in the spotlight - joeline botha
Joelene Botha is the owner and creative director of award-winning Durban based wedding planning company, Oh Happy Day.
Joelene heads up a team of dynamic creative thinkers who design, style, plan and co-ordinate the perfect wedding or event for clients. She founded the business in 2014 and although it started as a part-time creative outlet to feed her imaginative soul, it has flourished into a fulltime booming, vibrant and much sought after event planning business.
We asked Joelene her secrets to success.
TWE: What are the key elements you use when planning a wedding?
JB: Draw your inspiration not only from the bridal couple but from the surroundings. For instance, if it is a coastal venue, you might find something along the beach. Your tablescape could include natural elements such as raffia, open coconuts and shells paired with accent pieces such as fine cut glassware, Perspex, beautiful napery and luxurious stationery.
TWE: Do you help brides and grooms manage their budget?
JB: One of our biggest roles as wedding planners is to prioritise the budget and manage our clients’ expectations. Our advice is to book a consult with a planner and do your research properly. Know how much you have to spend with before you commit yourself to any vendors. Be very specific about your priorities and what aspects of your wedding you’d like to invest in, it’s easy to go overboard on everything and end up feeling utterly overwhelmed and anxious.
TWE: What is this year’s biggest wedding trend?
JB: Be inspired! Our couples have opted for exclusive high-end celebrations with an intimate feel. Orchids, giant lilies, overblown roses, palm fronds, ferns and lots of greenery – bringing the outdoors in. Create dramatic arrangements and statement bouquets. Go big or go home!
TWE: What is your favourite part of a wedding?
JB: The handover. The day before the wedding, we invite our couples to walk around the reception area with a chilled glass of champagne in hand. Our second favourite part of the wedding is the ceremony – the groom’s reaction when he sees his bride for the first time is always a tear-jerker!
So what are you waiting for?