In Summary
  • She came up with a plan to reduce costs by creating her own unique wedding décor. Now she runs a company to do the same for other brides.
  • With the help of my family and a few artistic friends, I turned an unused servants’ quarters at home into my studio and I began creating the wedding décor. Some of my older friends and family couldn’t understand why I was stuck in a room cutting and painting pieces of paper and fabric all day.

“I met Andrew on stage at Alliance Française in Nairobi in 2008. He was playing the piano while I was doing background vocals for a local musician. Despite the fact that he is an extrovert and I an introvert, we got along like a house on fire. We had a four-year whirlwind romance before he proposed marriage in 2012.

“Moving from the excitement of engagement to the nitty-gritty of planning for a wedding, I discovered that weddings were such an expensive affair. I had just graduated from college and I was still jobless, so the figures quoted by suppliers left me astounded. The décor provider wanted Sh100, 000 and that was just one aspect of the big and beautiful 600-guest ceremony we had in mind. Though Andrew was working, I felt bad about splurging on our wedding, yet we would need some money to start us off in the initial months of marriage. I wanted a beautiful wedding that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, so I started thinking about how to make it happen.

“The first thing I thought of was the décor. All the photographs I had seen from the service providers looked the same. While I studied biochemistry at the university, I have always been artistic, so I started thinking of how I could use my artistic skills to make my own décor to cut down the cost from Sh100, 000 to something more reasonable, while creating something unique and memorable for my big day.

Luckily, I stumbled upon Pinterest, a social networking website that acts as a scrap book where people share and curate images and videos of things they are interested in. Pinterest opened me up to endless alternatives to farm-grown flowers. There, I found numerous types of hand-made décor. After days of poring over photographs, I was confident that with some practice, I could pull of our wedding décor by myself.

With the help of my family and a few artistic friends, I turned an unused servants’ quarters at home into my studio and I began creating the wedding décor. Some of my older friends and family couldn’t understand why I was stuck in a room cutting and painting pieces of paper and fabric all day.

EXACTLY AS PLANNED

‘Why don’t you just buy flowers? Is the problem money?’ I was asked over and over.

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