Carving out a career as a wedding planner

Working as a wedding planner can be an incredibly rewarding job, seeing the results of your weeks and in some cases months of planning all come together for the couple to enjoy the happiest day of their lives. Many couples are choosing to use the services of a wedding planner so they can relax and know that their day has been taken care of.

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There are a number of courses that you can take to help including a Certificate or Diploma in Event Management and there are also many wedding planner courses available online. These will help to give you the background and legal knowledge that you need in order to be able to succeed in this line of work.

As well as having some kind of training there are some key skills that wedding planners need, including:

  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to follow direction
  • Ability to work on your own
  • Taking criticism positively
  • Great customer service skills
  • Budgeting skills
  • Negotiation
  • Patience

Once you have gained all the qualification you need and perhaps sort some work experience you can make the decision as to whether you would prefer to work for an already established wedding planner business or set up your own company. The benefits of an already established business is that they will have all the contacts they need along with marketing and relationships with other businesses already set up but the negative is that you are working for someone else at the hours that they dictate. You will also have a team around you that will be able to support you.

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If you set up your own wedding planner business you need to ensure that you meet with other businesses linked with weddings and set up working arrangements with them. This will include meeting with venues, florists and entertainment providers as well as Mobile Bar Hire Stroud companies to help when it come to serving drinks. Having a number of partnerships that you can call upon is a great way to help alleviate some of the stress of having to plan multiple weddings at one time. The number of partnerships that you establish will depend very much on whether you are concentrating your business in a specific geographical location or whether you are looking at a niche in the wedding market such as destination weddings. Wedding planners often create close working relationships with these other businesses and there is very much a community feeling around the whole wedding sector.