Ashley Wiegand

Seeking Event Coordinator Position

In the Spring of 2015, I was the Formal Event Planning Chair for Sigma Kappa Sorority at Southern Illinois University. My duties included finding the perfect venue, picking out a delicious meal, coordinating transportation, creating guest lists, finding decorations that fit the theme, all while staying within a designated budget. On the night of the event, I received a phone call around 6:45pm telling me the buses were going to be late because a tire blew out while on their way to pick us up. Our event was supposed to start at 7pm and everyone had been waiting at the designated pick-up area in their formal attire. Upon hearing the news, I immediately called the venue to inform them that we would be arriving later than scheduled. I then informed the guests and their dates of the delay. Once the buses showed up, they weren't familiar with the area, so I gave them turn-by- turn directions to ensure we wouldn't get lost. When we finally arrived, I apologized to the venue's event coordinator for our late arrival. I then let her know we would be ready for dinner to be served in 15min. After everyone ate dinner, the rest of the night went fairly smooth. Guests were dancing, laughing, and enjoying the company of one another. After seeing the smiles and joy come from the people at the event I had worked so hard on, I realized this was something I wanted to do as a career. Even though everything didn't go as planned, I was proud of my event, and knew I could handle obstacles that came my way.

  • Education
    • Southern Illinois University Carbondale