As a wedding planner, I cover a whole range of wedding related aspect, especially when I am trying to be eco friendly about the whole thing. I don’t just plan the wedding, order of service and so forth, I also help and advice with regards to any combination of the following:
- dress and dress code for friends and family
- brides attire – both the ceremony, bridal shower and beyond
- wedding gifts
- wedding venues
- honeymoon destinations
- menus, music and seating plans
- jewelry and post ceremony gifts
- flowers and wedding decor
- which suppliers to use
Of course the above list isn’t exhaustive – I was once asked to come up with a pair of jackets for a clients two dogs, and another time was asked to find a tandem bike for the bride and groom! I guess it’s ‘all in a days work’! Also including helping the bride and groom decide where to buy the basics, one resource being the Better Business Bureau
Still, despite the fact that my job dictates that I plan weddings I will always say the same things: I love my job. No two weddings are alike, no two brides are alike … and no two moms-of-the-bride are ever alike either. It’s a varied job, sometimes filled with fun and laughter, other times it’s filled with anxiety and I end up trying to juggle everyone’s emotions.
There was one wedding that took an unfortunate turn – some way through the actual planning stages, the bride lost her (well paid) job. Which meant that much of what they’d been planning couldn’t go ahead. The hardest part was re-planning the whole wedding to fit their budget, the saddest trying to help them to find a pair of discount diamond rings.
Still, once we’d all sat down and gone over what could be managed and what couldn’t, we did in fact end up planning a wedding that was still as beautiful and memorable as the original one would have been – if anything it was more poignant! Plus the discount diamond rings turned out to be absolutely stunning and better than the rings they were going to buy originally.
All of the above is why I recommend my job to others, and the reason why I never have that awful ‘Monday morning’ feeling! If you want to embark upon a career that involves love, laughter, angst and more memories than you’ll ever manage to remember – consider becoming a wedding planner. It’s a satisfying job and on thing’s for sure – you’ll never get bored or feel as though you’re dealing with the same old same old.