I started writing this post a full 2 seasons ago (and tweeted a teaser for it here), but had all but forgotten about it while it sat gathering dust in my drafts folder. Then yesterday I read this post by a fellow gladiator, and it was just the inspiration I needed to get ‘er done. And a reminder that Scandal starts again tomorrow night. YAY! (No idea how I missed that fun fact. Don’t judge. It’s tough keeping track of fall premiers while you’re slaving over blog post content, planning epic weddings, and moonlighting as a #GownHunter for a national wedding blog.)
Back to my point, here are 5 ways that planners are the Olivia Popes of weddings:
1. We have connections, and we aren’t afraid to use them.
That sounds way more threatening than it’s meant to be. 😉 What this really means is that while you’re likely planning your first wedding, this ain’t our first rodeo. We know people – specifically other service providers in the wedding industry – and reaching out on behalf of our clients is what we do.
2. We have a plan (or many), but will improvise if needed.
Make no mistake: Improvisation is a skill that requires expertise and practice. It’s not the same as “winging it” (which is more like flying by the seat of one’s pants, which we planners try not to do). We know and understand the rules of the game (or in this case, the wedding) and where, when, and how they can be broken for maximum awesomeness.
3. We run interference.
I know I shouldn’t use sports metaphors I don’t understand, but I think I nailed that one. Planners act as buffers so that you don’t get bogged down (or stressed) by All The Things – especially on your wedding day.
4. We go to bat for our clients.
Olivia Pope’s bad side is unparalleled (of course, having killer mic-drop lines pre-written helps a *little*), and I won’t even pretend my bad side is half as badass. But a good planner will remain calm while wearing “the white hat” and standing up for our clients’ wishes in the face of adversity.
And finally, to quote Olivia directly,
5. “It’s handled.”
Fortunately for you, this will never mean what it sometimes does on Scandal (i.e.a dark euphemism for having a price on one’s head), but nevertheless you can count on your wedding being handled so you can stay on the dance floor doing the Cupid Shuffle. (or the Macarena?)
What are some other ways planners are like the Olivia Popes of weddings?