Many of us have seen Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner – someone who wears colour-coordinated suits, issues orders over a microphone headset and carries water spray inside her jacket to revive nervous fathers. But what do wedding planners really do?
We give wedding dresses that final perfect fluff before the bride walks down the aisle. We take frantic late night phone calls from emotional brides (and grooms). We have calm conversations with protective Mama’s and stressed caterers. We have a florist on speed dial. We have a wedding day emergency kit that would make MacGyver jealous. We are awake long into the night going over every minuscule detail of one of the most important days of someone else’s life.
Why on earth would we want to do that, you ask?
Have you been around two people deep in love? It’s refreshing, it’s uplifting and it’s contagious! Having a slightly-OCD love for organising everything and having plans run smoothly certainly doesn’t hurt.
I get to use my experience, drive and creativity and apply it to a situation that many people are only in once in their life. To turn it around, if you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime event, why wouldn’t you want someone with experience to help you out?
Do I have any regrets about the long hours and Saturdays away from family? Nope. Have I had any wedding disasters? Nope, not a single one! How many weddings have I planned? 36, at last count. Do I have the best husband in the world? Absolutely (sorry ladies)!
The only negative about being a wedding planner? We never get any cake.
Seriously. It’s a problem.