Resolutions to life experiences can often seem simple and
straight to the point when you’re on the outside looking in, and it’s not any
different when you’re an event planner working on your own big day, right? So when I realized that our own Angela Smith planned
her own TWO ceremonies, reception and honeymoon in the last several months I couldn’t
resist the urge to get the "tea” (latest gossip). If any of you know Angela, I’m sure you know
her as the hilariously funny, pragmatic problem solver.
Alanna: Where was the ceremony?
Angela: We celebrated our family ceremony at the property of dear
friends on the James River with about 25 people total. It was very small and
very meaningful. We just returned from our symbolic ceremony at a resort in the
Dominican Republic called the Melia Caribe Tropicale with seven of our closest
Alanna: You’re such a
workaholic (I’ve accused you of secretly being a cyborg!). Did you take time
off for a honeymoon?
Angela: You’re hilarious. I came back to work on the 21st,
then left for Punta Cana a week later. I’m glad to be back, but I’m sure
missing mai tai’s on the beach and the pure relaxation. Think it will work here
if I say "drink please”?
Alanna: I’m sure people
assumed that planning your own weddings was a walk in the park for you as you
plan events for a living. Did your planning go smoothly? What challenges did
you face before the wedding?
Angela: Boy, that’s an illusion for sure!!! It was not easy to plan
the ceremonies, parties, and wedding-moon at all. I must say, being in the business actually
made it more difficult. Timing was awful due to the busy season. Then, it was
so hard to choose from all of the wonderful and fabulous vendor friends I have
in the industry. That’s the main reason we decided to keep the whole thing
super small and go away for the wedding. I love everyone, and wish I could have
invited them all, but the reality was that it wasn’t possible. I certainly
would have hurt someone’s feelings as there are so many uber-talented
professionals who I work with!
It doesn’t help that I have mush brain. I am so busy at work and at
home with my kids in sports that it was hard to keep up with wedding plans. I
felt super behind by the time the event days arrived. If it wasn’t for my BFF
and Maid of Honor, Tiffani, I don’t know how I would have been able to do it
all! It’s a fact – hiring a wedding planner is a necessity – not a luxury!
Alanna: What kind of
last-minute details did you have to attend to?
Angela: I was tying up loose ends for both weddings until the last
minute. We waited on response cards for our family dinner. We had to find
dresses for our daughters for the wedding as one hated hers and the other’s got
lost in the mail! We had a timeline to make and a contact list called "Call
anyone but the bride!” There were a bazillion small details and I was always
afraid I was missing something important. That, on top of working, caused some
major stress, but I was always confident it would come together.
I was proud to avoid being Bridezilla and to stay easy going about the
process. The best part is that I married my best friend and the love of my
life, and that we blended our families into one.
Interview by Alanna Rivera, Assistant Event Coordinator
Classic Party Rentals of VA