A little over a year ago now I made the change from corporate event planner to wedding planner. It was one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my career. Not only do weddings excite and thrill me much more than corporate events, but I also thoroughly love being a business owner. Sure, weddings have their tough qualities like any other job (weddings days are lonnnnng days, you give up a lot of your weekends, and let's be honest - we've all had at least one "momzilla"). But...there are lots of things about weddings that make me happy and give me a sense of contentment and purpose. And in an effort for you to get to know me a little better today, I would like to share some of those things (in no particular order) with you!
1. Let's get creative. Weddings allow for far greater freedom of creativity than corporate events. Corporate events typically serve one of three purposes: to increase brand awareness, to increase sales, or to increase/maintain a customer base. Weddings, however, are much more emotional in nature and therefore a great deal more of creativity goes into them. Seeing that my brain is split between left and right brain (with a greater emphasis on the right/creative side) weddings provide an outlet for both: organization and detail mixed with creativity!
2. First looks. As a bystander one of my absolute favorite parts of every wedding is when the groom sees his bride for the first time. Whether it's a "first look" or the moment his bride walks down the aisle, nothing else can match it. When you decide to marry you are making a commitment to another person that says "I choose you. For the long haul." This moment is that beginning.
3). Sweet anticipation. One of my gifts is empathy. I can feel what another person is feeling; sometimes fairly intensely. And as the months turn into weeks and then days leading up to a wedding, I can begin to feel my client's sweet anticipation and excitement for what is about to unfold. And that gets ME excited and jazzed. For lots of couples awaiting marriage greets them with the same fascination and anticipation as a young child anxiously awaiting Christmas morning. How exciting to be in an industry like that!
4). Dancing the night away. I absolutely LOVE watching people dance at weddings; it never gets old! I love the good dancers and I especially love the bad ones. And to those not-so-great-but-trying-their-hardest-dancers I say, "Good for you for getting out there and shaking it! Own it!"
Weddings are a happy time for not only the bride and groom but for their friends and families as well. And considering that love is the single strongest force in all of creation, it is no wonder that weddings are such a joyous celebration.
(And why yes. Yes this IS my husband and I dancing at our wedding!)
5). Set-up. Okay so I actually enjoy the set-up part at most weddings, even though it is physically taxing! I really enjoy watching a blank canvas come to life as I get to execute the bride's (or groom's) vision. Interior design and decorating is one of my all-time favorite past times and each wedding is like a little opportunity to exercise my skills again and again. I imagine that the sense of satisfaction I receive must be similar to the one an interior designer has when he/she finishes work on a house. Sometimes when the job is done it's like I let out a proverbial contented sigh in my mind's eye that says, "Yes. The work is done. It is good."
6). Let's do this thang! If you have been following along then you know that marriage is one of the core values I stress most here at Maggie's Misc. After all, that's what this is all about right? Well, weddings are the first step on this journey. It's at weddings where I get to witness a new chapter and new life unfold for two people. I feel honored that I get to be there. I feel excited for the couple. And I feel thankful that people are still choosing marriage - even when they could make another (and often easier) choice.
7). Meeting needs. One of the things that gets me excited to get out of bed every morning is meeting the needs of my clients. One of the services that I offer is consulting. Clients can hire me by the hour to do everything from setting up a timeline, to budgeting help, to managing their Pinterest board. These services are included in some of my packages but can also be purchased a la carte for the bride or groom wanting to do most of the heavy lifting themselves.
There is nothing quite so fulfilling as helping to guide people and providing them with useful information that makes their lives better. Weddings allow me to do just that. I can take the experience and expertise that I have gained and transfer some of that knowledge over to my clients and by doing so I get to love and serve them. Excellent customer service is one of the pillars on which I have built this business. And with each wedding I gain new experience thereby increasing my confidence and ultimately allowing me to provide even better service to my clients.
Well, there's a bit about me and why I love weddings. What do you love about weddings? Feel free to share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
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