Everyone wants their wedding day to be the most special, unique and beautiful day of all. This must be a day to remember. However, even though a couple usually feel the way they want their perfect day to be, it’s not always that they can verbalize it. Luckily, there are wedding planners and managers out there to help the bride and groom create their own personal fairy tale.
Creating a concept for our lovely couple – Jean Luc and Clemence, we, in the 1st place, wanted to show them a variety of what can be done. After the very first meeting with the groom, knowing only that the bride’s favorite color is blue, our team created over eight unique wedding themes to present to the couple. We prepared a power point presentation in hopes that while looking it through our couple will say: “hey, that’s exactly what we’ve imagined”.
The situation was even more challenging and exciting – our couple is originally from Rwanda, Africa. And they wanted a western wedding with all the traditions they inherited from their motherland.
We also prepared a special questioner to get a basic idea on what should be done. Filling it in during a meeting also gave us a memo to work with. After a long discussion we found out that the bride would prefer aqua blue/yellow palette for the wedding.
That’s where we started designing an important part of the wedding entourage – invitations. Traditional weddings in Rwanda are very big, colorful, and vivid. Everyone is dancing. This is an essential part of a wedding – not the menu, venue or the cost of the wedding dress. The celebration vibe is created by music, dancing and rejoicing.
Our couple does not want to give up on that tradition so we prepared 200 handmade invitations according to our main wedding palette – blue and yellow. All of them are already on their way to recipients.
As soon as we got the invitations ready, a sudden, urgent request came up – Jean Luc has asked us to wrap up nicely five gifts for a special ceremony where groom and bride visit their parents-in-law and give them ‘thank you’ presents (also the sisters of the groom get presents, but the brothers don’t get anything).
Traditionally, children-in-law should give a cow or two, but here, in Finland, such presents are out of the question. Instead, the families are presented with useful and practical items, for example household equipment. There is also one gift carrying special symbolical meaning for people from Rwanda – a drinking water container. Jean Luc asked us to use ribbons in different colors, tied in a large bow, and to wrap every present in a different way, but the decorations should be big and colorful.
After browsing the internet and getting the groom to choose and accept those wrappings which he found most suitable, we went next day to purchase desired accessories. Since the following day was an Ascention Day, we had to hurry. In a pouring rain, with strong wind blowing, we set off for a trip around local shops. We didn’t get much, as the local shop offer in Porvoo is rather limited, so we came back home equipped with a few rolls of paper and ribbons.
Katarzyna, together with Karolina, the girl who can do anything in the world, has spent Ascention Day wrapping seven boxes in colorful papers. Karolina has even made herself the fuchsia colored paper bow, which you can see here:
It took the girls whole afternoon to complete the task, but when the groom walked in and saw the ready gifts he was so delighted and amazed, that he didn’t know what to say. That was the best award for all the hard work.
This is just the beginning of the hard work – we still need to design, carefully plan, budget and prepare a lot of things, but we’re looking forward to continue this exciting project.