Samantha Speaks: On Interning in the Event Industry

Earlier this month, An Essential Event welcomed new intern Samantha Steele into our little family. Among Samantha’s first assignments was to share with us her hopes and expectations for her future not only with An Essential Event, but in the industry as a whole. Below is Samantha’s eager and incredibly insightful exposition on beginning a career in the bridal and event world. Well done, Samantha – we are delighted to have you on board!

Samantha Steele

An Essential Event’s new intern, Samantha Steele (right) with her dear friend, Erin Noorlun (left).

Samantha Speaks

For me, event planning came naturally at a young age. I can remember arranging surprise birthday parties for my family and friends every chance I got growing up. I loved the way I was able make someone feel so special with just a few unexpected decorations and a homemade cake!

It was only just recently that I received the chance to actually employ my passion with an internship. I’m so excited to be a part of An Essential Event and hope that my enthusiasm and work ethic will benefit the team! I think that being behind the scenes and getting an inside look at the entire process of creating an event will be so educational, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.

I look forward to being there for our clients from the beginning steps of developing their event, to the climatic ending. I imagine that the internship will demand a lot of hard work and anticipate it to be a bit stressful at times, but seeing our clients happy on their big day will be completely worth it and will feel so rewarding for me! The task I’m most looking forward to is working, hand in hand, with the brides when we do wedding events. After all the horror stories you hear about “bridezillas” and their kooky antics, this fact may be surprising to some. However, I believe that our brides have the right to command a higher standard. After all, it is their day, their wedding, a moment in time that they will cherish forever. It’s our job to make their wedding fantasies a reality! And personally, I am more than happy to be challenged. The grander the endeavor the better, because without being driven by something or someone, we remain the same, and I always desire to progress and thrive as a planning assistant. I cannot wait to begin what will hopefully be a long career in this business!

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Dream Bigger

David Tutera's "Dream Bigger" Show

David Tutera’s “Dream Bigger” Show

Earlier this month, An Essential Event’s newest Event Assistant, Kim Schmitz, had the pleasure of traveling to California to meet celebrity wedding planner, David Tutera. Kim was kind enough to share some of her thoughts on the experience with us in the following post:

Dream Bigger

 “Attention! Attention! Flight 480 with travel to Orange County will begin boarding in a few minutes. Passengers with boarding pass type A should precede directly to Gate D12 at this time.”

This is where the butterflies really began. I was about to board a plane to go to Anaheim, California to meet David Tutera at his “Dream Bigger” show. Now, I have been watching “My Fair Wedding” for quite some time, and have always thought David Tutera did amazing work. His eye for detail is exquisite! He can look at a blank canvas – or at a completely disorganized heap – and make from it someone’s dream event a reality.

David Tutera and Kim Schmitz

David Tutera and Kim Schmitz

The show “Dream Bigger” was about just that, only looking at yourself and your dreams in life instead. David began the presentation by sharing about how he got started in the event industry: as a singing telegram! (Can you imagine that – a ridiculously costumed David Tutera singing on your doorstep? Too funny!)  He went on to tell us how a women came and asked him to decorate her son’s Bar Mitzvah after viewing his design work in a store’s window display. He said “yes” without a single thought as to how this opportunity might affect his future, and so his amazing event career was born. Throughout the show, David reminded us many times how important it is to say “yes” – “yes” to new adventures, “yes” to harder tasks and “yes” to bigger dreams. I think this may be why he is so successful.  From a task as simple and small as decorating a young boy’s Bar Mitzvah to planning a private client’s $3 million wedding, he has always said “yes.” At one point during his presentation, David explained, “If you don’t take big risks in life, you don’t get the big challenges.” David believed in himself enough to say “yes” and as a result, he has been able to continue dreaming and achieving bigger.

So this is what I will take away from the whole experience of meeting David Tutuera: I will continue to take risks, say “yes” and believe in myself enough to follow my dream of being a wedding planner. I love the quote, “If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?’ Well, I will, for one. I will prove to myself that I can do this if only I continue to Dream Bigger.

-       Kim Schmitz

Kim Schmitz is a graduate of the Penn-Foster Career School’s Wedding Planning program and a novice member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. An Essential Event has been pleased to have Kim on board as an Event Assistant since January of 2013 and is looking forward to all that she will bring to us and to our clients.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from An Essential Event

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I have been thinking a bit about how spending time with family can cause extra stress in the midst of the wedding planning process. So today I took a moment and composed the following email to all of my brides, and thought that I would post it here in hopes of giving some additional support to all of the other wonderful engaged couples out there who might also be experiencing this issue this week:

As you are sitting down with your family this Thursday to fill your plates with turkey and dressing, the subject of your upcoming wedding is sure to be on the tips of everyone’s tongues. From your very single cousin to your spinster great aunt, everyone will want to hear just how the planning is going, and quite possibly, offer you their often unwelcome suggestions on things like your cake, your décor and even your dress. It can all be very overwhelming – the decisions, the details, the differing opinions. So here are a few good rules to follow to make sure that your holiday is as peaceful – and pie-full – as possible:

Be thankful.
First and foremost, keep in mind that your relatives are only interested in the minutia of your wedding because they would all like the very best for you. Be thankful that your family, especially your mother, cares so much about your happiness and helping you to create the day of your dreams. Or, if instead, your family is full of negative nuptial barbs, be thankful that you have a future spouse who loves you despite your doubting gene pool.

Be thoughtful.
If your relatives insist on handing out a heaping helping of advice, resist the temptation to turn a deaf ear. Instead, listen patiently – and politely – to their well-intentioned rambles, and be thoughtful enough to remember that they probably feel a sense of investment in your soiree as well. Doing so will surely help to maintain the family peace, and may even result in a few valuable possibilities!

Be through.
The fact is, we all have our limits, and our families can seem strangely fond of pushing us to them. If you think your family might go too far this holiday season, just imagine the stress they can cause on your actual wedding day! Be through with the hassles and hire a wedding coordinator like An Essential Event to manage and mediate for you. After all, once your special day is done, they will still be your family. Avoid the conflict and let a coordinator be the bad guy on your behalf.

Happy Thanksgiving, and have a sliver of sweet potato just for us!