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The Event Hangover – A Planner’s Perspective

The Event Hangover – A Planner’s Perspective

Yep this is my post event breakfast routine, giant cup of caffeine, a large glass of water, eggs from my backyard chickens and avocado on a toasted english muffin.

The feeling is real, very real as any event planner will tell you.  The day after is just like a hangover, foggy brain, hard to concentrate, aching all over, sore throat, sometimes nausea.  So I write this on post event hangover day, so I can share just what it is like in real time as I experience it.

All you want to do is crawl back under the covers, but there are final expenses to log and invoicing to complete. Best to do right away so you don’t forget where any receipts are, for those last minute purchases, or staffing that stayed late, etc.  Then of course there is the post event wrap up report, again always best to complete immediately following the event so that all details are still fresh in your head.

Then there are the voicemails left on event day that you did not answer, and then of course the emails that were neglected for the day too, best to browse through quick and make sure there is nothing requiring immediate attention as the next event is just around the corner!



It’s really hard to combat the post event hangover, it doesn’t matter how much water you drink, how many nutritious snacks you nibble on throughout the 14 hour day(or more), how many extra staff you have to assist, or the size of the event itself.  The reality of 14+ hours on your feet, logging 52,000 steps, burning over 5000 calories, is that your feet are screaming, your back is aching, your brain is on logistical overload and needs to shutdown, so you are mentally and physically caput!  It doesn’t help to age, I feel like recovery was easier in my 20’s.

Oh so don’t feel guilty about a dessert indulge!  Now it’s nap time…

Angela VanWingerden is a focused logistics dynamo with nearly 20 years of experience in the events industry. Since obtaining her BA of Commerce in Hospitality from the University of Guelph in 1998, she has built an impressive portfolio of weddings, corporate events and fundraisers for hundreds of satisfied clients. Angela enjoys the entire event planning process from chaos to order and back again. An avid trouble-shooter, Angela has her finger on the pulse of every event she manages. When on-site, she constantly monitors every element of the event to ensure client satisfaction. Angela works closely with staff and volunteers to ensure that they know what their duties are and she provides oversight at the event itself to ensure that all responsibilities and expectations are met. When she isn’t designing and coordinating awe-inspiring events, Angela loves spending time with her family.
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