Lessons Learned from Working in the Wedding Industry

It doesn't take long to learn some hard lessons about the nature of planning a wedding once you step into the trenches. Now that I'm a couple years in, I'm sharing three tips to success in this industry. 

1.     You have to be quick on your feet

One definite thing about event planning is that, no matter how much you plan, there will always be unexpected things that pop up. A wedding is a mix of pulling together many different groups of people, backgrounds, and emotions.  Even if you’ve meticulously planned every possible detail that you can, you still have to expect the unexpected. There are so many variables that go into planning an event and watching it come together that it’s truly impossible to plan for everything. This is one reason Betsy’s event day kit is basically a combination of a CVS and a hardware store on wheels. You can never be over prepared for an event day!

2.     Do as much as you can ahead of time

Bearing my first lesson in mind, there is zero time for procrastinating in this industry. If you have time to do something ahead of time, then do it. The fact is, something is going to happen that you haven’t planned for, and if you don’t want to get behind schedule it’s important to do the things you can plan for, ahead of schedule.

Nancy Ray Photography

Nancy Ray Photography

3.     Get serious about a contingency plan

When planning a wedding, so many people want to just pray for good weather and hope for the best when it comes to the atmosphere. This is dangerous because, not only are you setting yourself up for disappointment over something that you have absolutely no control over, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of unnecessary stress leading up to the wedding. It’s so important to make sure you not only have a rain plan, but that you love it. Ultimately, it’s important to us to always make sure that our clients are as happy with plan B as they are with plan A.  It didn’t take me long to learn the importance of a good rain plan and the importance of building it into your event budget.

Till next time,