This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to coordinate a wedding for a very good college friend of mine. I can’t thank her enough for really encouraging me to take the next step in what I hope is a long and fruitful career in event planning and coordination.
I’m not sure that any other paid job has felt as perfect of a fit as this did. With every other job, there are things that I like about it, and things I absolutely hate, and like most people, I did it because the bills needed to get paid.
The bills still need to get paid, but I really really enjoyed the coordinating, running back and forth, and generally making every one else’s life a little easier in any way that I could. It also helped that my husband was there to help with certain things, like putting up lights and keeping me sane, haha. What was great was that it started out as a super small favor, just helping the bridal party know when to walk down the aisle, etc., but it turned into a full blown wedding coordinator job (including handing out payments to the DJ, photographer, and rabbi)–I love that they trusted me with all the little details that needed taking care of.
I realized right away that I loved my clipboard and time line, and I enjoyed rounding up people for the photographer, getting the bridal party in line for their grand entrance, letting people know what they had to do next, etc. I probably went up to my husband at least four times and said “I’m loving this!”
I loved being able to tell the nervous and anxious mothers of the bride and groom: “don’t worry, I’m gonna take care of everything, you just relax and enjoy the wedding.” And I did, and they did, and all was great!
My favorite part, hands down, was the AMAZING emergency kit that the bride made for me, with future events in mind.
This thing has e-vry-thing, including a mini hot glue gun! Which totally came in handy when one of the flower clips for the flower girls came apart. Sewing kit? Yes. Mints and gum? Yes. Bobby pins? Yes. Bandaids, floss and tums? Yes, yes, and yes. This little thing came in handy more than once on Saturday! And it all conveniently stacks up:
Pretty neat, huh?
Granted, the day wasn’t perfect, but it’s a wedding and some things are bound to happen or go slightly astray. Like one of the ring bearers running off to frolick in the trees (there was a back up ring bearer who did a fantastic job by himself), or the valet guys leaving before I had a chance to give them their ca-a-ash (the caterer knows them and was able to take their payment to them). But for a first time event, I’d like to think I did all right.
I can’t thank this couple enough for the opportunity and allowing me to explore another side of weddings and event planning that I had never really considered before, but absolutely loved! As a close friend, I am so incredibly excited for them and know they will continue to be an absolutely amazing couple, and as their wedding coordinator: I couldn’t have asked for a more organized, prepared, and laid back couple!