Today’s wedding planner interview is with Marta of Go2Wonderland, based in Faro, Portugal! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Go2Wonderland are experts Wedding Planners who assist with any budget creation, vendor screening and negotiation and ensuring that your dream day runs smoothly from start to finish. The extensive knowledge of what makes your day more special, which venue is the most suitable and how to make your big day truly unique is what the couples love most about our company.

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into wedding planning?

It is funny that we didn’t plan to get into wedding planning. Being a Tour Operator we have been asked by one regular British client if we could assist him with the planning of the wedding for his daughter. We knew each other for several years already and he was totally confident about ourselves. The wedding was really successful as we did our best and made sure that each single detail was carefully thought out. In a couple of months we have got another request from bride´s friend to organize her big day as well. We felt it was the beginning of a truly passionate and creative stage of our work. For the past 3 years we have been working as wedding planners in Algarve, Southern Portugal.We organize about 25-30 weddings a year, so our team is 100% focused on each couple in the weeks and months up to the event.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

We love to feel that the stressful bride is confident about our efforts and gets rested a couple of phone calls or e-mails after having contacted us for the first time. But seeing months of hard work come together on a perfect wedding day is one of the most rewarding experiences of our work.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Wedding planning can’t be just seen as catering tasting, choosing flowers and helping clients to decide on the perfect venue. It is a truly physical and mental hard work that starts a long time before, in many cases even 2 years in advance.

What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I like painting and playing the guitar. Yoga is another hobby of mine, especially for mental and spiritual relaxation after stressful work.

Any great stories from working with a client?

Last year we have received an enquiry for the wedding in Portugal to be booked 6 weeks prior. One British couple have decided to get married during their 10th visit to Portugal and it had to be on one specific date ant at one specific venue with the special meaning for them. At first glance it seemed to be impossible, as we were closed to the highest wedding season, they still had to prepare the paperwork and there were no details planned or booked yet. Luckily the venue was available on the chosen date and the legal side was prepared within 24 hours. We put all our suppliers to work hard and the result was a happy couple that got their dream come true. It was a good experience as we are sure about all our vendors and can rely on them totally. We also have proved to ourselves that we have more power than will and nothing is impossible.

What is your current favorite color combination?

White is my favorite base color and any color combination of white and other pale shade works great and very elegant.

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

Working with the couples means making their dream and vision come true, even if we don’t agree with some ideas. This can be a challenge, but we are happy to follow any trend our couple may require, although give our vision or recommendation if necessary and if the couple is open to.

Photos by: HJFoto

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?

Hiring the right wedding planner is one of the most important decisions each couple has to make after the engagement. Make sure that potential wedding planner is a good listener, professional and is able to work within your budget.

Wonderful, thanks Marta! For more information about Go2Wonderland, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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