What is your favourite # at a wedding?

#Smittenlekker – Marie was about to become a Smit.  We were busy driving from her venue site-visit, Florence Guest Farm when I mentioned to her that we should get a # and suggested that.  Such a great meaning in English & Afrikaans.

Does one have a favourite wedding, when organising so many over the years?

Mine, off course! J Every wedding has something special and remarkable about it.  There are definitely weddings where the style and colour palette is right up my alley and resonate more with me than others.

Smallest and largest wedding ever organised?

Smallest wedding was for 14 guests at the bridal couple’s house, it was perfection as they didn’t want to leave any stone unturned and they went all out with some of the best suppliers in catering, photography and Beatrix Events!  Haha!  The largest wedding for which I got contracted in only as onsite coordinator, was for 1 500 wedding guests.

Pinterest, a blessing or a curse?

Blessing, BUT, as a bride, once you’ve decided on a style, colour and ideas, leave the rest to your planner to bring everything together and give alternative ideas.  We’ve had brides sending us customised ideas 2 weeks’ prior the wedding.

Should a bride have an idea, you don’t agree with, do you try to convince her otherwise?

I will always give an alternative, should I think an idea would not work or enhance the ambience.  At the end of the day, it is your wedding, you need to be completely satisfied.

Most scary request?

We don’t require a DJ; will you play our special songs?

The biggest misperception about your role as a planner?

Most brides assume that a planner and decorator is one and the same thing, which isn’t the case.  A planner organise and manage each element of your wedding.  From dress fittings to the smallest detail going on each guests’ seat.  We also manage the wedding onsite and take care of each supplier to execute the day to perfection.

You often organise weddings for international bridal couples, do you consider it more challenging?

Not at all.  In today’s day and age, with technology being on the forefront of managing timelines, it has become so easy and very productive.  Skype and e-mails are the cornerstone of planning an international wedding and I find it refreshing how much trust there is with couples staying abroad.  Some couples I only see once, apart from the wedding day.

Is there a recipe for the perfect wedding?

Apart from all the obvious elements:  love, respect and getting married to your best friend, guests require good music and enough food – those 2 elements are key.

Name a few of your favourite venues to work as a planner?

Tintswalo Atlantic – the beauty at this venue is next level!!

Memoire – service is always on point and food is excellent.

The Oyster Box – swoon away!!

Molenvliet – for the obvious reason, so gorgeous!

White Light – I love blank canvasses which accentuates the beauty of anything you do in the venue.  Shine Studios have a similar affect which I love.

Summer Place – the opulence of the venue – happy dance!


A secret about yourself?

I am addicted to controlled chaos that’s why I do what I do…

Share something from your childhood about weddings?

My Barbie’s had to split up a lot with their husbands over the years in order for me to keep on planning their weddings over and over again.

What is your favourite part of the job?

When I work with a bride I see a little girl with a fairy-tale dream that has grown for many years in her heart and mind. I live for the moment, that day when that dream becomes a reality and she gets her happily ever after.

The best advice you can give to a couple getting married?

Hiring a wedding planner is much cheaper than couples therapy 😉

If a couple struggles to choose a wedding date what do you say to them?

You will have this date marked on your calendar for the rest of your life, it’s the date you will celebrate every year. Now think about when you would want to celebrate it!

What is your favourite question to ask your bridal couple?

Tell me your story, how you met and how you got to sitting in front of me now?

Are you married and what was your favourite part of it?

I am not married yet, my prince on his horse is lost somewhere ha ha, but I have the best job in the world as I get to share every one of my bride’s special moments on their wedding day.

If you had to describe a wedding planner in one word what would it be?


If wedding planners could have a super power what would yours be and why?

The ability to pause time, a little extra time is always a luxury when you are in events but most of all I would want to pause the beautiful moments and linger in them a little longer.

What do you take with you after every wedding that you do?

Friends, the couples don’t stay just clients they become close friends whose stories become memories that last a lifetime.


How did you discover you had a passion for weddings?

I have always been a sucker for love, and to be able to help someone with their special day making sure that it is absolutely perfect, makes my heart happy!

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Each wedding is completely different and unique in its own way, and that is very exciting! Every couple brings with them different expectations, dreams and ideas.

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

I am a total fan for a rustic wedding and a bride who wants to make a statement by adding something unique to her wedding day.

What is your inspiration for what you do?

When I see a couples love for each other and I get to remind myself that I am part of creating the beginning of their happily ever after.

What’s your best piece of advice for a new bride?

Know what you want and stick with it! So many people are going to tell you what you should do, but remember, this is your wedding! You want to look back on the pictures and always be happy with every detail. Enjoy your time being engaged, don’t overthink everything!

What’s your favorite wedding movie, and why?

Mmmm, tricky one! There are so many to choose from, but my ultimate favorite has to be “The Wedding Planner” with JLo and Matthew McConaughey, that is the movie that made me fall in love with planning and creating weddings.

Tell me something about you that most people don’t know about you… preferably non-work-related?

I am really bad with losing my personal belongings, misplacing them and also forgetting where I left them :0.

How do you let off steam?

Watching a good movie, riding my quad bike or even just having a delicious meal with some good company.

What is your favorite wedding food… EVER?

Aahh! Food! I love any food!! Desserts are always a winner at a wedding and it is just yummy!!!

And finally, what are your top tips for throwing a great wedding?

Just be YOU! For me the most important aspect of your wedding day is that it should reflect who you as a couple are and what you love. Good food + good music = people just relax into it.