WED­DED BLISS HELP­ING COU­PLES SAY ‘I DO’ A TOP JOB

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Laura Tri­este

GET­TING mar­ried was a turn­ing point for Jen­nifer Kennedy’s per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life.

With a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence cre­at­ing cor­po­rate events be­hind her, she took on the role of plan­ning her wed­ding in 2005.

The ex­pe­ri­ence inspired her to open her own busi­ness Bells N Whis­tles Events that same year, which to­day has a lead­ing team of wed­ding plan­ners and stylists.

“I was do­ing free jobs for who­ever wanted a plan­ner be­cause I wanted to get my port­fo­lio,” Ms Kennedy said.

Ms Kennedy said a back­ground in events is a handy skill set to have, but a to­tally dif­fer­ence ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Wed­ding plan­ning is not trans­ac­tional. I don’t feel like I could charge an amount and not be emo­tion­ally at­tached,” she said.

“I’m the last per­son the bride sees be­fore she walks down the aisle.”

With a time frame as lit­tle as five weeks and guest lists of up to 400 peo­ple, Ms Kennedy does what­ever it takes to make each cou­ples’ vi­sion a re­al­ity.

“You have to have a pos­i­tive, ‘we can turn this around’ at­ti­tude,” she said.

Af­ter months spent plan- ning the styling, book­ing venues, set­tling con­tracts and costs and ar­rang­ing a great team of sup­pli­ers, the wed­ding day is both the busiest and most en­joy­able.

The abil­ity to work well un­der pres­sure at these times is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial.

“It’s one day, there’s no next time. You just have to get it right,” Ms Kennedy said.

“You have to some­times be the honorary brides­maid, or chat to the groom who drank too much the night be­fore.”

Which is why Ms Kennedy rec­om­mends as­pir­ing wed­ding plan­ners get work ex­pe­ri­ence as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It’s not like Jen­nifer Lopez in The Wed­ding Plan­ner movie. You re­ally do want to make sure that it’s what you want to do be­fore you study it,” she said.

Pic­ture: JOHN AP­P­LE­YARD

Wed­ding plan­ner Jen­nifer Kennedy started Bells N Whis­tles Events in 2005.

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