Sara Baig is a true entrepreneur that translated a love of design and architecture into the innovative, and creative event planning company, Sara Baig Designs.
We at Sash and Satin appreciate a great story about anyone who chooses to go out on their own, and find something they are passionate about, and Sara did just that! Check out the interview below in which Sara shares with us a bit more about what she does, why she loves it, and how all brides can reduce the amount of stress involved in planning their wedding day.
1. How long have you been a planner?
2 1/2 years
2. How did you get into the profession?
I’m an architect by profession so planning and design has always been an intrinsic part of my work. If it wasn’t buildings and interiors then design shows and holiday parties.
The final push to go independent and start my own business was 3 years ago when I had a baby and went on mat leave. I started with floral design and planning events like birthdays, baby & bridal showers, art auctions & non-profit events. And before I knew it I was planning and designing weddings and various creative events!
3. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
To see a happy couple that calls me the very next morning or messages from the plane right before taking off for their honeymoon to tell me how much they loved everything and how at ease they were through the event. that simply makes my day!
at one of my fall weddings this year my bride got teary eyed as the doors opened to the ceremony. we had discussed the design for the ceremony at length and how she wanted candles and flowers everywhere. so when the doors opened and she saw her vision executed to perfection (if i say so myself) she looked at me with tears in her eyes and a big smile on her face. THAT was priceless!
4. What’s your favourite Toronto venue?
That’s a tricky one. For me any venue that has good venue co-ordinators are excellent to work with. They don’t just make an Event planners job easier but also put the couple at ease. The Fermenting Cellar (at the Distillery District) would be on top of my list for bigger events and Rosehill lounge for smaller events. It’s intimate and has a lot of character with the brick walls and antique chandeliers and very cooperative management!
5. What would be your dream wedding be to plan?
A small, intimate soiree with an unlimited budget and focus on all the little details, after all “God is in the details”
6. What’s the craziest thing that has happened at one of your weddings?
A super drunk guest who lit a cigarette inside the reception hall thankfully closer to the end of the night and sadly had to be requested/escorted out of the building.
7. How do you deal with bridezillas?
Quiet honestly and thankfully I’ve been lucky enough to not have brides who transform into bridezillas, except for one. She had been a sweetheart through out so I knew she was just anxious and stressed out. I just stayed by her side through the evening and told her to take a deep breath, relax and trust me – we are both on the same side! As the evening progressed you could see her taking her bridezilla skin of!
8. What one piece of advice would you give to brides to make planning their wedding easier?
Hire a creative planner! Friends, family and bridesmaids are all great help but they are there to enjoy your wedding. It’s unfair to expect them to be doing all the running around! And trust me all your other vendors will love you for that as well, I promise!