Imtazur Rahman was born in Bangladesh and raised in a family of artists. His father painted while his mother sewed traditional clothing. He knew he wanted to be an artist from the time he was six years old when he would use his grandmother’s sewing machine to design dresses for her dolls. Imtazur studied history of art at University of Winnipeg but quickly found out that making money as an artist wasn’t easy so he started working at a wedding planning company instead where he fell in love with the work.
He hopes that in the future he can make a living as an artist again but for now, he’s happy being at this wedding planning company and making people’s weddings dreams come true.
We sat down with Imtazur Rahman and asked him a few questions about his career choice.
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: I have always loved designing and making things, so when I saw how much work goes into planning a wedding it was like the perfect fit for me.
What’s your favorite thing about weddings?
Imtazur Rahman: My favourite part is seeing all of my clients come together as one – their family members, friends and other vendors are all there to support them on this day that they’ve been dreaming of forever. It makes for such an amazing celebration!
How did you transition from being an artist to a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: It was actually pretty seamless. I had put in a lot of work as an artist, but my heart just wasn’t into it anymore and so I started to get more involved with weddings. It felt like the natural next step for me – combining all of my creative skills with this newfound love for organizing celebrations!
Is the job of a wedding planner difficult?
Imtazur Rahman: Not at all! I find it just as creative, if not more so, than my former career. And the best part is that I’m doing something for people on their happiest day ever – there’s nothing better than seeing a bride or groom beaming with joy and gratitude because they couldn’t have done this without me.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: If you’re considering becoming an event planner then go for it wholeheartedly! It can be difficult sometimes but in the end it’ll be worth every second of hard work put into achieving your dreams. If you want to start out small then try planning smaller events like birthdays and weddings until you feel comfortable taking on bigger jobs like corporate parties or charity events.
Here are the things you should always keep in mind:
– Know your priorities, know what is most important to you and work towards those goals.
– Be organized! Make a detailed list of everything that needs to be done for each event – it’ll help make sure there’s not any leftovers or forgotten tasks. Always start with the end goal in mind so if I’m planning an outdoor wedding then my first step would be confirming weather forecast two weeks out from the date which will determine whether we have tents or set up indoors)
– Be flexible (this means being ready for anything!) Everyone has their own idea about how they want something planned but don’t let this discourage you because as long as everyone is on the same page and in agreement, it will all work out.
– Be open to feedback (remember this is a team effort!) No one person has an idea that’s perfect without any flaws so don’t be afraid of someone telling you “no” or “we can do better.” This isn’t personal – they’re just looking to make the event as amazing as possible which means less stress for everyone involved!
(The most important thing about planning weddings is learning from your mistakes.) I’ve made plenty of them along the way but if there’s anything I know now its never give up because at every turn things get easier.
Everybody assumes this is a female-dominated industry, are there a lot of guys doing the job of a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: Absolutely! We have so many guys in the business that it’s hard to keep up with all of them, but there are a few trends I’ve noticed. Our staff is predominantly female and we also see more male couples hiring planners for their weddings than ever before.
How much do wedding planners typically charge?
Imtazur Rahman: The cost varies depending on where you live, what season it is (weddings tend to be pricier during peak seasons), how big your event will be, and if you hire one person or multiple members from our team. Keep in mind too that some people prefer to plan everything themselves which can save money – either way works as long as the bride gets exactly what she wants come her special day!
What does a typical wedding planner do?
Imtazur Rahman: A lot! They’ll help to decorate the venue, choose colors and flowers, order place cards and favors, hire a photographer or cinematographer, plan the music for your ceremony and reception. . . A wedding planner is there every step of the way!
What’s it like being a male wedding planner in Canada?
Imtazur Rahman: It depends on what you mean by “male.” We have many people who identify as genderqueer (a person whose identity does not match their sex assigned at birth) which can make things complicated because often times these individuals are discriminated against when trying to find jobs that fit with their identities. For example they might be more likely than average to experience discrimination from those in industries such as modeling, acting and fashion.
However for most people who identify within the gender binary (meaning that they are either male or female) there’s no difference in experience between a man and woman wedding planner.
What’s your most important task as a wedding planner?
Imtazur Rahman: I believe my most important task as a wedding planner is to make sure that everything goes smoothly on the day of the wedding itself. I take care in making sure all vendors are communicating with each other, and by having back up plans for any unforeseen circumstances like weather or technical difficulties.
As wedding planner Imtazur Rahman will help you plan your special wedding day so that it’s just how you imagined it! He can organize anything from flowers, catering, decorations etc. You name it he’ll find a way to make your dream come true! So if you’re looking for someone who has both creativity and experience this might be what you need!