When I looked online, all I saw was cheesy programs that promised you certification.
I didn’t care about being certified, I wanted to be knowledgeable, experienced, and an expert.
You met with the Director, who had each student sign up for a task.
Prop Design, Costuming, Ticket Sales, Poster Design, and “House Manager.” I jumped on board to be the House Manager, whose duties are to control the environment and experience of the “front of the house.” From doing a theater walk-through to ensuring that the space is ready for the audience, to coordinating the box office volunteers, to ordering the programs, to briefing the ushers on how to greet latecomers, to opening the doors right before intermission, and adjusting the lighting, I did it all.
At 22 years old and two months away from graduating with a degree in Art with a focus on Graphic Design, I found myself longing for more than a life behind a computer creating brochures that people would toss away after glossing over for a moment or two.
While my fellow classmates dreamed of designing for local hospitals, Southern grocery store chains, and small town magazines, I couldn’t help but daydream of other things. food, fashion, gatherings with family and friends, and in general just visual details.
I would make, perfect, and edit timelines and pull out my book for reference.
I started booking a few small, modest weddings on my own, and would be over the moon on each wedding weekend.
and I had my old loves — food, fashion, gatherings, and all the visual details I am drawn to… Wedding planning quickly popped into my head, and that was it… ” I quickly told my parents my new idea (I think I even tried to get my Mom on board as my business partner?! Then after a few conversations with them and others, I realized…
”I literally know nothing about weddings, other than I love them and have attended a few.”Luckily for me, I knew a seasoned wedding coordinator, who was top notch and had been in the industry for forty years.