Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Initial Wedding Reflection

I should write about the wedding weekend I coordinated in San Francisco at the beautiful Terra SF and Bently Reserve however there is so much I want to write about. I know I’ll miss something as there were so many details.

First and foremost, my bride and groom were fantastic! You couldn’t ask for better clients. No Bridezilla outbursts, raising of the voices or smashing of cakes. I lucked out and after a few hiccups that I had to troubleshoot by executive decision, their sincere appreciation for my and my team’s hard work was communicated verbally, thru hugs, sincere face expressions and in writing. It made the 20-hour days back-to-back, aching muscles and foot blisters all the worthwhile.

The planning portion covered a variety of tasks and I learned so much. I am thankful for the bride and groom’s trust and the very opportunity to learn as much as I did while on the job. A few tasks I am more familiar with include vacation rentals in San Francisco, the variety of rental items and prices from many rental companies, policies and permits regarding street closures, outdoor tent set-up and heater/flame usage. I have researched horse rentals for baraat ceremonies, witnessed and hired dholi drum players, trash and recycling centers, drove a 17-foot U-Haul truck on the streets of San Francisco and dealt with a vendor’s accusations. This, I think I handled well as I work in a law firm during the day with screaming lawyers and I know how to deal with hungry and highly intoxicated customers in a bar/club setting.

There are many details in the planning process that I’d like to reflect on but the execution of the two-day event couldn’t have been accomplished without my staff. I had a 2nd in Command and a 3rd in Command and they really helped me out. I also am thankful for the muscle I hired as well. He was the only male that worked both days and though my lady workers were strong, I will make note in the future to hire more muscle.

At this time, this is all I can reflect on during the wedding. It was a great experience.