A Prayer For Our Vendors

It's been a beautiful half of the year and we have worked with some pretty awesome vendors. Apart from accolades, they deserve heart felt prayers.

A layman may not understand the role vendors play in executing a flawless event but as a planner, it means a whole lot to me when vendors bring their A game.

Today, I pray for all our vendors that have made it happen for every single one of our events... That your days will be fruitful, may you enjoy blessings to your heart’s content. May your heart be joyful always. May you enjoy days as beautiful as flowers in spring and nights lovely and restful.

May all your endeavours yield bountiful fruits. I pray that every drop of your sweat will yield sweet reward. May excellence mark you out for favour. May it be well with you all your days.

May your path be lined with beauty, and your days be filled with favour. May every broken pieces of your life receive the healing touch of the Lord. May you receive beauty for ashes. May testimonies fill your days.

The Angels of the Lord will surround you to keep you from falling. Whatever you touch will turn to gold. Lines will fall for you in pleasant places. You shall lack no good thing. May God will teach us how to handle difficult clients.

As you have made @laheiress happy for our events, God will make you happy. You will live to eat the fruits of your labour. No one will take your place. May God protect your going out and coming in. I pray that the remaining half of the year will be favourable to us all. This I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

We love and appreciate you all. I may never be able to say thank you enough but my heart blesses you all. God bless you.

Your Favourite Planner
Olamide~ The Heiress

What Do You Expect From Your Planner When You Hire Them

What do you expect from your planner when you hire them?

The truth is, we all have different expectations. Some clients expect a wonder worker, while some just want a stress reliever and others a maid.

But if we don't ask, how would we know? So let's hear from you what exactly you expect from your planner when you hire them.

You know I love you! XOXO
Olamide~ The Heiress

Picking The Perfect Venue

Venue: M2 Arena

I cringe a little when a potential client reaches out to me to help plan their big day and tell me they have gotten a space/hall/venue already.

My reason is simple, many people do not understand the importance of getting the right venue/space and how to go about choosing the right venue for their big day.

As your favourite planner, I want you to have a great day and that is why I would be listing some tricks on how to choose the perfect venue for your special day.

Ask yourself if your 500 guests is inclusive of vendors, children and nannies or drivers. If no, then you know you are preparing for more than 500 guests in reality.

1. Prepare for more.
If you are expecting 500 guests for instance, it means you are looking for a venue/space that can sit at least 700 guests.

Put into consideration the vendors space for setup and also prepare for extra guests, say about a 100 more guests. This will include, children, nannies, vendors, and plus ones.

2. Number of tables
If a hall says their facility can sit 500 guests, they probably mean 400 banquet style (which is the style you need) and 500 theatre style. Ask for the number of tables they have. Most venues only have the number of tables that can fit into their space. A banquet table can sit 8/10/12 depending on the size of the table. Be sure to confirm.

3. What does their facility come with
For example, extra tables for vendors, canopies for vendors that will be setting up outside, if they power DJ and Band etc... This will help you to factor in the extra costs you will need to add up or whether you will need to get another venue all together.

4. Number of chairs and tables
Some halls do not have the number of chairs and tables for the number of people they claim their hall can sit.

5. Type of chairs and tables they have
Many halls come with plastic or banquet chairs while a few come with fancier chairs. If you want fancier chairs, you may have to get these separately.

More so, some halls have about 2 or 3 types of chairs (Chiavari, Dior) but at different costs, please be sure to ask which of the chairs your package comes with. Do not assume.

6. Tables for vendors
If they do, ask how many they have, because some halls do not give all the number of tables that you may need and you may still need more tables and if they do not have, you would have to rent more tables which will add up to your budget.

7. Changing room
You don't want to hurry off to your hotel just to change into your reception outfit or you may need to rest your back or legs or use the restroom just before you are called in.

