A Wedding Planner's Journey ... Thus Far
My love for weddings began when I was six years old, one of my oldest memories, the school book fair! I could not seem to walk past a little book called “The Mouse Wedding”. It is an interactive book where you can pull out and read the wedding invitation and throw the confetti. I fell in love!
When I was old enough to work, I got stuck right into it! I applied (3 times) at a prestigious venue, until they decided to give me the job. As you do, I started at the bottom, learning all about hospitality and service. It was not long and I was part of the wedding team, delivering food with perfect timing and most importantly keeping the bride and groom happy. From this point, I found myself involved in weddings most weekends. I worked hard, conquering 48 wedding in 52 weeks. Everything from decorations, schedules, ceremonies, photos and of course the perfect dinner with speeches on time followed by a bridal waltz and nothing left to do but party. I was in love with my job and enjoyed working more than I ever have.
By this stage, I was 19 and very driven. There was an opening for me to step-up. This was my chance to become the Manager. I had started training for this position then the worst happened; the General Manager hired somebody else and gave me the following reasons as to why:
1. I couldn't tell a bride that I had been doing the job for 10 years
2. I wasn't married myself
3. I was too young
My dreams were crushed and I was devastated. I ended up leaving this position, but my love for this job never really went away. So I said to myself "right... (after many tears) I need a career". So I put my finger on a degree in the university guide and enrolled.
I then spent a few years in another industry until I realised I knew the one true thing that made me happy - Weddings!
There are always going to be many ups and down, especially with events management. Today, I am thankful that I did not get that earlier position, because from that experience, I was given a life lesson. Dedication, strength and persistence will get you far.
Do I have special training? No. Do I have the experience? Yes. To take this career path, you sometimes need to apply for a job three or more times and you need to be prepared to work very hard.
Through my previous experience, I was able to find my dream job. At the age of 25, I am the Events Manager working for Sunshine Coast Hotels, managing weddings, corporate events and special family occasions at The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast and Brightwater Hotel. My future is brighter than ever with steady growth coming to the business which I get to be an integral part of.
I still have my little mouse wedding book with all invitations and confetti intact! I wonder what the next chapter of my career will hold?
Story by - Kobe Odgers