How and where did you meet?
We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2005. All I remember is that I had a splitting headache and Robert chatted me up the entire time. I was not amused at the time but strangely enough at the end of the day, it was me that asked for his number.
Was the proposal a surprise or did you have a clue….tell us the story?
We had already started talking about finally getting married and so I expected the proposal but definitely not the way it happened.He had just dropped me off at my house and I was in the kitchen checking the fridge so that I could get us something to eat and when I turned so as to ask him what he’d like to eat I found him on one knee and that’s when he asked and I said yes. That was the last place I expected for it to happen and he knew this so he succeeded in the surprise bit.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We planned for 4 months. What we enjoyed most was working together and seeing everything falling into place despite of it being quite hectic.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
The theme was burgundy and gold. I’ve always loved cool colours and burgundy has always been the colour I knew I’d have in my wedding so it came naturally. I hadn’t really decided on the brighter color to use but we eventually agreed on gold. As for suppliers it wasn’t too difficult coz being a part-time wedding planner myself, I already knew whom I’d use when the time came.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
Our greatest challenge was money. It sometimes got to a point where we thought the wedding wasn’t going to happen but thanks to our committee members and other friends and family we were able to pull through.
What advice would you give brides who are looking for a way to get the groom more involved in the wedding planning process?
To be honest their involvement is entirely up to them especially since weddings are considered by men a ‘’girl-thing’’. However always seek their opinion on stuff and have them make decisions on some of the things, that keeps them interested.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest cost saver had people saying we had truly gone nuts. We decided to buy the foodstuff ourselves and deliver it to the caterer. This cut our cost of catering by more than half.
As for cost saving tips it’s always good to only get what you truly need and can afford instead of being extravagant. More often than not extravagance comes about as a result of wanting what someone else had even though you may be straining financially. This should be avoided.
Give a brief recount of the wedding day, from waking up till evening and the things that were going through your mind at the time.
I woke up at 5am but didn’t get out of bed until past 7am. Guess I was too excited to sleep. I made sure everyone was ready before I started getting ready. I was in no rush but my bridesmaids were not too pleased with me at the time, they really had a hard time. During the day everything just went as planned and gladly we never got late especially since our Mass was scheduled for 1pm. I was just happy the day was finally here.
But mostly I was looking forward to enjoying myself and finally the end of the day to finally rest well. Robert was just his usual cool self the whole time. Woke up, drove to town to pick the photographers who were going to the groom’s side and went back home and made breakfast for everyone. He had been running up and down quite a lot the weeks preceding the wedding so he just kept thinking of how he wanted to have fun after all the fatigue.
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
The reception. People spend so much for a part of the wedding that only takes at most 3hours, give or take.