At work

AT WORK

Married to the job

Trina Myers is a wedding and event planner and director for Affairs Remembered LLC

June 21, 2006|By TYEESHA DIXON | TYEESHA DIXON,SUN REPORTER

Salary -- Earns between $32,000 and $40,000 depending on the number of events and their cost

Age --29

Years on the job --10

How she got started -- Myers began event planning when a relative asked her to help organize her daughter's wedding. A guest at the wedding was impressed with Myers' work and asked how much she charged. Myers has been planning ever since.

Although she wanted to be a mortician when she began college, Myers switched her major and received an associate's degree in business management from Catonsville Community College. She also became a certified bridal consultant and event planner from the Bridal Institute of America after taking two online courses.

Typical day --Myers spends from 250 hours to two years planning a wedding. She often interviews five to six vendors a day, including caterers, photographers, florists and entertainers.

She spends most of her planning time learning about the bridal couple's culture and religion so the wedding will reflect the bride and groom's personalities. "I spend a lot of my day actually studying. The fun part is the food and the cake testing."

The good --"I don't see myself doing anything else. I know I've done the job when the bride is full of tears."

The bad --Sometimes, the stress. "At first, I didn't think I had what it takes."

Her biggest wedding --One with 400 guests and a 26-person bridal party at the Baltimore Convention Center. The couple spent $8,500 on decorative flowers alone. The wedding took nearly two years to plan. To recuperate, Myers did not plan any events for a year. "I literally saw rose petals in my sleep."

Her disaster story --Right before a wedding, a groomsman's van (and cell phone) died on Interstate 95. All the wedding party's shirts and ties were in the trunk. When the groom went to find his stranded friend, he got lost. The waiting guests ended up eating the hors-d'oeuvres before the ceremony, which eventually started three hours late.

What she's learned --"Now, I don't allow anyone from the bridal party to pick up the formal wear."

Philosophy on the job --"`By any means necessary,' to quote Malcolm X."

Tyeesha Dixon

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