WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS was recently blessed to have Hiromi Okuyama knock on our doors and be part of our Internship Program.
Hiromi was instrumental in many weddings and in the day-to-day runnings of our fabulous and crazy office. Never complaining, always smiling and willing to put in the hard yards. Being an Event and Wedding Planner one needs a lot of patience. We are confident that Hiromi will go far with this attitude and ensure a long and prosperous career if she choses to continue in this industry.
Hiromi – we wish you all the very best for your future and your next adventures in Japan. Enjoy and don’t forget to stay in touch!
Here’s what Hiromi had to say about her time spent at WRP.
What are three things you learnt about being a wedding planner?
One. Through the internship and getting to know the industry I have realized that wedding planning is an industry where you are dealing with so many clients, suppliers and stakeholders, and therefore having the confidence and knowing exactly what you are doing is crucial in order to direct and convince people that you are someone that they could work with.
Two. Weddings are a particularly expensive event to hold and because of this, suppliers and clients want the best out of what they are going to get. I was able to see the business side of weddings in terms of financials and understood that it was definitely not all glamourous but instead involved a lot of money, time, thought, endless amounts of emails, phone calls, interactions with many different people and many months of hard work.
Three. Sometimes clients and suppliers have different perspectives of what they want from a wedding. As a wedding planner they are put into the middle and must be in demand and make sure that both clients and suppliers are able to find a common understanding where they are able to both be satisfied.
What was the best part of being part of Team WRP?
My favourite aspect of wedding planning was to probably see all of it coming together on the day of the wedding. So many suppliers would come in and transform the venue from zero to something really amazing. Claire and Oliver’s wedding at Carriageworks was one that I felt this especially with and was such a good experience to take part in. I thought that this part of the wedding where different people with different knowledge of events come and work together to create the end result was what made working with weddings worthwhile.
Any learnings that made a lasting impression?
Watching Bree work, she was always on her feet. I was overwhelmed at her capabilities of making phone calls and putting things into action straight after, which again was another trait I thought I would like to take away, not just in terms of weddings/events.