How running your own business can be hard …
Today we hear from UKAWP member, Simone Butterfield of Dimples Events on a very topical issue:
In light of the recent outbreak of swine flu, it has made me reflect upon the benefits of belonging to the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners. Despite ensuring that my sister in law is fluent in wedding planning and ready to step up to the mark for any unfortunate circumstances, it has been a god send to know that I can pick up the phone and count on the help of fellow members of the UKAWP if ever I was unable to attend a wedding.
Running your own business can be stressful and daunting and you can never phone in sick if you are feeling under the weather. It would take something really sinister to keep a wedding planner away from “the big day” and swine flu could be just the tonic that does that.
You could not possibly coordinate a wedding displaying the symptoms of swine flu and mixing with guests. It could be fatal. With the doctors’ orders of complete isolation, it would leave you with the dreaded thought of notifying the bride and groom of the bad news. Yet belonging to the UKAWP I have that reassurance that I can ring my fellow colleagues and know that someone professional and experienced will be able to step in. Even more reassuring, is knowing that I have built up a huge friendship and rapport with another local wedding planner. We regularly let off steam to one another and likewise have recently been able to offer help and support for weddings that have been particularly demanding.
It is hard to train someone to work with the same ethos and attention to detail as yourself, but the UKAWP has been able to provide me with the opportunity to meet someone just like me, who embraces networking and does not see me as competition on her doorstep. I look forward to our coffee mornings catching up and talking weddings, its great fun, refreshing and reassuring to know that I have someone on my doorstep ready to lend a hand if the need ever arises.