Getting to know Michael Keyter from MK Event Management
Todays interview is with Michael Keyter of MK Event Management.
Get to know Michael as he shares his favourite part of the wedding planning process, wedding styles he loves, advice for couples planning their wedding + more. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your Company.
On the 21st of June 2016 MK Event Management was born with the ambition to not only produce stylish events, weddings and conferences but also to raise the standards bar for events worldwide.
Our motto at MK Event Management is a stylish event begins long before the guests arrive, it begins with masterful planning, as we believe that an event cannot be perfected at the last minute, but time must be taken in the planning stages by carefully analysing each element to ensure that the client’s expectations and more are met.
How did you get into wedding and event planning?
My passion for events planning started in the early childhood stages of my life where I would plan school events which included birthday parties, teacher appreciation banquets, fundraising days and much more. Of course my passion for events ignited again when I became a hotel manager where I organised conferences, banquets and even a few small weddings. This caused me to not only take events planning more seriously but with the many years of research, training and experience I decided to pursue a career specialising in events management and started my own company raising the standards in the events industry.
How would you describe what you do?
We are a full service event management company that manages each aspect of an event allowing our clients to leave all the details to us and enabling them to sit back and relax and enjoy the journey while we do the rest.
Our vision at MK Event Management is “To be the best Event Management company not only within Southern Africa, but Globally”
What is a common misconception about what you do?
A common misconception is that Events Specialists are only hired by high-end clients, but this is not the case as our team of award winning Events Specialists have been trained to work with clients from all walks of life and ensure that each client has the perfect end result that still fits within their budget.
What is your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the industry is that moment when each aspect of the event comes together and you stand back and observe the hundreds of hours that has been put into the event. When you are standing to the side and cheering the bride that is about to take her final steps as a single lady and she turns to you and smiles, its at that moment when you know you have fulfilled the client’s expectations and that is truly rewarding.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my role would be when clients do not have trust in your skills and want to be in control. We are all human after all and therefore we do understand that trust needs to be earned which is why we work on building trust with our clients from the early stages of the planning process.
What is your current favourite colour combo?
We recently did a wedding for a South African Bride and Emirati Groom and they wanted to go for a high end royal look. For us to be able to create the royal feel for them, we used a colour combination of royal blue, gold and added glass elements to bring all the elements together. The flowers we chose for the event were bright and event consisted of orchids for the main table, because nothing says royal like a beautiful orchid.
Are there any trends that you would love to see couples leave behind?
I would not say there is any specific trend that a client should leave behind as each client has their own look that they would like to go for or it could be a tradition that pulls on their heart strings, and the client’s wishes should be respected. Our team has been trained to take the client’s brief of what they want for their Big Day and find ways to refine it, therefore creating the perfect Big Day.
What are the benefits of hiring a wedding planner?
There are a lot of benefits when hiring a wedding planner. Couples tend to book a venue that comes with a venue coordinator. What the client does not know is that most venue coordinators are only there to ensure that their wedding day goes smoothly and won’t be there to provide moral support them throughout their planning journey.
Hiring an Events Specialist company such as MK Event Management, the couple is provided with guidance on each element pertaining to their event, this ranges from venue searching up to assisting the couple with their Ante – Nuptial Agreement and everything in between.
Another benefit of having an Events Specialist is that the couple will be able to sit back and enjoy the journey as we worry about each detail. We want our clients to enjoy their Big Day and not worry about anything else but the excitement of marrying each other.
When a couple is trying to decide on a wedding planner, what are some good questions to ask at the meeting?
Find out how long the planner has been in the industry and what experience they have.
Find out what is their expertise. Do they specialise in weddings or corporate events?
Ask to see a portfolio of their work.
Find out how their pricing structure works as many planners have different pricing structures for different services.
Ensure that your planner is able to provide you with the service that you are looking for.
Any great / interesting stories from weddings you have planned?
I did a wedding for clients who lived overseas which meant that most communication and planning was done over skype, phone calls, emails and even the occasional WhatsApp message. Planning an event without the couple being present was quite the challenge as you can imagine.
The couple was not able to attend their wedding menu tasting so this was done by the Bride’s mother and myself and feedback about the tasting and our recommendations on the menu was passed onto the client.
The décor and flowers was also done without the couple being present, it literally involved myself standing in our supplier’s showroom doing a mock and whatsapping an image of the décor to the clients that were sitting approximately 7650 kilometres away and waiting for their comments. They would send a message saying add this or take away this and then I would send another image. They had to envision the entire look and feel of the day and put a lot of trust into my skills. The most rewarding part was when they finally saw everything on the day of their wedding and they were extremely impressed with what we managed to pull off, even though they were sitting half way across the globe.
Some quick fire tips for couples planning their wedding day.
There are many tips to share with couples however here are a few:
Firstly, HAVE FUN. The planning stages of a wedding and should be fun. We do understand that planning a wedding can be a stressful task, but the time literally flies by and when you look back you end up regretting the fact that you did not have fun whilst planning your magical day.
Before booking any suppliers, hire an Events Specialist. Clients often make the mistake of going and booking suppliers before booking their Events Specialist. Hiring an events planner can save you a lot of money as Events Specialists build up a relationship with suppliers and can often get you great deals.
Have trust in your Events Specialist. Keep in mind that your Events Specialist is a qualified professional who has trained vigorously to become the professional he/she is and hosts a wide range of skills to ensure that your wedding is a success.
Never leave planning to the last minute. Leaving planning to the last minute can result in prices being high. Avoid the high prices and book your Events Specialist early.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I use my spare time to travel the world. Whilst travelling is fun, it enables me to see what new trends there are around the world and incorporate this into my professional life, thus enabling me to provide the client with a fresh trend that sets us apart from our competitors.
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