It is due to Carla’s skill and experience that we remained stress-free in the run-up to our wedding day, and thanks to her professionalism and efficiency she was able to make the most of our limited time together, as I only arrived in South Africa two weeks before the big day.
My Husband and I fully appreciated Carla’s ability to get the feel for the day from several phone calls and a mood board. It is a real talent to be able to translate a vision into reality by knowing what supplier’s styles, skills, and products are available to bring a look to life! Every detail was considered, from décor and stationery to all the flowers. Everything was very ‘us’, and our family and friends still rave about our wedding day.
My special thanks though must go to Carla and her team at Pretty Different Events for ensuring that on the wedding day we didn’t have to make one single decision. They kept the entire event running smoothly, on-time, and coordinated the other suppliers, thus allowing us to simply be fully-present and soak up every glorious moment surrounded by our loved ones. For this we will be forever grateful – Rach and Ty.
Courtney & Darren
Courtney & Darren/ Cavalli Estate
Our wedding was an absolutely dream come true. The moment I saw our venue I knew it was the one. The second time we visited the venue, we met Carla who was busy setting up for another wedding and we knew in that moment that we wanted Pretty Different Events to be involved in our wedding. I had so many ideas and visions for what I wanted our wedding to look like, which actually became very overwhelming. Carla and her team took all my ideas (and there were a lot of them) and combined all of them to create the most elegant and breathtaking layout. The arch way that we got married under was specially designed for us, as we wanted something unique that we couldn’t find anywhere. Pretty Different Events made it happen! It was perfect! The whole coordination process was effortless. I still wanted to be involved in every little detail, and Carla totally made room for me. I felt included in every single aspect of the planning. When we walked into our venue and saw the final product in all of its magnificent glory, we were speechless. My husband and I stood in awe of the beauty and delicate details. Our day was nothing short of magical. Thank you to Carla, and Pretty Different Events for making our wedding glorious.
Andrea & Werner
Andrea & Werner/Belair
"From the onset, we knew that we were in good hands and that absolutely everything would be taken care of for our big day. You were so supportive and on top of things and just plain wonderful to be around. Carla, we truly appreciate all of your time, energy and hard work. We had a wonderful wedding, and we have you to thank. We are so lucky to have ended up with you.So, thank you again! You are amazing and the best wedding coordinator a couple could ask for." - Andrea & Werner
Robyn & Nick
Robyn & Nick/ Holden Manz
From the moment we met up with Pretty Different Events, we knew our wedding was in safe hands, but nothing could have prepared us for the true magic that awaited. Every little detail of our wedding was perfection. The event plan was incredibly well executed and every detail insanely gorgeous, from the flowers down to the cupcakes. You turned our vision into a real life fairy tale and we are forever grateful to you. We have no doubt Pretty Different Events will go from strength to strength and we will continue recommending your services to anyone we know because we know they would be in the safest of hands. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making it all so easy and so perfect, we will never forget all the tiny details that made our special day so beautiful, nor will we forget the amount of stress you took off our shoulders so we could just sit back and enjoy it! Our only sadness is that we can't go back and do it all over again!
Lani & Charles
Lani & Charles / Riversdale
Pretty Different made a pretty big difference when I decided to plan a wedding in my hometown of Riversdale (Western Cape, South Africa) from my current location in the UK.
Carla took our ideas and made them into the most amazing wedding! From the little things like table napkins to 'directing' the day and making sure everything runs smoothly - She does all of it with a smile and a firm hand.
We could enjoy the day without stress because we knew she was in charge and would go above and beyond to ensure our happiness. I would recommend Pretty Different to anyone planning a wedding or other event, Carla is brilliant at what she does.
Thanks again for making our dream wedding come true!!
Francius & Shaun
Francius & Shaun Wedding / Marlenique
We had less than 2 and a half months to plan, organise and execute a dream wedding on a budget. At the same time, we had to pack or sell our worldly belongings (home, car & contents) and not to mention resigning, training our successors and providing handovers at our place of employment. With one of use working permanently in Mozambique, we were going to need help.
A close and special friend of ours introduced us to Carla at Pretty Different Events (PDE) and we immediately knew it was going to be a great fit. PDE didn’t realise it at the time, but we had no idea what our dream wedding should look like. Colourwise, we knew we loved a certain range of blue hues, silver and white. Everything should be kept clean and minimalistic. We had a set outdoor venue, albeit a bit small, but it had to work. The rest was up to PDE and not once did they bat an eyelid. They provided options, suggestions and even some solid personal advice.
