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How to Become a Wedding Planner

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Authored by Crystal Crowder in Wedding 
Published on 10-21-2009

Many people plan their dream wedding when they’re still a child. However, the average adult is far too busy to handle all the details involved in making their dream wedding a reality. As more couples look to wedding planners to take care of their big day, the need for wedding planners is increasing yearly. If you love weddings, are detail oriented and have great people skills, consider becoming a wedding planner.

Wedding planners are basically the calm, sane version of a bridezilla. You must handle every detail down to seating arrangements, dinners, photographers and decorating. Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, especially if your clients are stressed. In addition to handling wedding details, you must be able to remain positive and keep your clients as happy and calm as possible.

There are several ways to begin the process of becoming a wedding planner. The first two ways are fairly traditional. You can take wedding consultant classes at a local college or even online. The process takes anywhere from one to two years. If you already have extensive knowledge of running a business or wedding planning, you can also start a wedding planning business on your own. If you choose this method, you may want to start with friends and family to help build a portfolio before moving on to other clients.

The last method works like an internship. Find a job with another wedding planner. Even you’re just answering phones, you’ll be learning what it takes to be a wedding planner. You can move up in the business and eventually become a wedding planner yourself. This is the best option if you don’t have time for classes and aren’t sure about starting your own business with little or no knowledge of what’s required.

Once you finally have the title of wedding planner, there is still more work to be done. You have the title, but now it’s time to bring in clients. First of all, register your business. The process will vary from state to state, so check with your local Chamber of Commerce and courthouse for requirements. Your business should have a set location. When you’re first starting out, a home office may be best. As business grows, consider a more professional location. Build a website to help advertise your business. Potential clients can view information and pictures online to see if you’re right for them. Place ads in local newspapers as well to advertise your services.

Another way to be noticed as a wedding planner is to become a part of professional wedding associations. Weddings Beautiful, AFWPI and ACPWC are widely recognized. Take the time to become a member on online wedding forums and websites. This will also help you stay on top of the latest trends in the wedding industry.

Becoming a wedding planner takes hard work and dedication. You can take classes, start a business on your own or work with others. Promote yourself and your business to help draw in clients. If you make your clients happy, they’ll promote you as well. Wedding planning is a lucrative career and is perfect for anyone that loves the thrill of organizing every minute detail of a couple’s big day.

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