Five Minutes with our Assistant Events Coordinator

March 18, 2011

We have a great team here at The Wedding Company and our staff truly are our biggest assets. Like little elves, they shadow our planners in the choreography of a wedding (which, for some of our brides, could take up to a year!). With so many events to juggle and details to oversee, their extra hands and detailed follow-up help ensure everything runs like clockwork.

Today’s post features one of our Assistant Events Coordinators. Don’t let her petite frame and sweet smile fool you: This girl’s no fledgling. From keeping clients updated on a regular basis and negotiating contracts with vendors, to cueing the wedding processional music and fetching the mother-in-law’s sister’s husband for the group photo, she diligently carries out every task with flair. Here, she tells us a little more about her role and how she got into the business.

The youngest member of the TWC family

Can you tell us a little about yourself? How did you land the role at The Wedding Company?

I am an Anthropology fresh graduate from University College London. During the seven years spent studying abroad, I evolved from someone who never appreciates unfamiliarity (and therefore crying practically every day in the first few months!) to someone who gets excited with novelty. My previous internship in the Public Relations field testified that I enjoy doing things that are somewhat different every day; eventually I decided to explore into the event/wedding planning profession. Coincidentally, I came across The Wedding Company with a working culture of “no two days are alike” and I thought, “Perfect!”

On the Day setup: a wedding favour (homemade biscotti!) for each place setting

In your opinion, an events coordinator must be (fill in the blank)?

An events coordinator must be committed. You have to be wholeheartedly dedicated to the event/wedding in order to master the role of an events coordinator. It is almost as if you are coordinating your own wedding in that you constantly try to find the best options for the couple, but having to think one step ahead so as to offer guidance during the planning process. You also have to be able to think on your feet on the day!


Lunching at Tim’s Kitchen

What is your favourite part(s) of a wedding?

My favourite part of a wedding is always the wedding ceremony, especially when the bride and groom are exchanging their marriage vows. You might wonder why that is, since the vows are often times very similar except for the names of the Bride & Groom. Yet whenever I see the groom nervously reading his vows with a shaky voice, or the eyes of the bride watering as soon as she hears “so long as we both shall live”, I always end up with gleeful tears.

Overseeing a wedding cocktail reception.. There she is!

If you could plan a wedding at any venue of your liking and anywhere in the world, what and where would it be?

I know this sounds silly but I have always imagined planning a wedding underwater; somewhere with white sandy beaches, deep blue seas and turquoise reefs. Surely there would be a great deal of challenges but I believe a scuba diving wedding experience best depict the relationship between a loving couple – romantic and breathtaking!

Putting together a mood board for a client

For a bride-to-be starting to plan her wedding, what single piece of advice would you give her?

Limit the number of guests. Whilst every bride want as many friends as possible to see how beautiful she is or how chic and elegant the décor is on this very special occasion, the more guests there are the less time she has to interact with them. Limiting the guest list also keeps your budget on track.

We received these beautiful macaroons from one of our sweetest Brides-to-be

Please share your advice with those looking to get into wedding planning.

If you are interested in wedding planning because of its sociability, think twice. Being a wedding planner is both sociable and unsociable. Yes, you get to meet a lot of new people, but at the same time you spend a large amount of time in front of the computer – often at hours when your friends are at dinner gatherings or your family is off having weekend breakaways. Wedding planning is undoubtedly fun, but just make sure you know what you’re getting into!

Interview by Roanne