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Melanie: Intern to Assistant

Hello world, my name is Melanie and I am the newest event assistant here at AE Events. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May with a degree in Recreation Management and Policy: Program and Event Management. I was previously an intern during the summer, but was lucky enough to be offered a full time position starting in the fall. Being at AE Events so far has been nothing short of a fantastic learning experience.

I didn’t originally want to be in the event planning industry. I went to UNH as a business major with the thought “I can do anything with this degree.” You can do anything with a business degree, but I wasn’t happy in my classes. I found the Program and Event Management option (unfortunately not until my junior year) and I was hooked from my first class. I ended up with a minor in business administration so it all worked out in the end.

What college doesn’t prepare you for is commuting, balancing a full time job and family and friends, and what an actual real life job in your chosen field will entail.

I’ll be honest, commuting is tough. Getting up extra early to sit in traffic, to get to a crowded train, only to then take a bus to my office has not been ideal. What makes it worth it is coming to a job that I thoroughly enjoy. Everyone here at AE Events has been so welcoming and open to teaching me what they know. I’ve learned so much in these past few months and I look forward to learning even more as I continue at this agency. I’ve learned in the office as well as on site at events. I love being on site at events because I can see how everything comes together. We set up everything for the event, supervise the event and then clean up when it’s done. We craft, organize and design for each client’s specific needs. That’s stuff you can’t learn in a classroom.

A few things this new job has taught me:

  • Always get enough sleep!
  • Dress for success every day. You’ll have a better day if you are confident in yourself.
  • Bring a lunch you’ll be excited about. I’m a big food person so I love lunch and I look forward to what I bring every day. For me, bad lunch = bad day.
  • Stay organized. I have an agenda that I would be lost without. It has everything in it that I need for work, as well as appointments for my life outside work. I depend on it with my life to keep me from double booking myself.
  • Make time for yourself. You’ll go crazy if you just work, work, work and don’t spend time doing something you love or spending time with the people you love.

My favorite quote is “You’ve got one life to love what you do.” So go out there, find something you love and don’t let anything hold you back.

 

 


Rustic Weddings

Fall is just around the corner and it is absolutely the most perfect season for a Rustic Wedding scene.  Imagine lanterns and floral decor lining an elegant barn with sparklers leading the way.

We have found everything from creative backdrops and gorgeous cakes to the table settings to match your perfect night.

We love a good photo booth backdrop or it even can be the backdrop of your ceremony.

Cake is also very important to us.  Check out these creative ways to incorporate a rustic feel.

We want your whole wedding to come together.  When your guests walk in, they will immediately feel the warm cozy vibes the forest has to offer.

 

Check out the rest of our Rustic Wedding finds on Pinterest

 


Welcome Cortney!

Hello! I am Cortney Fullerton, and the newest addition to the AE Events family. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful team of ladies!

A little about me? I grew up in Mansfield, MA and went on to college at Endicott College. I received my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism, with an Event Management focus, and a Psychology minor. I found that I really loved the project management aspect of events, taking a small idea and creating a beautiful, meaningful event.

I am a person who is slightly obsessed with lists, and I LOVE checking things off of them. I have a list for everything, and I update them or make new ones all the time. Luckily for me, this list obsession has brought me great personal success in the industry – as organization is KEY! I am always re-working what organizational strategies work best for me, and have already started here at AE!

After working in catering at both the Hynes Convention Center and the BCEC for 5 years, it was time for me to spread my wings further in the world of events. I received my CMP in January, and I wanted to put my newfound knowledge to good use! I took some time for some self-reflection this summer, and to think about what really excites me. What I found… I love working with what I call the ‘cutesy’ stuff (ie. decor, invitations, flowers, anything fun and bright!) I like putting all the pieces together, and then, just like magic, I received a call from AE Events about an open Event Manager position on the team, and I felt like the stars were aligned!

My personal interests? I love to travel, lay on the beach, go running, DIY crafts, visit with friends. I am never not listening to music – I love music, and it helps me really get into the ZONE!

As my second week wraps up – here is what I found: The team at AE are so kind, helpful, and nothing short of amazing. I can’t tell you what it feels like to already belong to a team on your very first day of work. How often are you welcomed into a brand new office with hugs from your new co-workers?! I can’t wait to really dive in and get involved in the events here.


Fun Favors

We are always looking for new and fun ways to say thank you.  Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

Want to start the night of by saying thanks?  Have your favors be your escort cards. Succulents and plants are something people always love and can bring home to remember the night.

Want to just send your guests off on a sweet note?  Try jam, honey, and even popcorn!

We also love some of these more creative ideas.  Sending your guests away with a shot just for good fun, or even some hot sauce because who doesn’t love an extra kick.

There are also many ways to say thank you without feeling as though you are spending money on ‘stuff.’  Make a donation to your favorite charity and spread the word, so maybe some of your guests will donate too.

 

See more ideas on our Pinterest page here: Fun Favors

 


We Care About Your Love

We are nominated this year for Boston’s Best Wedding Planner 2017 for A-List Boston!  To prove to you why we deserve your vote… here are some pictures that definitely speak louder than words.

 

Winter in the City

Photographer: Zev Fisher

Florist: Stapleton Floral

 

A Colorful Touch

Photographer: Cambria Grace

Florist: Marc Hall

We can bring Tuscany to you

Photographer: Ned Jackson

Florist: Mimosa

 

Link to vote: http://boston.cityvoter.com/best/wedding-planner/weddings/boston

 

Thank You 🙂

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