WEDDED BLISS HELPING COUPLES SAY ‘I DO’ A TOP JOB
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.
Wedding planner Jennifer Kennedy started Bells N Whistles Events in 2005.