe for success!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events. Make Your Day Wedding Styling is my creative outlet and I love nothing more than that ten minutes just before the guests enter the wedding reception, it feels like a special sort of magic!

What Would They Know? Jenn Veza of The Original Wedding Company

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Jenn - The Original Wedding Company

Gorgeous styling and meticulous planning is the hallmark of The Original Wedding Company. Based in Perth, WA, Jenn and her team bring fresh ideas to the styling of your wedding. Getting to know you, and interpreting your ideas reflects her dedication to telling your story through your wedding decor and planning. From larger budgets to small, you too can have the The Original Wedding Planning Company touch of style, from full planning and styling to an ‘on the wedding day’ co-ordination service – there is something for every Western Australian bride to consider.

What led you into wedding planning as a profession?

Planning, budgeting and organizing has always been part of who I am. As a child I regularly wrote lists; what to take to school, what should be packed for camp, what I could do during school holidays. I bought my first Filofax when I was about 12! After several years in a corporate business planning role, maternity leave gave me the opportunity to think about starting my own business, and I identified the need for a wedding planner here in Perth. It felt like a natural role where I could largely work from home, and work with people at a key point in their lives.

 Where are you based? 

Our office is based in sunny Perth, close to the city centre. Most of our weddings occur in the Perth area, and the Margaret River Region. We have planned weddings in Bali, Fiji and New Zealand, which were great opportunities and lots of fun.

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Image by Jason Soon Photography

Why do we need a wedding planner?

Great question, and one that I get asked less and less. Long gone are the days when wedding planners only appealed to the rich and famous. I started this wonderful business ten years ago, and the need for wedding planners has really grown immensely. In this digital age, brides are inspired by so much more than ever before; weddings have become bigger and more complicated to plan. Team this desire for a fabulous wedding with a growing career, building a new house and a fun social life and suddenly planning a wedding can seem like a chore rather than an exciting journey. Enter the need for a wedding planner!

Please describe the fresh perspective you and your team bring to wedding planning and styling?

Throughout the planning journey, we chat regularly with our couples about the reasons they have chosen to get married. We focus on the emotions, what they love about each other, and less on the commercial aspects of weddings. Amid the pressure that weddings can bring, we offer a calm and safe environment in which we ensure that what we plan and style has purpose and meaning for our clients. In addition to this, we have a bias towards unique designs which are fun and timeless, and are less attached to latest fads.

You offer a Wedding PA, Wedding Coach and Wedding Day Co-ordinator service. Can you describe what each of these packages involves?

Our Wedding PA service is really popular for women who are focused on building their career and don’t have a lot of time to spend researching and planning their wedding. Whatever free time they have tends to be spent with their partner or friends. We become the project managers for their wedding, ensuring they are presented with the best options for their style and budget allowing them to make the best decisions possible. We manage their expenditure, negotiate on their behalf with all vendors and ensure that the planning and styling process is fun for all involved.

Our Wedding Coach service works really well for women who want to me really hands on but don’t know where to start. Following an in depth meeting, we prepare a unique coaching document for each bride which includes shows her who to book and when to book. We also prepare an expenditure forecast so she knows what things should cost. We contact the bride each month to ensure the planning is on track, and have regular progress meetings.

One of my most favourite offerings is our Wedding Day Coordination Service. We meet lots of very organized brides who know what has to be done on their wedding day, and want to pass work onto a professional. We will set up ceremonies and reception, make sure every vendor knows where they have to be and when, and attend to any problems that may arise. We continue to offer this service as not only do we get to meet lots of wonderful brides, but it’s the problems we fix that allow us to be expert wedding planners. Not all the training and experience can be found sitting at a computer looking at a spreadsheet!

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Image by Natasja Kremers Photography

Do you have preferred vendors who you can recommend and work with?

We have a comprehensive list of vendors with whom we love to work. These are vendors who have proven to be experts in their own field and value our clients. They understand our role completely and work as part of our team to create an amazing wedding experience for our clients and their families. Our list of preferred vendors grows continuously as we meet new and talented vendors.

You also offer a Wedding styling service. How does this enhance your planning services?

Knowledge on every element of the wedding day is paramount when creating a unique and original design. Knowing how the ceremony and reception will look and feel plays a huge role in vendor selection and timings for the day. Planning and styling are intertwined – it just doesn’t work to have planner and a separate stylist. My team is both creative and operation – we love pretty things as much as spread sheets!

On initial consultation, should a couple bring with them ideas? What if they have no ideas to present to you?

Initial ideas are great. No ideas are great too. We work with our couples to explore their creativity and ensure that the design of their weddings reflects them as individuals and as a couple. The initial consultation is just the start of the journey so no pressure to have any ideas at all!

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Image by Natasja Kremers Photography

Of the many ideas a couple may be considering, how do you best guide a couple to help them create a cohesive look?

We use several creative mediums including Pinterest. After spending time collecting and refining images with our clients, we are left with a story which shows many of the styling elements which are important to our clients. From this we create a customized colour palette and design sheet which in incorporated into every design element. We continuously look for purpose and meaning.

What ‘looks’ are you seeing come through for 2016? Are coloured linens and crockery gaining in popularity to enhance the flowers (rather than flowers taking centre stage)?

