At the beginning of April when I accepted a position as a planner with Michelle, she was more than ready to let me start hands on. My second day with her she was filling me in on a wedding reception for Caitlin and Josh Albanese, on May 5, 2018, which was in 23 days. I was feeling overwhelmed as she started giving me vendors to call and tasks to do, but I was in it to win it. This is the job I had dreamed of having for the last 5 years and now here I was.
For the next 3 weeks I was working closely with the vendors, the bride and the mother of the groom, handling guest counts, food orders and scheduling the timeline for the day of. I was confident that everything would run smoothly, I was well informed of the flow of the evening and was sure nothing could go wrong.
May 4, 2018: set up day. I got to the venue ready to set up tables, linens, and the centerpieces when Michelle and Kristin brought them. I quickly realized that the tables were just being dropped off and not set up. I started to panic because I wanted to be ahead of schedule and get the tables and linens up before everyone else got there. Thankfully when Michelle and Kristin got there we kicked it into high gear and got the room set up in no time, making it look absolutely beautiful. Caitlin and Josh’s centerpieces were an abundance of succulents and cacti potted into different vases, and votives using pink Himalayan salt rocks and different shades of grey pebbles. Each centerpiece was surrounded by candles of all different sizes and heights, placed on top of satin mocha linens.
May 5, 2018: Wedding Day, it’s 9:00 AM and I’m packing up my car with everything I’ll need for the day, ready to leave to pick up desserts from two bakeries. I arrived at the venue to make sure the stage was being set up in the proper area. Michelle and Kristin brought the napkins and the additional décor to put the finishing touches on the room. Michelle asks me at that moment if I would be okay being here without them, I said absolutely! I was ready for this, I spoke with all the vendors multiple times, I knew the timeline up and down, I was totally able to handle this on my own. 2:00 PM rolls around and the other girls have to leave for another wedding décor set up. I had until 4:45 PM to finish up everything else for the evening before guests started to arrive. I went around the tables to light the candles as guests began to arrive for cocktail hour. I touched base with Caitlin, Josh and Debbie Albanese and they loved everything! Thankfully as guests came to me with questions, I felt confident because I knew I had the right answers.
I handled my first wedding by myself, and even though it was only a reception I felt very confident in my work. I had great guidance from Michelle and I made sure I had everything in line for the day of the event. The vendors were wonderful and communicating with them so well made my job easy. From start to finish I saw my emotions change, in the beginning I was nervous, and overwhelmed with the tasks at hand, and through the middle all the way to the end I realized that I love my job and that this is what I wanted to do because everything came together wonderfully.
And, as if nothing else could top this high… The most beautiful photos of the loveliest couple! Congrats Caitlin and Josh.
VENDORS: Venue: Indiana Welcome Center/ Photographer: Mike Fan/ Photobooth: Vanity Picture Booth/ Catering: CK Catering/ Italian Ice Cart: Zarlengo’s/ Donuts: Rise n Roll/ Cupcakes: Cute as a Cupcake/ Band: Déjà vu Band/ Bar: Back Court Bar/ Décor, Floral, Planning: Unveiled Weddings and Events/ Chairs: Chair Covers by Sylwia/ Rentals: All In One Party Rentals/ Stationary & Signage: XOXO Invites