STRESS-FREE WEDDING PLANNING

Wedding table decor

Photos by Jenny Siaosi

 

We all try to have a good work-life balance, but when it comes to planning a wedding, the multitude of tasks can be overwhelming. From researching, contacting, planning and booking each vendor, to running around picking up all the supplies on the actual day – coffee becomes like life support!

Heather Knewstubb knows exactly how much stress the planning and organising of a wedding can put on a couple – so she set up Time Genie, a personal concierge business based on the Kāpiti Coast. They take care of the tasks that you don’t have time to do (or that you dislike doing!) We decided to pick her brain about her new business, and how it can help couples with their stress-free wedding. 

 

WHY SHOULD COUPLES HIRE TIME GENIE TO HELP OUT WITH ORGANISING THEIR WEDDING?

There are a myriad of tasks that need doing in the lead up to a wedding and on the day itself. If you are getting married in Kapiti but are working full time (especially if you and your partner commute into Wellington), Time Genie can project manage some of these on your behalf, allowing you to concentrate on the fun things! For example, this might include researching catering companies or photographers, hiring glasses/tables etc or, on the day jobs such as collecting flowers or the cake, setting out seating – whatever. Time Genie aims to provide a seamless service so that you don’t have to worry.

 

Wedding sliders

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN WEDDINGS?

After seeing how stressed my daughter-in-law was in the lead up to her wedding (which was complicated by being in Scotland), I realised she needed assistance. The main help I was able to do was to put together the wedding favours for 75 people two days prior. Seeing how much she had already done herself despite working full time, I felt a service that helped busy brides (and grooms) would be helpful.

 

Wedding floral details

 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

The variety – as weddings are only one service we offer, no day is the same.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE TIPS FOR COUPLES BEGINNING TO PLAN THEIR WEDDING?

  1. Make a timeline list of things that need to be done, preferably up to 12 months prior, right up to the day. 
  2. Make a decision early on how many guests you will invite as this impacts on most other decisions
  3. Have a plan B if you are intending to have an outdoor wedding. NZ weather can be very fickle – even in the height of summer.

 

Wedding table seating plan

 

Want to know more about Time Genie? Check out their listing and see how they can magic up more time for you!