How To Become A Wedding Planner
Seasoned wedding and events planner, Amy Ward, gives tips on how to start your career as a wedding planner. She gives advice on how to get into the industry, as well as personality traits that all wedding and event planners should have.
Hi, my name is Amy, and I'm a wedding and event planner. I've planned events mainly specializing in weddings, however, I have planned events from Christmas to corporate, and I'm going to give you some tips that I hope will help for you to plan events in the future. I'm going to talk to you about how to become a wedding planner.
One of the easiest ways to get into that sort of the industry is to work for a venue. Often you can start as a receptionist or a personal assistant or even as a waitress in a conferencing and banqueting department. Slowly build up your way in the company and eventually make your way into their events department.
This is how I started in the industry. I was given an opportunity to work as a personal assistant and created every opportunity I could do to work in the events department with the events team. Eventually, this led to me being given a role as an event planner which slowly progressed to a wedding planner role, which is how I've continued in my career.
This will give you lots of experience and a good insight into the way the events and weddings are run. You can learn the day to day running of an event team, how this works on the day. It's also very good to do as much research as possible on different customs for different religious ceremonies, to learn different ideas for seasonal weddings.
So, lots of research on the internet and magazines is always helpful for this. It just means that you're more knowledgeable about what you're talking about. The skills that you'll need in order to be a wedding planner include being very organized as well as being able to manage your time well.
You will need to be able to work with different steps during the process of a wedding in order to make sure that you're doing everything on time. You'll need to manage your time well if you're dealing with more than one couple. You'll need to make sure that you spend the appropriate amount of time with each couple.
You will need to show a lot of patience. Bear in mind that you do need to work with other people's ideas, it's their big day, not yours. So although something might not be necessarily what you would choose, as long as it will work and it will be suitable, you need to go with their ideas.
I hope that this has helped in giving you ideas on how to become a wedding planner.