So you want to become an event planner!! Awesome! Join the other 34585784 of us sooner than later, will ya? The good samaritan that I am, I want to share with you the top 10 things you should know before starting out. I wish someone would have enlightened me too before I stepped into this mad, crazy, beloved adventure of mine, but hey, I’m happy to pass it along!
1. You MUST officially have OCD or artificially develop it before you become an event planner. You WILL need it to be able to set 100 place settings the exact same way, with the napkins at the exact same angle, and the ribbons on them curled perfectly. Since you actually have to ENJOY doing this, being naturally OCD helps a lot.
2. This job is actually very glamorous! You will be schlepping props, furniture, dresses, tents, ladders, chandeliers and bags of things that are heavier than yourself. Sometimes in high heels. You will not be playing with gorgeous flowers, mixing up signature drinks with a smile, or tasting gourmet cakes all day long. Not that you ever thought you would, right?
3. Forget about date nights on Fridays. You and your significant other will most likely be stuffing favor bags, welcome bags, or folding napkins for the next day. I mean, that does make for a romantic date night sometimes. Sometimes.
4. Know that something will go wrong at every event. Always. Pray that you will be the only one that knows. Hide the evidence, and hide it well. Smile and pretend that everything is still going as per the original plan.
5. Learning about styling, propping, florals, inspiration boards, and lovely fabrics and colors will be a lot of fun. But you must learn it and forget it all the next day. Because more than anything else in your day-to-day routine, you will be replying to 68541 emails and keeping track of your multiple calendars and planning systems.
6. Make sure to practice your best gracious smile in the mirror a few times a day before an event. This helps a lot when you are bone tired, starving, and your Fit Bit app says you have walked a gazillion miles already.
7. Be prepared to hear statements like “I really really want a crystal chandelier the size of my house at the ceremony, and those rare orchids that only bloom once a year, oh and a white horse carriage for after the reception!!”. My budget? Oh wait, what’s that?! Also get used to being asked “Design fee? What exactly is that?”
8. You will now dream only in patterns, colors, tablescapes, linens, cakes and the like. This is truly not a bad thing. Some of us even dress in the colors of our upcoming event, possibly even order an iPhone case to match. Remember the OCD thing?
9. Every once in a while, you will clear out a tiny corner of your desk and studio from the piles of receipts, fabric swatches, paint chips, invitation proofs, candy wrappers and old coffee cups. You will then go shower, do your hair (front only) and take a selfie at said office corner for your Instagram feed. You know, for the “I have it all together on my pretty little desk” post with the #ilovemyjob hashtag.
10. Have fun! Seriously. Don’t worry about #1-9, just have fun! Being a celebration planner is insanely satisfying and a pure adrenalin rush like no other! Feel free to be jealous if your job is not as awesome as mine.