Sunday, 6 February 2011
What does a wedding planner actually do? Part 1
*my ideal office would look a little like this divine image from coco+kelley*
I know a large part of the people who read my blog are my clients, or potential clients so I thought letting you in to my world and how I work on weddings might be of interest to you.
So I'm going to do a series of blog posts on various different issues/situations/musings and if there's anything in particular you'd like to see here just get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay so first up a question I've been asked a fair few times in consultations:
What hours do I work and where do I work?
Since I first became a wedding planner roughly 18 months ago (depending on whether I consider the start of my business when I began researching or got my first client) I have played around with different working hours.
I'm more a night owl than an early bird and find myself most creative late at night so the normal 9 - 5 routine isn't always best for me. Plus a lot of my clients are super busy and have full time jobs so they can only meet in the evening. So in some ways I should work 3pm - 3am or something although that doesn't leave much room for a life.
One thing's for sure, whether it be actual research, networking or thinking about a particular wedding or client I definitely work more than 40 hours a week. Which I imagine is true of lots of self employed people whether they work in weddings or not.
I do a lot of work in the various splendid coffee shops of Dalston and Hoxton (I had an office but the building got sold) and find these kind of environments great for when I want to brainstorm or work on something creative like wedding styling or design. And I work from home the rest of the time which is great for speaking on the phone/more serious research. And also lovely because my desk overlooks a canal which is fairly peaceful.
The one time that I try to keep sacred is my weekend. Partly because otherwise I'd never see my friends or my boyfriend and partly because wedding planning is a full on, passionate, exciting job and I need the weekends to relax and regroup.
What about you? If you're freelance where do you work and what hours do you keep?