Inside The Wedding Planner Of Karina Enever
Our Inside The Wedding Planner series features newlyweds that had planned their special day with our An Organised Life x Together Journal Wedding Planner. We take a look inside the Wedding Planner of Karina Enever. We chatted to Karina about her favourite moment from the day, her must have, what she was glad she invested in & what she could have saved on.
Date of Wedding:
Deux Belettes, Byron Bay
Favourite memory from the day?
As cliche as it sounds, seeing my partners face as I walked down the aisle. I had such a peaceful day getting ready on the property with the girls but I just couldn’t wait to see him and when I did it was pure magic, passion and so much love!
Black or Ecru Wedding Planner?
x3 favourite pages or sections of the Wedding Planner?
Attire and rings section - both my wedding rings and dress were custom made so I used this section to sketch down my initial ideas. In the beginning, I had so many ideas (too many!) for my dream dress so I used a lot of mood boarding with imagery to help me narrow down these ideas to what I liked the most. In the end, it was some sketching I did with my sister-in-law one night that became the base for my dress designer to create something magical from.
Wedding party section - this gave us plenty of time and space to pre plan some of the less obvious elements such as the direction we wanted our MC to take the night. We wanted the wedding to be really fun, funny, engaging and relatable for all guests. We used this space to note down personal jokes, stories and call outs to the crowd that we wanted our MC to share.
Reflect - do not miss this part!! It’s been so special going back and taking notes following it all. Writing our favourite moments, memories which I will cherish and look back on forever. The wedding planner truely is a reflection of our whole wedding experience start to finish.
What were you glad you invested in?
Photographer - Megan was incredible, she had an eye for the photos I like and captured all the special moments effortlessly. Having a photographer that aligns with your vision makes it easy to relax and let them do the thinking and creating. This way you can just enjoy the day being casually snapped throughout.
An incredible dress designer - The experience I had with Elly Sofocli creating my dream dress was so special, and irreplaceable. I connected with her instantly and knew she understood my vision. I love to express myself through fashion so this was one of my favourite but also challenging parts. It was a big process to truely narrow down exactly what I wanted to look like on the day and only through planning, many (many) chats with the bridesmaids and designer Elly that my dream dress came to life. In the end, I choose to stick to a style that I felt the most like myself in and briefed the designer to create something special focused on raw, effortless features with a touch of subtle drama. My advice is to stay true to your style so you feel like yourself on the day. It’s important you choose a designer that truely understands your vision and that you can trust with it.
The Venue - It was so important for Chris and I to choose a venue that we felt took our guests on a journey. If it wasn’t during the pandemic Chris and I would have married overseas with the intention to have a holiday and wider celebration with our friends and family than a single day. Having the wedding in the Northern rivers on the beautiful property of Deux Belette transported us and our guests away from our normal daily lives and we loved that we could still holiday with our friends and enjoy festivities outside just the big day. The venue itself is absolutely magical!
Something you could have saved on?
It was very easy to get carried away and I found myself getting caught up over-styling the venue with all the options available. If you choose the right venue sometimes it doesn’t need much. I was very lucky that I was able to use the planner and constantly revisit my vision for the venue and pull myself back before it was too late! I was really happy overall with the amount of styling that went into it, It didn’t feel overdone and it celebrated the right moments.
Must have (this can be anything that made your day special/memorable/fun)?
Welcome drinks the night before the wedding was an amazing addition to our wedding itinerary. It gave us a chance to properly catch up with everyone, and also took the pressure off greeting everyone immediately on the big day so we were able to take our time and soak it all up.
Morning meditation I would 100% recommend if you can have someone come and facilitate it for your bridal party. Really sets the tone for the day, grounding you into the present moment - everyone always says how fast the day goes but there are ways to slow it down :)