Here’s what no one will tell you when you start planning a wedding. It’s like running your own business. A lot of different decision makers, stake holders and investors, telling you what they want all at the same time. And it can be exhausting, emotionally challenging and thankless. Yet, it’s supposed to be the best day of your life. The numbers don’t add up.
Think about what it takes to produce an event. It takes many silos. Finance; getting the budget in shape. Sales; selling your ideas to your stakeholders most importantly your fiance and family members (especially if you have a fiduciary duty to those people). Marketing; laboring over a million different ideas to make your event look great. HR; dealing with your supplier relationships – making sure your suppliers know exactly what they are doing and are working with each other with you at the front seat driving that. Operations; executing everything on the day (one which you’re supposed to be the guest of honour by the way).
Those that have never done it will tell you it’s going to be fun. Anyone who has done it will tell you that it’s going to be fun, and then follow on with a lot of horror stories about how this job really sucked sometimes when they planned their own wedding. The smart ones, the busy ones are the ones that can see this from a mile away. They are the ones that will avoid it at all costs by either outsourcing or hiring vendors that they can trust just to run with things (and vendors that should be trusted).
So before you start, go in with your eyes open. How much experience do you have doing any of those jobs? Make smart decisions. Work with people you can trust. Work with people that deserve your trust. Or not. And just get some help instead.