event planning.

When you take a break from your regular blog series posts, the scheduling turns all wonky and you can’t seem to get back into the groove of things for a while. I think that’s why Type A people loooooove schedules, routines, appointments, and the like. Once Type A folks break the cycle, they freak out. I’m trying to get back into the groove of things again, so my regular Monday papa c/mama c post is going to be rescheduled to tomorrow or Thursday.

Over the weekend, I coordinated a wedding. A couple of months ago, I tried professionally event planning for the first time as the gala coordinator for a non-profit organization. That experience was a crazy trip. Being a gala coordinator was tough, but I think I excelled at it. It was high stress but definitely worth it. Sixteen-hour workdays are never fun in any industry, but events are especially tiring. I’ve learned that you have to allow yourself time to recover, rest, and relax after planning events. Wedding planning was never on my career agenda, but my dear friend J gave me the opportunity and I knew I couldn’t pass it up. She needed a day-of coordinator since she was in the bridal party; she planned everything for the wedding prior to the actual day. I’m happy to say that it was an awesome experience, due to the fact that my friend is A RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING WEDDING PLANNER. I love her. I love that she is so crazy organized and on top of everything.

Things that I’ve learned through planning this one wedding:

1. Bridesmaids and wedding planners should always wear dresses with pockets. So useful!
2. Though wedding planning is not my forte, it is an amazing way to meet new and awesome people. Potential friends in the making.
3. I realized that I talk a lot. But I’ve also realized that if you want to be a successful event planner, you kind of need to love to talk.

The end. I think event planning will be my side gig from now on. It’s totally my jam!

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