Love Weddings? Here's What You Need to Know About How to Become a Wedding Planner

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Nov 30, 2018

Nov 30, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Ah, weddings. From the flowers to the nuptials, each wedding is unique in its own way. If you have a special place in your heart for these unforgettable events, it may be the right industry for you to work in.

Becoming a wedding planner or coordinator can be a rewarding job. Their duties require them to handle the logistics of the wedding. This is a very niche type of event planner.

Wedding planners consult with couples to help them pick a venue, florist, decorations, and manage every single little detail.

The percentage of couples that hire a wedding planner is on the rise. The number is higher during peak wedding season.

Wondering how to become a wedding planner? This article will cover the career trajectory of a wedding planner from start to finish.

The Skills You Need

Like any job, there are certain skills and traits that will help you succeed. If a couple hires a wedding planner, chances are they don't want to take on difficult tasks themselves. To handle these tasks you'll need strong skills in:

  • Creating and managing budgets
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Organizing meetings
  • Responding to emails
  • Creating timelines
  • Solving problems under pressure
  • Networking and booking vendors
  • Having an eye for style and design

At the core of your skills, you should have good customer service skills and a can-do attitude.

Entrepreneur vs. Employee

Once you decide to become a wedding planner, you'll have to figure out how you want to be employed. Many wedding planners are self-employed. This is what makes it a great career choice for those who want to be flexible and run their own schedules.

On the flip side, it can be harder to get started. Booking clients and running your own marketing can be challenging for some.

If running your own wedding planning business isn't for you, you can work for another agency or venue. If you go this route, you may not receive 100% of the client's fees. This is a great option for beginners because you will gain valuable experience.

Once you have a few weddings under your belt, you can leap out on your own to start your own business.

Getting Experience

Becoming a wedding planner doesn't require schooling or certifications. But, it does require a great deal of experience.

Couples have a lot of options when it comes to choosing their wedding vendors. You have to showcase your skills and experience to land the gig. Once you start booking clients, ask for reviews and referrals. This experience will help give you a competitive advantage. If you don't have a lot of experience, use your other skills to add value.

For example, calligraphy, décor, makeup, and other skills might be valuable to couples. A couple might be more motivated to book you if you other skills to offer even without a lot of experience.

If you're not ready to host an event as big as a wedding, start smaller. You can help plan other wedding events like showers or bachelor/bachelorette parties. You can even help give ideas for rehearsal dinners.

How to Become a Wedding Planner

Now that you know how to become a wedding planner, all you have to do is start!

Set up your professional website and sign up for wedding vendor websites. If you have an eye for details and a passion for events, this could be a rewarding career. The end result will be an unforgettable event that you and your clients will cherish forever.

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