I’ve always been a planner. It’s in my nature and since my high school career consisted of competitive cheerleading, volleyball, dance team, band, YAODA, 4H and National Honor Society, on top of a part-time job and maintaining a high GPA, you kind of HAVE to be a planner to stay afloat.
My first taste of planning an event was when I was 17 and decided I wanted to throw my best friend a surprise 18th birthday party. I had everything planned – decorations, a plan with her mom, a secret invite to the rest of our friends, food and even asking a neighbor down the road to let all of the attendees park so my bestie wouldn’t see the cars (of course she made it difficult because she was also my neighbor). I even had the lie figured out to get my best friend to go shopping with me that day, along with the lie that I had to stop back home because I forgot something. It went off without a hitch and she was definitely surprised – I think that’s the moment I fell in love with events.
In college, I set myself up to be a communications major because I have always loved to write (and talk, let’s be real). I was lucky enough to land a marketing and events internship my senior year of college with a local large healthcare company, which just continued to solidify my passion for events. With that internship, I was able to amplify my writing skills by writing press releases, marketing materials and website information for our events. We put on events as small as 50 people for local ground-breakings on new clinics to hundreds of people for breast cancer awareness walks. I was hoping to transition into a full-time job after college with that internship, but unfortunately with it being in the 2009-2010 years and the job industry not doing so well, the events office was cut from 10-0, leaving only one person doing their PR. Even though our internships were unpaid, we were still let go due to the PR director just not having enough time to help us.
From there I moved into the marketing/advertising world, knowing that my passion still was in event planning. At the two advertising firms I worked at, I volunteered on both of their events teams to help plan internal Christmas parties, birthdays, and small client events that we had here and there. While it wasn’t my main focus, I made sure to make time to be involved in those committees because it’s something I truly loved doing. A little over a year and a half ago, I landed my first full-time event planning job at my alma mater and finally had the opportunity to do events for my job – finnnnnally!
So, after all of my rambling, you’re probably guessing “so … you already have your dream job then, Jessie?” While I do love working events, that’s not my dream job. Truth be told, I have always wanted to be a wedding planner.
I love weddings – all of ’em. Barn weddings, outdoor weddings, indoor weddings, church weddings, beach weddings, destination weddings, fancy-schmancy weddings – ALL OF THE WEDDINGS. <3
I’ve had a wedding Pinterest board since the first day I got Pinterest, even with no boyfriend in sight. I just love the look of them, the romance, the designs and ideas that every groom and bride have. I’ve helped a few of my friends with weddings details for years, trying to get any type of experience in them as I can. I mean, how fun would it be to work with someone to plan their most anticipated and exciting day!
So, here’s to hoping that some day I’ll get to start planning weddings! In the meantime, I’ll just be here stalking a million wedding planning companies and updating my Weddings & Events boards on Pinterest like the crazy single person that I am. 🙂
Do you have a dream job? Are you already doing it or well on your way to it? Does your idea of a dream job change? SO MANY QUESTIONS!