I receive a lot of inquiries from college students and others who want of find a new career and they ask if I have availability for an internship or a “start up job”.
Recently, I asked one of my interns to describe her view and what it takes to get to where you want to be. Please enjoy!
….Being in the wedding coordination industry is an extremely rewarding job. Not only do you get to help two people with one of the happiest days of their lives, you also get to have fun while doing it. It is a lot of work to be a primary wedding coordinator and every great coordinator has their partner in crime. I have been lucky enough to work with Sandy and her team at Strings & Champagne Events as an intern during 2014 and then as an assistant wedding coordinator in 2015.
It’s not always an easy thing to be 2nd in command when it comes to weddings. You need to know just as much and of all the details and answers to questions that could arise. As an assistant you should also be able to see what needs to be done without being asked. There are so many things that can be done to make sure you are a successful assistant for the right event planning company. To be an assistant wedding coordinator, you must be prepared for what it entails. You must be ready to give up weekends and evenings. It is also important to remember that, if a wedding coordinator asks you to help at a certain event, they are counting on you being there. You won’t just shadow Sandy and her team, you are critically involved in making this wedding successful! This was one of the best parts, I felt that I was needed AND I learned a lot!
I decided that I wanted to know as much about the different event planning companies before contacting them so I researched various ones fully before finding Strings & Champagne Events. I believe that you should take time to research different coordinators to make sure you and that person have the same style. Schedule a time to meet with the coordinator to get a feel for how they conduct their business and then have a trial run with that coordinator at a wedding. At my first wedding with Strings & Champagne Events, it was so nerve-wracking because it was our trial wedding to see if I would mesh well with the team. The time was filled with decorating, watching, listening and making sure everything was done according to plan and efficiently. When I left that evening, I was so excited as I drove home, reviewing the evening in my head and I knew that I had found my calling. Since that first night I have been working with Sandy and her team on several weddings and different events and every event has been as wonderful as the first. All of the weddings I have had the opportunity to work with her on have been different and creative in their own way and all so rewarding.
Over the past two years, I have been lucky to find my place within Strings & Champagne Events and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. – Elena
Elena has been fortunate to take her career to the next level. She has worked for the Sacramento Convention Center and is now an event planner with the Crocker Art Museum.