Another year, a new round of fresh faced college students join the Cape Cod Celebrations team to learn about the event and wedding planning industry. This year's interns have some diverse majors including management and communications. We are excited to invite Alex Fusari, current Communication major at Bryant University, to share her first hand experience with you! She is driven, energetic, and has thrown herself into the wedding planning experience! In the words of Alex...
For the past three years, I have worked as an intern in various marketing positions for various companies. As a Communication major, my field offers me more opportunities than imaginable. This spring, while looking for summer internships, I decided to stray from the comfort zone I had fallen into. While my past positions did have me reaching out to people, via marketing emails or social media, I was missing out on the true element of communication that I longed for: face-to-face connection. It’s all about the people.
Interning for Cape Cod Celebrations would provide me the chance to form real connections: I would be a part of the best days of people’s lives. As with any job, I sent in a cover letter and application which led to an interview. I was nervous to speak with Jamie and Stephanie—I’d never done something like this before! Apart from directing school events, I had no professional experience with event planning. Would I even say the right things? Immediately, Jamie and Stephanie made me feel comfortable. Despite my nervousness, I did my best to express to them why I wanted the opportunity to work with them and my own beliefs and feelings about event planning. Just a few weeks later and I get the email: Welcome to the team!
Upon our first meeting, I felt right at home with Jamie and Stephanie. They were so welcoming, seeming genuinely excited to bring us new interns onboard and teach us all they could. They discussed the ins and outs, plans for the season, and their hopes for us. Just listening to them, I could see the joy, passion, and excitement they have for what they do. I have only been a part of Cape Cod Celebrations for just under a month now yet I know I’ll learn a lot more than I expected to this summer. I left the intern meeting ready to dive in.
Despite my short supply of knowledge, I wasn’t too worried about heading into my first wedding of the summer. A few days before the big event, I joined Jamie at the final meeting with the groom, the bride, and her parents. While they discussed the timeline for the event and some last minute tasks, no one seemed stressed; it must have been because all of the details were set, down to the smallest of small details. The meticulous planning Jamie had done leading up to this point made me feel much more comfortable with what I could expect and what was expected of me. I arrived to see the venue almost completely set up, which Jamie would assure me was unprecedented. We picked up the flowers from the church and went back to complete final touches. The night ran so unbelievably smoothly. Jamie was sure to point out how lucky I was to be eased into summer wedding season, adding “Don’t expect them to all be this easy!” My induction into the event planner life was perfect: an incredible couple, an efficient setup, great vendors, and a perfect sunset just when it was needed. I was fully prepared to feel harried, running back and forth, dead on my feet by the end of the night. There wasn’t too much to say about my first wedding—and that was a good thing.
I knew that every event wouldn’t feel that way; I heeded Jamie’s warning! My second wedding of the season threw me into the wedding planner life. When there were unscheduled surprises, groomsmen running behind, and changes of plans, I worried how anyone could handle so much of the unexpected on a day as important as a wedding; yet, Jamie did so with patience and grace. The so carefully-crafted schedule had run off course due to many an obstacle (or lengthy speech): dinner was late and the humidity didn’t help anyone’s mood. I, someone who likes to be at least a little in control over situations, wondered to myself how anyone could do what Jamie did and simply roll with the punches. Looking back, I have already come to learn that there is no other way to deal with it. I am sure Jamie’s patience and skill has come from her hard work and experience, but it also seems to be a part of the job. A wedding planner is there for just that reason: to tackle every hiccup so that the bride (or groom or mother…) doesn’t have to. This day is meant to be one of the happiest days of one’s life, so you take what it throws at you, and still make it work.
I expected blisters, summer heat, and stress—which I have fully experienced. What I didn’t truly expect, was to learn so much from the incredible women I am working with. Sure, I knew I would get a taste of wedding planning, but I am coming to learn far more than that. Each wedding, each planner, I work with is teaching me about strong work ethic, about patience, about flexibility, and—most importantly—about the people we are lucky enough to work with.
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