Recently Hayley, who is studying our Advanced Diploma of Special Event Planning & Design course, was given the opportunity to work with a member of our Advisory Board at a wedding; Cathrin of Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings.
The opportunity to gain experience like this is invaluable and whilst not essential to completing a course, still a great experience to have. For this reason we do encourage students to seek work experience opportunities and will assist with this where we can. We have also included simulated practical experiences in the course, to replicate the types of things you will do when working as a wedding planner. In this way, students can apply the skills and knowledge they are learning to practical tasks, whether in a work experience situation, or to a simulated practical environment.
Hayley has kindly sent me the following outline of her experience to share with you.
“I helped out at a wedding recently by setting up; the photo booth, place settings, cutlery, chairs and cushions, candles, flowers etc. I also observed Cathrin during the set up process and event coordination once the wedding had started. While I have worked at and coordinated many events before, I had never worked at a wedding and I enjoyed watching Cathrin at work and seeing everything that happens during the set-up process and on-site event coordination. It was a very valuable experience for me – seeing the importance of:
- having thought about every little detail of the event
- having spares of everything; the ‘bride emergency kit’, the run sheet etc.
- having quick problem-solving skills
- being on hand and available at all times
Whilst I know weddings and other events is definitely the industry I want to work in, I was nervous that the experience and hard work may scare me off a little bit, but it didn’t at all and I am so excited to work at more weddings in the future.”
Hayley has also shared with me some inspiration boards she created for her sister’s wedding. This is another fabulous way to gain work experience. Make sure your friends and family know you are working towards this dream and that you are available to help them with planning their special events. (Tip: make sure you also get images of the day that you can use in your portfolio, along with a testimonial, in return for your hard work).
Thanks for sharing your experience with us Hayley. Hayley is in the very early stages of launching her business Hayley Louise Events. Join us in supporting her by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
If you are a student and would like some guidance finding work experience, please contact me in the first instance, rather than our Advisory Board members.