Rara Suprastini has been in the events and weddings business for over a decade. As Elite Havens’ Head of Events Indonesia, she oversees villa arrangements and other details for important occasions. Dealing with clients directly, she knows in-depth what they want and need. We sat down with her to find out what its like organising and managing multiple assignments. (She makes it looks easy!)
Elite Havens: Hi, Rara. Can you tell us a little bit about your role?
Rara Suprastini: My team and I take care of booking events. More often than not, these are weddings, but we also do quite a lot of retreats and a few birthdays. We are here to help wedding couples or any guest looking for a special celebration in Bali.
EH: Say, for example, a couple is looking for a villa for their upcoming wedding. Should they come to you, because it’s a special event?
RS: Yes. That’s right.
EH: And then you will help them choose the villa? Set up the event?
RS: Absolutely. I was a wedding organizer here in Bali, before I started working with Elite Havens. So I know what brides are looking for. First things first – a fabulous venue. A bride usually knows exactly what she wants, ‘I want a beautiful villa on the cliffside. I want the sunset as the backdrop.’ They already have a dream, a perfect wedding that perhaps they’ve been thinking about since they were kids. The ideal venue is the first thing on their checklist. And of course, the venue affects the budget as well. We try to lead them to the villa most suited to what they have always imagined.
EH: Do they visit the villa?
RS: Usually, yes. After seeing the villa in person, they are usually a hundred percent sure that it’s the villa they’re looking for. We are quite different from other villa companies – we take our time with this. Our approach is more hands-on and personal, because we assist them in their search for the ideal luxury villa.
EH: What’s the next step?
RS: One thing we always propose to our clients, is to connect with a reliable wedding coordinator.