Wedding Planner

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Get paid to plan weddings!

Become a Wedding Planner

FabJob Guide to

Catherine Goulet, Jan L. Riddell, and Tag Goulet

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FabJob Guide to Become a Wedding Planner

Contents
1. Introduction ..........................................................................................11 1.1 Welcome to Wedding Planning ..................................................11 1.1.1 Wedding Planning as a Profession ...................................12 1.1.2 Benefits of This Career .......................................................13 1.1.3 Job Titles...............................................................................14 1.2 Inside This Guide .........................................................................16 2. What a Wedding Planner Does .........................................................17 2.1 Services Provided by a Wedding Planner .................................17 2.1.1 Complete Wedding Planning Services ............................18 2.1.2 Partial Wedding Planning Services ..................................19 2.1.3 Rehearsal and Wedding Day Services Only ...................21 Copyright © 2010 FabJob Inc.    •    www.fabjob.com    •    4

FabJob Guide to Become a Wedding Planner

2.2 Preliminary Steps to Plan a Wedding ........................................21 2.2.1 Consultation with the Bride and Groom .........................21 2.2.2 Preparing a Budget .............................................................33 2.3 Getting Organized ........................................................................38 2.3.1 Preparing a Time-Line Schedule ......................................38 2.3.2 Preparing Checklists ..........................................................50 2.3.3 Keeping a Wedding Organizer .........................................59 2.4 Planning the Ceremony ...............................................................63 2.4.1 Selecting the Wedding Date ..............................................64 2.4.2 Selecting the Venue ............................................................65 2.4.3 Selecting the Officiant ........................................................70 2.4.4 Ceremony Vows, Exchanges and Readings ....................73 2.4.5 Selecting Ceremony Music ................................................77 2.4.6 Obtaining the Marriage License .......................................79 2.4.7 Ceremony Rehearsal ..........................................................80 2.4.8 The Ceremony Processional, Recessional and Receiving Line .............................................................85 2.4.9 Other Ceremony Arrangements .......................................89 2.5 Planning the Reception ................................................................89 2.5.1 Venue Selection ...................................................................91 2.5.2 Preparing for the Reception ..............................................93 2.5.3 Reception Activities..........................................................102 2.6 Working with Vendors...............................................................106 2.6.1 Recommending Vendors .................................................108 2.6.2 Contract Negotiation........................................................112 2.6.3 Co-ordination with the Vendor ......................................115 2.6.4 Follow Up ..........................................................................119

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3. Developing Your Skills ....................................................................121 3.1 Do You Have an Aptitude for Wedding Planning? ...............121 3.2 Developing Your Skills to Succeed ..........................................124 3.2.1 Interpersonal Skills ...........................................................124 3.2.2 Organizational Skills...
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