Photo Credit: Buddy Singh
Today’s planner interview is with Chandai of Kismet Events based in New York, NY!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’ve been in the Hospitality Industry for over 11 years in different departments from housekeeping, security and the food & beverage division. I have been able to transfer my skills from the hospitality industry to event planning. A lot of what I learned is guest relations and making the guest happy. My company is based on hospitality and educating the client on the various events they need to know.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding planning?
After working as a catering, food & beverage assistant at one of the hotels in NYC, I wanted to do something for myself. I loved what I did there, but wanted to make a name for myself. So I decided to open my own event planning company.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Being on site at the event and making it run smoothly. Also educating the couples on what they are getting. Sometimes they don’t realize what they need and how it can benefit them in different ways.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
Marketing is the key and it takes time to build. Take the time to work with other planners and see how they operate. Everyone works differently and has different techniques.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Traveling, bonding with my little girl and taking her out.
Any great stories from working with a client?
I have too many! The best was this one couple, the bride was a DIVA but she was absolutely amazing. The groom was like “I’m just showing up to the wedding.” This all happened during the tasting. So I was able to ask the groom, “What do you like from the menu, I would love your input”. He was very surprised that I included him and the bride was thrilled! She said “Oh you want his idea?”and I said “Yes he has to eat too”… and we all started laughing.
What is your current favorite color combination?
Blue & Orange or Purple, Burgundy & Gold
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
No trend should be left behind, only enhance it to your personal touch.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?
Take some time out for you and your partner and don’t talk about any wedding related activities.
All wedding photos by Jorge Garcia Photography.
Thanks Chandai! For more information about Kismet Events, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight website.
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