How to Become aWedding PlannerIn 5 (Not so) Simple Steps
1. Take an inventory of your skills and knowledge.Planning a wedding requires expertise or at least proficient knowledge in a variety offields. Floral design, fashion, catering and business management just to name a few!The first step in your career is identifying your strengths and weaknesses so that youcan...
Hit The Books!Most Planners get started by leveraging skills and experience from apast career in a related field such as catering or floral design but nomatter what your background is youll inevitably need to obtain someadditional experience and training in other areas.Whether you choose to pursue a formal Wedding Planning program orobtain training as an assistant the first step toward becoming aprofessional planner is to become proficient in the complete disciplinesof wedding planning.
2. Build a RosterAs a professional wedding planner youllneed to have a roster of preferred vendorson hand. Vetting and managing vendors iscritical to a planners success as theirwork ultimately will reflect on the plannerwho suggested or picked them.An experienced wedding planner will havepreferred vendors for everything from foodand flower catering to tailoring anddecoration.
3. Client NetworkingArguably one of the hardest parts aboutgetting started as a professional planner isbuilding your clientele. Most planners willstart with friends and family as referencesand handle smaller events to get someexperience but eventually youll need to...
Market Yourself! As a professional planner you are your own product and its important that you brand yourself properly. Creating business cards, brochures and a portfolio of previous work is critical to building a name for yourself and getting new clients.
4. Learn From Your MistakesStarting a career as a professional weddingplanner is not much different than starting asmall business. Every new professional willstruggle in the beginning and the mostimportant thing will be to learn from yourmistakes and grow as you take on new gigsand events.
5. Savor The Small VictoriesThe experience of starting out as a new wedding planneror consultant is both challenging and rewarding. Takingtime to really absorb your experiences and thesatisfaction of a successful job is a great feeling and willultimately help you love each and every day in thisexciting profession - even the stressful ones!
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