Post # 1
I love weddings and not just my own. While I am not looking to turn a possible paid internship or assistant position in to a full time career I do believe it is something I could do while I am taking a break from school. The question or should I say the advice I am looking for is in how to approach a planner unsolicited. The tricky part is that I have had consultations with these women for my own wedding already. How do I know say “I can’t afford you” or “I found someone better” but “oh yeah can I work for you part time?” Of course I won’t appproach them so bluntly in telling the different ones that I have chosen another planner. I am sure they get turned down by brides that have picked someone else all the time, but how can I then turn around and basically ask for a job?
Post # 2
MrsHistory-Bee: I think most professionals can handle and indeed expect to hear “I love your work, but I couldn’t afford you.”
If I really wanted the job, I would offer to work for free for two weeks, and go on payroll after that if they were satisfied with my work. They have nothing to lose.
Post # 3
julies1949: Okay thanks. You dont think that would offend their sensibilitites to be turned down for a job and then asked to take on an intern (whether paid or unpaid)?
Post # 4
MrsHistory-Bee: Not at all. I think most people would be flattered that you loved their work and be impressed by your assertiveness and self confidence to ask for a job.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
You could try approaching venues too. Lots of them have on-site wedding co-ordinators that function a lot like wedding planners.
I’d start the conversation off by asking questions about the job and then mention you are looking for some experience. If they don’t offer or suggest someone, just say “You’re not looking for an intern or assistant are you?”Also, have a CV ready for everyone you talk to. That way you’ll seem very professional and organised.