In one of our busiest wedding seasons yet...We continue with more from our intern, Maeve!
Once upon a time, on a sunny, ninety degree day on Cape Cod, there was a wedding…and for weeks there had been towers of boxes full of favors, stationary, and Christmas decorations stored away in the office (yes, Christmas in the summer). We were all excited, a little nervous, but still counting down the days til we could see it all come together. What I learned from this experience is it truly takes a village.
We were working in the strongest sun, alongside our team as well as the catering staff, florists, and we were all juggling a million tasks. My biggest takeaway from this experience is knowing what tools will help you be the most successful. There were so many moving parts to this wedding, and in order to keep track of every event and every item, there had to be a way to catalog and organize. I am so grateful for the organization because being able to complete tasks as soon as possible was great for the entire team. Not only were there detailed write-ups of each day, but production schedules mapped out on excel, along with lists of decorations with what they were for, where they were, where they needed to go and if they were to be used again. Utilizing what we already had for different days was a challenge to keep in order. Whether it was frames for signature drinks that changed from day to day, banners with the wedding crest, or lanterns, it was important to re-incorporate decorations and get more than one use out of all these great purchases.
Another learning experience: heat is a challenge. After a while of moving tables, setting up ceremony chairs, and setting decorations - dehydration is easily achieved. Keeping a clear head can be a major problem when you’re working in such intense heat. I definitely was trying to keep track of who was doing what, making sure I was on task and helping to the best of my capabilities. Shout out to Jamie, who a couple hours in to the heat stroke brought a cooler full of Gatorade. That truly felt like Christmas in the summer.
I think it’s important to know what your strengths are, but even more so what your weaknesses are so that you can acknowledge them and hopefully grow. So far, my biggest challenges have been small, tedious projects such as setting up an escort card table: Alphabetizing, the shaky hands pinning them into place, it’s something I didn’t expect to struggle with, but always do. I’m going to set the goal for myself to specifically work on time management and efficiency. I have noticed that with the women I’ve been lucky enough to work with and learn from there is no ego, there is only competence, strength, intelligence, kindness, and a real spirit for wanting to do their job justice. I am so grateful to be working with a team of incredible women. They problem solve calmly and logically, they support one another, they take care of each other. It was truly all hands on deck for this event, making sure that our lead planner, Stephanie, knew she had our full support and could depend on each of us. By watching the women who make up Cape Cod Celebrations, I’m learning how to be a supportive and effective team member, multitask efficiently, and also how to keep a calm, cool, and collected presence when I’m working through the motions of a wedding.
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