As founder and owner of Belles & Whistles Wedding Coordination (2012), I’ve always had a love and innate knack for event planning. At the tender age of 8 years old, I remember planning my own skating party followed by a trip to Chucky Cheese for my 9th birthday. Since then, I jumped on any opportunity that I could, becoming the resident event planner among my peers and often taking on event/social planning initiatives to help keep me sane, balanced and distracted from the many traumas and dramas of high school and university. I guess you could say planning socials was my outlet, and on a more personal level, my self-help means of getting past my then timid character. I earned a university degree in Business Administration, with focuses on HR and Marketing. In my true entrepreneurial spirit, I envisioned myself starting up my own business and calling it “Everything BUT Weddings”. At the time, I could have never imagined taking on the planning someone elses wedding. There was just too much pressure in planning the biggest day of someone’s life. The perfectionist in me couldn’t bear the thought of possibly having to live with not delivering on a bride and groom’s vision of their perfect day. But after single-handedly taking on my own wedding and enjoying every single minute of it, I found a new found confidence and joy and excitement for the occasion. Throughout my two-year engagement I subconsciously began dreaming of planning nothing BUT weddings. I had an overwhelming feeling of wanting to do it over and over again! And as I reached a cross road where I was preparing to make a few changes to my professional career, the natural decision for me was to take the leap and launch Belles & Whistles.
At Belles & Whistles, it really is all about the details, and I look forward to helping you see to all of them!
Shantelle Alcindor-Nichol, BBA, WPICC