I cannot believe it is already time for my final blog post here! What a fun and exciting summer it has been.
Although it is time to wrap up this blogging project for my internship with EDEP, my internship is actually far from over. Let me recap our past couple of weddings, and then I’ll give a summary of what’s still to come, and a few things I have learned so far as an event planning intern!
The first weekend in August I actually attended a wedding as a guest, instead of an intern! It was so much fun, and very interesting to see how my intern experience has changed the way I look at events. My first instinct was to look around and analyze the small little details that, while working, we have to pay such close attention to. I had to remind myself that this time, that wasn’t my responsibility!
August 9th we had a lovely wedding reception at Dock 580 in Downtown Columbus. This is a very unique venue because it is actually two levels, so began downstairs for cocktail hour, moved upstairs for dinner, then back downstairs for dancing and late-night festivities.
This particular wedding was a little different as well because Emilie (the first E of EDEP) could not be there. One of her previous interns, who now works for OSU in the business of event planning, took the reins and was in charge of the day-of coordination that needed to happen. She was absolutely wonderful and everything went off without a hitch.
Bride and groom sharing their first dance. How dreamy is her dress?! This was on the lower level of Dock 580. This photo is also on the @edepweddings instagram account. As interns, we are also responsible for keeping this social media outlet updated during our events.
Here’s one of the table settings of our Dock 580 wedding. Very unique linens, they looked even better in person! We loved their navy & ivory theme. So classic!
Although every wedding we have is so very special to us, this past weekend was a little extra near and dear to our hearts. August 16th was the wedding of one of Emilie’s interns from 2013, and the ceremony and reception took place at Camp Mary Orton in Northern Columbus.
The ceremony was outdoors, and thankfully the rain held off for exactly enough time to get through the ceremony. Cocktail hour was meant to be all outdoors, but ended up being kind of split half outside half inside, but it worked out just fine!
Our beautiful bride taking some photos while guests arrive. Her veil has been worn by three generations in her family.
Such an adorable flower girl & ring bearer duo! They did a great job walking down the aisle!
Moving forward, I’m going to remain pretty busy with my EDEP internship! We have four more weddings and one potential corporate event before the end of the year. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this year, I cannot believe we are already over half way done!
Looking back, here’s a summary of a few important things I have learned as an event planning intern so far. I’m sure this list is far from complete, but just to highlight a few….
- If you are unsure about something, ask for clarification. There is nothing wrong with asking for more detail, or further explanation. It is much better to take the time to ask than to do something totally wrong & have to start all over!
- It’s not about what you would do. Especially with weddings, it’s very easy to look at something and say “Wow, I would never do that at my wedding/event.” But here’s the thing- it doesn’t matter! Our job it to make what the bride & groom want happen in the best way possible, and put our personal preferences aside.
- Communication is key. So many different people go into making a wedding happen. The bride and groom and their families and friends, the planner, the caterer, the venue coordinator, the photographer, DJ, minister… you get the idea! Things go so much easier when everyone is on the same page.
- Be prepared. Going into an event already knowing who is who and the timeline and floor plan and other details makes the event day much easier. Taking the time to go over documents the day before saves a lot of stress on the day-of.
- No detail is too small. I’m already a very detail-oriented person, but I’ve relearned this time and again during my internship. It’s the many, many little things that add up to make a beautiful and memorable wedding day happen.
I thank you so much for following along with my intern journey so far. I wish I could share all the details to come, but I must wrap things up here! I hope everyone’s summer was as incredible as mine has been.
All the best!