By Jett Pe Benito
Meet Rice, a successful Senior Account Executive for a multinational advertising agency. When she and then fiance Butch decided to get married, she knew that it was a daunting task to undertake aside from working in a goal-driven, deadline filled industry. She answers the following questions in the hopes of giving other brides the chance to prepare their own wedding and still be called a career woman.
What was your work position at the time you were planning your wedding?
I was a Senior Account Executive for one of the top advertising agencies in the country.
How did you balance your career and plan for the wedding?
I called all suppliers every lunch or break time or when there’s not much load at work.
What were the problems you encountered in planning the wedding and in your work?
Nothing really since I had a year to plan for the wedding. I had so much time to finish everything.
How much time did you have to plan for the wedding and what deadlines did you have to meet at work?
I had one year to plan for the wedding. As for work, I had to regularly hold, attend meetings, talk with clients and do presentations.
What advice would you give brides in scheduling the suppliers for the wedding?
The venue should be the first thing you have to reserve plus the church…it’s usually a year before the wedding. The gowns should be finished a month before the wedding so you have time to distribute it to your whole entourage. The flowers and band or quartet should be booked 4 months before the wedding. Invitations, 2 months prior to the wedding so to give you enough time to personally deliver it to all your guests. The souvenirs should be delivered 2 weeks before the wedding.
In doing these two things what insights can you offer career women who plan to get married?
Plan ahead and always have a small notebook with you where you can write everything that you’ll remember for that moment so that you won’t overlook anything. It’s inevitable that when you plan for your wedding and work at the same time, you tend to forget a lot of things. And you should have at least six months to plan for your wedding to give you enough time to plan for everything. Always coordinate with the suppliers or wedding resources. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. After all it’s an occasion that both of you should enjoy.
So there you have it, a woman who was able to balance work and plan for a wedding. And based on the look of content on Rice’s face, a few months after, the wedding was, like her career, a success.