Dana Coburn – Time to Tie the Knot!!!

This week at The Rankin, we have been preparing for yet another wedding! The weeks leading up to weddings are the best, it is complete chaos, but we love it! Preparing the final touches is where the pressure rises. The wedding planner has been in contact all week and we are making sure the The Rankin is at its best. The bride has been in and out, and finally it is time for the rehearsal tomorrow evening. 

The wedding will be this Saturday, at 6pm, and will last until 11pm. Obviously, we have a long day ahead of us. The team, myself included, will be there ready to begin at 11am. When we first arrive the tables and everything will need to be set and ready by 3pm for the pictures and final walk through. This is the craziest part of the day because everybody is running in a different direction trying to get their task completed. From past experience, it will be a fast day with little time for rest. 

These ceremonies are all day events because we have to perform, ” the flip” which is reorganizing the way  the chairs and tables are arranged for the reception. While this is being done the guests will be enjoying their cocktail hour in the Atrium. Then at 8pm, the reception will begin. After the reception is over and the guests are leaving, we then begin our last task of breaking down the event.

I will have great, memorable pictures to blog about on Monday. I have heard the weather should be great, but you just never know. Keep your fingers crossed that we don’t freeze on Saturday. Everybody remember, The Rankin Gardens & Atrium when planning for a future wedding!


Dana Coburn – Ready, Set, Tour Time!

Today I gave my first solo tour to new clients at The Rankin Gardens and Atrium. When I saw how eager the future bride and groom were to see their potential venue, I became even more excited to show it off.  Along with my eagerness, I was exceptionally nervous because their opinion and first impression of the venue lies in my hands. There are certain procedures you have to go through in each room  that I had been trained on, and it is crucial to be able to give the tour correctly as well as show all available options to meet their needs.  

This young couple was extremely nice and were encouraging the whole time. I was able to explain every option for the venue set up and package for their wedding day, as well as answer all questions that came up. The tour went exceptionally smooth and I am one hundred percent confident in the role I play here. These particular clients did book a date, and are set to have their ceremony and reception here in the beginning of next fall.

My mentors in this internship have given me the knowledge I need to fulfill my goals during my time here. They are now allowing me to experience the real world with the knowledge I have gained with my time here so far. I enjoy the independence given to me here, but I am also thankful for the supportive system that has been put in place to help me succeed. I am now ready to give as many tours as possible! Everyone, come tour the Rankin Gardens and Atrium for any event!


Dana Coburn – Saturday Sauna and Wedding Bell Drama

This past Saturday I worked at my first wedding as an intern at the Rankin Gardens and Atrium. This was a great first experience minus the obvious hot and humid weather that everyone is  familiar with in south Georgia in August. Rebecca Holman, a graduate assistant and Robbie Monfort, the executive event coordinator were both present and extremely helpful with guiding me through the steps of this event.

Weddings and all other events are an all day process. I was not aware of the time and effort that is put in to make the weddings as spectacular as they always are. We arrived at the venue at 12 p.m.  to begin the set-up process, which includes having all chairs and tables exactly how the bride requests her set up. After this is complete, the wedding planner arrives to help with all other set-up that needs to be done prior to the ceremony.

Like all events, there is always that one person that is hard to please. In this case, it was the wedding planner herself. The wedding planner is not associated with The Rankin, so we never know who we are going to have to deal with. This one in particular brought some “wedding bell drama” only because she wanted everything perfect but did not lift a finger.

I was happy that this was the first wedding I was able to experience simply because Robbie is such an expert at handling sticky situations. She calmly fixed everything in a timely manner and I believe that it was a great learning opportunity for me to know how to deal with the public.

The whole process of working a wedding is a 13 hour day. Saturday in particular,  was a long dreary day that turned into a successful wedding. The Rankin Gardens and Atrium is such a great place for me to learn and grow in this business I would like to be a part of after graduation.