After years of studying to become a medical doctor, Tumelo Makamu ditched the profession for organising weddings and events, something she is passionate about.
Makamu said her burning passion for organising events and weddings was hard to ignore, therefore she left the profession after practicing for five years. Her company, The Wedding Butterfly, was established in 2012 and organises about 30 weddings and events on an annual basis.
“It started off as a hobby until I realised that I could make a living out of it. It fulfils me.”
Makamu, 34, said she has always loved helping out organising and decorating whenever there was a wedding or an event. “I used to help out with friends and cousins’ baby showers, kiddies parties and events.
“I have always preferred to be in the tent decorating than peeling vegetables at weddings,” she said.
While she helped out other people, she said it never crossed her mind that she could make a business out of organising.
She said as people recognised her skills, they began requesting the services from her.
“Because I am a perfectionist, I then enrolled for a short course in wedding planning in 2012. Immediately after that I then registered a company which specialises in events, wedding and decor,” she said.
Although she is based in Joburg, she does business across the country.
Asked how much she charges, she said every wedding is different and the price is determined by the detail of each wedding and the client’s budget.
She said she offers personalised services to all her customers because it is important to her to connect with each and every single client.
“Planning a wedding is a journey that should not be taken for granted. I do not compromise on quality, I pay attention to detail,” she said.
Makamu is a wife and a mother of three daughters.
She graduated with a medical degree from the University of Pretoria in 2009.