Become a Top Wedding Planner – Is Planning Your Own Wedding Enough Experience to Start a Business?

 

I have recently received a number of emails from people asking how to start getting paid for planning weddings with no wedding or event planning expereience besides planning their own weddings.

I would say it is very difficult to do this and I don’t recommend trying it.

The reality is that you need to get experience beyond planning your own wedding. Although you can learn a lot by doing it and it may have helped you realize how much you want to be a wedding planner, you need to get some experience planning weddings for other brides. When you planned your own wedding, you were using your own money, you got to make the decisions, and you had people involved in your wedding, family or friends, whom you knew how to deal with. As a professional wedding planner, your focus is the bride, her vision, her budget, her personality and the personality of her groom and the entire wedding party. Also your experience planning your own wedding probably hasn’t prepared you enough to work with different visions, ideas, and vendors or to handle a wide variety of wedding day emergencies.

Spend some time getting experience assisting wedding planners and other wedding vendors and/or volunteer to help friends and family members plan their events for free. Collect some testimonials and photographs for the work that you do, then start charging people and marketing your services.

I know this might not be what you want to hear but it is important that brides who hire wedding planners get people who can truly plan the weddings of their dreams.



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