Tools

Asha Mars – weddings and events planner

By Victor Laptiste

Asha Mars is a unique service provider. Three years ago she took the step of faith and plunged headlong into an industry which many of her friends and associates thought was risky, unpredictable and not worth getting into, but she possesses the self-confidence, wisdom and foresight to know the difference between recklessness and entrepreneurship.
She is the daughter of the industrious Castara-born Linda Eastman and Lennox Mars. Wedding planning in Tobago is a relatively new but challenging area of activity. Asha had her sights set on becoming an Accountant after graduating from Signal Hill Secondary School and went to the United States to pursue studies.
The idea of being involved in event planning dawned upon her when she attended a baby shower event on the invitation of a friend. Eventually, at church she volunteered as part of her ministry to organize baby showers, bridal showers, anniversary celebrations, renewal of vows for the church membership.
She studied at Hillsborough Community College in New York and graduated as a wedding and event planner.
On her return home in 2008 she began working at the Division of Education as many of her schoolmates would have done.
After work however, she capitalized on her limited experience in the field and began to network with prospective clients.
The first job which she did was a wedding for a friend who came from the US to Tobago to get married and she did not charge for her services. In 2009 she registered the business – Perfect Weddings and Events providing services such as wedding planning (platinum and gold levels), baby showers, homecoming, birthday parties, gala events, etc.
She is now a full-time certified professional weddings and event planner. She has provided services for corporate business entities, state enterprises, local, regional and international clients. In fact, more than 70 % of her clients are from outside of the island.
She admits that Tobago Weddings have a special charm and that some locals living abroad choose to come home to get married as it could be quite expensive to do so in the States. She is prepared to take all the guesswork, confusion and last minute embarrassment which frequently occur at weddings and other social events.
A wedding is much more than a party of groomsmen, bridesmaids, photographs, food, drink and loud music; it is supposed to be a lifelong experience. Gone are the days when the preparation for the wedding ceremony and reception meant sleepless nights, quarrelling among relatives, scrambling for food and forgetting the things that matter most.
Asha lives by her convictions. She has set her standards and there are some requests for service that challenge her values so she graciously declines the offer. She would say: ‘No, I am a Christian and I have morals and I have values. I am not going to compromise ………… money is not all; I have a reputation to uphold.’ We wish to salute Asha as she is among the chosen few who have refused to bury their talent and remain in an environment where they derive little job satisfaction and realize less than ten percent of their true potential over their lifetime. Her advice to fellow youths is:’ Seek God first; don’t allow the fear of the ‘unknown’ to prevent you from being who God has created you to be. Always remember all things are possible with God. In order to see the best of something you have to give it your all.’

You have indicated this comment should be removed.

Close

The comment has been submitted for review. Thank you .

Jason Arthur said on Thursday, Feb 14 at 2:44 PM

Ms. Lady...love the profile. Big things in your future once you stick with it and you can always call when you need something. Congrats again.

113521531
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Snatty said on Tuesday, Mar 13 at 3:01 PM

Congrats and all the best in the future.. Looking forward to seeing some more pics on your profile..

84076645
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Asha /Perfect Weddings and Events said on Saturday, Mar 10 at 7:06 PM

Thank you all and Atlanta Gonian, I do receive your words of encouragement...thanks all, to God be the glory, could not have done it without him:-)

83826586
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Anthony Mc Kenzie said on Friday, Mar 9 at 4:31 PM

Hey Asha, I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless,keep and guide you on your journey to success. May you continue to be an example and encouragement to those you meet and to those who see, hear and meet you. God Bless.

83727874
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Korice said on Friday, Mar 9 at 3:58 PM

So proud of You Ash & I am also proud to call you my PDS sister... your committment to Christ, humilty, grace & compassion inspire me & will undoubtedly take you far in this business... Blessings always and J & I are looking forward to planning our big day with you! Keep up the excellent work!

83724424
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

atlanta gonian said on Tuesday, Mar 6 at 5:59 PM

Asha ,very good,keep it up.I am glad you return homeand made a good contribution. let me give you some advise,if you want to listen,your choice. 1.Listen to the customer 2.Always follow your intuition 3.Put as much energy in plan B as in A 4.There are times when you have to be firm,but always stay polite. 5.Never compromise on your vision 6.Don't listen to naysayers,thats why they haven't changed themselves or their status 7.When you don't have an immediate answer,always say ."Let me check it out and i will get back to you " 8.It's good when your work is your passion 9.Listen as twice as you talk. 10.Assumption is the "Mother of All Hiccups" That's all, all the best and i will make sure my family will patronise you,scince we have guests at our different guest houses plus i am coming back to build and promote my country.All the best!

83250014
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

karen mark said on Monday, Mar 5 at 12:36 PM

So Proud of you ! Humble woman of God.

83070932
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Densil Inniss said on Monday, Mar 5 at 7:41 AM

Awesome!

83046994
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Alana Harris_ Labastide said on Sunday, Mar 4 at 10:58 PM

Asha you are truly a woman of faith! You believe that nothing was impossible with our father and of course you and I know that if we trust in the lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding he will come through for you. Love you my friend. Keep trusting your father cause your best is yet to come.

83029222
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Ricardo Roberts. said on Sunday, Mar 4 at 9:51 PM

She is excellent.. she did a wonderful job with our wedding. Keep up the perfect performance..you made our event something to remember.xxoxoox

83025284
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Asha Mars said on Sunday, Mar 4 at 9:32 PM

Thank you very much Litisha:)

83024684
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Makeda George said on Sunday, Mar 4 at 9:02 PM

Pura Vida my fren......you are destined for great things. I'm so elated on your success and wish nothing more than greatness. Pura Vida!!!!!

83023554
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Pamlyn Nekeisha Daniel said on Sunday, Mar 4 at 9:05 PM

Congrats Asha keep up the great work!

83022455
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Litisha Trim said on Friday, Mar 2 at 11:27 AM

Congrats Asha, I wish you continued success in your business endeavors.

82813424
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 1000 Characters Left

Tobago News and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Poll

Do you expect tourism to rebound in Tobago in 2012?

  • Yes
  • No