EDMOND Wong is a wedding planner extraordinaire. His multi-tasking skill diferentiates him from others in the business.
He does not only plan for one’s wedding as he is also the bestman, emcee, singer, magician, coordinator for wedding banquet and is even doing menial jobs like helping to get the wedding invitation card printed.
The affable Wong, 38, is the new generation of wedding planners who need to be versatile to meet the pressing expectation of people in the Y generation.
This generation, due to its modern outlook in life, wants its wedding to be the most memorable day. Gone are the days when couples would just be satisfied with a simple wedding.
The many characteristics of the Chinese custom like bowing to the elderlies as a sign of respect and tea ceremony where the couple serve tea to their respective parents are still being practiced in his clients’ wedding.
Today’s couples, however, want more elements for their wedding to be a little bit more modernise.
They want excitement in their video shooting with the inclusion of a short drama and game session. This, Wong has it as he is the director for the video shooting.
He is also the “director” to the photographers, telling them what angle to shoot the photos.
People who are first timer to wedding reception under his care will without doubt be inspired by his ability to perform multiple roles. He is also well-versed with the Chinese customs –a trait where he picked up from a professor in customs, Lee Ung Chai.
His repertiore includes singing, performing magic show and even change-face performance at wedding banquets. As the only master of ceremony during a wedding reception, he gets the event moving perfectly to suit the happy occasion.
After the married couple have made their way to the stage, he has to decide when they should jointly cut the wedding cake.
He has also to coordinate with the hotel catering to ensure that food is well served timely to the celebrants. In between that Wong has to bring the couple around, meeting their elderlies and make three bows as a sign of respect to each one of them according to the Chinese custom.
“I have been asked by many people why am I doing all these by myself. Am already getting used to doing this single-handedly and to perfection. Doing it alone does not mean that I don’t trust anybody,” he clarified.
Wedding planning is his full-time job which was not what he dreamt of in his teen. Fifteen years ago, a best friend of his asked him to be his bestman. From this first job, he slowly grew a strong interest in it until he officially became a wedding planner eight years ago.
“I like to entertain people and like my sister, who was once a reputed singer, I went for it,” he recalled. Today he is a big-time emcee of events.
There is no holiday even during New Year’s Day for a wedding planner like him as people seeks his service at anytime of the year for their big day.
Asked how many couples he had handled, he replied: “Am doing quite well.”
People know him through the words of mouth of his satisfied customers and from his Facebook account.
His customers come from the whole state and even from Cheras in Kuala Lumpur.
Wong said his job as a wedding planner was to make married couples happy. “Marriage is a one-time affair for most people. Though there can never be a perfect wedding ceremony, my job is to make it the most special and wonderful wedding for couples to remember for their whole life.”