The top 3 things I learned while becoming a bride and starting a new job, within 60 days. 

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By: Lauren Johnson
 
Planning weddings can be stressful. There's a lot to do, think about, care about, etc. For the bride, we're making sure our one perfect day is, well, perfect. Being an event planner, you'd think that I would be able to knock this event out of the park, all the while steering away from the infamous 'Bride-zilla' status. However, it takes more than a little self-determination to lock this event up. 
 
 Now, let's add to this task: Let's start a new job around the same time of my wedding, and really spice things up a bit. 
 
 Some may say it was crazy to do the two – and they’re right! - but I was up to the challenge. Within that challenge, I learned a LOT. Here are my top three takeaways: 
 

  1. Let it go: There was a more important meaning to that day than the favors, flowers, etc. 
  2. Enjoy the moment: This one is a rarity for me, and perhaps for any event planner. We spend so much time preparing, double-checking, promoting – It’s a ‘hurry up and wait’ type of lifestyle. Rarely do we get to reap the full benefits of our event. So, when the time comes to actually enjoy the event we planned, we almost don’t know what to do! 
  3. Make the right choices at the right time: And no, I’m not talking about the wedding – I’m talking about starting a job. I could have stayed where I was, but I knew it was time to make a move into something I was truly passionate about. Within my first few hours of joining Ember, I knew I made the right choice. The team was extremely welcoming and supportive of me, even if I was starting projects and leaving three weeks later for a honeymoon. The outpour of assistance when needed and well wishes from brand new colleagues was incredible. It truly was amazing to see brand new work friends support me in the way they did :) 

So, to recap: Yes, you can get married and start a new job without crashing and burning – it just may help to have some event experience :)

Chris Gasbarro