This is my first blog post as a wedding planner so it seems fitting to share a little of what led me to be here! Upon graduation of my degree in Popular Music Studies I moved to London and fell into the music industry as a ‘plugger’ - a job I’d never even previously heard of. This basically meant I spent my days speaking to TV producers trying to persuade them to have my bands perform on their show. Once they booked them, along came the fun bit!
I was responsible for creating and managing the band’s performance. For the casual viewer the act comes on, sings for 3 minutes and then leaves. For the plugger this could be the culmination of months of work!
First up we need to source rehearsal spaces with very specific requirements – audio for live band, dressing room space for stars, dancers and band, pyrotechnics, staging, props and a room big enough to replicate the performance space. Which for something like a Brit Awards performance at the O2, is not easy to find! Then came meetings with producers, artists, managers and production teams. I would source all the suppliers from video content producers, lighting designers, staging companies, make up artists, choreographers, dancers, stylists etc. For a big performance there can be a couple of hundred people involved and I would project manage it all. The role had such a broad range of responsibilities it’s impossible to list them all but here’s a few to demonstrate just how varied it was…
- Creating the performance style
- Taking the star down the red carpet
- Ensuring the correct food, flowers, candles and rider were in the dressing room
- Creative input on wardrobe, dancers and performance choreography
- Show logistics including travel, accommodation, flights
- Managing the personnel list
- Keeping the whole team on schedule and ensuring they knew exactly who was doing what, when.
It was a truly fun job and one I loved for over 15 years but sometimes you’re just ready for a new challenge. I’ve always been so passionate about weddings and I realised that there was a huge similarity in planning a performance event to planning a wedding. Ultimately every performance I ever worked on was focused on the artist and what worked best for them. No two performances were ever the same, but had to reflect the artists’ personality and style - it was my job to ensure they did just that. It felt like the right time to take all of the skills I’ve gained in the music industry and apply them to wedding planning in the hope I can help make your big day extra special.
Thanks for reading, Vx