BE | Best Advice Ever

Five and a half years ago, I was in the throes of wedding planning. I am a planner and organizer at heart, plus a crafter and doer and an “I can do it all myself-er.” That makes for a bit of a stressful time when putting everything together for your big day.

In one of the hundreds of blogs I visited during those planning days, I came across a bit of advice I have not yet forgotten. It’s changed my perspective and the way I handle new situations. It’s short, simple, easy to remember, and something I keep in my back pocket as a mantra that I’ve used handfuls of times since I first read it.

“You are not the first person to ______.”

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DO | Day-Of Coordinator Emergency Kit

A few years ago I was in the midst of planning our wedding. I did everything without the help of a wedding planner, but I decided it was important to me to have a Day-Of-Coordinator. I knew myself well enough to know that I was capable of planning every last detail, but that I would want to be free of bothers on the actual day of my wedding. So, I hired someone to take care of those things for me.

That same year, I was the day-of-coordinator for a friend’s wedding. This was my first wedding at which I was not a guest, but a vendor, and I wanted to make sure I put all of my event-coordination and wedding planning knowledge into effect.

One of the things I knew wedding coordinators should have is an emergency kit. This helps the bride and bridal party (and sometimes other unprepared vendors) take care of unexpected surprises like a ripped hem, dead battery, bleeding groomsman (all of those things happened, not-surprisingly), and any number of things that may go wrong during a large event.

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