Lauren Malang Stanco of LCR Events talks about “Why an Event Planner Can Help Save Your Big Day!”
It is 10:00 am in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The set up for a wedding of 600 guests is underway. All the stops have been pulled out for this special occasion. Nothing can go wrong, except it does!
The Bride and Groom have chosen the song “More” by Frank Sinatra as their first dance. While one of the biggest bands from New York City would be performing that evening, the couple specifically wants this particular recording to play as they make their debut as Husband and Wife on the dance floor.
The Bride had burned the song onto a CD and handed only one copy to the us, event planners, for safe keeping. (Let me add, that this is taking place back in the day, prior to Ipods and internet music downloads, where you can instantly obtain any song you desire.)
All was going great, until the planners decide to test the sound quality of the song over the speaker system. Instead of hearing Frank belt out his famous hit, all we heard was silence. The CD would not play!!! Time for Plan B!
I ran out of the Waldorf to scour the city’s music stores to find this rare recording of “More”. After many phone calls and trips to various stores, I found one store that had one copy of the cd that contained the song. I hurried back to the Waldorf clutching my new found treasure, with only a few hours to spare!
By 7:00 pm, the Bride and Groom were floating across the dance floor during their first dance, with not a care in the world. And they were none the wiser to the fact that their perfect dance almost didn’t happen the way they planned.
If you have ever wondered why people hire event planners , the story I just told you is why! So the stress of the unexpected on your big day, becomes the responsibility of someone else. If that Bride had been aware of the broken CD, it may have unnecessarily ruined her day, but she never even knew until after her wedding was over.
An event planner’s goal is for the client to only have to focus on enjoying themselves and the amazing event they have always dreamed of. Events are stressful occasions, and the coordinator’s job is to take that stress away and help the overall planning process go smoothly.
Whether it is being a voice of reason during a conflicting moment, a shoulder to lean on when emotions run high, someone to take care of the nitty gritty details you just don’t have time for, an event planners job is never done until the Bride and Groom walk out of their reception happily ever after!
Although, even then it is still not done, because the planner will still be at your venue until every last guest has left to go home and every last crumb is swept up.
Once you are on your honeymoon our job is finally over! That is until your child’s first birthday party comes around!
By: Lauren Malang Stanco of LCR Events