Five professional skills you learn when planning a wedding

Good morning Darling Lovelies, we’re back after a short, lurgy-induced break to bring you our latest wedding-planning article. This one goes out to all of you organised brides and grooms out there. Did you know that by planning your wedding, you’ve probably increased your professional skill set? Here are five skills you might have learned that you can transfer to the workplace:

Pink and white lanterns wedding styling Darling Lovely Life (c) Satureyes

All images in this post © Satureyes. Thanks to Jennifer Sue Weddings, our fabulous stylist, I now know how to hang lanterns from a marquee ceiling. Not as easy as it looks!

Event management

OK, so you’re probably not an expert, and I wouldn’t advise booting out the HR department or trying to plan a large-scale corporate bash on the basis that you planned your wedding. However, you know have a vague idea of what managing a complex event entails. You could definitely organise the work Christmas party on a budget and make yourself popular with your colleagues.

Sticking to a budget

Anyone who’s seen Don’t Tell the Bride will understand the importance of sticking to a budget. If you managed to stay within it with all the temptations for your own big day floating around, then you’re some sort of financial wizard. Congratulations, next time you’re given a budget for a project at work, you’ll be much more likely to stick to it.

Sara Gibbs wedding Darling Lovely Life (c) Satureyes

The art of diplomacy

Have to break tricky news to someone at work? That’s no problem – you’ve spent the last goodness-knows-how-long dealing with everyone else’s terrible ideas. Managing a conflict between two colleagues? That’s nothing. You managed to keep your entire family and sets of disparate friends happy for an entire, emotionally charged, booze-filled event. You’re practically a Nobel peace prize nominee. If you aren’t a master diplomat by now then you have the easiest ever people in your life.

How to delegate

If you’re reading this post rather than hiding atop a mountain somewhere and recovering from exhaustion, then congratulations – you learned the art of delegation. If you had trouble relinquishing control in your professional life before, you won’t now. You learned to do it for the biggest, most important and most personal day of your life – and you had to trust your nearest and dearest. You can officially put that on your CV.

Sara Gibbs chairs for an outside wedding Darling Lovely Life (c) Satureyes

Not a chair out of place on the day (geddit?)

Crisis management

The course of nuptial bliss never did run smooth. If you got through the weeks before your big day without some sort of minor crisis, you were very lucky. I had a friend whose photographer came down with the flu on the morning of her wedding. Within the hour she had replaced them and her wedding photos were beautiful. The week before our wedding, our chair hire company decided they couldn’t provide what we’d asked for. Nothing was missing from our big day. These may sound like small fry (and in the big scheme of things, they really are) but unless you work in a life-or-death job, most of the crises you handle at work will be small fry too. Therefore, you’re good at dealing with sudden issues that seem like the end of the world but aren’t. Hooray!

Can you think of anything wedding planning taught you that can go on your CV? Have you used any of your new skills at work? We’d love to hear from you!

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