My thoughts are triggered by a quote I read by Albert Einstein on Twitter. Actually, it wasn’t the one that I was thinking of, but just seeing his name and his face reminded me of a poster that I had hanging behind my desk when I taught marketing. Everyone knows what a brilliant mind that Einstein had. And when I first found that poster, and read his words, I was kind of surprised. Maybe you’ve heard it; “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” I suppose that the reason this quote rang so true to me is that, at the time, I was teaching a Career and Technology class (otherwise known as vocational) and wanted so badly for my students to be creative and to use their imagination. To take the incentive and to figure it out. And now that my family and I own a wedding venue, I see even more the importance of those words. I used to tell my students, when they were searching for a way to troubleshoot and to handle unexpected situations (usually dealing with simulated experiences in competition), to “just make it work.” I’ve heard myself tell some of our staff that very same thing. While I assume it is true for all brides-to-be, they are excited, but most are stressed.
There are almost always some type of issue that comes up on their wedding day that they had not anticipated. It’s usually those moments that make for the best stories in years to come. Our amazing coordinators and staff knows to do whatever they can to “just make it work.” To try to be seamless in what we do for our clients and to find solutions to potential threats on their wedding day. Sometimes it just takes a needle and thread to sew on a button–sometimes you have to have glue. Duct tape works wonders on many challenges. Or a groom forgets to press his shirt–we take care of that as well. And there have been many times when our catering people have had to find a way to stretch food when dozens of guests show up who forgot to RSVP. Our head knowledge would say, “this is never going to work,” but our creativity and imagination rallies to say, “yes, we can make it work!”
We can’t fix every problem, but we do our best to find a way to make it work. And when the moment comes for the bride and groom to pledge their vows to one another, all of that running around in a “fog” will have been lifted and any further problems that arise, will also be addressed. We aren’t always MacGyver, but we do have some magic tricks of our own!