The Top 5 Things I Learned as an Event Intern

The Top 5 Things I Learned as an Event Intern
Before my internship working with Serendipitous Events this summer, I had a couple of ideas of what being an event planner would be like. Surely it would involve making a couple or family amazed at how you can transform a space into the wedding of their dreams and going to vendor meetings, but what are some of the things that this job requires that I didn’t think of before I worked my first wedding? Over the summer, I learned that there is a lot of hard work that goes into making dreams become reality. 
Here are the top 5 things I learned on my way to being a better planner!
1. You have to be organized. 
Working in event planner, you need to know every detail of every event going on. What type of flowers are you ordering, what time the caterer will arrive, how are you getting the cocktail tables from Point A to Point B? All of these things have to stay organized, for multiple events at a time. Taking notes is key to making this happen!
2. But you also have to be flexible.
Event with your skills of mastering your timeline and all the little details, there will be times where things will not go to plan. “The world is an imperfect place, screws fall out all the time,” The Breakfast Club. You must be willing to find solutions to the random problems that occur, such as the wedding party taking too long to leave the ceremony or a collar fitting too tightly on a groomsman. You are in charge of making the chaos flow back to normality.
3. You to also be a problem solver.
There are people who see a problem and get flustered, and then there’s us event planners who think of a creative solution for figuring out a solution. Just like planners get their creative juices flowing by planning layouts and table settings and decor for brides, they are just as creative when it comes to engineering solutions to making your wedding or event perfect! Whether that be hanging a picture frame from a bottom of a staircase with wire or getting 12 groomsmen down a staircase safely. Most problems, a good planner is already prepared for because they have experience, but sometimes random things come up an an even better planner can work to fix it on the spot.
4. You have to be able to work long hours.
Corporate or private events sometimes only involve part of your day, but when working as a wedding planner you are typically required to work 10-15 hour days. Without knowing how rewarding and fast-paced those days are, that might seem daunting. Wedding days have been, without a doubt, some of my favorite days of this summer. Watching a bride walk into a venue and cry with adornment and getting thank you’s from the newlyweds in their wedding speeches makes these long hours SO worth it.
5.Finally, you have to be passionate.
Let’s face it, it can be physically and mentally exhausting to be on top of your game at all times. If it weren’t for the passion that I have experienced about this industry and seen from my coworkers, it would be a challenge to get through the days. But something drives us to be engaged and excited to take on each event as if it was our own! At the end of the day, the beauty that comes from a job well done is worth any stressors that come your way.
Sara Waldner
Summer 2018 Intern
Photo Credit: The Photography Shoppe 

Mr. & Mrs. Erinn & Tim Gergel

September 3rd, 2017 

Talk about a stunning intimate wedding day!

This gorgeous day started off with the
bridal party getting all dolled up out at the Meadow Barn by Shelon Artistry while
they sipped on some mimosas!

It was the little details that made Tim and Erinn’s day so special. Flower Mill added
romantic hues of color through out the venue with their gorgeous flower
arrangements. Ideal Wedding and Events supplied the gold glass chargers and blush
napkins to tie the look together.

Once the vows were all said and done, the sweet sound of music by Christine Egan was enjoyed. Then, it was time to enjoy all things tasty! Chef
Dominique catered the meal along with the table settings. For dessert, The Cake
Lady baked up her finest cupcakes and a stunning two-tier cake for the couple.

Later in the evening, DJ Jer Events and Lighting brought the group to the dance floor
to dance the night away. Anne from the Photography Shoppe was able to capture
timeless photos of the whole event for Tim and Erinn. When all was said and done,
Tim and Erinn lived happily ever after as they drove off in a vintage car from
Vintage Occasions.

The happy couple will always be able to look back on their
wedding day and relive these special moments thanks to their videographer,
Brekan, at Brekan Designs.

Thank you SO much Tim and Erinn for letting us be a part of your special day!



Mr. & Mrs. Haley & Jared Bartling

August 18th, 2017

The day two lovers united as one!

The day started at Meadow Barn with the girls getting ready in the bridal suite. Hair and makeup was by Lacey Mae Hair and Makeup Artist. Kaylynn with Krush Beauty also did makeup for the bridal party.

