Why Event Coordinator is one of the Most Stressful Job in 2014

Recently, CareerCast released the list of my stressful jobs of 2014.  #5 is Event Coordinator.  Here is the full list:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Military general
  3. Firefighter
  4. Airline pilot
  5. Event coordinator
  6. Public relations executive
  7. Corporate executive (senior)
  8. Newspaper reporter
  9. Police officer
  10. Taxi driver
CC Skley

Many of these jobs include putting your life in danger or protecting the lives of others.   However, event planner has been on this list for years based on physical demands, travel, deadlines, and more criteria.  I have my own reasons why.

  • We take on the stress of planning so that you don't have to.  Deadlines, what deadlines?  
  • We are responsible for the planning, design, logistics and execution of any event we manage.  That is a lot of decisions and task lists. 
  • High stakes - Not many people realize the amount of work that goes into planning and managing an event and weddings, some of which are once in a lifetime.
  • If something goes wrong, we try to our best to fix it whether it was our fault or not. 
  • While it looks glamorous, we are usually busy with meetings and appointments and then spend 10-15 hours onsite the day of the event.  
  • Bridezillas...enough said!
  • Making sure that your event looks good, reflects your business and stays within your budget. 
  • The unexpected...Murphy's Law, weather, power failures, transportation breaks, sickness, accidents...plague, famine, locust....
  •  Unrealistic expectations.  TV, Pinterest and blogs have set brides up for failure; the price tags for those stunning events are rarely revealed.