Post # 1
I’m 24, and planning my wedding now. I already graduated from college with a teaching degree. Totally not a wedding planning career path, lol! But i cant get enough!
Do you bees have any advice or knowledge?!
Post # 3
There was a bee who just called people until she found someone who would let her apprentice. You could also offer to help DOC for people in your area in exchange for reviews, etc, to build up a history.
Post # 4
@atalante: Oh! Good idea with the DOC! Thank you!
Post # 5
Very honestly – I would wait until after your wedding a reassess whether it is still something you want to do. I worked as a wedding planner for a while (years before I was engaged) – got into it my calling companies I respected as offering to work as an unpaid intern – and thought seriously about getting back into it during my wedding planning process. But after my wedding, seriously, I have no desire to ever work on another wedding or with another bride, ever. Ever. So you might want to start by getting an internship and see how it goes. The wedding planning business is rough – brides and – worse – mothers of brides, lots of nights and weekends, etc. – but it can be a lot of fun if you are passionate about it.
Post # 6
I’m in the same boat. The only career path that I can picture for myself is being an Event Planner. My biggest obstacle is the time needed to devote to it with still working full time but hopefully that will change sometime soon.
My plan is to start by contacting the event coordinator at our wedding venue to see if she has any suggestions for me. She and I have been friendly for years (long before we planned our wedding there) so I’m hoping that maybe she’ll take me under her wing and show me the ropes or atleast hook me up with someone who can.
I’m also planning on taking some online event/wedding planning classes. Penn Foster is the one that I hear the most about but I know there are others. I know of planners who don’t have any certifications and they’re still able to be successful in this field but the way I see it, the certification can’t hurt. If I’m going to do it, I want to go it right.
While taking the classes, I’m going to start DOC’ing. I’ll offer my services for free in exchange for the experience and reviews from my clients. Eventually that should turn into paid gigs and develop into full fledged planning.
This isn’t a field that you can just jump into. It takes a lot of time and experience before brides will feel comfortable enough to put their weddings in your hands. Our DOC has been in the field for years and is still working on building her portfolio. I know that it will take a lot of work but I’m willing to put in the effort to reap the rewards.
Post # 7
I actually thought about being a wedding planner while I was planning my wedding. I was darn good at it (I am incredibly organized and detail oriented) and loved every second!
Until AFTER my wedding, when I wanted nothing to do with weddings!
Post # 8
When we were buying our house, I wanted to be a realtor. And when I started planning my wedding, I wanted to be a wedding planner 🙂 Now a year later my wedding hasn’t even happened yet but I dont want to plan it anymore!
My advice is to wait until your wedding is over to see how you feel. If you still love it, the PP’s have great advice
Post # 9
I have also long time ago wanted to be a wedding planner. But I don’t think I would want to give up my weekends, or nights. Plus, planning your own wedding is fun, but planning someone else might not be that great.