Interview with: Sue Parrish
Company Name: Eleganza Weddings and Events
Location / Coverage: Sussex, Surrey, London and Kent
What does Eleganza Weddings and Events do?
Eleganza Weddings and Events offers wedding planning, consultancy and design to couples getting married.
Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be a wedding planner?
I have always loved and been fascinated with everything about weddings, and particularly interested in the design, flowers and romance!
Previously I had a career that seems very different from wedding planning, in financial management. It may appear that this was a long way from planning weddings, but it was good grounding for my current role. It embraced the skills that are required to be an effective wedding planner, such as organisation, planning, negotiation, project management, communication and putting customer service at the forefront of everything.
How did Eleganza Weddings and Events come about and how long has the business been going?
Eleganza Weddings and Events has been in business organising and planning weddings for 10 plus years. My husband, Clive, works alongside and with me in the business, and that works very well. We both have differing skills to offer the business and each play to our individual strengths on the weddings we plan.
We both returned from several years working in Malta and decided to use our skills and passion for weddings in a different direction. We spent several months training on all wedding related areas and subjects, and followed this with some practical experience before we launched our business.
Our business name ‘Eleganza’ is an Italian word commonly used in Malta, suggesting elegance, refinement, gracefulness, style and good taste – all the things we felt we wanted to reflect in the weddings we were going to plan! So, the name and the business was born!