Becoming a Wedding Planner
Running a business can seem like an impossible task to overcome at times. You have to go through all the right steps to getting a business license, make sure your register with your Secretary of State, and advertise well. That can be especially difficult when it comes to becoming a wedding planner. You have to give attention to detail, handle any problems that come up with a clear head, get it out the way quickly, and deal with customers that sometimes have difficult requests. It takes a lot of work but can be very rewarding if you enjoy weddings and dealing with other people. “2.2 million weddings take place in the United States alone in 2010.” (Fabjob Inc, 1999) Couples are extremely busy between working and their lives, so naturally wedding planners, also known as bridal consultants, are plentiful and needed. It is one of the easiest businesses to get into, needing only a business license and a business card. Taking a planner certification course is a great thing to consider doing as well; it would let you learn all about the details about special weddings like military protocol, other religious ceremonies, and other non-traditional ceremonies. Another basic requirement is a high school diploma or an equivalence of the high school diploma. No degree is necessary, but a Bachelors of Science in public relations, business, or marketing is a plus and will make you look more knowledgeable and professional. (Degreedirectory.org 2003) You can join an association to help you get on top of trends and to help further your education. Other than the educational requirements, you must have some personal skills to become a successful wedding planner. You must have wonderful networking and negotiating skills to help keep to the couple’s budget. A great “eye” for detail is a must. (Mahalo.com Incorporated 2007) You have to have great organization skills and wonderful people skills. You will be dealing with weeping brides, demanding mothers, cranky vendors, bargaining with vendors, overseeing hordes of hired workers, mingling with reception guests and many others who will vie for your attention. You have to be able to keep your head on under pressure. A good sense of fashion and communication skills is great things to have as well. You could also use a good sense of humor. A positive, upbeat outlook is a must so you can keep a smile on your face when things go wrong so you don’t upset your bride. There are certain steps to becoming a wedding planner. You must research wedding planner job duties and responsibilities, get practice by helping to plan an actual wedding, take courses on planning a wedding, get certified, and lastly, but most importantly, cultivate professional contacts. (Degreedirectory.org 2010) Each one is just as important as the next. Some job duties entail: creating a wedding schedule, replying to phone calls and emails from clients, doing paperwork, consulting with clients about wedding décor, the actual ceremony, entertainment and the reception to create a unique vision especially tailored to the couple. In short, you will be handling all the details of the wedding, big or small. (Degreedirectory.org 2003) You will be doing a lot of paperwork, between contracts and appointment notes etc. You will spend a lot of time on the phone; whether it is fielding inquiries from interested brides, following up with vendor leads, or checking on the status of wedding preparations. (How to Become a Wedding Consultant 2010) You will be meeting with employed contracts or temporary workers on a regular basis to provide instruction and go over details. You will be spending a lot of time with the bride conducting consultations or accompanying them to various appointments. (How to Become a Wedding Consultant 2010) Customers look to you for fashion advice, what’s right and wrong for every aspect of the wedding, and recommending reliable suppliers that are good deal for their money. To build up experience,...
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