In disguise as . . .

Monday, August 18, 2008

I'm sorry, but I've been holding out on you all a small tidbit that just made my weekend. About a year ago, while trapped in a job that I hated, I was continuously made happy by being able to assist the plethora of young brides getting engaged while employed with me at Target Corp. There was no shortage, as the ratio of women to men was around 3:1. I helped by providing solicited advice, compiling vendor lists for every budget and well being emersed in wedding planning yet again.

My co-workers saw that it made me happy and would often recommend newly engaged girls to seek my help out, which I gladly gave. There's nothing that makes me more happy than matching newly engaged girls up with an event center, photographer or florist who I just know they will click and is within their budget.

Six months ago, this help took a new direction when I was asked to provide day-of-coordinating services for one of my co-workers. After a few meetings together to hammer out expectations, I was set for their wedding this weekend. Or I should say event, because it was so much more than a wedding.

Friday Lindsey and Matt had their rehearsal and dinner at The Landmark Center, as their event location was open to the public Friday and was not accessible. Instead, they "made do" with the ever impressive LC. The drinks were always full and the passed hors d'oeurves were delicious.On Saturday I joined up with the party at the MN History Center. An absolutely stunning location for a wedding, as they had their ceremony and reception both held at the same location.


Um, yeah. This is the lobby.

The ceremony was held here, with a beautiful view of the state capital as backdrop.

I had the time of my life! Going into it I was a little apprehensive of two things:

1. They didn't need me at all!

2. Everything under the sun went wrong.

Luckily a happy median was struck. As for introductions, I feel that I made a strong impression on the event coordinators, family and bridal party that they could come to me when something was needed or wrong. I was able to assert myself when I knew that vendors were not completing tasks as Lindsey had instructed, enabling her vision to actually be carried through. Additionally, I was the go-fer girl, but I was glad to do it as opposed to someone in the bridal party, who would have had to miss out on something to get whatever it was or pass on information to who ever it was.

All in all, I was able to help in 3 large ways:

1. Remedy, with the help of the event coordinators, a large broken aisle arrangement about 40 minutes before the ceremony.

2. Find the photographer, when she went "missing" for 30 minutes while she was supposed to be doing family pictures {she ran out to her car with her camera, and was subsequently stuck when it started to spotaneously rain, as she did not have a bag or any way to protect her equipment}

3. Run to the St. Paul Hotel to retreive the forgotten marriage license . . . yeah.

All in all, I would love to have the opportunity to serve as a coordinator again, but have no idea how that would come about.

15 comments:

Julia said...

Wow, Leah. That is awesome! We should start calling you J-Lo now :) Congrats on following your wedding-related dream....pretty fun, isn't it?

Rebecca said...

That's awesome! It sounds like you were a huge help. Hopefully you'll have many more opportunities such as this one.

Rebecca said...

I meant to say this earlier: their location was absolutely stunning! I wish I could get married there!

Heidi said...

Wow, that location looks phenomenal!!! Congrats to you for following up your dream.

Andrea said...

HHmmm...I sense self employment!!! Good job!!

E & A said...

You can coordinate on my day for me, if you want (for pay obviously!!!)

email me: aaronandemma@gmail.com

or page me on msp knot Emma1125
-Emma

abby said...

How fun! I'm sure you did an awesome job. I LOVE helping out my newly engaged friends with wedding details, possibly even more than I did with my own wedding lol!

Erin said...

It sounds like you did a great job! I also really love helping people plan weddings - it is so fun! I have been a personal attendant FIVE times since my own wedding... I think I'm a pro now :)

Lisa said...

How fun! While I love the idea of being a wedding planner in theory, I could never do it in real life. Give up my weekends...no way!

Jen M said...

How fun to get to follow your passion. Self employment in your future?

Madeline said...

How awesome are you! Secretly, I've always wanted to do that as one of many "dream jobs" I was tossing around :)

Madeline said...

How awesome are you! Secretly, I've always wanted to do that as one of many "dream jobs" I was tossing around :)

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fah said...

How fun! I've started doing the same since my wedding. It's been nice since I still pop over to the knot every now and then (only been married for a year now)so I still know a lot of good vendors and girls getting married. I started doing some weddings with the coordinator from my wedding and then get some referrals from friends that have friends getting married. Someone always knows someone! Good luck with it!

BruinChiq said...

Super congrats! Perhaps you can find some more people in need of coordinators to boost your biz? TheKnot? ProjectWedding? WeddingBee??

 

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