As a wedding business consultant, I've had the privilege to work with clients from 94 different countries, allowing me a deep dive into literally every segment of the wedding market around the world. Finding incredibly talented, artistic, creative people in this industry is easy; whittling that down to a list of just nine . . . not so much. There are so many more I wanted to include.
Not everyone on this list has a ton of Instagram followers, which is never a prerequisite in my book as we all know some people who are simply good at the Gram and not the actual work, and that 1,000,000 followers does not equal $1,000,000 in the bank. Some of the people on this list, because of the cultural or business norms where they’re located, don’t have a website.
I want to note that when I say wedding pros "to watch" I simply mean "to pay attention to" and not necessarily "up and coming." Some of the wedding professionals on this list have been in business for nearly 40 years, so they are not new to the industry. They have, however, learned how to set aside ego and adapt to changes in the market, technology, and trends, allowing them to remain relevant and competitive – something all of us need to continually learn and relearn, no matter what we've accomplished in the past.
So without further ado, here are Think Splendid’s Nine Wedding Pros to Watch in 2019, in no particular order:
Igor Bulgak – Russia
Aarij Hashimi – Pakistan
Michael Ruiz – Philippines
Event Designer and Stylist
Alice Chow – China
Wedding Cake Designer
Bedge Pictures – Nigeria