A few kind Words

Testimonials

Mira & Greg

South Africa

Thank you doesn’t seem like enough. You played the biggest part in the biggest few days of our lives, you brought it all together with such ease, grace and a smile at all times. You went above and beyond and it blew us all away.Our weekend affair was so much more than we could have ever envisioned, it was truly spectacular and we have you to thank for this.

We are overwhelmed with love joy and possibly the best reviews of a wedding from all our guests. We hope you had as much fun planning it and seeing it play out as we did and we hope our wedding was the first of many jewish weddings you get to plan.

Thank you for everything

Zahn & Henri

South Africa

It is hard to put all that Nicola did for us leading up to & on our wedding day into words. As a perfectionist and anxiety-driven person, it is hard to hand over & entrust someone with what has been one of the most important days of Henri and my life. With lovely Nicola, this was always easy. Her attention to every detail (even the unthinkable little ones), enthusiasm, & love she put into our day made planning our wedding such a fun & exciting journey.

She always put me at ease, informing & advising me on every aspect of our day, while still keeping it in line with our vision. Flip, there were times when she took on the role of a shrink. She went above & beyond for us & nothing was ever off the table or too much to ask.

On the day, she was as excited for us, as if it had been her own day that she was looking forward to. She supported me gently & calmly, all whilst running with every aspect of setting up the day. Everything was absolutely PERFECT & I was calmer than what everyone warned me I wouldn’t be on my wedding day.

One of the things that stood out to me, which I’ve heard very few brides experience, is that I enjoyed my wedding as if I was a guest at my own wedding… this is all thanks to Nicola! She was there from two days before, till the morning after (3.30am…..) & then back at 9am on the Sunday – with a smile & as much excitement as I when talking about the magic of the previous day!

Quite simply, Nicola took the vision I had in my mind, which I didn’t have the words to describe, & turned it into the most unimaginable magical day for us as newlyweds & all who attended.

Nicola has stolen a piece of my heart & I wish we could do it all over again, as I miss our daily chats, excitement, & laughs! She is amazing at what she does & the loveliest person who will creep into your heart throughout the exciting journey of planning your wedding.

Sabine & Michael

Austria

How can we put so much love, enthusiasm and perfection into words.

We are overjoyed that you not only planned and organized our absolute dream wedding, but also stood by us so lovingly.

You had a magnificent sense for our wishes and ideas – you made them even better. Your eye for every detail and smooth flow of the day is outstanding. From the first meeting to the debriefing, everything was perfect and we always felt very comfortable.

You were the best support for me as a bride on the wedding day – you made us enjoy it to the fullest.  We are so incredibly grateful to you for everything.

I can heartily recommend you – every bride and groom needs a Nicola by their side.

Lauren & Johan

Australia

After a few weeks of soaking up married life, we can now reflect on what was a magnificent, special wedding day. A day which would not have been possible without Nicola, our powerhouse planner from Kiona Events. A day which would still be wishful images on a Pinterest board.

When we first thought of planning our wedding, we knew we wanted in back home in SA, so we quickly realised we could not do it on our own and boy am I glad we didn’t. Having known Nicola from High School and when Johan and I first started dating, we knew she would just ‘get us’. Nicola was quick to adapt to our time zone for meetings and provided so much guidance from afar. 

We initially had a very simple vision for our wedding which, as the process went on, turned into something way more spectacular than we could have ever wished for, all with Nicola’s guidance and from her asking us the right questions. 

Nicola encouraged us to add thoughtfulness to every aspect, made sure we were 100% sure on every detail, never settling for anything other than our vision of perfection. 

On the day and during the whole planning process, Nicola was calm, enthusiastic and organised. We knew we could trust her wholeheartedly. She thought of every little detail, which meant we didn’t have to. She handled everything for us, even when the weather didn’t play along, she made executive decisions and guided all the support staff at the venue, and simply kept us informed of all the changes. This meant we could be as close to ‘relaxed’ on the day as possible. 

I would highly recommend Nicola and Kiona Events for anyone (local or overseas) for any event. 

Thank you for everything, we wouldn’t have had it any other way

 

Fiona & Luke

London

Getting married is filled with excitement, anticipation and eagerness. With Nicola, those feelings were always strong and never stifled by admin or stress – working with Kiona Events was (without any exaggeration) perfect. Nicola was always one step ahead of us, which meant that we could guard the creativity of planning and not get bogged down in anything admin-related. She truly made sure that our entire experience was fun! The cherry on top was that Nicola became a great friend across the journey of our planning.

It’s clear that she has an amazing network, and great relationships with her suppliers who always said how much they loved working with her, so you could feel the dedication of everyone who contributed to our wedding.

Our aim was to bring the best of South Africa to all of our guests – who travelled in from all over the world. That vision was more than realized, and seeing the vibrancy of South Africa’s food, decor, music and scenery come together was our biggest joy, and the perfect way for The Bewleys to start our lives together. Our friends and family have equally amazing reviews and we’re so grateful for the extra help with our grandparents and the little bubbas who were also there to enjoy the wedding celebrations. Thank you Nicola, you are truly amazing!!

Ennie & Nick

Switzerland

Thank you so much Nicola! You are so amazing, kind, professional, attentive, on point on answering back to emails, calls, changes and concerns. 

You made our wedding beautiful and more than what we expected! You are a one woman show, and this is what made it so special, as we saw that you put all the passion and love into your work. All our guests gave us feedback that you were the best wedding planner that they have ever seen.

 

Thank you so much!

Clara & Nick

London

Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing Nicola was when helping us plan our wedding day. Especially as we live in the UK, and she managed everything in South Africa down to the finest detail so there was almost nothing for us to do but turn up and have the most amazing, relaxed day!