8. How many hours of electricity do they provide?
The average they should provide is 8 hours and an extra 30 minutes for vendors to test their equipments but some halls give lesser than 8 hours. Be sure to ask how much their extra hours go for (It's normally from about 20k to as much as 100k per hour)

9. Parking space
If they do not have ample parking space, ask for their alternative parking space. Also ask if they provide Lastma officials for the cars to be parked by the roadside. If they don't, you may need to get some Lastma officials for this purpose.

10. Do they power the band and DJ? Not all halls do and remember to tell your vendors so that they can make proper arrangements (this may cost you more because the vendors may add to their prices) don't let it bother you.

11. Overnight decorations
Some halls do not allow this while some do. If they don't, then your decorator may need to work a day before to get all done before the event date and if not, they may be able to reach some form of agreement.

12. Couples stage
If they do not have a stage, don't be surprised if your decorator is calling you for extra money to rent a stage. Some halls may provide this at a cost, be sure to ask.

13. Vendors set up space
If you are expecting 500 guests and the hall can only sit 500 guests and  they don't have space for vendors outside (in their compound) then this may not be the right venue for your event.

14. If vendors are going to be setting up outside the hall, they need some form of protection/shade from the sun or rain as the case maybe. Ensure that the hall has arrangements for this. If they do not, be ready to add this to your budget.

15. If you are the type that likes all the decor paparazzi, hanging flowers from the ceiling, sticking one thing or the other on the walls... Be sure to ask the hall manager if they allow this. Not every hall allow decorators to hang stuff on their ceilings

16. Caution fees
Some venues have general caution fees for the client while some have the caution fees (which is refundable) for the vendors. Be sure to tell them so that they are prepared. Some halls won't allow vendors to enter the hall or set up until they pay the caution fee.

17. Halls with pillars
Halls with too many pillars can be a disaster. The hall arrangement can be a bit tricky and decor can look funny if the decorator is not a skilled one, even a skilled decorator can be confused when working with a hall with pillars. Plus pillars eat into the space. So a 500 capacity hall with a lot of pillars would probably sit 300/350 banquet style.

18. Amala on point
Generally,cooking on the premises. Most halls allow this but some halls don't. If your hall does not,it means that vendors like small chops, grills, Amala on point would need to prepare everything from home and bring to the venue.

19. Do they arrange tables and chairs for the decorator
We recently had an experience where the decorator came in the day before to set up and we were told that they don't arrange tables despite asking for a floorplan. It set us bavk some hours because we had to set up first. So ask just to be sure.

20. Special effects
Special effects like fireworks/pyrotechnics are not allowed in some halls. Please be sure to ask.

I hope this helps. Good Luck!

Your Favourite Planner
Olamide~ The Heiress

Preserving Your Wedding Cake

Cake by @ronniexcakes

Preserving the top tier of your wedding cake and eating it a year later is regarded as an omen for good luck.

As I was reading on cake preservation, I stumbled on the British Royal wedding cakes and made an amazing discovery of how the cakes are being preserved for centuries. I even read that they kept their first tier of cake or as much as 3 tiers of cake for the christening of their children.

But how exactly did this fruity, liquor-filled concoction become the de facto dessert of the royal family? The answer is simple: it was preserved well.

Pic credit

This wedding tradition is one that has been around for ages, and it’s important you take the proper steps if you are going to preserve your wedding cake so that it’s safe to eat a whole year later.

It is not necessarily the cake baker's fault if your cake gets bad after a few days. It may sometimes be as a result of you not knowing how to properly preserve the wedding cake.

Normally, a cake baker should know that a wedding cake should have some strong preservatives but this does not mean that the cake still does not need the proper preservation method at home.

As your favourite planner, it is my duty to know a little bit about everything so as to be able to give candid advice when needed.

That said, we have asked some bakers on how to preserve wedding cakes so that couples can get to eat them a year later and here at some of the reports we got.

1. Olamide~ The Heiress
First of all, let your cake baker know that you intend to keep your cake for a long period of time, so that they know the kind of preservatives to use while baking your cake.

