Do you love weddings? Would you love to play a big part in helping one of the most special occasions in people’s lives run smoothly? Then a career as a Wedding Planner could be for you! Weddings can be a harmonious yet stressful time for people – mostly because they want them to go well, and you could be a big part of making that happen!
Wedding Planners typically work on a self-employed basis and can offer several different levels of service from full wedding planning, where you’ll organise every last detail of the wedding, through to on-the-day management, where you’ll provide support only on the wedding day itself.
You’ll usually start by having a discussion with clients about their initial ideas and budget, before making a proposal which will set out exactly what you’re able to do, how you’ll do it, and how much you’ll charge. You could be responsible for coming up with colour schemes, finding and booking a venue, and liaising with suppliers such as florists, caterers, and photographers.
The work (although not easy), is often fun and varied, as no two clients will be the same and you may even get opportunities to travel if your clients are planning an overseas ceremony. It’s also incredibly satisfying to see happy couples enjoying their big day as a result of your hard work.
You don’t need any particular qualifications to get started, but if you want to start winning clients, then you’ll need to work on building up your experience. The best way to do this is to start by helping to plan the weddings of friends and family and building up a portfolio to document your work. It can also be helpful to get in touch with local Wedding Planners to ask if you can shadow them.
Although it’s not essential to have any qualifications, it can be useful to take an event management course online to boost your skillset and enhance your credibility. This will also give you more information about setting up your own business.