Become a Top Wedding Planner – The Importance of a Wedding Planning Education Vs. Experience

 

Is it more important to get a formal education or to get experience to become a wedding and event planner?

This was asked of industry experts in the June/July 2011 issue of Event Solutions magazine.

Here are some of their thoughts about both –

The importance of a formal education:

-A community college or four year degree is valuable from a business and management perspective.

-Industry conferences and seminars are important for learning specialized wedding and event planning skills.

-Courses in oral and written communications, sales, marketing, accounting and hospitality management will teach planners how to have a successful business.

The importance of experience:

-There is knowledge that can only be learned through real world experience.

-You can only learn how to work well with clients by having face-to-face contact.

-The only way to learn to think-on-your-feet is when you are actual working on a wedding.

Conclusion – To be a fabulous wedding planner and a successful business person, you need to have both a formal education and experience in the business.

If you don’t have the time or money to go through a degree program or attend a conference, at least attend classes at local community colleges, or adult education programs, to learn the basics of business and take classes that will help you develop an eye for design such as interior design, fashion or costume design, architecture and floral design.

To get the experience you need, intern with wedding and event planners, florists, and caterers who handle many events. You can also get some experience volunteering to work on events for local charitable organizations. And, offer to help friends and family plan weddings and events for free until you have the skills and confidence needed to start charging for your services.



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2 Responses to “Become a Top Wedding Planner – The Importance of a Wedding Planning Education Vs. Experience”

  1.  

    Hello! I am trying to decide which wedding planning course to take. Do you have any suggestions on which is best? The prices range from $500 to over $1000 and some are even as high as $2000 (or more)! Some are 6 week, 12 week, 4-6 months, 6-9 months courses and one I looked into is a 12 month course! With so much diversity in costs and length of the course it is really hard to decide. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Robin

  2.  

    Hi Robin,

    Different schools and wedding and event planner associations emphsize different topics. Decide what kind of training you need most then study the course information and call the schools to make sure they have the courses that will meet your needs. Find out if they have graduates whom you can speak to about the value of the program.

    You also need to deside what you are capable of handling. Do you have the time, money, discipline and energy for a 12 month course? Do you prefer to attend classes, study materials from books or do everything online? Find the program that suits you the best.

    Let me know if you want need further help.

    Thanks for writing.

    Sharon

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