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Nigerian Wedding Vendor Spotlight: With A Focus On Customer Satisfaction, Head Wedding Planner, Omowonuola Agbabiaka Of LH Events Is Determined & Committed To Helping Every Client Plan Their Dream Wedding

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Nigerian Wedding is proud to announce our second Nigerian Wedding Vendor Interview Series for the year 2017, whoop whoop. Every month we will be showcasing top local Nigerian wedding vendors, in different states around the country who have greatly impacted the wedding industry with their amazing work.

To kick off our 2nd interview this year for the month of February, we connected with the talented, young, vibrant and hardworking wedding planner Wonuola Agbabiaka of Love & Harmony Events (LH Events)!

 

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Omowonuola Agbabiaka is a Certified Nigerian Wedding Planner.  The Creative Director for Love & Harmony events established on the 31st of March 2015, who had a degree in Accounting and further went on to work as a project manager in the UK for a few years before relocating back to Nigeria.
Born on the 25th of April in the early 199s, Wonuola got married a few months ago and planned the exotic wedding all by herself with of course the amazing team who works with her.

 

Read all below, be inspired! Photos by Diko Photography. Makeup by Eden’s Glam. Decor by Torge Events. Accessories by Yes! I Do Bridal.
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1.   How did you get involved in wedding planning and becoming a professional?

I had planned my first event whilst i was in Uni which was totally unknown to me. Right after graduating, I got a job in an oil and gas firm and a few months down the line, I was not achieving my purpose, I started to draw things on the side on how I wanted to start an event planning business, packages and then turned it into an office job as I never envisaged not working in an operational firm, I decided to do mine.

2.   Can you describe your first experience as a wedding planner? How did it make you feel?

It was the 4th of July 2015, a colleague of mine from my former place of work was getting married and I offered to render services for him for free in Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria. I wanted to use it as a start point, to add practical experience to what had been written down on paper.
it was a large wedding of 2 days, Engagement 1000 guests, Wedding 2000 guests approximately. The bride lived in the States and I had the opportunity to work through every step of the way with her, It was really just what I needed to see the challenges and how to overcome it. Successfully, it turned out so amazing, way beyond my imaginations.

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3.  What has been your greatest motivation?

Its always been the bigger picture for me, Once I dream it, I must achieve it. Its the ability to set standards to do better than my previous jobs. I am in a competition with myself to do better, think better, beat my best and every time I create higher standards till it pushes me to the peak.
Also, being quite young and from a family with professionals, to break away from that, I knew there was no room to be ordinary. The motivation was to see my parents proud of letting me go my way, despite emerging the best graduating student of my college and everyone thought ‘Oh Wonu is definitely going to be one of those top people in multinational companies’ I still needed to be the best I could be, except at running my own thing.

4. What project has given you the most personal satisfaction?

To be honest, theres been so many of them but I will say #ThePratts2017 (Pre-wedding & Traditional wedding photos HERE, and HERE.) which held in January this year. Working for one of the top shot in Lagos and seeing the believe he had in me I was so happy I did not let him down since the bride his daughter had introduced me as her friend from school.
We expected 1500 guests, 3000 guests turned up. It was scary but then  thought we got this. All the vendors who worked at the wedding went out of their way. The food and drinks were enough, we found a way to curb and satisfy those guests and in the end customer satisfaction is all I yearn for.

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5. What would you consider your businesses greatest strength and weakness?

Our strengths are so many as an upcoming company. We’re focused on Customer satisfaction and this is unique to me. It  is clear for everyone to see because we go over and beyond for what we have been contracted for and our clients can attest to this as we get so many referrals based on commitment, handwork and the dedication we put into every event.
The weakness of this business is that I yearn for perfection. Because of this, I tend to push my staffs beyond the regular and of course outside the comfort zones. Many often a times i find myself up at odd hours of the night strategising and the flaw of getting everyone (vendors, staffs, coordinators)to work at the pace that i do could be a bit challenging but this is something we are all working on as the results tend to be exactly what we want.

6.  What has been your greatest collaboration?

I’ve worked with a lot of vendors in the industry and still look to work with many more and I have them in various categories. Best decorating collaboration has to be with Wande of Aquarian Touch Events. Photographers have to Waziri of Weezyscott Photography & Jide of Jidekola photography. I mean who doesn’t like vendors who deliver accurately and on time. those are 2 categories to mention a few.
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7.   What do you find the most difficult part about your job?

When everyone has a planner in their family lol. I get the me myself I am a planner whereas the forget there are strategic bits to every stage of event planning and one has to be extremely careful for a well coordinated event to be achieved.

