- Couple: Juli and Josh
- Wedding Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
- Wedding Venue: Cata in New York, NY
- Number of Guests: 50
- Number of Third Party Vendors Coordinated: 23
- Day Of Challenges:
- Rain. I get it, no couple likes to envision the weather on their wedding day as anything less than picture perfect, but unfortunately, Mother Nature isn't always so accommodating. The original plan was for Juli and Josh to have their ceremony at the Central Park Conservatory Gardens, then take a double decker bus tour down to the restaurant for the reception. The rain plan was that everything would have to take place at Cata and there would be a room flip after the ceremony. (More on said room flip below.) Because the two plans involved totally different logistics, the week of the wedding, I actually put together two separate day-of schedules: one with the ceremony at Central Park and the other with everything at Cata. Since I've even brought this up, you can guess that we ended up having to put the rain plan into action. But even though the day played out differently from the original plan, because I had thought through both scenarios and written out separate schedules and discussed the different scenarios with the restaurant and other vendors, my team and I were able to execute with ease.
- Because both the ceremony and reception took place at the restaurant, we had to do a challenging flip of the ceremony space, converting it to the dining room, in a short period of time. The second the ceremony ended, we ushered all of the guests onto the double decker bus for a tour of Midtown and lower Manhattan and got to work. The design team converted the chuppah into a hanging installation for dinner while the restaurant's staff brought all of the tables and chairs up from the basement. I had a detailed list for myself and my team of everything we were responsible for setting up in the dining room (flowers, napkins with menus, place cards and pashminas), so that nothing would be missed. The room was flipped and ready right on time for guests to transition out of cocktail hour. When planning for this potential room flip, I (a) identified all of the elements that would need to be brought into the room and set up, and (b) made sure that each vendor knew exactly what he/she would be responsible for and how quickly everything needed to be accomplished.
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