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Vancity Vendor:
Lua Weddings & Events

October 24th, 2014 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Lua Weddings & Events

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Tonino Guzzo Brenda Nicholas and I were colleagues at the TV station I work at, so I know firsthand how great she is to work with. When I found out that she opened her own wedding planning business, I thought it was a perfect fit because of her attention to detail, great organization skills and quick thinking. She launched Lua Weddings & Events in January 2013 but she has been helping out with weddings for several years before that. She must’ve loved the wedding industry so much that in 2012, she decided to go into event planning full time. She completed the QC Wedding & Event Planning course and became certified as an International Event and Wedding Professional.

Lua Weddings & Events offers full event planning packages as well as day of coordination packages. Full planning starts at $2,500 and Day of Coordination starts at $1,000. Each wedding is different so Brenda can customize a quote specific to different needs and budgets. She also says that she never puts a limit on communication on any package so she will definitely be on your side should any concerns or questions arise. Brenda is eager to bring your wedding vision to life and has worked on different kinds of weddings, from simple and modern, to elaborate and glitzy, and rustic and vintage. To set up a consultation with Brenda or find out more about her, visit her social media links below:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Ella Haus Photography

A Few Words With Brenda…

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“My previous career in live radio and TV news gave me a great sense of time management and attention to detail. It also taught me how to work under pressure and act fast when problems arise. Having those skills as a wedding planner is crucial! I put a lot of thought into the timelines I create for my clients and the vendors I work with, and I always leave some breathing room. I never want to see my brides or vendors stressed. I’m realistic about the amount of time it takes to execute all the elements of a wedding so there are no surprises. I even check road, weather and city reports to make sure a storm, roadwork or another event won’t slow down the vendors, bridal party and guests. I give a great attention of detail to every aspect of the wedding.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Will Pursell Photography

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love getting to know my couples. Hearing how they met, their journey to the proposal and then watching them enjoy themselves with family and friends on their wedding day. It’s truly an honour to be welcomed into their lives and share that special day with them. I have made some great friends from weddings I have planned.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Will Pursell Photography

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“I actually run through the wedding from beginning to end several times in my head and on paper before the big day. It all goes back to the wedding day timeline I create for my clients and vendors. I give ourselves time to get everything done, but also to fix any problems that may pop up. At one wedding I planned, one of the limos that was supposed to take the bride’s family to the reception after the ceremony broke down! We discovered the problem immediately after the ceremony and we were quick to act. The owner of the limo company and myself came up with a plan on the spot and everyone worked together to get everyone where they needed to be on time. The bride didn’t even notice and in the end, the family was upgraded to a larger vehicle. Everyone was happy and we didn’t miss a thing. We all stayed calm, worked as a team and that little bit of breathing room in the timeline certainly helped.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Ella Haus Photography

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Michael Sean Lee Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an unnecessary expense, what are your thoughts on that?
“Some brides want to plan everything themselves and already have an idea of the vendors they want to work with and that’s great! However good wedding planners are so much more than that. Not only will I keep clients on budget, on time and offer cost-saving alternatives, but I have taken on many roles as a wedding planner: friend, counselor, mediator. I also think there is always a need for day-of coordination. Having a professional wedding planner on the day of your wedding to execute your vision is so important. I take on all the stress and worries of my bride and groom, so they can enjoy their wedding and not be bothered with any questions, problems, set-up or take-down. Also, the bride & groom don’t have to ask friends and family to run around and help on the wedding day, because we have that covered.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Will Pursell Photography

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“Really any venue that is clean and has a good layout. If you have that to start, it’s easier to make it look any way you want.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Ella Haus Photography

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that? Any advice for brides in that situation?
“I have planned a couple weddings in 4 months and it was busy, but we did it! My advice to brides in that situation is to be flexible. Planning a wedding in a short time-frame can mean fewer options when it comes to booking vendors, so flexibility with date, venue, wedding dress, music, etc..is key.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Will Pursell Photography

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?
“I would say rent beautiful chairs or chair covers. Sometimes venues have old chairs and those can be such an eye-sore when guests walk into a reception, not to mention uncomfortable to sit on. Renting chairs to match your decor or having the existing ones covered can really transform the room and complete the look. If the venue has great chairs, I would say the other splurge would be draping. If the walls at the venue are in bad shape or have existing decor you aren’t allowed to take down, draping is the easiest and best way to hide anything and give the room a finished look.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Tonino Guzzo

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Invest in a professional wedding photographer and/or videographer. At the end of the wedding, all that’s left are hopefully beautiful photos or an amazing video of that special day. I know some couples that put so much time and money into planning their wedding, but decide to have a friend take their photos to save money. Ultimately they had regrets when they saw the photos. A professional photographer and/or videographer is an investment that will last a lifetime. A wedding planner will recommend which ones will work with your budget and what you are looking for.”

Lua Weddings & Events - photo by Will Pursell Photography

To contact Brenda, visit her website

All photos provided by Lua Weddings & Events

Photographer Credits: Will Pursell Photography (Featured photo), Michael Sean Lee, Tonino Guzzo, Ella Haus Photography

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