Some people are passionate about politics, horseback riding, or baking. And then, there are people like me – people passionate about love and weddings. Ever since childhood, I have been dreaming about the day I can plan a wedding (not necessarily my own)! I am obsessed with bridal shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings.” It has been my lifelong dream to be a wedding planner and make bride’s dreams come true. So, it was a no brainer when deciding where to do my Senior internship – at a bridal store! For the past two months I have been interning at Elegant Occasions Gowns in Lincoln, NE, where my official title is Bridal Specialist.
In short, I welcome customers, assist brides in selecting, trying on, and ordering gowns, and attend bridal fairs/shows. One of my main projects so far has been helping the owner re-tag all inventory in the store. This has been quite the task, as she has over 300 bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and prom/homecoming dresses! I have also attended two bridal fairs with my boss, both of which were in Lincoln. During the bridal fairs I informed brides about our store, promoted our inventory reduction sale (which already happened), and modeled a gown in a fashion show. As my internship progresses and I continue to learn the ins and outs of the bridal industry, I will ease into coming up with ideas and posts for the blog.
As you can imagine, communication is key in the bridal industry! We are always communicating – from explaining our store layout, to pricing, to forming friendly relationships with the bride. All of these entail the use of interpersonal skills. At Elegant Occasions, we focus on forming and maintaining relationships with our brides! We want to be there every step of the way – from finding the gown, to choosing bridesmaid dresses and tuxes, to the wedding day, and even after. Therefore, customer service is of utmost importance to us.
Another instance in which I have used skills learned from communication classes is when brides and their entourage ask for your opinion of a dress, and you have to provide one. This is where both my interpersonal communication and impromptu speaking skills from Communication in the Professions come in. Additionally, I have been noticing that my personal identity has changed since I have began my internship at Elegant Occasions. In Organizational Communication, we are currently learning about organizational identity and how it can impact your personal identity. Something I have noticed is that my personal identity has merged with my organizational identity. In essence, when my organization is threatened or complimented, I personally feel the threat or the compliment. I have grown a special connection with Elegant Occasions!
I am truly grateful that I found an internship that I am passionate about. I can only hope that within the next six months I am lucky enough to find a job that fulfills my passion. For now, I will continue to enjoy doing something I love every day.