Allana with Studiofotografie captured the day with her amazing photos. The videography and paper products were done by the talented Brekan Peterson with Brekan Designs. The Flower Mill did the florals that brought the barn wood tables in the venue to life!

Christine and Ryan Egan did the live music for the ceremony. After the couple said their “I do’s,” the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Cocktail hour was such a fun time with yard games in the beautiful August weather. Rentals by Ideal Wedding completed the table settings with some finishing touches by Simply Devine and Prairie Lane.

Cake and dessert was by the Cake Lady. Dinner was catered in by Central Catering. Matt at DJ Jer led the evening with music and emceeing. A sparkler send off ended the night as the bridal party was taken on a ride around town with Royal Limo.

Jared and Haley, thank you SO much for letting us be a part of your big day. It was truly a  blast to enjoy the evening with you as you celebrated the love you share. We wish you all the happiness in the world!


Mr. & Mrs. Andrew & Taylor Wubben

September 2nd, 2017

Love was in the air as Andrew & Taylor united in marriage!

The ladies started off the day getting ready with Shelon Artistry at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. They had so much fun getting pampered and enjoying the morning! The couple then had their first look at the Hilton bridge, which Ciji K Photography captured beautifully.

Ciji K Photography did the photos for the entire day and they turned out to be stunning! Florals were by the Flower Mill, from the bouquets to the gorgeous pieces at the reception. Christina Waldner with Infini Films did the videography that captured the day perfectly!

Ceremony rentals were provided by ABC Rentals. The ceremony took place at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. The venue looked perfect as the couples said their vows and united in marriage!

While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, Galileo at Stellar Limo took the wedding party for a spin on the way to the reception venue! The reception took place at the Museum of Visual Materials, which was decorated beautifully with rentals from Ideal Wedding & Events.

Catering was done by Cleaver’s Market and the cake was done by The Cake Lady. Matt from DJ Jer got the party started after everyone had finished their delicious dinner! The night was fun-filled and the guests definitely enjoyed themselves.


Taylor and Andrew, thank you so much for being an amazing couple to work with! We are so grateful to have been a part of your planning process & your special day.


Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Rachel Welch

August 26, 2017

The day Rachel married her best friend, Joe!

This was such a fun day. Love was in the air and the excitement was real as these two celebrated their marriage! The girls started off by getting at Meadow Barn in their gorgeous Bridal Suite with hair and makeup by Platinum Imagination and Julie Eddy!

The photography by Suzie Richards truly captured the essence of the day and showed the beauty of this day! Wholly Cowen’s videography was there to capture the love on video. Meadow Barn was a great place to celebrate this beautiful August ceremony.

Ideal provided the rentals for the tables making the venue complete in addition to the gorgeous florals by Elaborations by Joyce Naber. The couple had a great time celebrating their marriage surrounded by family and friends. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour while the bridal party enjoyed their limo ride by Sky Lounge.

Central Catering provided the food for the guests to enjoy. There was a beautiful dessert table with Taylor’ed Cakes cupcakes and a cake for the bride and groom. Eran from DJ Jer led the reception and kept the guests entertained all night long!

THANK YOU, Joe & Rachel, for trusting Loghin as your wedding planner. We are so grateful that you let us be part of your big day!


Mr. & Mrs. Cody & Amy Anderson

August 18, 2017
The day two became one! 

Wow! This couple has such a great story and their love for each other is endless! We were so honored to be their day of coordinator! The girls started off their day getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown with hair and makeup by Platinum Imagination, Shelon Artistry & Kara Pederson Hair & Makeup.

The photos by The Photography Shoppe were stunning and showed the beauty of their August wedding. Jason R Jonas was the videographer to capture the day. Cody & Amy said their “I Do’s!” at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church in front of all of their family and friends.

The floral arrangements were all designed by a good family bride of the couple- Kim Morrill. After the ceremony, the bridal party was transported by Royal Limo while their guests attended cocktail hour at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown.

Their reception was filled with beautiful, fresh florals. The Cake Lady also had cakes on every table for the guests to enjoy which was so fun & the guests LOVED! The guest book was unique and represented the couple and their love of Crossfit.

