Become a Top Wedding Planner – Create a Portfolio

As a wedding planner, one of the things you should bring to your first meeting with clients (and even to vendors who you want to add to your network) is a portfolio of your work.  You may already have many photos on your website but it is also good to have something you can show to people during the meeting.  I put one together when I started my business over eleven years ago.  It is in a big leather binder I purchased at a leather goods store and each page of photos and sample plans are protected with heavy duty sheet protectors.  Today, with digital photography, you can have high-quality digital photographs in a much less bulky format by creating a portfolio with your digital photos using software such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  There are also companies on the Internet that let you create your own hardcover portfolio book for a fairly low price, one such company is  Brides can also use them to make books with their wedding photographs.

Here are some things you want to include in your portfolio:

  • Photographs from weddings you have planned.  Don’t just have photos of the bride and groom, show what you worked on such as the decor, the tabletops, etc.  And make sure the photos are high quality.  There is nothing worse than looking at out-of-focus photographs taken from a long distance.  If you have not yet done a number of weddings, include photographs from other events you have planned that have elements that are relevant to weddings.  I have shown photographs from a formal party I planned because it was held in beautiful Moroccan tents.
  • Proof of how organized you are.  Show sample worksheets such as time lines and budgets that you have used with former brides.  Of course, you do not want to give private information so fill out worksheets based on information from weddings that you have done.
  • Samples of your creativity.  If you’ve designed favors, place cards or wedding programs, make sure you include them in your portfolio.

Remember always to respect the privacy of your former clients and don’t show photographs or names without getting their permission in advance.


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