With over 200 Ibiza weddings and an additional 200 (plus!) private and corporate events under her belt over the past eight years, Ibiza wedding planner Kristiina Pylkas of Ibiza Pure Events is a consummate professional when it comes to making your dream wedding come to life. There is no dream to big or too small and no hitch she can’t handle… meaning you can genuinely relax and enjoy the experience of getting married in Ibiza!
So what is her secret to remaining calm, coping with nervous couples, dealing with a multitude of suppliers, keeping up to date with ever-changing wedding trends, ensuring events run smoothly and basically rising to every challenge that presents itself? “Flexibility,” says Kristiina. “You have to always be prepared to deal with the unexpected, stay in constant communication and have nerves of steel.”
Over the course of time when planning an Ibiza wedding – on average between six months to a year – Kristiina says she basically “gets married to the couple!” for the duration. Once she has established their trust – the most important element of the relationship between wedding planner and client – the planning process can commence.
“I’ve really learn to read people,” she explains, “and get behind any walls they’ve built up. You need to get to know the couple to know what they really want, to interpret their needs and deliver the right results. It’s a little bit like being a mind reader!”
But it’s not just the future newlyweds that Kristiina must ‘read’. “It’s important to keep everyone happy, and often other members of the family are involved – you must listen to everybody and allow them to have a voice and keep everything balanced. It can be a battlefield when things like budgets and emotions come into it… you have to be almost like a psychologist at times.”
Speaking five languages means Kristiina can work with brides and suppliers from all over the globe, keeping them in the loop in their mother tongue, while using her local knowledge and contacts (“I know everyone!”) to efficiently manage things on-the-ground. “The flow of communication is much easier now than 10 years ago with Skype meetings for example… I can send information and keep my couples constantly in the loop without them having to be present in Ibiza. Always responding and staying in touch a major trust factor. I would never let anyone to feel left out or forgotten along the way.”
Her many years on the job mean Kristiina knows exactly where within a budget to save or splurge to ensure a spectacular wedding (though we’re not allowed to give away her secrets!). “In Ibiza, there are always fresh ideas, wonderful new locations, caterers and alternative entertainers to the well-known names… it’s a small island but I am always meeting or being recommended new people, and I would never close doors to anyone.” This open-mindedness means she can vet the multitude of options out there for you, presenting you with only the best of the best for your budget.
The ultimate in job satisfaction comes when the outcome of a wedding is exactly what the couple had dreamed of for Kristiina, although she admits it can be tricky at times. “It’s certainly a challenge to create a wedding that looks like it cost 50,000€ when the budget is 20,000€… but being flexible with things like dates and suppliers means it is possible,” she says.