ABOUT ME

I believe most professions are chosen from a place of talent, determination and luck, but for me, wedding and event planning chose me. I am Zenobia, founder of Blue Olive Events, obsessed with weddings and love stories and a complete perfectionist!

This creative journey started two years ago before I even decided on a business name, hence the reason it chose me. After a few months, my husband came with the idea of calling this venture, Blue Olive, as blue is my favourite colour and olives are practically staple food!

I am very focused on detail and getting things done, I even think I might have slight OCD! Getting you that dream day you’ve always desired is my greatest motivation for making everything look perfect.

I completed my diploma in Advanced Wedding Planning through the SA School of Weddings, where I learned the ins and outs of wedding and event planning. I believe this was mere the foundation of Blue Olive Events, as my experience and expertise are what will make this adventure extraordinary.

When I am not busy fretting over details, organising venue viewings or finalising the last few loose ends before your big day, you’ll find me at home with my husband, baking the best pancakes you’ve ever tried! On weekends we love exploring new places, enjoying good wine and friendly conversations.

Witnessing the union of two souls, the happiness and love that embraces new families and bringing them together is the pulse of Blue Olive Events and I cannot wait to witness your story too.

Photo credit: Soif de Vivre Photography.

HOW I WORK

A lot of planning and hard work goes into creating the perfect wedding or event, but it is essential to also create a memorable experience together, enjoying the adventure and savouring these moments for a lifetime. Here is a short breakdown of my process and how I go to work, although I always keep in mind that each wedding and event is unique and will be managed in their different ways too.

  1. WE SAY HI / OUR FIRST COFFEE SESSION. Our initial meeting will be about getting to know each other, listening to what you have in mind and having a look at your inspirations.
  2. QUOTING AND COSTS. A few days after our first meeting, I will draw up a quotation of the services you will be needing and send it via email.
  3. CONFIRMATION. Once you had the chance to go through my quotation, a deposit is paid and your date is booked on my calendar. If there’re any questions you have at this point, we will also address that and make sure we are both on the same page.
  4. THE PLANNING BEGINS. I will start off by creating the budget for your event and get that approved by you. Thereafter I will focus on sourcing the perfect service providers, arranging venue viewings and find the ideal photographer to capture your big day. All appointments for dress fittings, hair trials, meeting the photographers and tasting your menu will be set-up by me and communicated to you, all the while making sure it fits your schedule.
  5. FINALISING LOOSE ENDS. A few weeks before your big day, I will contact all service providers and send them the timeline to make sure we are all on the same page. I will also make sure you know what happens when to tie up loose ends and make sure all preparation and set-up start the day before.
  6. IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY! While you relax and enjoy a peaceful morning with your family and bridesmaids, I will make sure all service providers arrive on time, that the venue ready to be photographed and that every element is in place before you walk down the aisle. Once you’ve had the biggest celebration of your life and get whisked away on honeymoon, I will make sure the breakdown runs smoothly the following day.