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)!
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.
1. How did you get involved in wedding planning and becoming a professional?
2. Can you describe your first experience as a wedding planner? How did it make you feel?
3. What has been your greatest motivation?
4. What project has given you the most personal satisfaction?
5. What would you consider your businesses greatest strength and weakness?
6. What has been your greatest collaboration?
7. What do you find the most difficult part about your job?
8. What are the most challenging episodes you have gone through?
9. How has social media helped with the promotions and publicity of your business?
10. What advice do you have for anyone his or her business?
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
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
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.