Student Spotlight – Makenzie Burud

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Makenzie Burud



What was the inspiration for this project?

“Project 1 was inspired by asking one of my best friends what she would want her dream wedding to be! I always think about planning my friends’ weddings and giving them the best day of their lives, so I was excited to do this project! I did an initial consultation with my friend, where she told me her dream wedding would be a “winter wonderland” type event with snow and twinkle lights as her ideal vision!  I wanted to create a warm winter night with a hot chocolate bar, mug favors, and a s’mores bar! I also thought midnight blue as the main color with white accenting would really add to a magical and romantic winter night feel inside the venue.”

What did you find to be the most challenging?

“What I found to be most challenging about this project was putting all of the different parts together to make one cohesive event. I always have so many ideas in my head, and sometimes it is hard to figure out which ones will work best. In addition to this, you don’t want to over do it to the point where you have so many ideas, that the wedding or event becomes too chaotic and you loose the main theme. I also thought it was very challenging to find the “right” vendors who would be perfect for my friend’s specific needs and requests!”

What was your favorite part?

“I had two favorite parts of this project! My first favorite part was interviewing my friend and getting to know what she really wanted. Watching her get excited about how she envisioned the best night of her life, got me super excited and got my brain overflowing with ideas about how to make it the perfect night for her and her fiance! My second favorite part was creating the atmosphere and overall ambiance for the wedding. I am super crafty and I was excited just thinking about all of the decorations to make my vision come to life! I really enjoyed putting the numerous parts of the wedding together, until it was finished-at which point I had butterflies! (You might have thought it was my own wedding!)”

What was the biggest take-away you learned?

“Creating this project was an overall great experience! This project took several weeks, in which I started with an initial consultation with my friend and then began brainstorming ideas and starting browsing on Pinterest! The project was a lot of work, especially when it came to finding vendors, a venue, and creating an overall timeline with a musical score. This project is fantastic because it walks you through every little aspect of planning a wedding, so it was great hands-on learning experience for me! The biggest take-away that I learned is to allow enough time for each part of the wedding. I didn’t realize how each part can take a long time, especially when every bride has different requests! Planning something beautiful takes time!”

What advice do you have for anyone planning an event?

“Stay organized!! There are so many different aspects to a wedding or event, that if you don’t stay organized, it is easy to get overwhelmed quickly and forget about some important parts. And with events, you don’t want to forget even the smallest detail! With that being said, timelines and to do lists are my best friends!!” 


  • Tiffany Green

    This was my most challenging and rewarding project as well; it was the one that first got me out of my comfort zone and showed me that I had more in me than I’d realized!


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