After the wedding, remove the fondant icing. Cut into smaller pieces and wrap with foil. Cakes can only stay for a few days on a table or shelf; be sure to refrigerate in a constantly powered freezer.

2. Ronniex Cakes
The cake contains milk, egg and other ingredients so if it's not properly kept in a freezer, it will definitely spoil.

Immediately after the wedding, remove the fondant icing on d cake, wrap with a foil paper, then with a light nylon or cling film nylon then keep in a good working freezer NOT fridge. The fridge dries the cake.

3. Bridebox
Step-by-step process
Now that you have a cake with frozen icing, you are ready to wrap the cake for good so that it does not go stale for another year. Cover the cake fully with plastic wrap, as tight as you possibly can. First wrap it with multiple layers of plastic wrap, and avoid foil for the bottom layers so that you do not get freezer burn on your cake! After wrapping your cake with several layers of plastic, wrap it with at least two layers of aluminum foil. We then suggest putting your cake into an airtight bag such as Ziploc. The more wrapping and protection you have over the cake, the less likely it is to get freezer burn or have any remnant smells from the freezer.

Types of cakes

It is also important to know the type of cake you are eating. Some cakes will hold up much better than others. The more delicate your cake is, the more stale, less moist and drier your cake will become.  For example, angel food cake is a lighter cake that will not hold up so well. Anything with fillings such as custards, creams or puddings will also not do so well. Cakes such as chocolate and carrot are more likely to stay more moist and have a longer shelf life than cakes such as fruit cake carrot cake.

It’s time to eat!

After a year, it is finally time to eat your cake. Make sure to begin defrosting your cake a day in advance in your refrigerator. Remove the cake from its wrapping and let it continue defrosting. It will taste the best if you let it sit in room temperature for a bit before diving into your wedding anniversary cake!

I hope this helps! Let us know what worked for you in the comments below.

Your Favourite Planner
Olamide~ The Heiress

Did You Know?

Cake by Splendid Splash Cakes

Did you know?

Preserving the top tier of your wedding cake and eating it a year later is known as an omen for good luck.

In our next post, we would be writing about how to properly preserve your wedding cake.

Your favourite planner XOXO

Olamide~ The Heiress

Our Blog is Back!

Yaaaay! Our blog is back! We have been away but we are back powerfully now.

This is a personal blog about my wedding planning experiences so far. Contrary to the general believe that weddings are a bed of roses, believe me when I say that there are a lot that goes into planning a wedding or event as the case may be.

This blog will shed light on what I do as a planner, the challenges, general knowledge and the extra mile we go to ensure a smooth event.

In case you have missed any of our posts for the month, here are the links...

I am Olamide, your favourite planner! 

Vendor Of The Month

Ebenezer Ruth is an exceptional stationer! A super creative stationery company. Their creativity with paper and designs stand them out from the crowd. Their attention to detail is second to none, week in week out, we bombard their desk with lots of orders which require a lot of detailing and they deliver every single time. For these reasons and many more is why Ebenezer Ruth is our Vendor of the Month!

Let's meet the creative genius behind Ebenezer Ruth...

1. Introduce yourself and your brand

My name is Shile Shonoiki. I run the wedding stationery firm, Ebenezer Ruth. We pride ourselves as being one of the pioneer stationers in the wedding industry, and we have been a source of inspiration to many budding crafters in the industry. Ebenezer Ruth was started 3 years ago in Lagos, Nigeria, by my wife and me. People have always wondered what the name stood for: my Christian name is Ebenezer; my wife's is Ruth. We coined the business name using our names.
Our products are used every weekend in weddings all over the country and we have been fortunate to receive patronage from other countries like South Africa, the United Kingdom,  the USA, Germany and many others. We believe in strict adherence to quality and paying attention to the tiniest details.

2.How has been the entrepreneurial journey so far?

