While working as an event industry Planner can be exciting and extremely rewarding, there is a lot of time and effort required that most are not prepared
You work evenings and weekends – This is usually time to spend with your own family and friends but instead, you will be working. Your work schedule will not be a 9 to 5 consistent job. As the event you are planning draws closer, expect to work more than a few late nights overseeing the process of putting all of the details together.
The day of the event will require you to work, more than likely, from dawn to dusk.
The work is physically and mentally exhausting – For the actual event day, you most likely will be on your feet for 10-15 hours making sure everything is perfect. You must also be mentally aware of any little detail that may have been overlooked by your team.
The event “hangover” – This is that feeling the day after a big event that leaves you thinking you just ran a marathon. Your feet are sore, you are most likely dehydrated and you are completely drained.
Most Remember It’s not your event – You need to be able to look past your personal preferences and make your clients taste and ideas come true. This can be more difficult than you think when you know your client’s choices are not good.
An emotional connection – Working so closely for months with a client can form a connection. This connection can make it hard not to take it personally when your client isn’t satisfied with the end result or something goes wrong.
Unrealistic patience – An extreme amount of patience, thick skin and determination is required to be a planner.
Not a “people person” – You need to be able to work with clients and vendors of all kinds. Someone that is not social will find it a challenge to be successful.
Ego – Confidence is not the same as ego. An ego will fail while confidence you take you far.
Stress – An event coordinator is listed as one of the most stressful jobs. Remaining cool under pressure and actually thriving will help you along the way to success.
No passion – Trying to work hard in any profession that you are not passionate about will prove to be difficult. You have to love weddings to plan them for a living.
Multitasking and organization – You must be organized and able to multitask. Once you get your company going, you won’t be working with just one client at a time. Chances are you could have 10-20 clients at a time that you are working with.