A friend of mine, Mary, mother of seven with her youngest the age of my teens, has asked me to serve as a wedding reception coordinator at one of her DD's wedding a few months from now.
I have been to a couple of weddings in this family, and they are a BIG DEAL. Full Catholic ceremony, then sit down dinner. One reception was a few hours after the ceremony, so guests had a couple of hours to kill in between.
The upcoming wedding is only
150-165 guests, and the reception is dry- no alcohol. The site is a western barn/rustic pavillion, and the caterer is a local BBQ joint. They will have to carry out all their trash because of wild animals.
I have been asked to be the contact person, and to bring ice, and make sure all is cleaned up, and to tell guests to stay close by, and corral potentially unruly children, and to tupperware the wedding cake after, and meet with the site owner beforehand, and maybe help coordinate carpooling since there is not really a parking lot. I am sure there will be more.
Now, the mom is a sweet friend of mine, will talk your ear off, does not like problems even though she has had a few (sick husband, hospitalized child, work issues, moving into a house that had a broken foundation so had an apt. with a bad landlord while waiting for the house to be fixed, and then having plumbing issues, etc...)
so she was asked by the owner of the reception site for a reception coordinator. Mary knew she would need an organized and strong personality to keep all this together, and said my name to Cici, the owner, before asking me.
When Mary did ask me, I wrote down 30 minutes of her rambling notes to determine my responsibilities, as I listed above a bit.
I do not know if I am getting paid. I have never done a job like this before. Am I over my head? Wedding is still a few months away, and I was "officially asked" two nights ago.