Wedding Planner – Cathy O’Shea

I work in a large city centre hotel in Dublin. We host approx.70 weddings a year. It is a busy and pressurised work environment. I lead a team of people who strive to make the couple’s wedding day special and live up to their dreams and expectations they have for their big day.

Did you always want to be a wedding planner?

I was like a lot of people when I was deciding what I wanted to do when I left school. I knew I liked working with people and through work experience in the hospitality industry I realised that I really enjoyed the work and got a great buzz from the work and atmosphere. In my first role in event management looking after corporate clients I used to think it would be great to organise weddings. A few years later an opportunity arose to specialise in this area and I made the move

It is such a special day for a couple and I love being part of the planning process and then seeing it all come together on their day!

What attracted you to wedding planning?

I was attracted to wedding planning because I really enjoy looking after people. It is such a special day for a couple and I love being part of the planning process and then seeing it all come together on their day! Wedding planning suits my skill set. I enjoy planning, organising all details, working with people and making sure everything is perfect!

 

What do you enjoy most about the job? And what do you like the least?

I really enjoy seeing a wedding coming together. It is great getting to know a couple and being part of creating a really special day for them. A couple’s excitement in their lead up to the day and on the day is a lot of fun! The part of the job I do not enjoy would be the pressure that I sometimes feel. We only have 1 opportunity to get the day right for the couple, therefore this can be a little stressful. Organisation and being prepared is key for this role.

we have only one opportunity to get a couple’s wedding day right

What kind of stress do you deal with?

The stress I would deal with would be the pressure that comes with the fact that we have only one opportunity to get a couple’s wedding day right. Last minute changes can be stressful however if you communicate regularly with a couple hopefully last minute changes will be minimum.

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In your opinion, what are the personal qualities or abilities that are required to work in events management?

In my opinion you need to be a people person to work in event management. You need to enjoy looking after them. Organisational skills and attention to detail are extremely important. The ability to listen to people is also key as you need to listen to everything they are saying to ensure you can execute the event correctly. In addition time management is very important in this role and being completely clear at all times.

Hotel work can be hard and in some roles the hours can be quite unsociable.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in working in the hotel industry?
If you are interested in working in the hotel industry it is really important to gain work experience in a hotel to establish if this is something that you will enjoy. Hotel work can be hard and in some roles the hours can be quite unsociable. With work experience you will see if it is the right fit for you. I learnt so much from my work experience in the hospitality industry and through this experience I knew it was for me.

 

Courses in Event Management:

CAO

PLC

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Photo by Jeremy Wong on Unsplash

 

 

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