Post # 1
I would definitely not say I am a professional (didn’t go to school for it and it’s only about 1/3 of what I do), but I plan large (2600 people is my largest/$15K budget) events. I will be planning an event next Fall with a $120K budget, so that will become my biggest!
I am not married yet, but feel my event planning background for work has given me a lot of help in terms of how I am going to “be” the day of.
I am planning most of the wedding on my own, and hope I can relax and not be crazy the day of. The events I plan, I stress and am so meticulous leading up to the day of and have learned the day of I can just relax, supervise and see everyone enjoying why they came!
….here’s hoping the same on the wedding day? I will hopefully do everything right leading up to the day of so I can actually relax and enjoy every bit of the day!
Does anyone else plan events professionally, did you find it helped you in terms of planning your own wedding?
Post # 3
I plan events professionally, some with $1 million++ budgets. I found it VERY difficult separating my wedding from any other event I plan. I would even slip and sometimes refer to my wedding as “my event” and my co-workers and friends would laugh. I even kept a binder with the exact same tabs as my work events and almost everything carried-over perfectly (except the budget section was a lot shorter). I also used budget and timeline templates from work and re-purposed them for my wedding which my vendors and bridal party greatly appreciated.
The most difficult part I found was to not stress about the details. I intentionally tried to plan a low-key wedding which didn’t include a ton of details, so I would have a chance to relax and enjoy instead of knit-picking every little thing (like I am used to doing in my everyday life).
Even so, I still caught myself slipping into “planner” mode several times during the day. It’s my nature.
Post # 4
I don’t plan events for my job, but we hosted a rather large meeting/convention with receptions this past summer and that definitely helped me. Before I would hardly call vendors on the phone, and now I know what to expect and how to negotiate. That has definitely prepared me, even if I don’t do it on a regular basis (thank goodness – more power to you if you do!).
Post # 5
I do event planning on a daily basis for a university Alumni Association. Quite honestly, it totally helped me in the planning process for my wedding. It was just like another event for work. I jumped on it real quick and had nearly everything planned less than a month after our engagement… now just staying in contact with everyone to make sure things go smoothly! And in dealing with sooo many events, I certainly think it will help me in being calm the day of, but I guess we will have to wait and see!
Post # 6
I used to do corporate event planning as part of my previous job. I’ve also planned sorority fromals and high school proms before that. I think that experience gave me the comfort to contact vendors and plan my wedding from another time zone. However, I learned that some things don’t transfer from the corporate world. I had a frustrating experience with my hotel block when I tried to handle it professionally and was met by a contact way more interested in my wedding plans than figuring out how to create a master bill. I also overwhelmed my caterer with a detailed Excel time plan for the day so I didn’t give that to the other vendors as promised. In the end, I felt much less day of pressure than with corporate events because I didn’t have a boss to impress onsite and I was totally calm with the flow. As it turned out, my dad stressed the caterer out way more than I did. Unfortunately I got married in a different region, otherwise, I would have turned to some of my trusted corporate vendors for my wedding but ultimately, it all worked out.
Post # 7
I planned a few things through work. I think my organization and being meticulous helped so much when it came time for wedding planning. I’m a total list maker!
Post # 8
Yes, I was an event coordinator for a large hotel for three years, and currently work as a wedding director/event planner for a florist.
Post # 9
I do some corporate planning (in my old job I did A LOT), and I think it was helpful in wedding planning. All my vednors told me I was the most organized bride they’d ever worked with, and I think things ran really smoothly. I was also way more relaxed at our wedding than I ever am corporate events. For one, our wedding was quite a bit smaller than most of the events I plan, but also, I normally take care of every detail at the events I plan, and on my wedding day I was able to hand off some of thaat responsibility to the DJ, caterer, etc…