Organising an event is not an easy task – even when the entertainment runs smoothly and guests are enjoying themselves. From deciding on a theme, venue and décor to arranging entertainment, managing the budget and coordinating the day, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Luckily, there are professional event-planning companies with years of creative problem-solving experience in and around Cape Town. Here’s our selection of event planners for a stress-free celebration.
Run by Nu Davidson, Nu Experiences is a creative and dynamic Cape Town eventing company, specialising in wedding planning and event coordination. With a vast offering – such as conceptualisation, event coordination, project management, on-the-day wedding coordination, full wedding coordination and destination weddings – they provide an extensive, personalised and approachable service for all types of events in South Africa and other African locations, such as Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Areas of expertise include product launches, trade shows, private functions, private celebrations, weddings, elopements and more.
Nu Experiences is also a zero-waste company, always looking for creative ways to fulfill the client’s wishes while ensuring minimal waste and little-to-no footprint at any function. For instance, they only work with eco-friendly suppliers, such as caterers that donate left-over food to shelters or florists that gift excess flowers to old-age homes. Believing in a professional but personalised approach, the Nu Experiences team also insists that, if the experience of everyone involved is a positive one, this creates a chain reaction from staff to guest, to client – a fail-safe system for a successful event.
Specialising in a range of local and international high-end luxury events, from weddings, private events and corporate functions to customised corporate travel-incentives and destination events, Hot Shot’s approach is holistic.
They not only offer to take care of full planning, management and design, but have access to a global network of top-of-the-range suppliers as well as their own in-house décor hire and styling division for a comprehensive and personalised one-stop experience. Services can be booked individually or as a package, and to showcase what suppliers have to offer, they recently launched The Events H U B – an online platform for clients to browse individual events-related services instead of booking a full events-planning team.
Jessica Thiart runs Mon Amour Events – an established luxury-and-boutique wedding and event planning business. Passionate about love stories, their style is modern, contemporary and romantic, with a personalised approach and openness to adapt to clients’ needs. Different packages are available, from full wedding planning to on-the-day coordination, intimate elopements, or planning and coordination of business events. To make sure each event gets the attention it deserves, Mon Amour only takes on a limited number of weddings and events throughout the year.
“We believe in honest, open relationships and getting to know our clients personally. This ensures we create and execute the wedding or event of their dreams,” says Jessica.
Canelle Creative is a Stellenbosch-based marketing and events agency with a “deep-rooted passion for hospitality”. Beyond creating experiences and offering consulting services to a wide spectrum of industries within the hospitality sphere, they also develop digital content, manage social media and offer brand identity services, as well as design, conventional marketing and training. As a team of highly skilled creative professionals, they pride themselves on having a wealth of knowledge, a meticulous work ethic and consistency in service delivery.
“Our service offering is based on real experience, knowledge and creativity. Brands should base their communication and experiential strategies on the fact that they’re talking to real people who seek enjoyable experiences is at the core of what we believe.”
Le Fox Events is run by Elzahn Stuart-Fox, who specialises in custom-designed weddings. With a talent for design, meticulous attention to detail and efficient organisational skills, Elzahn promises that each wedding or function is a true representation of her clients.
To suit unique styles and innovative events, various packages are available, such as on-the-day coordination or styling only to full wedding planning. Le Fox Events insists on a seamless and completely stress-free process, from managing the budget and booking suppliers to stylising a personalised set-up. Having organised luxury weddings for Vrede en Lust Wine Estate for five years, and with a background in the film and marketing industries, Elzahn knows how to work under pressure, be creative and – most importantly – understand clients’ briefs.
MEGARA is a Cape Town-based events management company, owned and managed by Meg Tonkin. Meg returned to South Africa after 10 years of working in the events industry in Europe and America. She is able to offer her clients carefully curated product launches, brand activations, professionally co-ordinated year-end functions, conferences and private functions.
“We are passionate about service delivery and promise to achieve outstanding results through clear communication and transparent, approachable and efficient client service,” says Meg.
MEGARA strives to take the stress out of event planning by drawing on their large network of event-related suppliers and they pride themselves on being able to provide solutions for a great variety of client requirements, both corporate and private. MEGARA also offers other event services such as catering, decor and styling, entertainment and technical requirements. All events are quoted for on an individual basis, suitable for any budget.