Well, entrepreneurship has been a jolly good ride so far. As a multi-talented person, my 20s were an adventure. I dabbled into different interests, gathering skills along the way as my nomadic career path was forged. I have a degree in Computer Science and I was a programmer, graphics artist and web developer for a period of 10years. I also had particular interests in brand design and development. During this period, I also worked full time as the Editor for Wow Magazine. One of my hobbies was photography and I explored that as well, with particular interest in nature and product photography. In 2016, all these skills converged to birth Ebenezer Ruth. When we entered the industry, people were amazed at the different way we did things. Our designs were stunning and we created things people could only imagine at that time. I remember a popular wedding planner say to me over the phone, "Where have you been all my life?!!!" It was an exhilarating period. To find such appeal and acceptance of your work was humbling. My background also helped a great deal: my photography skills made it possible to represent my work in the best light; my work as an Editor helped with coming up with the right words and also recognizing good quality print; my background with design and branding easily set my work apart from what other people were doing.
So, it has been an interesting journey so far, but it wasn't an easy one. In the beginning, I practically did everything myself, with some assistance from my partner, of course. But she had to run her business as well, so the bulk of the work still fell on me. Designs done, I'd rush to the press to run the prints. Prints done, I'd rush back home to do the finishing and crafting. That done, I'd drive in the middle of the night to make deliveries. I can recall a three-day period I worked straight with no sleep. I'd rather not sleep than disappoint my clients; that has always been my mantra. I have "disappointed" only once in my life and that day, I cried like a child. It wasn't a disappointment as such; I couldn't finish the order on Friday evening as promised and the wedding was the next day. I had spoken to the clients  and assured them  I'd bring the items to the them first thing on Saturday morning. I worked all night, and decided to take a little rest for like 30minutes and wake up to finish the remainder of the work. Believe me, I slept off! Till morning! I woke up at 8am with a jolt and lost my mind. I called my wife on the phone and started crying. She calmed me down and told me to get back to work immediately. Thank God the items were needed for the reception. First I drove down to Lekki to deliver the items for Olive Luxury Events. I got back home in under an hour and 3hours later I was done and driving fast and furiously to the next event centre. I made it in good time. Thank you, Mosmerize Events, for being so understanding that day.
The journey so far? Hahaha, it has been such a journey indeed! Now the business is more structured; we have an office and staff to do all the different aspects of the work. Gone are the days of the one-man team.

3. What challenges do you face as a wedding vendor?

The challenges are numerous, but another one of my mantras is: "If the going gets tough, find an easier way." There are so many things we want to execute, but the means and equipment aren't available yet. Things as simple as supplies have to be imported some times. It's generally a tough country to operate in, but we move...
The second main challenge has being structuring the business. If you read what I've written above, you'd find that most of my energy is actually focused on getting the job done. As a result, communication with clients and prospective ones has been quite bad. Most of the time, I'm not just available to answer the phone or return messages on time. Some clients have gotten offended by this and I can only keep apologizing to them. It was really really tough juggling all the work and answering phone calls. Most of the time, the phone would be put on silent mode. But we have that sorted now; with the new office, there's always someone to attend to calls and messages.

4. What are your reservations about wedding/event planners?

We love planners! Planners help us quite a lot; we get a lot of jobs and referrals  from them and we are most grateful! They also help by being the buffer between clients and us. Most times, clients may find it hard to articulate what they really want, but planners can be the bridge. They also help us make sure our payments are made. However, some planners (especially new ones) can be quite bossy and impolite. Civility takes nothing away from you. A little "please", a little "thank you", can go a long way in fostering better relationships and even get you nice offers. I personally just think the planners should have an association that regulates their activities and make sure its members are professional. Because, believe me, a few unprofessional ones are actually spoiling the business for the ones that are true to their trade.

5. What is your message to planners generally?

And yes, dear planners, we know your clients are on your neck, but please don't call us at 11pm in the night or 6am in the morning! We work hard during the day and we need to rest and spend time with our families as well.