“I want people to think of ENVIE as a forward-thinking niche company, based in the heart of South Africa, executing international concepts, ideas and projects – a company that did not let its surroundings limit its dreams to become one of South Africa’s leading events, wedding and creative companies.”
This is according to the founder and owner of ENVIE, Tony Peng, as they celebrate a decade of ENVIE bringing joy with their creativity and inimitable sense of style. He explained that he would like ENVIE to be known for their boldness and daringness to push boundaries in order to redefine what the ‘norm’ is.
Tony says that for him one of the major highlights was seeing his business grow, from working from a student house, to renting his first studio, to now owning their own premises. “I think it’s every entrepreneur’s dream to grow and still stay relevant after ten years.”
When asked why he decided to base ENVIE in Bloemfontein, Tony answered: “Honestly, I truly love Bloem! There’s a sense of peacefulness and familiarity that I like. It’s central, which makes traveling easy and the major cities are already oversaturated with events and wedding businesses. So, Bloem was and still is my first choice for its location as well as its people.”
He explained that, after surviving two years of lockdown and restrictions, he believes the next few years will be extremely busy for the events and wedding industry, so they are simply gearing up to take on bigger and more spectacular projects – “so stay tuned”.
For the ENVIE team, every event starts with a thorough understanding of what the purpose of the event is and what their clients want to achieve. “We have a turnkey solution to all our events/parties and after ten years in the game, we often suggest things that our clients didn’t even think of.”
Being the brains behind ENVIE, Tony describes himself as a dreamer in spirit, a creative at heart, and an entrepreneur by trade. “I love life and love being able to explore every facet of who I am and who I am meant to be.”
Tony finds inspiration in everyday living, whether it is from his surroundings, to the silhouettes of nature, to the shapes and curves of everyday objects. “I’m a visual person, so everything I see has the potential to inspire me to create.”
His advice to someone who wants to start out in the industry is: “It’s not a glamorous industry. It’s lots of late nights and literally blood, sweat and tears to create what we create. You need to be creative and know how to think on your feet. It’s a rewarding job when you see the results and see the smiles on your clients’ faces, but it’s definitely not for the fainthearted.”