Forward to 5 days before the wedding. Horror struck as the entire wedding venue (also providing the catering) burned down in the early morning hours. The venue had no alternative options or means of catering. We were stuck and felt completely numb. We had friends and family calling everybody and anybody they could, but 5 days was a complete stretch. This also meant several big priced items, such as the tent, had to be cancelled, which was not an easy task for PDE. Carla and PDE made every effort and even called in a professional favour to ensure our day would realise. Not only did they manage to get a venue, but it turned out to be a dream venue, which under normal circumstances was completely out of our budget. The venue, Marlenique, managed and co-owned by chefs, also provided amazing food. PDE made it work and the venue was more than willing to accommodate us in this unfortunate event. Due to Carla and PDEs’ efforts we had a slight monetary loss, but it was insignificant compared to the big what if…
From start to finish, PDE only expected us to remain calm and enjoy the challenge. Honestly, they were quite relentless in the fight for our happiness. PDE went over and beyond which was expected and we will always be eternally grateful. If you need just a little bit of help or even a complete package, we recommend PDE. Keep in mind they are not too bad in disaster management either.
Our big day went off without a hitch and was more than just a success, it was an experience we will never forget. We even awarded Carla with a “Certificate Of Excellence: 101 When Your Venue Burns Down”. Our day would never have happened if it was not for Carla and PDE.
Carla thank you and your team for doing your utmost best for our big day. We sincerely appreciate everything and all the best!
Leigh & Brian Wedding / Meerendal
I first got in touch with the ladies of Pretty Different when one of their idea boards popped up on my Facebook feed. It was like they had read my mind, and planned my perfect wedding already! At that stage, I was planning a Cape vineyard wedding from the Caribbean and I needed so much help – my fiancée was tired of hearing me rant about how people weren’t responding to my emails, how I was sure I was going to forget something and ruin our perfect day, and change my mind – yet again – about what bubbles to serve for the toast!… Carla stepped into a half-planned mess and created the most amazing day. They were utterly professional from our first skype call until the day of the wedding. They took the half baked ideas I had gathered from 72,000 pinterest pages and made sure that everything was seamless. As I walked down the aisle, I found myself looking at all the décor (as well as my soon to be hubby’s eyes) to make sure I wasn’t missing any of the well-thought out details that they had included.
I think the best compliment I can give them is that on the day, I didn’t even realise that they were there. They quietly set everything up, co-ordinated the whole evening, solved all manner of problems without leaving a trace!
I am so happy to have found them – I can’t imagine our day without their special touches. I still keep track of them on social media to see what miracles they produce for other lucky brides!
Beata & Billy Wedding / Lourensford
I don't know where to begin to thank you two for your efforts, advice and hard work. We all were mistaken for how hard your work is, and I am so thankful for winning the competition. We were so impressed by your professionalism and standard of work. I knew at anytime I could trust you to make the right decision. Thank you, Thank you , Thank you. You two had made the day even more special by taking away that extra worry and stress. For that I will always be thankful.
Zidaan's Carnival Birthday
I want to thank you, and not only you ladies but a huge thank you to each and everyone that assisted in making Zidaan's first birthday celebration a memorable one. I sincerely appreciate the help and effort of all involved, no matter how big or small. Your generosity went a long way to make the children of Baitul Ansaar immensely happy! They were overjoyed and the smiles on their faces were priceless. I am so thankful and admire both you ladies kindness and generous natures. Carla and Cheri, hiring Pretty Different to plan my Popsicles event was the best decision I ever made. It made my life stress free and I got to spend the day with him instead of having to worry about party issues. I will most certainly be contacting you ladies for any other future events. And without a doubt will I recommend your company to anyone that needs amazing planners! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Nancy & Owen Wedding / West Coast National Park
We would like to thank you both very much for the hard work and the wonderful arrangements for our weekend wedding in The West Coast National Park.Our guests were impressed with the small details.You handled all the challenges beautifully. We have no doubt that your business future will be a huge huge success.
Die oneindige komplimente van ons troue wil ek aan julle opdra. Julle harde werk het ons in elke liewe dingetjie raakgesien. Elke liewe druppel sweet wat ons gehad het oor my troue was def die moeite werd! Duisend dankies vir alles wat julle vir ons gedoen het. Ek is ewig dankbaar daarvoor. Alles wat julle vir ons gedoen het was beautifull!!! Alles gaan net te vinnig verby. Ek wens vir julle net die beste toe met jul nuwe besigheid. Julle is verseker in die regte beroep. Mag elke bruid dieselfde ervaring he met julle soos ek gehad het. Mag julle passie nooit soos n werk begin voel. Jul vriendelikheid en deursettings vermoe jul nooit in die steek laat.
Planning my wedding with you beautiful ladies was an absolute dream. You took so much pressure off of me, and I'm not sure how I could've done it without your help! From helping with budgeting, to artwork for stationery, to dropping and collecting things .... Excellent service!!! Our wedding went off without a hitch! Everything ran so smoothly thanks to you two. I'll definitely use you ladies should I require the help of experts for any future parties. I'd reccommend PDE to all brides to be, as well as anyone who is looking to plan a party or function that require brilliant planners.