How did you get into wedding planning?

I first knew I wanted a career in the wedding industry when I first got engaged. I instantly fell in love with all the pretties, the expos, the pinteresting and all the amazing ideas and themes. During my engagement I completed my Certificate in Wedding Planning & Styling. The day after my wedding I knew I wanted to create my own wedding planning business to limit the stresses of future brides planning their own weddings. I completed my diploma and drove straight into the deep end.

What kind of weddings and events can you arrange?

Anything you can dream, I can create. Where there’s a will there’s always a way. I am very resourceful and can help you with ideas and strategies for any sort of DIY projects you wish to create or for the luxury brides I can source/hire the items to make your day the way to pictured.

What’s the story behind your business name?

People have asked me multiple times … Why Olive Rose? Or have just started calling me Olivia haha.

‘Olive’ is my Grandmother’s name and ‘Rose’ is the flower that remind me of her.

My Grandma is incredibly important to me and naturally I wanted her to be at my own wedding. 3 months out from my wedding she had a stroke and was hospitalised and needed to learn how to walk and talk again. Basically, had to relearn everything we all take for granted. She worked so hard to get better to make it to the wedding but unfortunately had a set back the day before and couldn’t attend. Remarkably she has made a full recovery and is living in her own home once again.

I named my business after her because even though she couldn’t make it to my wedding she will forever be with me to all the weddings that I plan and attend.


What was your own wedding like?

It was such an amazing day. So perfect and magical, I got to be a princess for a day which is everything I wanted (especially being such a Disney fan).

We got married at the St Bernard Hotel in Mount Tamborine. I woke up the morning of our wedding and it was just bucketing down with rain. We were meant to have a garden ceremony overlooking the gully below, however the entire day it poured with rain. But being a ridiculously organised person, I always had a plan B. We decorated the reception marquee and wala a beautiful space to get married. It was so lovely with all the beautiful fairy lights it made it all that more magical.

Sure you’re going to have a few hiccups on the day but it’s what you make with what you got that makes it an incredible day. My advice to brides to be is to not to worry about the small minor details and to just laugh off any hiccups or mistakes. I had my brother as the music guy all day and he stuffed everything up and it ended up being the funniest thing of the day. Cherish it, the day goes in a flash.

Top 5 tips for a stress free wedding day

  • Be Prepared

Make lists, create a Plan B for unexpected weather, create an emergency kit and have every piece of information in a binder where everyone in your bridal party knows about it. With these tools you will be on your way to a stress free wedding.

  • Hire a On the Day Coordinator

So many couples think they can do it all on the day and that’s totally fine. But wouldn’t you rather be a guest at your wedding and not a staff member? By hiring an On the Day Coordinator they will take care of literally everything (coordinating the vendors, music, guest and those forgotten details) and all you need to do is just soak in all the awesomeness of being the centre of attention.

  • Don’t leave things to the last minute

Don’t attempt to get all your beauty treatments (manicures, pedicures, hair, tan and waxing) done the morning of the wedding. By getting everything ahead of time saves you from the stresses if something goes wrong but also frees up your day to actually enjoy it with your girls and to create some really special memories.

  • Make sure someone in your bridal party knows how to strap you in and bustle your dress

This comes in under being prepared but really needs its own section. No point on buying the most beautiful dress in the world and not having a single person that knows how to strap you in or bustle your dress after the ceremony. I suggest taking your mother and one of your bridesmaids to your fitting to learn how to do these 2 things. Don’t just rely on a safety pin and your girls knowledge of wedding dresses.

  • Be in the moment

Just remember you can’t control everything! And if something goes wrong it’s not the end of the world and in most cases, can be fixed without any issues. But if something really bad goes wrong, well you’ll have a fantastic story to tell for years to come. If your smiling the whole world will smile with you. Have a fantastic day and just relax and enjoy all the things we take for granted because it’s your day to shine and sparkle. You deserve it.

Happy planning, Janette x

Written by Janette Newell I Olive Rose Weddings & Events

I help couples plan, organise & create the wedding of their dreams. Feel free to look around my website, & keep an eye out for my FREE downloadable checklists.


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