So we decided to interview Nicole to get to know her a little bit better. She is a Franschhoek based wedding and events planner, and this is how our interview went down.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY
Franschhoek Venues is a platform where clients can search for a venue in and around Franschhoek for their wedding or event. I specifically created this platform, so that is Franschhoek based because I believe that Franschhoek has a wide variety of venues to choose from, whether it be for a client with any budget, any style or any size. Clients can contact the venue directly through the website to discuss the packages. We offer various services to the clients through our website such as wedding or event planning, floral design, venue search and evaluation and more. I like to create experiences for my clients guests while easing the stresses of the planning. When I create these designs for my clients I have them in my mind in every single decision, so that their celebration is a reflection of who they are.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO WEDDING PLANNING?
I studied Marketing and Business management in Stellenbosch, and thought that I would go in a way different direction. I then started a job in Franschhoek at a venue. Each and every wedding and event we did I loved. The hours are never too long, I loved seeing the people happy and enjoying themselves. This made me happy. I then new that being an event planner is what I love, I then signed up at the SA School of Weddings where I received a certificate in wedding planning and styling, which i completed with distinction. From then I started thinking of how I will get started on building my own business, I was scared at first, but once I put my head on something I do it.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
I get to meet people that I would have never ever crossed paths with and creating beautiful spaces.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR NON-WORK-RELATED ACTIVITIES?
I love the outdoors so hiking, camping with no cell service, horse back riding and sports. I love to travel and discover new places. I also love picking fresh blooms from the garden and making all sorts of different arrangements out of them.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE COLOR COMBINATION?
I love the colour black these days. It is so naturally elegant and simple that not much is required
WHAT TIPS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO COUPLES WHO ARE IN THE MIDST OF PLANNING?
Listen to your heart. If there is something causing you a lot of stress step away from it and then when you come back ask yourself if you really need that. You might be able to toss it out all together with an alternative that fits like a glove and causes no stress. Don’t get caught up in the details and logistics of it all because this is YOUR time to celebrate. Don’t be scared to ask for help, that’s why wedding planning is a professional career because there is more to wedding planning than pinning pretty pictures.