Flowers will always take centre stage. Although we’ve designed many weddings which don’t have an emphasis on flowers, they certainly add that depth of design and colour. Aside from flowers, we’re focused on the detail. Simple, clean details in the glassware, crockery and cutlery and more experimentation with luscious linen. We’re also steering away from the traditional bridal table and creating interesting ways to have a fabulous bridal table where you can interact with your guests.

Please describe some lovely ideas you’ve seen recently?

Gold, mirrored tables are making us smile at the moment. Throw in glass charger plates and an abundance of opulent flowers in deep jewel shades and we’re high fiving each other.

If money was no object, how would you love to style a wedding?

Given that budget is always part of the initial discussion before we commence the design concept, not working to a budget would be extremely strange! We are fans of unique furniture, and would love the opportunity to design our own pieces. That takes a lot of cashJ

To be honest, our process wouldn’t change. Our inspiration comes from the client and we focus on producing a wedding that represents them so we would continue with our current process but not worry about tracking expenditure!

If we don’t have a lot of money to spend on décor, what do you suggest to your couples?

In this scenario, we would work with our couple to create an amazing statement piece, which could be the design of the cake table, the bridal backdrop or a desert table. This allows for some original design work but on a smaller scale. Having a low budget does not mean that style goes out the window!

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Image by Jason Soon Photography

Why do you love wedding planning and styling and keeps you going when things get tough?

I meet amazing couples every day. I work with the Western Australia’s most talented and dedicated professionals in an industry based on love and happiness – what other business offers that!   Not every day is easy – some weddings offer more challenges than other, but that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

How do you and the team celebrate the end of the working week?

In wedding season, one week rolls into the next and there’s no real end of the working week. It would be awesome to say we have Friday night drinks but the truth is that we are usually putting place cards in order or loading our van! We do have a fully stocked bar fridge in our office for ‘emergencies’!!

Thank you Jenn for sharing your story.  There’s nothing like flowers, candles and sparkling glass to set the scene for a beautiful celebration! To find out more about The Original Wedding Company visit the website.

Headshot by Erica Serena Photographer.

Benefits Of A Dedicated Destination Wedding Planner

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom

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The Wedding Haven, The Wedding Haven
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Image by Chris Spira Photography via Pegah and Michael’s Santorini Destination Wedding

You’ve been dreaming about your destination wedding day for as long as you can remember! You know your perfect bridesmaid colours, the wedding favors, the song list, the tablescape, the ceremony venue…. and all of a sudden you are faced with a never-ending ‘to do’ list of items you need to tick off in order create your perfect wedding. You have the ideas, but don’t know where to start. Enter the destination wedding planner!

At The Wedding Haven, we think a destination wedding planner can be the first wedding gift you give yourself. From day coordination to full-on planning, there are wedding planners for every budget! If you haven’t yet hired a wedding planner for your big destination wedding day, here are a few reasons that might make you reconsider:

1. We are experts in our industry

Destination wedding planners have the experience of planning many weddings in different countries and locations, and have become experts in our field! We know where and how to start, where to find the perfect venue – and when each task needs to be completed, we ask the relevant questions. We can easily turn your perfect vision into the perfect day – using our resources, connections and expertise!

2. It’s all about who you know 

In the hospitality industry, it’s truly all about who you know! We are like one big family and we tend to stick together. We maintain our connections and are constantly creating new ones! How does this help you? We are able to reach out to our connections for help on each and every wedding we plan. We know which photographers are perfect for outdoor weddings, and who can make the perfect invitations for your theme. This process takes a lot less time for us because we know who to call, and saves you time, energy, and of course those day-time minutes on your phone plan!

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Image by PhotoFactory Bali via Bree and David’s Bali Summer Night Destination Wedding

3. This is our full time job

As a destination wedding planner, planning your wedding is our full-time job! We live, love and dream weddings all year round and we never tire of it. Leave all the work to us – after all, it’s what we are most passionate about!

 4. Planning weddings is second nature to us

You need a person who is not directly involved in your life, and who can devote the time and resources needed to plan the perfect wedding. While your friends and family may be more than willing to help you sort the nitty gritty details of planning your wedding, remember this: they have  jobs, family obligations and social lives too. They might also not be as familiar with legalities, vendor contracts and other crucial information that will affect your big day.

5. We know budgets and we help you stick to them

Your destination wedding planner will work with you to set a budget and then help you stick to it, stretching your dollar as far as it will go. Not a big fan of a wedding cake but can’t do without that dessert table? By understanding what’s important to you, a wedding planner will help you determine what items can be cut from the budget so you can afford to get what you want.

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Image by Nikola Janev via Siri & Neel’s Ubud Destination Wedding

7. We work for you

Destination wedding planners are dedicated and devoted to each and every one of their brides! We search high and low for the perfect venue, that ‘must have’ table cloth that you need, and that substitute flower that looks like the one you wanted, but wasn’t in season!

8. No stress

Hiring a destination wedding planner can take the pressure off you and your groom – you’re working with someone who has done this dozens, even hundreds, of times and won’t let anything fall through the cracks.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a great way to take the worry out of planning a destination wedding; with a planner taking care of the organization, all you need do is relax and enjoy your special day!

About The Wedding Haven: We specialize in creating and planning one of a kind destination weddings that are inspired by the couple’s own story, uniqueness, and experiences. It is our passion that drives the work that we do. Whatever your dream is, we will bring your vision to life!  Oh, and we speak English, Spanish and Arabic!

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