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by Claudette and Denneisha Blair, WPIC Jamaica Regional Representatives
Have you heard about it? The Jamaican Chapter of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) hosted another wonderful event within the warm tropical, luxurious island of Jamaica. The beautiful Borghinvilla Wedding Venue (Discovery Bay, St Ann) was our host. The Jamaica Wedding Professional Mingle, was held under the empowering theme “WPIC building a better Wedding Industry within Jamaica”.
Despite the heavy shower of rain that had blessed the land that day, our cocktail party was on fire! Curious and eager Wedding Vendors were able to freely network; learn more about WPIC, share best practices with other Wedding Professionals; make much needed connections, as well as, received professional headshots courtesy of the Dream Team Trio: Manuela Stefan Photography, Wedding Giggles Jamaica, and Brian Nejedly Photo.
Through the dynamic partnership of the WPICC Blair Team from Unique Bridal and Tux, with WPICC Jennifer Borgh, owner of Borghinvilla Wedding Venue and Jennifer Borgh Events, there were several exciting and captivating sessions to be executed on that day. It was through conversations Jennifer had initiated and invited our Keynote Speaker, Jerron Britton (Jamaica Tourist Board) who spoke about “…Jamaica [being] the leading Caribbean’s Wedding and Honeymoon” and shared additional eye-opening facts and beneficial information. There were prizes, surprises and indeed it was a beautiful event as we herald the start of the Engagement Season.
Attendees were enticed with the musical selection from the electrifying DJ Kevan Stewart of Jamaica Wedding DJ. Also there was a ‘Shameless Plug’ segment that allowed an open microphone opportunity for Attendees to candidly speak on their business.
The atmosphere was poised for optimistic fun, relaxation, great food and passionate Jamaican music. Moreover, Attendees were treated to viewing as well as learning about the three (3) lovely venue décor step-ups which allowed Wedding Planner enthusiasts to garner prospective, ideas, strategies as we move forward as a united group. Those who braved the rain were pleasantly surprise and appreciated the networking opportunities.
Moreover, we shared vital wedding business strategies written by WPIC Co-founders, Danielle Andrews and Tracey Manailescu, entitled “10 Tips to improve your Wedding Business & Book More Clients”. These vital tips were treasured and provided a ‘tip of the iceberg’ as to what can be expected when one becomes certified and join a reputable Alumni of experience, dedicated, talented, and super helpful Professionals. Moreover, Attendees had expressed an interest in the classes scheduled for May 6th and 7th, 2017 (for Kingston) and were encouraged to visit www.WPIC.ca for more information and registration.
Claudett and Denneisha Blair are certified Mother/Daughter Wedding Planners through the internationally accredited Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) both are the only local Jamaican Regional Representatives. As wedding connoisseurs they take the lead at a twenty-two (22) year old family-run business using modern and millennial approaches. Their business, Unique Bridal and Tux (UBT), is committed to starry-eyed couples who wish to celebrate their love with a wedding ceremony and offers rental services through use of gowns and tuxedos. Unique Bridal and Tux has stood the test of time and earned a strong reputation among Jamaican brides and grooms for more than 22 years. The core business since inception is to help couples make the vision of their dream wedding come true. With a genuine love for weddings coupled with years of strong experience – UBT goes above and beyond to serve their clients by maintaining an extraordinary attention to detail. Through our full wedding coordination luxurious packages we want to help you tell your destination story. We also partner with top vacation spots on the North Coast, Travel Agents and offer recommendations on ideal locations within Jamaica to host a wedding, reception and/or a magical honeymoon. One Love!!!
See a video of the shoot here:
The Traditional Chinese New Year Wedding Shoot:
The Modern Chinese New Year Wedding Shoot:
We took the chance to ask Wendy Lee some questions.
WPIC: As a wedding planner, you participate in style shoots on various themes. So why one about Chinese New Year?
Wendy: Chinese New Year is always celebrated with friends and family at home, and eating together is always part of the 15 day celebrations. Although food is a very important element at these get-togethers, often times the visual and aesthetic experience for our guests may be overlooked. For this very reason, Carmen and I wanted to showcase two very distinct looks that anyone can do at home. These decorative ideas are really simple to execute, but they really do enhance the dining table tremendously.
