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Vancity Vendor:
All & Sundry Collective

January 25th, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: All & Sundry Collective

Kamelli Mark and Amy Tran are avid party planners with an eye for detail and a common goal: to pursue a career that is creatively stimulating as well as meaningful for both them and their clients. It only took one wedding to help them decide where their true passion lies. They are brand new to the Vancouver wedding scene, having launched in the fall of 2012.

All & Sundry Collective provides wedding planning and event styling services. They have Complete, Partial, and Day of Coordination Packages available, as well as À La Carte services to ensure you have all the help you need. Day of Coordination rates start at $800 and Complete Coordination packages start at $3,000. To give you a better idea of pricing, Kamelli and Amy provided a sample Partial Coordination package to share with you:

All Partial Coordination packages include…

  • Two in-depth consultations + unlimited email troubleshooting
  • Wedding styling

Client has decided to include…

  • 2 hours of additional planning + logistics consultations – $60
  • Vendor research + management (Florist and Dessert) – $300
  • Save the date + wedding invites (custom design) – $400 + cost of printing
  • Guest list coordination + management – $400
  • Day-of coordination – $800

TOTAL = $1,960

In addition to planning weddings, they are also available to plan pre-wedding parties such as bridal showers and stag/stagettes. Event styling is also offered for those who want their personalities to shine in their wedding decor. Kamelli and Amy’s main inspiration comes from the couple themselves. Their event decor will reflect their personalities, and be executed with a modern flair. If you’re interested in learning more about this design duo, visit their website, be a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

A Few Words With Kamelli & Amy…

How did you come up with your company name?
“Ok, we’ll admit it: we’re word-nerds. We liked the idea of choosing a name that had a sense of history and that could stand the test of time, so we went with an old saying that dates back to the year 1389. ‘All and sundry’ means both ‘collectively, all and everyone’, and also refers to ‘all the little bits and pieces’, so we thought that the name was very fitting; we plan events for everyone, and we take care of all the bits and pieces that go into planning a successful party.”

How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“We have a proven track record of creating beautiful weddings on a small budget. Part of the reason we became wedding planners was because we feel very strongly that it’s possible to create an event that is both lovely and personal, no matter the budget, as long as you know how to best allocate your funds. Our role is to help couples work with their budget in order to achieve the effect they are looking for at a price they’re comfortable with; smaller budgets also let us flex our creative muscle as the smaller the budget, the more creative you have to be.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“We feel that we represent a point of view that is a little bit different from your conventional wedding planner; we really believe that a wedding should reflect not only a couple’s personalities, culture, and unique story, but also that an event should give back to the local economy and community. In many ways, a wedding is about embracing a new family, and we believe that it’s also about embracing the community in which you chose to hold such a special event in little ways like serving food that is seasonal and locally-grown, finding local flowers that are grown without pesticides, and turning to local vendors for items such as decor pieces and stationery.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“It’s hard to choose just one thing, so we’re going to cheat and make a little list! Firstly, we love that wedding planning gives us the opportunity to collaborate with different people (the couple, family members, and local vendors) on a project that allows for creative expression; secondly, we love that feeling that comes from knowing that we definitely helped someone and made his/her/their life easier in even the smallest way; and thirdly, we love that our job allows us to be a part of such a special and memorable event in the lives of others.”

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“With calmness and presence of mind, of course! On a more serious note, we know that unforeseen hiccups are always going to be par for the course, and it’s our job to be proactive and make sure that we have the extra supplies, the time, and the forethought to anticipate what these hiccups might be so that if and when they occur, we are prepared to meet them, solve them, and move on. To answer your second question, at the wedding of one of our previous clients, there was an issue with the music. The venue staff was having unexpected difficulties with the setup and software required and so we stepped in – after all, the couple couldn’t be deprived of their opportunity to cut a rug at their own wedding! We worked through the issue with the venue staff, provided them with the required cables, and enlisted the help of a colleague familiar with the software so that we could turn our attention back to overseeing and ensuring the success of the event. In other words, we did what we had to do with the resources and people at our disposal in order to solve the problem in a timely manner without sacrificing the success of any other elements of the wedding.”

Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an unnecessary expense, what are your thoughts on that?
“We completely understand and respect that the services we provide as wedding planners may not be for everyone; however, we do know that people are busy, and we also know that your wedding is a day that you and your family will want to remember and enjoy. Our services allow you to pick and choose the amount of time and responsibility you are comfortable with when it comes to balancing your wedding planning with both your personal and professional lives as a couple.

Speaking to the budget-conscious bride, we strongly believe that if you have a budget of at least $3,000 or more to spend on your wedding, it’s well worth it to allocate a portion of that to Day-Of Coordination so that you can enjoy your own wedding without having to worry about all of the details that come with planning an event. You don’t want to spend your day confirming seating plans and service times with vendors when you should be saying ‘hello’ to your relatives who’ve just flown in from 5,000km away; and although your bridal party is there to support you, they would probably be able to enjoy and experience your wedding better if they weren’t being dispatched on errands when they should really be eating, dancing, and having a thoroughly good time. In a nutshell, your wedding day is special and you deserve to enjoy it; hiring a planner isn’t spoiling yourself so much as it’s saving yourself unnecessary time and stress.”

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“We love venues that reflect the values and personal style of the couple we’re working with, and it’s always nice when people find a location and a venue that speaks to them and/or holds some sort of personal significance. Decorating a venue that the couple loves is also a win-win in terms of budget, as it means we get to concentrate our efforts on highlighting your favourite aspects of the venue instead of spending precious funds on transforming a venue into something it was never intended to be.”

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that? Any advice for brides in that situation?
“First things first: don’t panic. Three months is more than enough time to plan a wonderful wedding. We know, because we’ve done it; in fact, we’ve even planned a wedding from start to finish in just four short weeks. With such a short time frame it’s definitely helpful to have a planner because we can help you with the workload. As the saying goes, more hands make for lighter work, and a planner will help you prioritize your time and resources in the most efficient way so that you get the wedding you want without the added stress that comes with having a tight timeframe.”

What is the easiest way to transform a room? Like if a bride can only afford to splurge on one major décor expense, what would it be and why?
“We believe that there is a venue out there to suit every couple and we like to think that we can help you find a venue that you love, that reflects your personal style, and that suits your budget. A venue that is all three of those things means that you spend less of your budget on camouflaging what you don’t like and frees up more of your budget to be used towards highlighting the venue’s best features. In our minds, choosing a single decor item to splurge on really depends on both the space and on what each couple values. For example, in a room with beautiful, high-vaulted ceilings, we would want to highlight this feature through statement-making hanging decor; if a couple really loves the idea of having lots of large flower arrangements but has a small floral budget, we would look at different options such as non-flowering plants and/or sourcing flowers from unconventional vendors such as local urban farms.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Eat, drink, and enjoy being married! At the end of the day, your wedding is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, and everything else is just background and icing. We’re here to help you with the latter two, but the former is up to you.”

To contact Kamelli & Amy, visit their website.
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All photos provided by All & Sundry Collective

All photos courtesy Tomasz Wagner | Mananetwork

Vendor prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are accurate to the date published.

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