How To, Up Close & Personal

November 9, 2016

One Year Down

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin

Last week officially marked my first year as a Wedding Planner! The learning curve was high, but the gratitude and enjoyment even higher. What better way to celebrate year one than to look back on the biggest lessons that I learned coordinating weddings? 

Lessons Learned

  1. Double, triple, quadruple check anything going to print.

  2. Study every last detail before showing up onsite to a wedding. When any question is asked of you, you better know it off the top of your head! 

  3. Do not be afraid to be bossy (lucky for me, I’m pretty good at that) to those who need a little tough love. In addition, be incredibly kind and thank everyone working with you. It takes a village. 

  4. Print an additional copy of the vows- and have them on hand in case you need to run them down the aisle. 

  5. Some things you just can’t prepare for . . . 

  6. We are herd animals at heart, if one person is hot, everyone is hot. Know your AC situation prior to an event in late July. 

  7. Hydrate all morning prior to a wedding, because as soon as you get onsite chances are you won’t drink or sit down until you get home. 

  8. Always bring to weddings: extra printed timelines, double sided tape, multiple lighters, deodorant, Advil and water (just in case you do have a moment to hydrate). 

  9. Bring home a leftover doughnut, slice of cake, candy, etc. and the likelihood of your significant other rubbing your feet will greatly increase. 

  10. If in doubt- always ask! Asking means you are willing and eager to learn, and there is never a day we aren’t learning. 

  11. Plan nothing the day after working a wedding. 

Cheers to year two!