According to TheStar, the wedding industry in Canada is booming!
Currently, the wedding industry represents $ 4 billion to represent the 150,000 weddings that take place each year (43% of which are held in Ontario).
Today we take a look at what the wedding industry looks like from the perspective of one of Canada’s top wedding planners! Specifically, popular Ontario male wedding planner Imtazur Rahman:
Hello Imtazur! Please introduce yourself briefly for the sake of our readers!
Imtazur Rahman: Hello! My name is Imtazur Rahman.
I am a freelance international wedding planner (producer of slash parties!)
I offer wedding planning services, for couples in Ontario, Canada. Although, as a specialist in luxury weddings, I do my part in planning destination weddings here and there too!
What types of wedding planning services do wedding planners actually offer their clients?
Imtazur Rahman: It’s a little different for everyone. Some wedding planners offer partial planning, others (usually the most experienced planners or the best wedding planners in the business). offer comprehensive planning. I offer full-service planning myself.
This means that I am in charge of the organization of the wedding from start to finish!
However, this does not mean that the bride and groom are exempt from the wedding planning process. It just means that I will be there to support them throughout the planning process so that they can get exactly what they want for the wedding of their dreams.
How would you describe planning a wedding?
Imtazur Rahman: If I had to use only one word? Busy.
Wedding planning, just like event planning for just about anything (be it for large-scale corporate events, quirky chic events, or intimate parties) involves being drawn into several directions at a time until it all ends on the wedding day.
To keep it simple, let’s just say I work around the clock to make sure my clients can make their wedding dreams come true!
How do you become a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: Most of us start out as event planners. Basically, event planning for just about anything before finally choosing a specialization (which in my case specialized in luxury weddings.)
Have you been involved in event planning before? (What’s your story? When did you start planning luxury weddings?)
Imtazur Rahman: Actually, I started out as one of your average event planners in the rather busy event industry here in Ontario.
Specifically, I was organizing events for a rather popular hotel here in Canada. It is on this job that I have made most of my connections (i.e. wedding sellers with whom I continue to work closely).
Before I changed, I already planned (as a senior planner and all) a number of wedding events. So technically I started out as a luxury wedding planner back then. Even though it wasn’t my real professional title.
Have you studied to become a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: I have gained a lot of experience in the field (ie planning a wedding celebration to another). As modest as it sounds, I think that’s how a lot of the best wedding planners got their start, so I’ve never looked back.
However, I do know that there are also many of my fellow wedding planners who actually went to a wedding planners institute in order to start with the “credit” to immediately plan large scale weddings.
Why did you decide to start planning luxury weddings?
Imtazur Rahman: It was just the right solution for me. As mentioned earlier, I had some practice in partial planning for luxury weddings in the popular venue I worked with. This practice allowed experience and experience turned into expertise.
By the time I was ready to go and become personally independent, I was already enjoying wedding planning too much to give it up.
What’s the secret trick to planning the perfect wedding?
Imtazur Rahman: Frankly? It all depends on your ability to get all the details for the wedding day. That is to say… flawless execution.
If you’ve ever planned a wedding before, you’ll know how difficult it is to get a perfect wedding or event design. All logistics must be in place on the day of application. And even the small details should be just right.
As for the secret to achieving this? Well, I think it’s about being very, very particular about your design. The wedding planning industry, romantic as it is outwardly, is very practical – very methodical.
It’s not just about spontaneous creativity or unique ideas. It is about knowing how to plan a realistic budget. It’s about building a huge database of wedding suppliers that you can rely on. It’s about taking care of the little details!
Where can our readers reach you to learn more about your wedding planning services?
Imtazur Rahman: I have an official site that you can visit!