She was so incredible throughout the whole process to the point that she felt like a guest rather than the wedding planner. Nicola was attentive, calming and utterly professional and I would not just recommend her to anyone, but I would make Nicola a must have!

Everyone commented on how relaxed we were on the day. That was all thanks to Nicola and her genuine passion for her work. Even if you aren’t considering having a wedding planner, change your mind and book Nicola!

Dani & Alex

London

We would not have managed to plan our dream wedding in South Africa if it wasn’t for Nicola. We are based in the UK and Nicola was extremely attentive throughout the whole process, and had us feeling comfortable and relaxed about the wedding. 

Nicola has excellent attention to detail, is extremely organised and was great with managing our budget. She works very well with a large number of suppliers and provided us with excellent options. She was able to bring our wedding vision to reality, and that was reflected in the stunning wedding day. We would highly recommend Nicola to anyone looking for a planner and coordinator, and can’t speak highly enough of her.

Christi & James

South Africa

In a nutshell, Nicola is, quite honestly, phenomenal at what she does. Before your wedding everyone always tells you “just be calm, things are going to go wrong”. And I can proudly say that on my wedding day, absolutely NOTHING went wrong. Nicola is incredibly attentive and made sure that every small detail was accounted for, which made for a stress-free event.

Being the bride was an absolute pleasure having Nicola at my side, and I would genuinely recommend her to anyone. She was the first to arrive and the last to leave with every step of our planning process & I am so grateful to her for making our wedding as special as it was. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without her.

You know you’ve struck gold when the guests complimented your wedding planner as much as they complimented your dress! Thank you Nicola for being everything we wanted and everything we didn’t even know we needed.

Anastasha & Nick

South Africa

Nicola is everything you want in a wedding planner & more! She was kind & caring, especially with the stress of planning during Covid. She was also so well organized & never let a single thing fall through the cracks, from helping me source the correct suppliers & making sure everything was on track. She also gave us some great ideas to make the day extra special.

Nicola is incredibly attentive; no stone goes unturned with her. She has an inquiring mind & asks all the necessary questions that need to be asked to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day. She did the MOST amazing job, but importantly, she does it with the warmest heart.

She made me feel as though I was her most important client & was available for anything, I loved working with her. She made the final stages of planning our wedding FUN (and trust me things get crazy; I don’t think I would have survived without her.) She helped to alleviate the additional stress leading up to the wedding by providing helpful tips & resources that kept us on track for our big day.

There are not enough words to describe how grateful we are for her being part of our special day. I would recommend Nicola to absolutely anyone. Thank you again, we are forever grateful to you!

Amy & Gauthier

New York City

We cannot recommend Kiona Events highly enough – with Nicola’s help, we had the wedding of our dreams with minimal stress. From the very beginning, Nicola went above and beyond to guide our decision-making and make sure everything stayed on track with the venue, vendors, program and Plan B scenarios even though we did all the planning from a different country!

Nicola combines phenomenal warmth and true excellence at what she does – she showed genuine care for us as people, conceptualized and executed a beautiful vision alongside us, and also kept us on track with timelines and details. Our friends and family were shocked at how relaxed we were leading up to our wedding day and we can honestly say it’s because we fully trusted Nicola! On our wedding day, she flawlessly executed the flow of events so the day came together like a dream. We wholeheartedly recommend Kiona Events for any planning needs – we had the perfect day on our wedding thanks to her.

Ciska

South Africa

From the first meeting, Nicola embodied everything I could have asked for when choosing an event co-ordinator. She is kind, caring, attentive but most of all experienced and exceptionally professional. She understood me as client knew how many options to send and which service providers I would like. Her subtle charisma and attention to details allowed for this process to be a rewarding experience.

Leading up to the event she used her initiative and instinct when directing enquiries and did not inundate me with questions and options. She realised I preferred an easier and simple process and adapted to my style easily. This was highly appreciated. During the décor trial, she showed insight, creativity and made every small concern a big priority. It also never felt like any request was too big or unattainable.

On the day of the event, every single service provider and role player was coached, prepped and guided by Nicola to provide the best possible outcome. Nothing was missing, and every detail and request that I had was seen to. Her professional demeanour and instinct for perfection showed when she was present for every single transition during the event and she was also the last one to leave – much later than scheduled – after checking that every aspect of the evening would run smoothly.

Nicola is a pleasure to work with. She is insightful, prepared and 100% dedicated to her clients’ needs. There is no doubt in me that she will “go the extra mile” with every event she is responsible for as this is a character trait as a person.

I would recommend Nicola with ease and wish her all the best with her oncoming projects. I am sure I will make use of her services again in the future.

Marlise & Pieter

South Africa

It is simple.

If you want a stress free wedding, or any event for that matter, get in touch with Nicola from Kiona Weddings and Events.

From the first meeting over coffee till the closing dance on our wedding day, she was ever present. Nicola’s attention to detail, her guidance, her patience, her organisational skills and her firm, yet kind, hand over everything was exceptional! We will be forever grateful that we met this talented, genuinely enthusiastic and special person. Thanks to Nicola overseeing every single detail, we can fondly think back to our wedding day, stress free and perfectly executed.

Father of the bride

Clara & Nick 

This is not a thank you for everything you did… it’s a thank you for dealing with the preparations for my daughter’s wedding in a way that meant I knew absolutely nothing about it! I can’t think of a greater compliment to you and your team.

I was vaguely aware of Zoom calls, excitement over the DJs, pics of the latest offering by the caterers, suggestions of flowers in season but I was awestruck when I walked into the venue just before the reception… And, having seen it 24 hrs earlier, I could then really appreciate how much design, planning and effort actually went into the venue presentation. The coordination and organising you undertook to make it all fit so seamlessly is truly a fabulous achievement.

I only have one daughter and I am grateful that you made her special day everything she could have ever wanted.