Wedding & Event Planners: Jill and Jack of all Trades-Part II

Wedding and Event Planners—Jill and Jack of all Trades – Part II

January 6, 2014 – Connie Amos-Parsons, Owner, At Your Service Events Planner

Accredited Wedding Planner, Certified Sandals Specialist and

Virginia State Manager, Association of Bridal Consultants

703-370-0402 –

an Alexandria VA wedding and events small business

Serving VA, MD and DC

In 2009, I wrote the first part of this article, knowing that due to the nature of our job, there would   be an update.  Did you know that a 2012 study by ranked Event Coordinator #6 out of 10 as the Most Stressful Occupation?  Those of us who have experience and passion for this career are well aware of the stress and once the wedding or event is over, we find healthy ways to alleviate it, until the next event.  Reasons stated in the study for such high stress are:  Coordinators work on a once in a lifetime special occasion for most clients, it’s very high visibility and high stakes for Coordinators.

On average for a full-service wedding, it is estimated coordinators/planners spend 200 hours or more and the planning phase may last up to a year.  At that rate it would take only 10 full-service weddings a year to work a full-time job.  That doesn’t factor in the Dayof Coordinator, partial or month of services.  The 2013 average cost of a wedding in the US was $28,400.  The average cost of a wedding in the Lynchburg, VA area for 2013 was $14,885 to $24,808 and 47% were less than $10,000.  As can be expected, highly experienced wedding and event professionals will cost more.

I write this to say that just because weddings and honeymoons are so romantic, fun and seem easy to do, it takes a lot of planning, organization, coordination, execution, tact, social graces, patience, perseverance, people skills, negotiation skills and passion—to name a few– to do this job.  The extra value coordinators/planners add is to be able to work with the best vendors at the best price for your budget and to save you time, money and stress! The skills can be learned but the passion has to come from within.  A wonderful job to have and the rewards for coordinators/planners are seeing the newly-weds happy and having their dream wedding!  Loving All Things Wedding!