I love weddings. I think they’re fun. There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes that can be stressful, but I enjoy watching everyone dress up and come together to celebrate the love of two people.
When I first started coordinating weddings, I just finished university and had no idea what to do with myself. I graduated with a degree in anthropology and sociology working at an amusement park operating rides. There wasn’t much of a career in ride operation and to be honest, I was tired of the low pay and long hours. A friend’s wife worked at a venue that was looking for a new coordinator and I jumped at the chance to try something different.
That experience opened a door to a world I didn’t know existed. At that point, I had only been to a handful of weddings and mostly from when I was little so I didn’t know that couples got to choose table linen, napkin color, style of chair, food, cake, music, the list goes on and on. There were several months of training where I worked as a server, a bartender, an assistant, and finally a coordinator. It was exhausting, the days were really long, and the pay probably worse than what I made as a ride operator and I loved it. There were many weekends where I would work five weddings and would be on my feet for over 16 hours, but I learned how to move, how to coordinate, how to work with different personalities and temperaments.
I eventually left the wedding venue for a full-time job and I didn’t think I would coordinate a wedding ever again. Little did I know that when my friends started to get married they would ask me to help out, which then lead to referrals, and ten years later of coordinating weddings as a side business.
I love weddings. I just didn’t realize my love for weddings would end up being a source of income for me.
So what’s the point of this story?
The point is that no matter what you’re doing, the road will somehow, someway, take you back to doing what you love. I never thought I’d have a website advertising my services as a wedding coordinator. Until this point, I have only worked through referrals. But when you love what you do and you do it well, you want to share that with the world in any way that you can.
What do you love to do?