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How to Become a Wedding Planner

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Do you simply adore weddings? Are you never happier than when watching a happy couple tie knot on the most perfect day of their lives? Would you like to dedicate your career to making even the wildest dreams come true? If so, chances are you’ll go far as a professional wedding planner!

What Do Wedding Planners Do?

Quite simply, wedding planning is all about helping couples plan and enjoy the most important day of their life. Working with a professional wedding planner means barely having to lift a finger, while at the same time knowing that absolutely everything is being taking care of on your behalf. Wedding planners may be asked to take over the entire process, assist with certain key responsibilities or perhaps called in to deal with last-minute crises.

Planning a wedding is a highly-intricate and challenging process, which means an extensive array of duties for the wedding planner, which may include:

  • Organising wedding venues and decorations
  • Booking suppliers, performers and transportation
  • Scouting for the very best wedding venues
  • Organizing flowers, catering services and wedding cakes
  • Meeting with couples to discuss their wedding vision
  • Helping the couple choose and purchase wedding attire
  • Designing and ordering wedding stationery
  • Helping arrange hair and makeup services
  • Working in accordance with strictly-defined budgets

Am I Right For the Job?

As wedding planning is all about bringing together dozens of equally important responsibilities, flawless organisation skills are an absolute must. In addition, you need to be the kind of person that doesn’t know the meaning of the word stress, given the pressure you will be under at all times. And of course, you need to have the most relentless passion for perfect wedding ceremonies, along with an unwillingness to accept anything other than flawlessness.

Other key skills and character traits the wedding planner needs include:

  • The ability to multitask at all times
  • Total attention to the finest detail
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Willingness to work late nights and extended hours
  • Plenty of creative vision
  • Flawless time-management skills
  • A strong balance of friendliness and assertiveness
  • Strong business acumen
  • The ability to think and act logically and promptly in times of crisis

Ongoing Progression

Newcomers to the profession will usually start out at an assistant level, at which salaries average around £16,000 per year. Established and experienced wedding planners can earn anything from £25,000 to £50,000 per year, while those who set up and run their own wedding planning businesses can earn considerably more.

Professional Lifestyle

The wedding planning profession is the quintessential example of a career spent in a constant pressure-cooker environment. From start to finish, the entire process represents an incredibly complex and demanding challenge, with absolutely zero margin for error. Nevertheless, it can also be a uniquely rewarding career, where both job satisfaction and security are hard to rival.

“I had such a blast organising my own wedding that I thought to myself, why not go into business? I didn’t have any experience at the time, other than the fact that I had recently married. I did some research, took an online course in wedding planning and began advertising my services online. Two years later, my calendar is booked pretty much the whole year-round and I get up every day excited about my job. Which is something I’ve never been able to say before!” – Louise Taylor, Wedding Planner

Taking the Next Step

While it’s not strictly necessary to study wedding planning before entering the industry, those with relevant qualifications stand a much greater chance of securing the best possible positions. There is a great deal of essential theory and various practical skills that must be mastered, before it’s possible to begin planning and organizing the perfect wedding.

Here at Brentwood Open Learning College, we specialise in fully-accredited distance learning programmes of the highest quality. Study in your own time and at your own pace from anywhere in the world, for a recognised qualification that could transform your career prospects in an instant.

Diploma in Wedding Planning (Level 4)

Our most advanced Wedding Planning Diploma is ideally-suited to those looking to set up their own businesses from scratch, or perhaps join established wedding planning consultancies at a higher level.

Certificate in Wedding Planning (Level 3)

Existing employees in pursuit of promotion or those seeking entry-level positions within the industry will find this intermediate Wedding Planning Certificate of immense value.