Touch of Love
Eros Winanda shares her passion in the wedding décor business...
The key to a magical wedding lies in the decoration. Therefore, hiring the perfect wedding decorator that understands your needs is crucial. Ai Luo Si Wedding & Event Design Studio is one of the top wedding decorators in Bali who can turn your dream wedding into reality. Eros Winanda (EW), the woman behind the business, talks to Bali & Beyond (BB) about her passion...
BB: What made you fall in love with the wedding décor business?
EW: In 2010, I started to decorate booths for exhibitions and tourism events. From there, I jumped into the wedding décor business by providing a photo booth. The wedding décor industry is really I like to explore new ideas and make something extraordinary in accordance to the desired concept and theme.
Not only being passionate about it, I also see a good chance in the professional wedding industry in Bali. Every year more and more couples want to get married here, making Bali one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. In addition, my profession as an architect before makes it even easier for me to turn my ideas and dream into reality.
BB: How do you portray the couple’s characters in the wedding décor?
EW: Client’s opinion matters, so we ask their references to ensure that the pictures I have in mind are similar or at least close to the couples’ expectation. Since words can be hard to interpret, I prefer to meet the couples and talk about their wedding more personally. That way, I have a better understanding about their characters and see what their dream wedding looks like.
Yes, we initially ask for related information such as the venue, number of guests, theme, color and others. Equally important is the reference picture from the couple so we can see their expectation for the decorations. Then we can determine the price and the details of the proposal. After we make a deal, we can proceed with the décor design and mock up design for the table setting, followed by preparation and execution on the wedding day.
BB: Do you have any favorite wedding theme?
EW: I find it hard to answer this because most of the time I decorate a venue with my favorite theme. But I have personal favorite characters that I like to put as elements – there must be a touch of elegant and natural elements like crystal, wood or stone.
BB: What are the challenges in this business?
EW: The biggest challenge in every wedding is the end-to-end process. There are always small changes until the wedding day comes, so we need to work fast as a team. The next challenge is terrain area and unpredictable weather. Since Bali is famous for its nature, almost every wedding is held outside and it takes a solid team to make an outdoor wedding celebration. Having a good design is not enough – it is the reliable crews that counts to make the client’s dream wedding come true.
Last but not least, being perfect is the only choice. The wedding is a very important moment for every couple, family and invited guest, so perfection in details is crucial for wedding professionals during the wedding day.
BB: Where do you source the flowers and the ornaments?
EW: We bring both imported and local flowers. Local flowers are sourced from Java and Bali. As for the imported flowers, we source them from a number of countries that have high-quality flowers.
BB: How do you see the future of the wedding business in Bali?
EW: Weddings in Bali is such a promising business. I see a good future of Bali’s tourism as well as its wedding industry because Bali with its natural beauty makes couples want to capture their special moments here.
BB: What are your tips and tricks for those who want to be a wedding decorator?
EW: Patience and willingness are the cores. You have to be willing to serve every bride and groom and their families in preparing the most important day of their lives. We, wedding vendors, have to be their best friend to discuss all of the couples’ needs. This business is full of personal touches because a wedding is very intimate and personalized for each couple.
By Risty Nurraisa
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