Wedding blog, Think Splendid creates a question and answers interview each week. The Splendid 5 where they ask a series of 5 questions to industry professionals. We recently read their interview with Nipunika Singh of Élan Events by Nipunika, a wedding planner based in Thailand who caters to Indian weddings. We always love to get an inside peek into the minds of those who put together destination Indian weddings. Below are a few of the questions in the Think Splendid article.
TS – HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?
What started as a leisurely hobby turned into a full business! Always being an aesthete, I had a knack for dressing and decorating spaces. Friends and acquaintances were quick to notice this and many asked me to help stylize their family weddings. Soon after, clients began reaching out to me. When I realized how much I enjoyed designing decor it evolved into a full time profession and just like that, Élan Events was founded.
TS – WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED EARLY ON IN YOUR BUSINESS?
As a creative person, you instinctively want to give your imagination free reign. It becomes easy to get carried away when working on designs and you want to conveniently overlook that everyone always has a budget.
As important as it is to be able to cater to what your clients want and more, it’s also very important to be realistic with them and not overcommit or else you’ll end up promising one thing and delivering another. I learnt this the hard way, but over the years I’ve become very clear and conscious of what we promise our couples so that each one can eventually say “we got so much more than we even expected
TS – HOW HAS THE INDUSTRY CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED?
Expectations have increased as everyone’s visions have widened. With social media, many wedding blogs, and Pinterest, everyone has access to more. This means all our clients request more variety and want to explore many options before settling for their wedding design. All our brides are also more particular about selecting something different for themselves in an interest stand apart.