This past weekend was one of those weekends. Everything happened at once. I don’t love spreading my staff or me that thinly, but it’s just the way it was. We had a huge wedding with all the bells and whistles – complete with flying in 250 guests from all over the world to Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados; a beautiful wedding at The Plaza; and a rock and roll Bar Mitzvah at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester. I wasn’t really worried because I know I have the staff to take care of everything – they excelled, and we have very happy clients.
The reason for this post is that I was reading about the economy being in the doldrums – and then I looked at this past weekend and realized that we’re pulling out of it. No, for the most part, event budgets aren’t what they used to be and certainly clients are scrutinizing every line item more than ever. My point is, they are starting to spend, and by spending – they are strengthening our economy – in a major way.
People tend to roll their eyes when people go all-out with an event, but here is a partial list of all the people we employed with just these three events this past weekend:
1 Complete buy out of a five star hotel and its tremendous staff
1 Complete takeover of a client’s home for a welcome party
1 Complete buy out of a New York hotel’s two ballrooms with staff
1 Complete buy out of the golf club with staff
45+ Full-time and Freelance artistic staff for flower production
3 Party Planners and their teams
1 Professional Travel Planner and his team
3 Professional Lighting Companies and their teams
300+ Airline Seats
? Countless car and bus service chauffeurs to move all the guests
3 Cake artisans
3 Stationers and printers
3 Photographers and their teams of at least three
3 Videographers and their teams
6 Bands and their support teams
3 Professional sound companies
2 Professional riggers
1 Entertainment company for games and dancers
2 Tenting companies
25+ Vendors for supplies like cloth, candles, hard goods, etc.
2 Scenic production companies
5 Furniture rental companies
3 Shipping companies
3 Rental car and truck companies
1 Company to “brand” guest gifts for the wedding
8 Live flower supply companies and their staffs
3 Event rental companies (plates, glasses, flatware, etc.)
3 Crews to tear it all down and return the venues to normal operations
1 Paper flower artist
Places to lodge all the traveling staffs
Catering to feed everyone
And the list goes on and reaches far and wide – for instance, think about the flowers alone. How many farms and families from, literally, all over the world did it take to bring in all of our requests? We had hydrangea and roses and all sorts of flowers from Holland and Ecuador; protea from Sudan; lysianthus from Israel; orchids from Thailand and Hawaii. Then multiply that figure with all the trucks and planes it took to get the product to their respective destinations, it is really astounding how many hands it takes to bring just ONE seedling to a fully grown flower delivered to one of our events. Now – compound THAT with the, perhaps 200,000+ stems we had at all three parties and it starts to blow your mind.
These three parties put food into the mouths of a LOT of families – and that, my friends, makes me proud to be a contributing member of our world economy.
Now, let’s go party!