Have you ever been to an IKEA? If you haven’t and you are a bride or groom planning your reception entertainment and such, take an afternoon (because that is what you will need) to experience the IKEA shopping excursion but only after you’ve read this blog.
When I meet a couple for the first time almost always I see the exhaustion written all over their face from all the preparation that goes with planning a wedding reception. I immediately connect with them on this level because I totally understand. I have been a DJ for a long time but 1/3 way through my career I planned my own wedding with all the bells and whistles. In this instance my now husband and I were paying for the event which made the planning process even more exhausting. I had no idea how much was involved. It almost felt like a temporary fulltime job with no money coming in, just going out.
So after my wedding I saw all my potential couples in a different light and wanted to explain to them what the experience was like for me. This is what I have shared with them and after my explination I always get a good chuckle from the couple and a big sigh of relief as well.
Planning a wedding is like shopping at IKEA! When you walk into the IKEA showroom looking for that perfect dresser for your bedroom you know its there, you just have to roam the upper level of the store and literally bump into it. Once you find that dresser it seems like the heavens opened up because it has a glow about it that you can’t miss and a floating cloud above that says “Take Me Home”. You are so excited so you write down the number and walk downstairs to the WAREHOUSE. There you will roam the rows and rows of items looking for that beautiful dresser you just saw upstairs. You finally get to your destination because the number on your ticket matches the number on the shelf in front of you and much to your surprise there is a box that is staring you in the face. It too is glowing and has a floating cloud above it but this particular cloud says “take me home and oh I forgot to mention you have to assemble me too!”
So you take home the box, open it up and in that cardboard box there are a million pieces you have to put together. You think to yourself, how can I possibly put all these pieces together to create that beautiful dresser I saw in the show room? But after some quality time and some simple direction your beautiful dresser comes to life and so do you because YOU’VE DONE IT!
This is what your experience will be like while planning your wedding day. You will have this beautiful glowing vision in your mind, you will hire a bunch of folks to be of service on your wedding day and eventually after you assemble all the pieces it will all come together and be the most spectacular day ever.
The pieces that you use have to be of good quality. Plastic breaks but metal stands the test of time. Use that as your guide when hiring your vendors. It will be the difference between the dresser looking absolutely beautiful and exactly what you wanted or something that seems a little off center and like it might fall apart.
Written by Lisa Capitanelli Kasberg