Ticketbud Organizer – Elizabeth at Bridal Bliss

  • How did you get started planning weddings?
  • What did you learn along the way and what did you wish you’d known beforehand?
  • With these questions in mind, here is her response: Wedding and Event planning is an exciting and always evolving industry. It’s fast paced; customer service focused and because of this can be tricky to get into. So when Ticketbud asked me how I got into the industry – I thought it would be such a great opportunity to share some tips and ideas for how to break in! After graduating from college I got my first job and soon realized, a desk was not for me. I love being around people, my personality is to be a people-pleaser and I love planning. While working my first job out of college, I realized my skill set might be better suited for weddings and events. Not wanting to waste anytime, I dove in headfirst and began interning / assisting for a wedding planning company called Bridal Bliss. I cannot recommend interning / assisting enough to someone who is looking to get into the industry. While you might not be exposed to every facet of the job, getting this exposure is important to learning if you truly love working in the industry. I took the opportunity to assist for Bridal Bliss and at the same time also involved myself in other areas of weddings and events including wedding dresses, invitations and event management. With any spare time in the summer I volunteered at various events immersing myself in the industry and meeting lots of people along the way. Looking back now after being in the industry for almost 9 years, I am so glad I took the time to gain valuable experience in different areas of the industry. While breaking into the industry took a few years and working part time jobs here and there– this industry was my calling. There are a few things I would pass along as tips to anyone wanting to get into the industry aside from assisting and interning. One of the biggest things I think is essential is to connect with people in the industry. Vendors, other coordinators, venues, etc. everyone works together and it’s important to take the time and get to know people. Learn what they do, what they offer, and why they are good at what they do. Creating a community in the industry is crucial. We all have the same common end goal, which is a successful event and happy clients. By creating and fostering a community, it promotes community rather than competition. And while it may seem counterintuitive, the community you build is what will support and allow you to grow your own business. And lastly do not give your services for free. It can be hard to break into any new industry but it is important to also know your worth.   Want more info on Elizabeth and her team? Check out the Bridal Bliss wedding blog .   ]]]]> ]]>

    7 Habits of Highly Successful Event Planners

    1.Never Stops Learning Did you know that most people only read one book a year, and that this number is declining? Talk with most people, and they’ll tell you that after they graduated from college or they received their event planning certification that they’re done with learning. To be successful, you need to keep advancing your knowledge. And this isn’t just about reading books, it’s also about getting experience and practical tips to know how to run a successful event. So whether it’s reading blogs of other event planners, buying books on event marketing, or helping out your friend with her bridal shower, you need to keep honing your skill set. If you don’t, you can and will fall behind. 2.Works Well With Others You might be the only event planner for the event, but that doesn’t grant you omnipotence. For most events you’re also going to have to work with caterers, speakers, ticketing, vendors, and a lot more. Even the most basic events will require you to coordinate with others. A valuable tip, and also the Golden Rule: “people treat you how you treat them”. 3.Uses Technology (When Appropriate) There’s a whole slew of event technology nowadays, so much it seems overdone. There’s iBeacon, RFID, conference apps, event management software, and so much more. To make matters worse, some blogs seem to say that if there aren’t drones flying overhead snapping photos for your instagram and pinterest blogs then you might as well just pack it in. Here’s the only litmus test I have for event technology is this: does it make something more fluid? Asked in another way: does it remove some sort of friction from the event and make it more enjoyable for attendees? For example, I find registration software to be helpful because it removes the chore of excel spreadsheets. Check-in apps and RFID are much cleaner than just checking names off a list and can notify you of VIPs. Conference apps, too, can help measure engagement. They can also help attendees schedule their days more efficiently. I say appropriate use of technology because you can’t be using technology just for the sake of using it. I’ve seen Tweet Walls used to great effect and I’ve also seen them gone unused because they’re in an inappropriate setting. 4.Asks for and Implements Critique Athletes have coaches, employees have managers, students have teachers. But when you’re an event planner, you’re normally in a situation where there is no critique or feedback towards what you are doing. To be successful at what you’re doing, you need to have someone – like a mentor – to help you improve. People have different personalities and different viewpoints that can make you even better at being an event planner and/or designer. After you receive critique or feedback, you should consider what you have learned. If it’s just negative and provides no learning experience, it’s best to ignore it. But if it’s something that critiques your event in such a way like “you need more ways for attendees to interact with the speaker” then it warrants further thought. 5. They Don’t “Go With the Flow” “I find out what will be trending and available to the public around the time of my event—and then I avoid it.” —Billy Butchkavitz One thing I’ve consistently noticed that most of the top event planners is that they are not beholden to the trends that are currently going on. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use a popular trend if it works well for an event. It means that you do your best to make your event stand out from all the other events out there. The best way to make people care about what you’re doing is to have a unique proposition for your event. As the saying goes, the purple puppy is the one that stands out. 6.Wide Range of Knowledge (marketing) The best event planners are also bloggers and marketers. They are a “Renaissance man” or woman of the event space. Mindy Weiss, for example, knows how to market herself with a blog that talks about events she plans for (and has already designed and done). 7. They let their personality shine Building off of #5, one of the easiest ways to be successful is to let your personality and creativity shine through in every project you work on. In my experience, most people are too timid and afraid of opinions to achieve peak creativity. Even worse, people can be scared that their designs will put people off. Now here’s the thing: your style could  put people off, but that’s okay. Are you curious to know why? It’s because some other people might find your design style to be whimsical or cutting edge or something else positive. I see articles about companies that love using certain designers because of the aesthetic they bring to the table. Some of these designers are now hailed as the best in the business. To conclude, I think that a lot of these habits are basic habits that happen to be tuned to an event planning mindset. The best thing about a lot of these habits is that while some of them may be tough to achieve, having them puts you a step above all your competition.]]]]> ]]>