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You know you’re an event planner when…..(1)

bbq.about.comI recently read an infographic posted on eventmanagersblog.com called “You know You’re an Event Planner when…” and  as they so succinctly put it, there were 1425 answers to the question when posed to event planners. The responses made us laugh but mostly because experience is a hard teacher and often being an event planner has nothing to do with the glamorous image portrayed in movies like “The Wedding Planner” and more to do with shows like “World’s Dirtiest Jobs” but when you love it, you just LOVE it.

Gather together a group of Bridal Coordinators, Event Planners, Event Coordinators, Project Managers, Party Planners (and the list goes on) together and before long you will start to hear stories about the everyday life of a planner.  Now, anyone who knows the Premier Event Connection crew knows we love to laugh so we couldn’t help but come up with our own “been there, done that, no it’s really true” humorous experiences of being an Event Planner. So with that in mind, the Premier Event Connection team is busily compiling  our experiences and we will be posted them here on our blog one at a time. We hope you enjoy a humorous look into our lives.

You Know You’re an Event Planner When…..

…..your caterer shows up to feed 2500 people with only 300 cooked ribs and the rest are frozen rock solid because they thought they would have plenty of time to let them defrost and “cook them on site”. Of course the fact that you have 2200 people standing in the hot sun, waiting for food that will take hours to cook never really calculated into their plans.  To make matters worse some of the brave few have decided to forego the meat and just eat heaping plates of the side dishes so the next thing you know you are literally running out of everything all because your caterer didn’t think their process through.

At Premier Event Connection we lovingly call this day “Black Friday” and all those involved with the company that day can laugh over it now but the reality was a far different story. The resolution of this challenging day was a call to the office to put out an “All Hands on Deck!” Every single person in the office was on the phones frantically calling taxi cab companies and every KFC in the greater Seattle area. We ordered all the fried chicken they had currently made, all their mashed potatoes, gravy and coleslaw. Then we had the taxi cabs running all over the city picking up the orders and delivering them to the park where our event was taking place.

How did we avoid being trampled beneath the feet of 2200 angry, hungry people? We walked the waiting line of people passing out cups of ice-cold beer. Everyone was much happier waiting in the hot sun with a nice cold beer in their hand. We had a lot of “fires” to put out that day but each one was handled and at the end of the day everyone had a good time and our client walked away satisfied with the event. Needless to say….we double , triple, and quadruple check catering details now because you just never know when some little detail that seems so reasonable to someone else could make or break your entire event.

 

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