- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I planned my own wedding, all the details, from soup to nuts. I was extremely organized, I did everything early, and I thought the process was not only fun and enjoyable, but easy. Event planning and tasks that require a lot of high-level organization have always come easy to me, and I LOVE everything to do with weddings, even after mine. I still watch SYTTD, for no apparent reason.
My friends have been telling me I should become a wedding planner – but I know it’s a really hard field to break into and right now I’m just not at the point where I can/want to go through all the rigamaroll of getting a business license, making a website, networking, working with vendors and salons, etc. Maybe if DH gets an amazing job and we have to relocate and I find myself with lots of free time I could actually start it up…but I digress.
I’m helping my friend (whom I’m a bridesmaid for) plan her wedding this fall. I helped her with everything that I did from scratch for my own wedding – I helped her write her budget, create a timeline, pick colors/dresses/decor, helped her with crafts, etc. Essentially I am her pseudo-defacto-wedding-planner. Another friend of mine asked me via Facebook about several details of his wedding, asked me for opinions and I brought up several concerns with his plans for a tented wedding, etc. I’ve done this for a few friends.
Well today tented-wedding friend asked me if I would be interested in being his wedding planner and day-of coordinator. I plan on saying yes. However, first I am going to have a lengthy conversation with him about what exactly he expects from me, and I will explain my limitations to him as someone who is not, in fact, an established wedding planner. (i.e. I can get him organized, keep him on task, shop with him, help him with projects, but I don’t have connections to vendors and can’t get him discounts. I can research my face off but I don’t actually know anyone.)
Anyway. He isn’t going to pay me in actual money, so I’m not thinking about anything official in terms of business licenses, taxes, etc. DH is an attorney, so I may have him write up a simple contract if it comes to that. My friend is a masseuse, and he is planning to pay me in massages. Considering the fact that this is the first time anyone has actually asked me to be their for-real wedding planner/DOC, I’m totally fine with this arrangement.
I have a question though! If you were to hire a WP/DOC who is just starting out, how much would be reasonable to charge (in dollars)? I’m asking because if he wants me to enumerate in a contract or in emails etc. how many massages I want as compensation, I’d like to know what a good trade-off would be.
Lol this sounds weird. But you get the gist!