We have been MIA from the blogging scene for a while and we are sorry. But here is a post just showing you what we have been up to in pictures. Hope you enjoy. Please do comment and share
Sorry it’s taken a while to get this post out but here it is. As you all know, Simply Kayo was an official partner and sponsor of Africa Fashion Week London that took place just over a week ago. The 3 day fashion show culminated in a fundraising Arts and Fashion Banquet at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel on Sunday 4th August.
The event was hosted by Nigerian business woman and socialite Princess Fifi Ejindu, and was in aid of the Georges Malaika Foundation.
It was a lovely night with a delicious 3 course dinner, great company and beautiful centrepieces by Simply Kayo. The ankara centrepieces were a nod to African print and the overall mission of AFWL. Check out the iPhone pictures below. What do you think of Ankara print flowers?
This will serve as a double wammy blog post. We were beaten by Africa Fashion Week London to display the new SK logo under the Partners section of their website. Yes you heard right, Simply Kayo is an official partner of Africa Fashion Week London – very excited!!! See gratuitous screenshot below 🙂
And the first element of our rebrand has been revealed – the new logo. Here it is in all its glory. Only slight differences with our staple SK and flick still in tact but more grown up I think. Let us know what you think of our new logo.
If you want more information on Africa Fashion Week London, check out
@africaFWL and http://www.africafashionweeklondon.com/africafashionweek
So we’re cheating a little this week. Our inspiration is more of a theme than one particular item. Here’s a very condensed view of Simply Kayo’s events last year. Lovely couples, amazing venues and talented suppliers. Let us know what you think of this moodboard.
Wedding season has begun and some of you will still be planning towards your summer weddings/parties. In order to create your perfect day, you will need to bring together a combination of skill sets through your suppliers. As these people will either make or break your day (we’ve all heard horror stories), you need to be very careful in your selection.
Here are some helpful tips I have found in my experience as a Planner:-
Start with yourself, your thoughts and a pen and pad. You need to think about and write down your ideas for what you want to achieve for your event. Following that, you can think about the kinds of suppliers that will bring this vision to life. If you find the thought of this daunting or time consuming, you may want to hire a Planner that will help take the stress away (http://www.simplykayo.com/sk/index.php/our-services/planning-coordination/)
Once you have this information, start your research. Use www, social media, fayres, exhibitions and very importantly word of mouth to gather a list of suppliers.
Make sure you check out their previous work . As we are talking about a range of suppliers (caterers, photographers, videographers, decorators, hire companies, florists, the list goes on), you can look through websites, portfolios, testimonials, speak to them, attend their events or open days.
Interview (speak with) them 🙂 As you go through the above steps, you’ll be narrowing down by style, budget, quality etc. Once you’ve narrowed down according to your criteria, have in depth conversations with them face to face. Here you ask questions about the details – what time will they arrive? what time will they leave? can this be extended on the day? when will you get the finished product? how many waiting staff will they provide? will there be jugs on the tables? Again the questions are endless. Doing this face to face also helps because you can see if they get your vision and if you will work well together. For ideas on questions to ask suppliers, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bargain – I am a hustler to the core (I’m a girl that asked an ebay seller if they’d be willing to do a part exchange on my old BlackBerry Torch 9800 for the newer Torch 9860 :-D). Now, this is still business and as a supplier myself I’d say don’t try market bargaining tactics (see below for the definition of market bargaining). It will likely insult them as us suppliers can be sensitive and more often than not see ourselves as artists and creatives and our craft as a high value commodity that should just be accepted at the quoted price. Don’t laugh, we really do :-). Most suppliers will probably not go down on price, so see what they can chuck in for you instead.
Then decide. Use the key people involved in your planning process as a sounding board. Ask their advice on portfolios, prices and quality. Then make the decision.
Market bargaining – seller advertises item at £100, you offer an insulting price like £10 and hope to work your way up to an agreeable medium point. Also known as African haggling – not to be used in the events industry as it will likely get the phone hung up on you.
Are there any other things you consider when looking for suppliers? Have you tried any or all of these tips? How did they work for you?
I’d really love to hear your views. Happy planning…
Yesterday was another great exhibition by the Brides of Culture. Just goes to show how much growth can happen in 6 months; more exhibitors and more couples than the last instalment. Well done ladies 🙂
I was over the moon, for 2 reasons in particular. We were stand neighbours with the wonderful Kosibah and because our stand had a constant flow of brides and grooms 🙂
To all the couples I met yesterday, cannot wait to create a masterpiece for your event. To the vendors, looking forward to doing some great work together. And to the readers of this blog, here’s a sneak peek.
Due to yesterday being a sunny day, and the position of our stand, I don’t have great pictures but here are a few.