Learn How to Become a Wedding Planner?
What Does a Wedding Planner Do?
As a bridal consultant or wedding planner, you help couples plan and organize their entire wedding. From coordinating the bridal shower to their travel plans, a wedding planning business can be very profitable.
You give couples a “one-stop-shop” for everything they need, from the entertainment and location to the photographers and transportation. The rehearsal, the dinners, ceremony, and reception all fall into your hands.
You will never run out of things to do but this can be a very fun business. Your number one goal is to keep the bride’s stress low and the process smooth.
There is a lot of pride in seeing a happy couple after a successful event.
Relationship building is a key component of this business. Empathy will help your success.
You will need to work hand in hand with a nervously excited bride and groom in addition to the mother of the bride, who can sometimes be a difficult customer. But a professional wedding planner knows how to keep everything under control and, as I mentioned, lower the stress level.
Negotiation skills are important when contracting with event facilities and entertainment. You’re usually responsible for all of the outside vendors, like the band or DJ, the photographer, the videographer, the limousines, often even the tuxedos for the men.
Creativity and organization are the two main ingredients of a successful wedding planner. A good decorative eye for colors and coordination is essential.
Being certified through the Association of Bridal Consultants is recommended. You may also want to volunteer to help an established wedding consultant and learn a few tricks to getting started. But if you have planned a wedding of your own, you may have more experience than you think.
Keep in mind that you work most weekends throughout the nicer seasons out of the year.
How much you can make
Wedding coordinators and planners often make anywhere in the range of $35,000 per year to up and over $100,000. But this depends on your experience, referrals, and your geographic location.
As with any business, the longer you do it, the more contacts you make and the more business that will come in by word of mouth. Experienced wedding planners will often have better financial arrangements with the vendors I mentioned. This allows for greater margins and fees adding to the overall profitability of this business.
Some wedding planners base fees on a percentage of the total budget, ranging anywhere from 10 – 15 percent. But you will need to check out the competition in your area to see what the going rate is.
Startup Costs/What you need to begin
This is a service business where the start-up costs are quite minimal. As long as you have a phone and a computer most of what you need is creativity and organizational skills.