tiffany's epiphanies | part two

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post! These past months have flown by so quickly that I haven’t really had a chance to catch my breath. This summer has been unbelievably exhilarating and memorable, in large part due to Sage.

This internship has given me a chance to grow and learn outside of books, and has given me an inside look into the world of event planning. After a summer filled with weddings and #sagebackstage exclusives, I’ve realized some things…

 

Why interning for Sage has been awesome:

1.    Checking out some of the coolest places in LA. One of the best things about living in LA is that everything is so diverse. I’ve been to wedding venues that have been trendy and hip to classy and elegant. Having lived in Southern California for nearly all of my life, I never knew these places existed, and I probably would have never known if not for this internship.

2.    Leftover everything. One of my favorite things to do is to have one keepsake from each wedding I’ve done. From photobooth pictures to wedding programs, each keepsake is a memento of a couple’s special day. This has definitely exacerbated my packrat habit, but hey, call me sentimental.

3.    Creativity isn’t just innate, but can be learned. I’ve always considered myself to be very “inside the box”, but since starting this internship, I’ve embraced my imaginative side. Observing how our team and other vendors display creativity, I no longer feel afraid to simply experiment and try new things.

4.    Working with the Sage Team. You’ll never find another group of ladies who works together as well as we do. One of the best parts of #sagebackstage is when all of us can kick back our shoes, relax, and celebrate another joyous occasion as we toast the beautiful couple.

 

Yet with all the perks of this internship, I have also realized that there have been some challenging surprises:

1.    Ever-changing wedding pipe dreams. Indoor or outdoor venue? Cake or dessert buffet? DJ or band? I’ve never thought about these things before, but interning for Sage has made these questions a weekly battle. My eclectic Pinterest board solidifies the fact that there are too many options! Thank goodness I’m not getting married anytime soon…

2.    Wedding hangover (n)*. How you feel the day after a wedding; a bittersweet feeling. Typically consists of reliving the wedding and wishing it didn’t end, followed by exhaustion.

*Technically a verb since the feeling seems to never end.

3.    There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter wedding. That being said, being flexible is one of the most important skills needed as an event coordinator. My day-of responsibilities have varied wedding-to-wedding, and there are always unexpected duties that arise. I’ve learned to become adaptable to every situation.

 

4.    I’ll never be a “normal” wedding guest again. Whether it’s a wedding for a friend or a family member, I guarantee that I will be the most observant guest in attendance. After working for Sage, I know what it’s like to be behind the scenes, and how the vendors are coming together to make everything happen.

 

Amidst these pros and cons, one thing stands certain: I wish my time with Sage didn't have to come to an end. 

My next {and final} post will be the most personal, and the most important, so make sure to stay tuned!

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