WPIC: What was the inspiration for this style shoot?
Wendy: Thinking about all those Lunar New Year family dinners over the years, I was ultimately inspired by two of the most popular Chinese porcelain patterns that my grandmother had in my childhood. One design features the traditional rich reds and gold colour palette. It was inspired by the vintage Chinese Mun Shou Longevity porcelain pattern. Red represents happiness and joy. Therefore, red is traditionally used in all Chinese celebrations from weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and so forth.
The other design features more of a muted modern palette; using various tones of pinks and blues. The Ching Tung blue and white porcelain pattern was the inspiration and its beauty has also captivated the hearts of those in the West for many generations. The French call it “blanc de Chine” and it’s actually quite on trend again. There are various blue and white porcelain patterns which lend themselves to a Chinoiserie feel in design and decor right now. The various pieces of the floral and decor that you see from this shoot can be easily reinterpreted for a bridal shower, baby shower and/or even a water colour or pastel colour themed wedding.
WPIC: What is the one key piece of advice that you can offer to couples looking to design their own event?
Wendy: My continuous inspiration is derived from my clients’ cultural backgrounds, their individual tastes and impeccable styles. Hence the company name “Asian Fusion Weddings”. It brings me great joy to be able to infuse their wishes into one creatively detailed and cohesive design; whether it be a gathering at home, an intimate affair and/or an extravagant wedding. The key for designing any celebrations is to maintain the colour scheme, use a variety of textures and remember what the purpose of the event is all about.
WPIC: Thank you very much for sharing your team’s editorial shoot with us.
Wendy: Thank you for sharing our images and video. Gung Hay Fat Choy! I wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and prosperous new year.
Concept design – Asian Fusion Weddings and Devoted to You
Producer – Wendy Lee, Asian Fusion Weddings
Associate Producer – Carmen Luk, Devoted to You
Photography – Pepper and Light
Cinematography – Summerfield Films
Venue – Estates of Sunnybrook MacLean House
Floral and Decor – The Social Rose
Modern Asian theme sweets table – Truffle Cake and Pastry
Traditional Asian theme sweets table – Le Dolci
Stationery – Maison Maquette
Modern Asian table top rentals – Plate Occasions
Traditional Asian table top rentals – Event Rental Group
Chair rentals – Divine Furniture Rental
Custom Tray of Togetherness – EPD Engineered Plastic Design Inc.
Chinese tableware – private collection
By Guest Blogger: Lisa Ganderson, Co-Founder & CEO of Otterplan, a vendor-only referral platform for wedding professionals
Solid communication and organizational skills, married with an eye for design, will no doubt make you a “good” wedding planner in the eyes of your client, but how do you go from good to great, and stand out in a sea of reviews?
Below, we have 5 tips that will lift you to the next level of being a truly great planner that your clients will fall in love with.
- Find and work with “up and comers”
Oftentimes, the most talented vendors are the ones just getting into the industry. They are hungry, creative, and striving to build a name for themselves. Get to know these individuals and show your client you know how to think out of the box and are ahead of today’s trends. Instagram searches are a great place to start!
- Provide a highly curated list of preferred vendors to your couples
Nothing says “I get you” to your client like learning about their unique vision for their day, and recommending the most appropriate vendors for them to work with. We hear from couples all the time that they received a standard list of vendors from their planner or venue, but none of them match their budget or style. Providing individualized vendor lists will be a true value-add, taking hours of research and stress off your client’s shoulders.
- Market yourself to your professional network
The best thing about the wedding industry is its supportive community of professionals that are constantly referring each other to new clients. Sit back and think – where did you source your last 20 weddings? The vast majority of booked business in the wedding industry comes from professional referrals, so the best investment you can make is to grow and nurture your network.
- Show appreciation
While the role of the wedding planner can often be thankless and full of unrealistic expectations, it is a profession that allows you access to the most incredible moment in a person’s life. Showing gratitude for both your clients and vendors, and expressing it often not only builds strong relationships and helps you stand out as a professional, it is a great opportunity for personal reflection. For more tips on how to say thanks, check out this blog.
With these tips and tricks, you’ll show your couples you’re not only a good planner, but a truly well-connected, expert, and thoughtful partner in their wedding planning process.