As an Event/Wedding Planner, my primary gift and responsibilities involve being a strong administrator, strategic planner, manage tasks and schedules, work closely with venues and vendors, handle the logistics, produce detail timelines, trouble shoot the unexpected while making sure the event runs efficiently and as seamless as possible. That’s one major role I carry. For me, this is just the first and main element of who I am as Event Creator. A colleague of mine who attended a recent wedding I produced saw me and my team working hard at the event later referenced me as a “Picasso at Work”. I just smiled and thought “oh how awesome is that!” Never thought of myself as an Artist. Really cool. : )
The more I thought about that phrase, I thought about the second major element I absolutely love, which is the creative design process that ultimately delivers the expected vision of my Clients. It’s not just a linen, a piece of silverware, or a charger plate we place on a table. Styling and designing an event is about creating a cohesive and complete vision. It’s developing the overall look and feel, which contributes to you and your guests experience from the receipt of your save the date or invitation to the moment you enter the ceremony space with an amazing backdrop for the Bride and Groom, to great food and drinks during the social hour, to the entrance of the reception when you lay eyes on the table presentation, the dining experience, all the way to a fun party to follow!
By no means is this actually easy to do because every Client has a different idea and dream. As a Creative, you must be very clear to understand you and your clients personal style, assess your creative capabilities, understand the structure and architecture of the space, which leads to thinking through how textures, colors and layers will work with the venue. It is also important to continue to research and find the right resources needed for your creations and at times some creative concepts have to actually be built from scratch. Plus, leveraging continuing education to increase your planning and creative knowledge annually is equally important to improve your capability and credibility.
The third major element is relationship! My good buddy Pearlice from P3 Weddings and Events and I feel so strongly about this one. “It’s more than a Business Transaction, it’s a Relationship.” Yes, I am an entrepreneur and I have grown to enjoy this challenging journey being in business for your self. I also enjoy building and maintaining new relationships along the way. As your Planner, Clients will spend the most time with me planning, designing, and meeting/communicating with one another through out the entire process. Therefore, having a great rapport and connection will be extremely important to us both. Plus, I honestly genuinely care about my Clients and their well being. It’s a great feeling to be considered professional yet personable by my colleagues and clients.
To be a every growing “Picasso at Work” for me truly means continuing to improve my high level attention to details, continue to strengthen and exercise my creative muscles, and always build and maintain great relationship as an Artist!
Blessings & Happy Planning!!!