Corporate and Special Event Planning

When I am the Mother Of the Bride

When I am the Mother Of the Bride

I have no idea if come the time of the marriage of my children if I will still be an event planner but I can tell you, event planner or not I am hiring a wedding planner for our girls.

I recently put on a Sweet 16 New Year’s Eve party for our oldest daughter and it was mid-day on New Year’s Eve that I decided that I would be hiring a wedding planner when my girls got married. Maybe not one to help them plan the entire event but certainly someone to put the finishing touches on it and to see it through on the day of. Our party was for 40 or so people, in a tiny hall where there really was no stress. I had my own staff to manage and a family member who was doing the food. Everyone was pretty self-sufficient. Well let me tell you, by about 4:30 that day I was really kind of hoping the party would cancel last minute so I could go to bed. But no, instead I still had to run home, get changed, touch up my hair and make-up and be back at the hall within the hour to start greeting guests. I was exhausted after a week of final plans and on the day of running my daughter around to hair appointments and picking up last minute items that had been forgotten or missed, I certainly was not refreshed and ready for a long night of dancing and celebrating with my daughter, which really should have been the only thing on my mind. Oh and did I mention that my husband and I were back at the hall the next day at 7:00am to clean everything up. Two weeks later and I still have stuff in the trailer that I haven’t unloaded yet.

And this was just a sweet 16 party, although important, nothing compared to the marriage of our girls. I vow to be rested and totally focussed on celebrating my daughters’ new lives when it’s time. So as a gift to myself I will be hiring a wedding planner.

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.

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