It is usually the same old story when someone first starts trying to throw and exciting event. There is a learning curve, that’s for sure! What happens is that things go wrong, or change, or just plain don’t turn out as expected.
Oh, I am no genius. Do not think that I believe myself to be different or special. When I was a novice I made mistakes too! I tried to read what I could but no matter how much I read I just could not learn what I could learn by doing, so I did. I went out and got the experience.
Now as an expert, I will try to consider every little thing that can go wrong or differently and plan accordingly. Factors such as what religion the people attending will be or what someone might be feeling when they show up are important and should not be overlooked.
I remember when I was a novice I would just write down several things, glance at them and move on. The attention to detail just was not there for me. I needed the experience to guide me, a more complex mental framework.
For example, when I was a novice I was helping plan a wedding that was outside for a friend of mine. It was a nice day out so it seemed like a great day to have it.
The plan was to have the wedding in the park to make it a cheap wedding. Afterward the reception would be in the back where we had tables all set up. We put plastic table covers on all of the tables, the kind with the paper face on them.
There was more than one purpose to have the decorative items on the tables. We needed some weight to keep the plastic table covers from blowing away and we need them to look good too.
The wedding went terrific! The reception is when things sort of went down hill. Even though overall the event went well; I was embarrassed because of a few things.
Firstly the public nature of the park means that it was of course, open to the public. People LOVE to take their pets for walks there and in particular, their dogs. Unfortunately, these people sometimes do not clean up their pets “treasures” and we had several guests end up with them on their shoes!
Secondly, the reception was at night and water started to soak into the tissue paper on the plastic tablecloths giving them unsightly wrinkles.
The third problem was because we didn’t use any sort of table skirt for the tables, the wind was blowing pieces of the wet paper off of the table covers.
Next time, we decided to only use the paper faced plastic table covers indoors or during the day, for damp conditions we used the normal plastic table covers and they look great and clean up well.