Lesson 1: Event Planning

Last week I had my first vendor event and even though it wasn’t how I imagined it to be, it was pretty successful. One of the lessons I was taught was how to have more than one event on the same day.

The first event I booked was for a baby shower. A few weeks later I bought a vendor table for a kids expo that same day and time (well it lasted longer than the first event). It didn’t make sense to do both but I prayed first before I made an investment for the vendor table. I felt at peace about both events so that’s how I was able to move forward with that decision.

I knew I couldn’t attend both, not the entire time at least, so the plan was to set up and have my husband sell at the expo that would allow me to attend the baby shower event for a few then return to the expo. Without my husband there I wouldn’t have been able to even consider having that as an option so having a team is important!

The morning of the events I was running a few minutes late but once we arrived at the expo we saw this line wrapped around the building and traffic of cars still pulling into the parking lots. I didn’t have copies of my book ( that’s another story, smh) and based on how long it took for me to get into the parking lot at the expo I knew I wouldn’t make it to the next event. Plans change all the time but I think planning strategically would’ve helped the situation.

Before you plan for several events in one day like I attempted to, I encourage you to seek God’s will by praying first, have a support team because it’s hard to do it by yourself, and plan strategically just in case plan-a to plan-g doesn’t work.

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Be Our Guest

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Wedding season is here! Well, actually weddings are happening all the time so is there really a season? Anyhoo, my husband and I are approaching our 1st year of marriage (WhoooHOOO!!) and I thought it would be great to reflect on our growth from the wedding planning to becoming the Mrs. Randomly the first thing that popped in my mind was the guest list.

I thought this was going to be a piece of cake and for most brides I guess it is; however , being a ‘nice’ person this was hard. Our families lived in separate states so we chose our wedding in the state we live in, which is where my husband family lives. Then there was the list.  A lot of people wanted to come when they first heard about our wedding and I started feeling overwhelmed.

I wanted to invite everyone but the money was limited so what was I supposed to do? I went online and searched for a smart way to tackle the list. I drew 4 columns for an A-list, B-list, C-list, D-list. The A-list included immediate family, people we couldn’t imagine getting married without. The B-list included our aunts & uncles , cousins , best friends. The C-list included co-workers and the D-list were people we didn’t talk to in a while, etc. We already had a number set that we could invite so after creating the list it became easier to mark out names. We sent out invitations mostly to the ones that were likely to attend and sent an invitation to church to make an announcement so people could send gifts. I kept track of who was/wasn’t attending using TheKnot guests template. The beginning was stressful but after having a plan the process became easier.

So if you’re in the middle of planning for your big day and the guest list has you overwhelmed , simply create lists of those close to ones you don’t talk to and narrow it down one step at a time.