Helping couples put together their big day isn’t for the faint-hearted. We sat down with Cyprus-based wedding planner, Jo Christodoulou – who had a big hand in putting together our #YourBigDay wedding – to talk ups, downs and secrets of the trade…
What does a typical day look like?
It really varies day-to-day. I could be catching up on emails, looking through my Facebook page, meeting up with couples at the hotel to finalise their wedding plan. My job is to ensure that every aspect of their wedding is taken care of. It’s never a boring job!
What are your essentials for on-the-job?
I always have what I call my ‘Bible’ (a trolley-style case), which contains photo albums with everything from menus and decorations, to restaurants ideas and general inspiration for the clients. Moving forward, I hope to use an iPad to show everything more easily.
Any particularly fond memories?
There was once a wedding where the couple had a theme of ‘Find your face’. They asked everyone attending the wedding to send funny selfies beforehand, not telling them the reason behind it. When the guests finally arrived to the reception, each table had miniature faces plastered around instead of the usual place cards – everyone was in hysterics.
What about the not-so-great ones?
I once had a bride who decided to hire a freelance photographer. He ended up crawling around the floor for days snapping away. The end result was a bit risqué, shall we say, which she asked me to hand-deliver to the groom. Also, here in Cyprus, punctuality is key, especially for marriage officers. Brides have actually almost missed their wedding because the officiators have had to leave.
What’s the best part about the job?
It’s fun, quirky and doesn’t have an expiry date or age limit. You can be in your early 20s, 50s or even 60s doing the job. Every wedding is different. Most people are lovely and quite relaxed, which is probably to do with the fact it’s abroad and there’s plenty of sunshine.
And what’s so special about Cyprus?
It’s an incredibly popular wedding location. It’s not too far, it’s English-speaking, and the paperwork is simplified, meaning you don’t have to translate the documents. We can do intimate vow renewals, same-sex blessings, pagan and symbolic ceremonies. There’s also a wide choice of places to get married, including town halls, beaches, museums, exclusive yachts, castles… and even spas.
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Author: Mary-Claire Akinyemi
Published: October 6, 2014
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