Perfect Days, Delivered.
Meet Chenai , the founder and principal planner of ByChenai Weddings & Events . A UK based creative, resourceful wedding planner & event designer.
Why Wedding & Event Planning?
My professional background is in Supply Chain management, I know , completely unrelated. However I draw heavily on my skills in logistics strategy to design weddings and events that are executed seamlessly. I have also always had a real passion for the creative, I suspect it began when I drew 'self portraits' on the white walls of my childhood home in Crayola. Honestly, I always go for a pen and pencil to explain myself, I've always wanted to 'show' rather than tell. I am also a people person so weddings to me are a natural fit. They are more than just a party and I genuinely want to get to know my couples to give them the best experience.
I knew there was an opportunity for me to offer a service that helps couples have a beautiful wedding that is meticulously planned but has the flair and creativity that speaks to their personality and style. I have a brilliant network of suppliers that I work with who I can draw from to do just that and I don't crowd my calendar with weddings, clients will not be on a conveyor belt of events. ByChenai is Luxe without ostentation. It is all in the detail and care that I take to execute an event , from the moment we meet to the day of. I want the experience of planning to be enjoyable and for my couples to feel truly valued.
What is a typical ByChenai couple like?
They are typically open to ideas, they want a premium, seamless experience and they want a luxury wedding executed beautifully.
However, in truth there is no typical client because it comes down to that connection you have when you meet each other.
My personal style is contemporary, I draw inspiration from so many sources in design and fashion without being a trend follower. My clients are similar, they want to express themselves, their style and personality in an elegant way. They more often than not, have little time to dedicate to the planning a wedding and some are not based in the UK , I am always happy to work with couples based further afield too.
Does ByChenai only plan Weddings & Parties?
My passion doesn't solely lie in weddings- I also work with brands to style events, helping them create unique ways to showcase their products and services , be it a private dinner or Press day showcase.
I style photo shoots and editorials for Bridal brands and venues who want to improve their wedding marketing materials for example.
5 of my favourite things
I love a well laid table and a superbly mixed cocktail (Negroni if you're buying)
I'm a true city girl, West London is currently my home, I love the pace and pulse of this city. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe so I do often miss that glorious Southern African sunshine too.
I love to dance. where there is an opportunity to have a 30 second dance break- I'll take it. The fact that I can't go anywhere or do anything without music means, there's always an opportunity to do just that.
I'm pretty handy in the kitchen. My love for good food, throwing parties , dinners and hosting comes from my mum who was the ultimate hostess with the most. Mama encouraged me from around age 13 to cook seriously and I did. I used to make supper for our family regularly from then on.
Mexico is probably one of my favourite places in the world after my home country. I lived there whilst studying abroad during my time at University. I speak English , Shona (my native language) and Spanglish.