4 years…that was the amount of time in the professional world that I was a wedding & event planner. I thought this career was it for me. Since I was 15 all I ever dreamed of was to be a wedding planner. I was creative, loved details and always had a plan. In college I got a bachelors degree in event planning then moved to San Francisco to start my career in events at a hotel. I had no intention to start in hotels but knew this was the only way for me to gain experience before any client would think I was credible. During my time at the hotel I would help local wedding planners and floral designers in my spare time. My dream was getting closer, I could feel it. After a year, I transferred to a hotel in Boston and became the wedding specialist. I was incredibly proud. Things were finally coming into place.
There I go again with my rose tinted glasses. We all do it, right? We think things are more glamorous then what they really are and have the tendency to only see the good and forget the bad.
Here is what my job really entailed:
-Monthly Sales Quota
-Meetings with Clients Daily
-Strategy Business Plans
-Late Nights/Weekend Work
-Emotionally Driven Clients with Unrealistic Expectations
Let’s see which of those do I really enjoy…hmm, yes. Nothing. I’m not a driver, I hate competition, I’m not motivated by money, I hate small talk and I’m not a fan of confrontation. What did I enjoy about this job? I loved making people genuinely happy and seeing such a special day come to fruition (given that the bride was happy.)
As a highly sensitive person you know it’s unbearable to spend hours and hours in a job that doesn’t suit you. I needed a job that was more “me”. I finally decided to jump ship and start on a new career path.
When looking back I am extremely proud of my accomplishments. I’ve planned countless weddings in all flavors (Indian, Kosher, African, Mormon, Gay, Jewish, Greek, Christian, Catholic…the list goes on.) More importantly I stayed true to my dream and pursued it for over 10 years to see it come to fruition. Just before leaving the industry I became certified as a professional wedding planner. I can’t think of a better way to end this part of my life.
Although it has been a hard road I don’t regret it at all. I’ve learned so much about myself, about what I want and the direction I want to go. I just don’t think I’ll be planning another wedding anytime soon.