Today’s wedding planner interview is with Ksenia of AffairyEvents, from Toronto! Love her attitude. Check it out below!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am a young and energetic woman who is very creative, detail oriented and passionate about her job. Before i opened my company, I have been working in the fashion industry for over 7 years thus I developed an eye for styling, fashion and design which really helps me when we do wedding shoots and develop the theme for an event.
Affairy Events is a wedding and event planning agency located in Toronto, Ontario, however, we do destination weddings across North America and Caribbean. From marriage proposals and full wedding planning to corporate events and birthday parties, we can do it all! At Affairy Events we offer event conceptualization, fashion style consultations, vendor referrals, full guidance and coordination of your event and much more. Our philosophy is to make sure that our clients enjoy the process of planning their big day while we take away all the stress from them. We provide our clients with impeccable service, our loyalty and a beautiful affair that will be tailored specifically to their vision and personality, while exceeding their expectations!
How did you get into wedding planning?
Oh, it’s so cheesy! As a child i was always the coordinator of all events taking place in my school, however, I didn’t think of becoming a wedding and event planner when I finished high school. Instead, in university I studied international relations with specialization in diplomacy but as I graduated I realized that this is not who I am. My degree certainly helps me as I learnt how to make sure that everyone gets what they want and I act as a mediator between bride and groom and their families when working on their wedding. After I planned my own wedding, I knew that this is what I am really good at and what I am truly passionate about.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of planning a wedding is developing the theme and the day of the wedding! It is so rewarding to see when all the pieces come together and the look on the faces of the guests, families and most importantly the bride and groom when they see each other and their venue, when they say their vows and their first dance!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
On of the most important things that I learnt as a wedding planner that it is very important to let your couple speak, share their story, their vision and their expectations at your initial meeting with them. Once, I was sitting in a coffee shop and a wedding planner was having a first meeting with a bride and a groom next to me. I wanted to come up to him and tell him to close his mouth, literary! Every time the bride and the groom wanted to say something, to ask a question or to explain what they wanted their big day to look like, he would interrupt them and start speaking forever. A wedding planner should listen to their couples and try to understand what they are looking for in order to meet their expectations and create an unforgettable day for them!
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I have been modeling for over 7 years which is very helpful when it comes to wedding planning business as it helped me to develop a sense of style and eye for details. I also love to cook, dance, travel and spend time together with my husband and our cat!
Any great stories from working with a client?
I have a beautiful story to share from the last wedding i worked on. The wedding took place in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico and the couple was set to have their ceremony outside in a gorgeous garden. Fifteen minutes before the ceremony when everything was set up and the guests just arrived, it started raining! The bride got really nervous about it, the chairs and all the decor was moved inside the venue, while guests were having cocktails. Once the rain stopped we decided to start the ceremony although it was still cloudy. However, when the bride and the groom finished their vows and started putting their rings on each others’ fingers, the sun came out! It was such a symbolic moment that brought tears to everyone’s’ eyes!
What is your current favorite color combination?
Oh, my favorite color combination hasn’t changed in years! My wedding colors were white and peach and I still buy anything in these colors or save pictures that have these colors on them! Pantone announced that emerald will be one of the hottest colors of 2013 and i believe that its such a beautiful precious color, it could be a gorgeous wedding if emerald was paired together with gold or deep blue and done tastefully!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
Although, it is overdone, vintage and barn weddings are so magical! I would love to get married again to my husband and have a barn wedding with chandeliers! Also, lace wedding dresses with long sleeves are so beautiful and sexy and perfect for a ceremony in a church.
As for the trends that I’d like the brides to leave behind, honestly, I am not a fan of jeweled bridal bouquets and tangerine weddings.
Thanks Ksenia! For more about AffairyEvents, check out her WeddingPlannerLove profile, or head straight to her website.