Why I became a wedding planner
I began studying events management in Southampton back in 2008 and I absolutely loved it, I loved the excuse of “needing” another planner, a blackberry, any sort of pretty stationary that made me feel super organised and on top of everything. At the first opportunity of organising an event, even as a newcomer into the second year, I volunteered myself to be the project manager. Here is where my pretty stationary must have paid off and I had appeared as a super organised person because these strangers entrusted this project into my hands and I couldn’t have been more excited.
With “Onyx Events” we had all of the typical group project issues as you’d expect with 10 members, people not turning up to meetings, I kid you not a spider bite was one reason, not visiting venues, passing off tasks to others and 2 students dropped out of the course, regardless of this our event was really successful, we raised £300+ for a charity, I received a first for my role as project manager and our website was received well, photo stand was a hit with our customers although I feel like we should claim the original photobooth idea here! Generally, a good night was had by students and lecturers alike (including an ad hoc after party, typical students!)
This was the start of my real love for event planning and when an e-mail was circulated that a tutor at the University was looking for a student from our course to assist with her wedding I did not hesitate to contact her and was over the moon when she invited me to be her wedding planner, I’m still good friends with her 10 years later and she attended my wedding in 2015 as well. It was amazing helping her plan her wedding, meeting the dress designer, visiting these fantastic venues and on the day being there to be her confidence to enjoy their unique day.
I moved home to Plymouth during the lead up to her wedding and began day dreaming of becoming a wedding planner and “Supreme Elegance” was born, although short lived. I fell into admin roles, finance roles and felt like I’d like to do those instead as they fit nicely around my first daughter, Lilly Gray, but fortunately for you guys, my own wedding, and a friends’ hen weekend gave me the wedding planning bug again and I’m not getting distracted again, unless it’s by shiny things as this is par for the course with me :P
Keep your sparkle.