Three days. In three days, my daughter Bri will be getting married! It’s hard to believe that my little girl is all grown up and her wedding day is right around the corner. We are so excited to celebrate Bri and her fiancé, Ryan. As we get closer to the big day, I’ve been reflecting and thinking a lot about advice I’d give my daughter (and myself) to keep in mind on the day-of. I realized that this advice could also be somewhat applicable to anyone throwing a client event, and so I thought I’d share what I’ve been reflecting on for the past few weeks.
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
For Bri’s wedding, almost everything is planned, prepped and ready to go. We just have to pick up the wedding dress from the tailor and double-check the list of items we’re bringing to the venue.
Whether you’re planning a wedding or putting together a networking event for work, coordinating any event can be stressful. When my daughter is experiencing those moments of high stress, I try to remind Bri that all the little details will come together one way or another and to just enjoy the moment. It will all work itself out in the end. The same can be said when planning a work event.
2. Savor every moment.
The love between the bride and groom is palpable. I am looking forward to experiencing the joy and happiness that everyone gets to feel by just being a part of the wedding. It’s just such a special time for the families as well. Savoring those sweet moments of the day will be so special.
While work events might not be as sentimental as a wedding, it is definitely important to stay in the moment! Be present when making new connections and enjoy the time you have with colleagues and friends.
3. Don’t forget to laugh.
After being married to my husband for 29 years, I truly believe that the ingredients to a happy and healthy marriage are love, laughter and friendship. If you have these three things, getting through the difficult times will definitely be easier. Bri and Ryan are so fortunate because they have these things in surplus!
We are extremely excited about Bri and Ryan’s next chapter and all that will bring; however, as her parents, it’s a little bittersweet. Knowing that she won’t need us in the same way as she has in the past makes me cherish this time so much more before her new chapter begins. But I know that there is so much to look forward to for both of us, and this is only the beginning to such a sweet story!
When I think about her big day, what I’m looking forward to most is watching my husband walk Bri down the aisle. The fact that my son Brandon is officiating the ceremony is just icing on the cake! I heard a small preview of what he’s going to say, and I was already getting teary-eyed.
So whether you’re celebrating a wedding or your next legal work event, I hope these sentiments stay top of mind – I know they will for me!