8.   What are the most challenging episodes you have gone through?

Hmmm, this one is deep. My second event ever, I had a client who pulled up a stunt the night before the wedding to say that the cheque he had paid did not clear after we had set up the hall with the decoration of the reception, and the church blessing. The hall asked us to evacuate the hall at past 11pm so we had to yank off the decoration that had been done, dj set up, intact everything. Between 12 midnight and 3.45am I was faced with the challenge of getting a new hall in Phase 1 which we finally did and paid cash there, then setting up all over.
The previous venue was to provide food, drinks, finger foods, everything. I found myself calling trusted vendors at 3am to please come to my aid sat the last minute. Finally slept at 5am, got up by 6 to pick up their cakes from Ajah, took it back to the hall, ensured setup was done as the Traditional wedding started by 8am.
My husband had to print out that the venue had been changed, please call this number for redirection and was at the old venue for almost 3 hours redirecting guests.
It was not the best of times as I remember all over but in the end I told myself as your second event, this will either make you or break you and I chose for it to make me with the consolation of if we could re-plan a wedding within 5hours before execution, there was nothing we could not do!
The wedding ended up being successful.

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9.   How has social media helped with the promotions and publicity of your business?

Social media really is a strong tool for reaching out to our target audience. Ability to see jobs that have been done, to make references to them, have blogs feature what we have done, do advertisements, its all so powerful. Nigerian Wedding has been of great assistance within this short period as well.

10. What advice do you have for anyone his or her business?

Start with what you have and stay put. Theres no one who isn’t already doing that idea you have, or already in that line of business but as I do tell people, the sky is too wide for every bird to fly.
You just have to stay steadfast, innovative, hardworking, honest, loyal and you will attract your target audience.

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11. What’s your favourite part of planning a wedding?

Oh there are so many angles to this as we are automatically bestfriends with the couple for the period of planning and most times thereafter.

From scouting for venues, wanting distinct decorations, food & wine tasting, cake tasting, being present at prewedding shoots, its all so fun loving. We get to know each other more, relationships are built from this angle, the couple wanting to lean with what you decide with them, they totally putting their trust in you for the most important day of their lives, the endless lunch/dinner updates, getting to know their families, and oh the wedding day, I tend to shed a tear many times during the give away, seeing them enjoy their moments on execution of everything we have dreamed together & getting amazing feedbacks has to top it all!

12. What trends are today’s brides looking for when planning their weddings?

As of today nearly everything. They are particular majorly about Makeup & Hair, Wedding & Reception Dresses, Decoration (I want a fairytale wedding, or a winter wonderland theme) basically something they can tweak to personalise.

 

13. What’s the most eccentric request you’ve received from a bride?

Haha, I had a bride whose seating capacity was 400 guests, upstairs & downstairs, upstairs was set up for an overflow. She told me that once 15 tables were full we shouldn’t let her parents & husbands parents guests seat downstairs and to redirect them upstairs whilst we reserved 10 tables for the couple’s friends. We know they usually come late at evening, so we were to have 100 seats covered for nobody.
These elderly people fought and fought and fought and at some point I had to go plead with her, she came out and said, there’s an instruction please follow it. I was surprised but what can we do? Lol

 

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14. Tell us the best moments yet of your career as a planner?

Its seeing how far we have come in less than 2 years and getting closer to the bigger picture. Also, when you have clients who trust you with everything, its a sensational feeling I cant explain. To top it up, when I see the joy each client experiences at the end of each event and not knowing how to let go once the project is over, that feeling of satisfaction is renewed each time.

 

15. When someone is looking for a planner, what are the questions they should be asking at a meeting?

– Prudent with expenses: You should certainly ask what benefits you get from having a planner. I usually tell my clients that if you have a planner who cant get you discounted prices better than you can get yourself, then there really is no point.
– Coordination: Its one thing to map out an end to end plan for any event, it’s another thing for those things to be achieved at the maximum level. You need to find out what strategies/how the planner intends to execute your event to perfection.
– Ideas: You have the ability to share ideas with your planner while you both broaden up those ideas focusing on the bigger picture.
– Trust: Most times, your planner has worked with so many vendors, their recommendations on certain things will certainly better what you can see only on social media platforms.
– Past experiences: your planner should always have a better understanding at putting you through stages of your event as against you getting married as a new experience.

 

16. If you could plan a wedding for a celebrity, who would it be and why?

I’d love to plan Simi’s wedding (Simi is a Nigerian artist, with exceptional vocals). Mainly because, I knew her way back from when she used to sing for Daystars teen church choir. Lol. And I always admired her voice, her talent as it was unique. I mean once Simi grabs the mic, with heads down I knew it was her.
We were never really friends, but she was with my elder sister. So she knew me back then as ‘Salewa’s Sister’.
Overtime, she evolved into the star she is now and is still as meek as she’s always been. I remember seeing her after service some 2 years ago, and she said hello to me first & i was like, oh she remembers me lol.
It will be an extraordinary pleasure to plan her wedding side by side with her as she’s so simple, full of passion & of life

 

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Check out some STUNNING weddings planned byLove & Harmony EventsHEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

If you enjoyed learning about Love & Harmony Events and would like to learn more about other local vendors we will be showcasing new vendors every month as part of our new Interview Series.

Sit tight, be inspired!

You can checkout interviews with other talented wedding vendors, HERE.

XOXO
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