Planning, planning, planning.

In the past, when I’ve heard girls say “I have SO much to plan for my wedding,” and “I have to go home to do wedding planning,” I’ve rolled my eyes. I would think to myself, “ Is it really THAT complicated?”  It is. And I apologize to every girl that I’ve ever rolled my eyes at now. There are a million little things that need to be decided upon- and I’ve started to realize that over the past month.

Robert and I have now been engaged for a little over 3 weeks. Since then, we’ve booked a reception spot, picked out our bridal party, bought bridesmaids’ dresses and jewelry, decided the main wedding colors, narrowed down photographers and bands, booked a florist and booked a day-of wedding planner. EEKS! Who knew all of that went into a love-filled, wedding weekend?

While we (me and my mom) were a bit overwhelmed in the beginning of planning, I think we’re feeling more comfortable with all of the decisions that need to be made since the wedding and reception venues are booked. Instead of stressing about every little detail, I’m embracing the phone calls, emails, texts and even Pinterest boards that are surrounding my wedding. It’s an amazing feeling to have everyone you love focused on you and your Big Celebration.

Last Monday, I had President’s Day off from work and was heading back to ATL from a long weekend in Myrtle Beach (½ marathon).  Instead of going straight back to the city, I headed home to Greenville to meet with my mom and chat through wedding stuff.  Our day turned from chatting about dates for a wedding shower and flower arrangements to things that are far more important.

My mom and I talk to each other a lot. Like a lot. Like at least once every day and sometimes even more. She’s my best friend and we have a really strong relationship. It seems as though during each life-changing event that I go through, I have a pretty serious heart-to-heart with my mom that differs from our other conversations.  These conversations are in no-way planned, but they somehow naturally occur. It happened before I went to college. It happened before I graduated and moved to Atlanta. It happened before I decided to take a new job. And it happened on President’s Day.

This talk encompassed the future, marriage, friendships, worries, the “gems” in our lives and love. I will never, ever forget it.

Wedding planning so far has been an absolute blast. I’ve laughed at some of the dresses that my sister has picked out for the bridesmaids, I’ve smiled as I’ve chatted with my dad about his excitement for our Big Day, and I’ve even cried because of all of the emotions that I’m feeling all at once about everything at the same time.

This year is going to be a crazy, fun, loving, wedding-filled ride.  Bring.It.On.

Planning in Public Relations

In order to reach goals that are planned for organizations by their public relations department or agency, the PRo’s must have some sort of plan.  Three different types of plans are an ad hoc plan (a plan for a temporary situation), a standing plan (a long-term plan used to help strengthen an organization’s relationships), a contingency plan (a plan used for “what if” scenarios). 

On Entrepreneur.com, a PR writer, Rachel Meranus wrote about the correct ways to develop a PR plan.  She explained that a general PR plan rule is to “consider a year ahead, plan six months ahead, and expect to revise after three months.”  I think the key point is that you  never know when something is going to change or go awry.  One point of Rachel’s article that I thought was interesting was her view on crisis planning.  She said that in order for a PR plan to be complete, a PRo should look at the different possibilities and scenarios that could go wrong.  I think this would be considered a type of contingency plan because it is a “what if” type of plan.

I think it’s interesting to learn the different types of plans and their technical terms.  While interning at Jeff Dezen Public Relations, I was able to sit in on their staff meetings and in a few of their meetings with one specific client.  I enjoyed hearing the plans and ideas that they developed for new products and services for that client.  I would consider those types of plans ad hoc plans because they were temporary and had an end date in sight.