Alternative title: “I’ve Got Friends with Benefiiiiiits!”
In our wedding, we’ll have a few vendors who are, first and foremost, our friends. In wedding lingo, these generous people are called friendors. Mr. Big and I have about three of them (well, I guess one is technically my soon-to-be brother-in-law, but still!). The first is a friend whom Mr. Big has known since his work in a large retail company back when he first moved to Australia:
DJ Jeeves (AKA Dirty Sanchez!)
Jeeves has been Mr. Big’s friend for about four or five years (give or take). They met while working at a big retail company here in Sydney, where Jeeves still works to this day. I met him during Mr. Big’s and my “Are we in a relationship?” phase, where we ate awesome steak and had an overall good time. He’s an awesome friend and uber fun to talk to and hang out with. He’ll be our DJ for the day due to his skills on the mixer (of which he just bought himself a kick-ass custom). He also has a good vision of things when he hears certain songs, and has offered to take up lights and other assorted equipment from Sydney for our wedding.
We’ve procured all of our songs, including all the special songs for the wedding, so we’ll get to start working with Jeeves soon! I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with for the wedding!!
Wonder has been my friend for about a year now, us having met at my old workplace. She and I both left that horrendous place (thankfully) and still remain friends to this day. A few weeks after she left that ol’ place, her mother and her set up shop in the southwest of Sydney. At first it was clothes, but Wonder’s mama decided a nail salon would be more fitting. After a makeover, they turned their shop into a nail salon called Pretty Women Nails (SPONSOR!).
I went and had a shellac manicure (and pedicure) there as a test run, and Wonder worked”¦well, wonders on my nails. It was my FIRST. EVER. manicure and pedicure and I felt so damn pampered! Even though we’ll be having our wedding up in the Hunter Valley, I really want to get my nails done at Wonder’s mama’s shop. It’ll be a good bonding time with Wonder.
(BTW—if you’re looking for a nail salon that isn’t overpriced and does GOOD work, I do recommend Pretty Women Nails. And I’m not just saying this because my friend’s ma owns it. My shellac manicure lasted TWO WEEKS, probably more!)
FBIL Muso is, obviously, Mr. Big’s brother. They grew up close, but grew apart later in life. When Mr. Big proposed to me and we started planning the wedding, FBIL Muso put his hand up to volunteer his band to play at the wedding. Mr. Big and I were rather touched that he’d do that for us, and after listening to some of the samples, agreed.
In January 2013, we went over to New Zealand and visited the little town of Nelson to hear the band live. We were impressed, especially as they play our style of music, and were excited about having them at the wedding! We’ve even asked them to learn some songs, which they’ve obliged to. We’ll be putting them up in a place for the wedding, but other than that, won’t have to pay the exorbitant amounts which many of the bands I’ve come across want their clients to pay. Their band, the Johnny Parro Band, is a five-piece band, so we’re REALLY excited about how it’ll sound in the reception space.
And those are our friendors. We’re really excited to have these guys as a part of our wedding!
Who else is using a friendor?
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
- The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines