Making dream weddings come true - Candice Pereira, Co Founder of Marry Me
The Creative Head and Co-Founder of Marry Me Wedding Planners, Candice Pereira blends her own unique sense of organization and sense to the most significant day in a couple's life. That explains why Marry Me provides one stop solutions for weddings and related events all across India. She shared with us in an interview, some of her trade secrets and her passion for seeing couples live a dream wedding!
1. Tell us something about the "woman", Candice Pereira.
I am all about aiming higher. I'm thankful for where I am today but I always believe I can do more. This is what keeps me going!
2. How was "Marry Me" born?
I have a background in hotel management and my family has been in the wedding & catering business for over 30 years. My husband, Jarret has a background in business and events. Together, a few years, before we got married, was when we saw a gap in the market and decided to start Marry Me - The Wedding Planners. A few years later, we launched Marry Me - The Store, a gift store for all things pretty :)
3. What attracts you about the hospitality industry and events planning?
I love working with couples towards planning their special day. It's a whole lot of effort, stress and crazy moments but at the end, on the day of the wedding, when the couples and their families are happy with the way their dream wedding has turned out, that makes it all worth it. Apart from that, I also love organizing parties, decorating and planning menus and theme events. This all naturally led me to my current profession as a wedding planner!
4. You are a proposal planner too apart from being a wedding planner. Which is the most memorable proposal that you helped to organise?
This would definitely have to be the flash mob proposal which we planned for a client from New York. His girlfriend lived in Mumbai and had no idea that he was even in town. She thought he was in new York! When in fact, he was here rehearsing and learning his dance moves with a choreographer. Then we had her come by to Candies (the cafe) for a coffee when suddenly the music began and a group of dancers joined in one by one with a flash mob performance. Suddenly 'he' joined in and she was beyond shocked! This was definitely our most memorable proposal to date!
5. Clients always want more, right? How do you manage to meet or exceed client expectations?
We at Marry Me, treat every wedding like its our own. In that way, we are able to deliver beyond our clients expectations always!
We have extremely strong relationships with vendors over the past few years with repeat business and so vendors will always give our clients the best deal and almost always throw in something extra for our clients.
6. What are some of the challenges of the event planning industry?
Understanding the role of a wedding planner is a challenge in itself. We started at a time, when there were not many wedding planners in the market. At this time, it was a task to even explain to prospective clients what we were all about and why they even needed us involved in their wedding. Indian weddings are all about the family and everyone helping out! We have changed that and this was one of our biggest challenges.
7. What are some of the most popular wedding themes? Which one is your favorite?
There are tons of themes to choose from. From colorful 'mela' themes, to Buddha Bar, Great Gatsby to the circus, Miami beach to vintage English - we do it all. However, my favorite is definitely anything vintage inspired!
8. Where do you see "Marry Me" five years down the line?
We would like Marry Me to become a generic name in the business of wedding planning.
8. As an experienced entrepreneur, do you have any word of advice for someone who might want to venture into wedding or events planning?
Be prepared to work hard! In fact, very hard! Planning an event is not easy! But planning a wedding is even more difficult! You are planing the most important day of someone's life so there will be many, many little details to look at, many opinions to consider and keep in mind.
Apart from this, keep in mind that you will almost always be working on a never ending to do list with little or no time off. It's a wedding, and because of this you will have to be prepared to work late hours, weekends and even public holidays often.
Also skills like organisational skills, people skills and being a good listener are very important.
9. As an empowered lady what do you think is the key to women empowerment?
It's all about being strong and fearless!
10. Are you glad to be a woman? Why?
Most definitely! Although honestly, to me - men and women and equal! But I do feel we as woman are definitely go getters! We prioritize, multi task and always ensure the job is done with complete dedication!