What I learned from wedding planning in just 1 day!
Hey guys! My name is Kathleen and as Nicole's new assistant, I assisted on my first wedding ever a few weeks ago! My background is in planning proms (yes, that is a thing), but planning weddings, I'm learning, are different in the best ways! I learned a lot in just a few hours of assisting than I could have ever imagined and wanted to share the three biggest things that I took away from my very first wedding with Nicole George Event Planning + Design.
Check, then check again, then triple check.
Wedding planning requires a trained eye and extreme attention to detail, but I've come to find that there is so much more fine tuning when it comes to the aesthetics on the actual wedding day. A wedding is one of the best parties that you will ever throw, so why wouldn’t you want everything to look perfect? That's where a wedding designer + their team come in. Perfecting each and every detail is imperative to creating a polished wedding. Even down to making sure the forks at each place setting are staggered and appropriately 1-2 inches above the edge of the table, dessert bars are styled in accordance to color, size, and height, and even something as easy as puddling long table linens towards inside rather than out (if you don't know what I'm talking about, this is why you hire a planner). These details might be overlooked but make a huge impact enhancing each guests' experience.
Unexpected things will happen.
No matter how meticulously you plan your wedding, unexpected obstacles may arise. To be a wedding coordinator, you need to be patient, flexible, calm, and think fast on your feet. Sometimes there are things that are just out of your control, like traffic (traffic in downtown LA made our guests 30 minutes later than we had originally planned even with a traffic margin!), and most importantly, knowing how to adjust the schedule so that it works for every vendor involved and still keeps everything on track. That expertise alone is why couples should hire wedding planners!
The client-planner relationship is key.
The relationship shared between a couple and their wedding planner needs to be comfortable and full of trust. I watched Nicole check-in on our clients and reassure them constantly but also step back and allow them to have their space. They were so relaxed, calm, and took Nicole's direction when the time came. Even when they were feeling anxious before the grand entrance, she calmed them down and encouraged them to just have fun no matter what happens. It was then that I also realized that we are investing our time, energy, emotions, and expertise to make this our clients' best day ever. If you are calm, they are calm. If you are having fun, then they are having fun. It is really all about creating the best experience for them, their families, and guests no matter what!
My first experience wedding assisting was beautiful, and I can't wait to do it again! Every couple and every wedding is so unique, it is a truly beautiful thing to be a part of, and seeing all the love and excitement in the room doesn’t seem like a thing that will get old.