Hey, everyone! Shannon, here, with Shindig Entertainment! This week, I’d like to take a moment to introduce to you, an EXTREMELY talented young lady, Taryn Smallwood, with Astonished Wedding Planning . I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with her, on a couple of occasions, about the utmost significance of hiring a wedding professional, versus an amateur.
Being a DJ in the wedding industry, I have certainly heard some horror stories. Oh, you know- the one about the hobbyist DJ friend who gets hired for the big day, or the ameteur DJ who doesn't quite have weddings down, just yet. Let’s just say, there was some regret, afterwards. DJs aren’t the only amateurs I’ve seen at weddings, however. I have personallyseen it all. Couples ask a friend to take care of the “catering” (yes, literally brought a slew of takeout, and guests ate cold chicken and pasta, by the time dinner was served). I have even seen a friend of the bride essentially plan the entire wedding, take photos, and be a bridesmaid, all in one! At one point, I think I asked to see her cape, because I was convinced she was a superhero (and she was). That one didn’t end up in disaster, but she never got to revel in the experience, and enjoy herself.
Back to my featured guest, Taryn Smallwood. After reading, I very much wanted to share with all of you, her blog, Amateur vs. Professional Wedding Planner . She really hit the nail on the head, and shed some light on the subject. I also realized she and I both agree on something drastically important: educating people. All the attention to detail, the constantly-changing plans, the problem solving- I mean, this is why professionals do what they do! Anyone else would completely forget about these things, until it’s too late. Hiring an amateur, to take charge of a day, which cannot be taken back, or done-over, is taking a tremendous risk.
What I took from this: Let your loved ones actually enjoy this one-time experience; and if you think you’re getting a deal, by hiring an amateur, or a hobbyist, you may want to think again, because you could potentially be setting yourself up for disappointment. You have ONE chance to have a perfectly executed wedding day! Leave it to the pros.