The reception was led by DJ Jason Yoshino of Energy Event Group. The bride & groom had the time of their lives and enjoyed every minute with their guests.

WOW…. What a beautiful couple & celebration!

THANK YOU, Cody & Amy, for trusting Kaitlin & our team with your big day! We are so lucky to have you as one of our Serendipitous couples!


Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Katie Mitchell

August 5th, 2017 

A celebration of two amazing people! 

A beautiful August day to celebrate the marriage of two beautiful people! Gary & Katie united in marriage at the Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Sioux Falls. The girls started the day getting their hair and makeup completed by Krush Beauty & Amy Norman.

They opted to do a first look before the ceremony and it was perfect! The love these two have for each other shined throughout the whole day! Bella Rosa Floral completed the floral design & centerpieces for the reception.

After these two said their “I do’s” their guests headed to the Hilton Garden Inn South for a celebration of the new Mr. & Mrs. Wine tasting cards, appetizers, music… How fun!  Rentals came from Ideal Wedding & Events and the cake was made with love by The Cake Lady.

DJ Tadd from Dakota Entertainment led the night on the tunes while Kate Jones Studios captured their day so perfectly.

THANK YOU for choosing Serendipitous for your big day!! I enjoyed getting to know both of you & will treasure our friendship forever!

Loghin Welch
Lead Planner

Mr. & Mrs. Taylor & Madeline Juhl

June 10, 2017
The Best Day Ever! 

WOW! This wedding was pure magic. Every last detail was spot on and the day was so perfect. We LOVED their Cathedral of Saint Joseph ceremony followed by a reception at The Country Club of Sioux Falls. Madeline started of her big day with her girls at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown getting their hair and makeup completed by Bombshell Beauty & Shelon Artistry.

The day was photographed beautifully by A.Jo Fotografi. The florals were completed by Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop. The soft tones of the flower mixed with the elegant look of the attire made a perfect match.

The ceremony was a beautiful Catholic mass at the Cathedral.

DJ CHRIS HINTZ with Pinnacle Productions lead the night with great tunes & a Photo Booth. Ideal Wedding & Events provided the rentals to make the reception sparkle. While the couple’s wedding guests made their way to the cocktail hour, Mr. & Mrs. Juhl hopped on a bus with their bridal party provided by Stellar Limo.

What a beautiful couple! THANK YOU for choosing Loghin to help assist and design your big day! We are so happy for you two!


Loghin Welch
Lead Planner

Mr. & Mrs. Chaz & Anna Fey

April 29, 2017

This wedding was extra special to me because it was the day my best friend & cousin, Anna, married her best friend, Chaz. I was so honored to be her Maid of Honor & also her wedding planner. We did all of the planning together and Jessica did the day of coordination.

Chaz & Anna wanted a private ceremony with their closest friends and family. Icon Lounge & Event Hall in downtown Sioux Falls was the ceremony venue and it was absolutely beautiful! The ladies started off their day by getting their hair and makeup completed by Platinum Imagination & Shelon Artistry!

The couple agreed to not see each other before the ceremony which led to amazing emotions and beautiful memories! Anna & her father, Jim Entenman, did a first look before he escorted his beautiful daughter down the aisle. Flower Mill did a phenomenal job with the florals and decor. Christine Egan and her quartet provided the instrumentals for the ceremony while Pinnacle Productions helped with all of the sound & production. Mayor Mike did a great job as the couples officiant.

After the ceremony, the bridal party headed onto a trolley provided by Stellar Limo to take more photos with Wes Eisenhauer while the guests headed to the Sioux Falls Convention center for a night for fun & celebration. DJ KOR with Pinnacle Productions provided the entertainment, lighting design, photo booth and PINStudios did the videography.

The Cake Lady provided a beautiful wedding cake & dessert bar. Ideal Wedding & Events provided the rentals & chandeliers. Chaz & Anna were gifted a live painting of their first dance by Jillian Artistry from the Entenman family.

Anna designed all of the paper products herself! It was truly a beautiful wedding and I am so happy you chose me as your MOH & Serendipitous as your planner! What a beautiful day that will be cherished forever!

We love you two! Cheers to forever!
Loghin Welch
Event Planner