Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sweat Equity

The first thing that most people say when I tell them what I do is "That's sounds like a lot of fun!" Although I enjoy being an event planner, there is a lot of hard work that comes along with the process.
What most people do not see is the weeks and sometimes months leading up to an event. There is a lot of planning, researching, and sometimes tears that precede the day of activities. A lot of times, the day is the most labor-intensive.
My last event involved me and two of my assistants literally installing a 50x50 canopy tent ourselves in over 90 degree weather. It took us over an hour to get the tent up, leaving us with less than 30 minutes before our guests arrived. Just enough time to do a quick wardrobe change! To say that I was sweating, is an understatement- I was literally pouring as partially evident in the picture above, lol.
I encourage anyone that enjoys planning to take it on as a career, whether it be full-time or part-time. But please do not take for granted all of the time you will have to put into it. I learned through trial and error, then I finally sought assistance from industry professionals who still continue to mentor me in my quest to become a premier event planner.
I enjoy seeing the fruits of my labor- the finished product or event! I don't even mind enduring sweat and tears for my clients. After all, they are what keep me planning and I wouldn't have it any other way!