Self Development

15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started

  1. Brit Tucker Stewart

    November 28th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    These are great points. Number 9 is a biggie for me. While I haven’t had any crazies, I try to really align myself with the right clients to avoid running into sticky situations. And, it’s amazing how much you grow – you are so right!

  2. Debbie

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I know what you mean Brit. Thank you for commenting!

  3. Charlene @ Sweetchic

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    What a GREAT list!! Amen to #7… wedding days can be SO tough! The day after a wedding, I am always dead to the world 🙂

  4. Debbie

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I know! I had no idea about the “wedding hangover” until I started planning events. Thank you for taking time to comment.

  5. Kara Delay

    November 30th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    You are an incredible person. Thank you for sharing your humor and your honesty. I am so excited to see what this site does for our industry. Thank you for being YOU!! #4 just made me laugh out loud – and I needed that today.

  6. Debbie

    November 30th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you so much Kara! I appreciate you taking time to read and comment!

  7. Lorna

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    # 8 is priceless! I also wish I know what to hold on to for taxes.

  8. Debbie

    February 16th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for the comment Lorna!

  9. Jennifer Campbell

    March 26th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Debbie,

    This is such a helpful blog! Thank you for putting it together 🙂 I have a question for you as you mentioned the great importance of understanding SEO. We’re currently having our site re-done/recoded, but can you give me some pointers as to some of the best resources to learn SEO myself? Thanks so much for your help!

  10. Debbie

    March 26th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you for the comment Jennifer! Here is a fantastic starter resource from Google:

  11. Jennifer Campbell

    March 26th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks so SO much! 🙂

  12. Char Seferian-Schrock

    April 17th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    An add on to #7 for me: Knew I worked hard the day of, but never knew just how hard I worked on the wedding day until I did it 7 months pregnant. And that was trying to take it easy!

  13. Debbie

    April 18th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    That is so true Char! I did a wedding when I was about 7 months pregnant with my daughter and it was beyond exhausting. Thank you for taking time to comment!

  14. Heather-Lyn Brown

    December 17th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This was such a “homerun” type of post. Number 9 literally reminds me everyday of the client I will never cater to again- definitely lesson learned. And #14 I feel that way all the time. mother of three can be overwhelming, but planning an event and working all day is a piece of cake. I guess sometimes the unappreciative/ unpaid jobs seems more stressful.

  15. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 17th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for the comment Heather-Lyn!

  16. sam jonas

    November 16th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Debbie, glad I joined your mailing list!

    May I ask what do you feel are Biggest Challenges Wedding & Event Planners face these days & Why..??

    Thx, look fwd to your reply.

  17. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 17th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for your comment Sam. Biggest challenges would be differentiating yourself, managing cash flow, work/life balance.

  18. Teresa Gray

    January 11th, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    #9 for me. My first wedding was almost my last because that is how bad the bride and her mother-in-law got to me. The bride came in the day before the wedding as if I never existed. The mother-in-law made racial remarks towards me. It was one of those moments where I had to remain professional. The wedding was a year ago and it still bothers me. Although the event turned out beautiful and no issues, the bride and groom left drunk, thanking the DJ and not me. Other guest came up to me, giving me hugs and compliments about how beautiful everything was. It really takes a lot to be a wedding/event planner.

  19. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 17th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Unbelievable Teresa. It’s crazy what people consider okay to say. Thanks for sharing!

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