Lindy from Labola
Today we have the lovely Lindy from Labola sharing a bit with us of her day to day life.
Lindy has the loveliest personality and she is your go to girl when you want to get things done. Super organized and yet oh so creative, Lindy has worked her butt off to get Labola were it is today as one of the most sought after decor, flower and co-ordination companies in KZN.
She is a laugh a minute and always the life of the party, read on to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes at Labola, and her most embarrassing moment… which included a MOB and a marshmallow!
Hooray: Please tell us your name, the name of your company and your area of specification.
Lindy: My name is Lindy. I own a wedding business called Labola, we do decor rentals, flowers, venue styling, lighting, stationery planning and coordination.
Hooray: Tell us about yourself
Lindy: I’m a mom of two beautiful kiddies, I have a super cute husband, mischievous dogs, wonderful friends and an incredible family. We are blessed with happy brides and I have a power team helping me – so I love my job and am living my absolute best life right now! I spend every spare non-working moment I can with my family. My babes are so little and they just grow up so fast, I don’t want to miss a thing! We have a very spontaneous lifestyle and I try cram as much into a day as possible which is sometimes exhausting but FOMO always gets the better of me and I can’t resist an adventure. I have just recently started running to try keep fit and get a little bit of me time.
Hooray: How did you get into the wedding industry?
Lindy: My bestie (Bobo) and I were planning her wedding and very casually one night at dinner (over a glass of wine) decided to take a stab at this wedding planning thing. We gave ourselves 2 years to see if we could make it a success. We were broke for a long time but we worked our butts off. Our husbands and families supported us and we could never have done it without their love, patience and muscles (we made them work too)
Hooray: What inspires you?
Lindy: Couples in love (Instagram – duh) and my industry friends… the KZN industry has just transformed into a place of love and support for one another. We are all each other’s competition yet greatest cheerleaders of one another.
Hooray: Running your own business can be hard, do you have a daily routine?
Lindy: Each day is different and comes with its own set of chaos so coffee is the only routine. On admin days I like to work at a coffee shop as there are less distractions there. We like to prep for weddings and do meetings on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Thursdays are typically flower days (my best). Friday and Saturday we are on site setting up, Sunday is for friends and family. Monday is post wedding pack up, admin and catching up before we start prepping for the next wedding. It is a hectic cycle but each bride and each wedding is so very different and we love every second of it! When things are hectic then granny tags in with my kids but I try and do as much as I can with them. My work hours are very erratic but we get it done.
Hooray: Tell us about your ideal wedding client.
Lindy: Yoh… we have a mixed bag of brides and clients! We have such a vast range of services that we offer and decor that we stock. So on the one end of the scale we have clients that are 100% DIY and will do everything through our online ordering process because they know what they want and they want to do it themselves. Others will have us plan, style and coordinate their entire wedding from engagement party save the dates to wedding flowers, to the final breakdown of the venue and return of decor on the Monday after the wedding. When a client makes contact with us it is always exciting… as we never know what they are needing from us until we get into the conversation.
Hooray: If there was one thing you could change about the wedding industry, what would it be?
Lindy: The perception that some service providers are “expensive”. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. We all do similar work and have similar products but have different ways of doing it. It’s all about finding who you best connect with and knowing that they wont let you down.
Hooray: The mistake you made that has taught you the most valuable lesson?
Lindy: Mmm… I wish I could have started my business sooner. Aaand… maybe not buying that one random set of vases that have never been used 😉
Hooray: If you had to get married (again) what would be the ONE non-negotiable?
Lindy: We had the MOST incredible day!!! Our photographer captured our day perfectly, make sure yours does too!
Hooray: If you could be anything else in the wedding industry, what would you be and why?
Lindy: A photographer. I’ve always had a love for it and being able to see and capture all the elements and emotions of such a beautiful day! From the nervous bride getting ready, to the decor, the grooms face when he sees his bride, old granny hands holding a soggy tissue, proud dad, delicious food and all the magical moments in-between. Jeepers! After writing this, I realise how much I love all the emotional sentimental stuff!
Hooray: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment on the job.
Lindy: Setting up a candy buffet and a mother of the bride saying “Hi” right as I shoved a marshmallow in my mouth (I was hungry ok, we work long hours!)
*Hooray Side Note: OK, this is hilarious!
Hooray: Do you have any friends in the industry? Tell us who and how they impact you in this beautiful business.
Lindy: Gosh there are too many to mention. We genuinely do ALL love each other so much (on Instagram and in real life) I love being inspired by them all through the beautiful work they do as well as the passion they have for weddings and our gorgeous couples.
Hooray: Tell us about the last time you were really, really proud of yourself/job you completed.
Lindy: I just recently did my first same sex wedding!! It was a beautiful and huge success! I had planned it from day one, we covered everything from sourcing, booking and paying vendors, stationery, decor, flowers, lighting, venue set up and coordination on the day. I formed the most wonderful relationship with my clients and had the best time being a part of such a colourful celebration of love and family. LOVE IS LOVE!
Hooray: Where do you see yourself and your company this time next year?
Lindy: Always growing and still loving what we do.
Lindy, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life with the Hooray readers today.
We love you and your incredible work and we are sure SOMEONE will be interested in those unused vases one day 😉
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