Becoming an Event Planner

I didn't know that Event Planning would be a career path that I wanted to go down.... ....But then again.... things happen. Life throws obstacles your way and all the careful planning you thought you did doesn't always come to fruition. Some things are out of our control because God has other plans for us. But here I am, fully emersed in this career path and I'm tickled pink with excitement that I am lucky enough to suround myself with women in the industry that are so wonderful and so ready and willing to help me grow. Fresh out of highschool I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I had gone to a vocational school and was placed into my second choice shop, Culinary Arts. My first choice was health careers but it was so competitive. Health is my other passion and I enjoyed working with patients as a medical assistant, but that's a different story. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time in high school and my time in culinary arts, but because it was a vocational school, we didn't really get much college prepping. I knew I wanted to go to college, and my high school counselor suggested community college. So that's where I ended up. I had chosen Business originally because I didn't know what else to choose, but when I went to an open house, I saw the Communications department table and so I went over to check it out. I don't remember what sold me, but whatever they said worked and so now, I'm a Communication major still with no real direction but, afer my first semester, I knew that Public Relations was the route i wanted to take. I was already planning without even realizing it. I always enjoyed helping my mom with planning our parties. I started with my Quinceañero, my sisters, my 21st Black & White Party, baby showers and ended with my Wedding. That's when I realized that I actually REALLY enjoyed planning events. After my wedding, I took the first step, attended classes at the local college and became a certified Event Planner. Becoming an event planner I didn't realize that I still had so much to learn. Even though I had been planning my own events for years, and had all this new knowledge that I had learned from my event planning course, I decided to educate myself a little more. I researched, and read up all things event planning. So now, I want to share what i've learned with you! One thing that you have to keep in mind is that event planning is not for everyone. There's a certain set of traits and skills that you should have in order to be successful. That is not to say, don't do it. You can absolutely get into the industry if you'd like, just be aware and be prepared. 1. Flexibility. It doesn't matter how long you plan an event. It can be a year, months, or weeks, there will (almost) always be a last minute change. You have to learn how to roll with the punches. 2. Interpersonal Skills. If you're planning to work with people, then you definitely need to be a people person. You're not only going to be working with clients, but you will also meet a lot of vendors and network. Networking is big with event planning. 3. Organizational Skills. This is kind of a no brainer,right? In order to organize someone else's event, you need to stay organized. You need to be in the know about everything to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch. 4. Passion. You need to love what you do. If you're not in love with what you're doing in life, then you just have to move on and find something else that you ARE passionate about. We only have one life to live and there is no reason to stay in a situation that you are incredibly unhappy with.Whether it's in Event Planning or something else, find the career that still makes you happy even after you've had the worst day on the job. Photo credit 5. Time management Skills. As Event Planner, you will be juggling a lot of different things at the same time. You have to be able to manage your time well enough not only to stay organized and on track, but for your sanity as well. 6. Resourcefulness. The show must go on! When things go wrong on the job, you have to be able to go to plan B with the tools at your disposal. 7. Attention to Detail. It's your job as the event planner, to ensure that vendors have put everything in place, and everything is where it's supposed to be. Make sure to follow up, because if someting goes wrong... it's on you! 8. Stay Level Headed. You absolutely cannot wear stress on your face even under the most stressful circumstances. When you freak out, they freak out and all hope is lost. You've been hired to take care of all the details and make this enjoyable for your client. Working under pressure is going to be something that you will get used to right away. Things that come along with being an Event Planner With the good, comes the bad. Well, not all bad. It's important to know what to expect as an Event Planner. You can crumble under the pressures, or go in knowing what to expect and crush the heck out of your new career. 1. Long Hours. No suprise there. You're throwing parties and in order for a party to go off without a hitch, you need do lots of research. Hours will of course depend on the size of the party. Also keep in mind that most of the events will be done on nights and weekends. 2. Uncredited Work. Most of the time you will be throwing events and the client will be getting the credit. Guests aren't going to assume a planner was hired to create this beautiful event, so you'll have to come to terms with being the person behind the scenes. 3. High Level of Stress. Event Planning is definitely not for the anxious. You're going to be hired to create an event from beginning to end. Things will go wrong, and you will get stressed, but it all depends on how you handle it. This is why passion is so important. Photo Credit 4. Someone will always have something to say. If you're able to pull off an event, then most of the comments will be very positive. But it doesn't matter how gorgeous everything comes out, someone will always have something negative to say. Take it with a grain of salt. As long as your client is happy, that's all that matters. Convinced yet? If you find all of this intriguing then take the first step! A degree isn't required to work in the event planning industry but it is important to do your research. Read books, follow blogs (like this one) and network with others in the industry. The more you know, the more you grow. Wife and mother of two young children, Von Marie Moniz is the Event Planner and Owner of Lovely Events by Von. Clients love her bubbly personality and attention to detail. Planning is what she does, relaxing and enjoying yourself is what you will be doing when you hire Von for your next event. #eventplanner #weddingplanner #weddings #events #eventsmanagement #timemanagement #career #howto #becomeandeventplanner

Becoming an Event Planner