(Closed) Anyone considering a career in wedding planning now?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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3012 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve always enjoyed the thought about doing wedding planning or even my own catering business.  I love the excitement and the fact you’re always busy.

Post # 4
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3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had thought about it and I still am a little.  We have a local community college that has a three course certification in wedding and event planning that I thought might be fun.  I’m not positive I want to do that, but I’ll always keep it as an option.

Post # 5
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have thought about it for a very long time, even before we got engaged. I have already put things in the works to get started on my own wedding and event planning business, so that by the time our wedding comes and goes, I will already have my business going.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I already work in events, but I am thinking of doing some wedding freelance… especially because my friends already go to me for everything for their weddings 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I definitely am. I’ve always really enjoyed event planning and I can definitely see a career in it. Hopefully in the next year or so our software company will get to the point where both Fiance and I can quit our day jobs and work for our company full time. When that happens, I plan to get my certification. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Haha, I feel the opposite way. I am horrible at planning weddings. I’m so glad I will have a wedding coordinator to sort out the details. I’m so glad you found something you love though!

Post # 9
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1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hell.  No.  I hated 95% of the planning process.  It was stressful, difficult, and completely not my thing.  However, kudos to all of you that enjoyed it, and enjoyed it enough to want to do it more!  I was always jealous of my friends that gushed over planning while I was miserable.

And don’t get me wrong, I loved the wedding in the end and was so happy to be getting married, I just didn’t like the planning.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would really love to!  I’ve been doing event planning for a long time, since student council in high school, and I’ve always loved it.  I even started out college as a PR major to be in the general field before switching my major.  But I also have a passion for forensic psychology, which is what my undergrad degree and in-progress masters are setting me up to do.  It’s hard to even consider the switch after putting so much into a completely different area.  If I could do DOC or consulting for wedding/event planning on the side, I completely would.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper

i would love, really seriously would. but since i have been a psychology graduate student for the last 7 or 8 years, i probably will focus on this career for bit  🙂

but who knows what the future holds….

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I have to tell you, as someone in the industry, think about it before you do it.  Not all brides/grooms are gracious and when under stress, they can honestly be downright rude and nasty.  I cannot tell you how many times in the past years there has been some bridezilla freaking out about something you or I would never even care about.  I saw a girl last year fling herself onto the ground crying (in her gown) because her brother did a fist pump gesture to the music while being introduced and she told them all to just walk in and not dance.  She literally threw herself on the ground hysterical and wouldn’t let her DJ introduce her for 20 MINUTES until she calmed down.  And…she blamed us because we didn’t control her brother. Last week we had a groom push the planner and threaten him because he thought the wrong song was playing for his first dance (it was correct but it was an intro he wasn’t familiar with). 

It’s fun to choose things you like and to make a vision that you enjoy.  But working behind the scenes is frenzied, messy and a little bit disillusioning.  When you put together what you think someone is telling you they want and you just cannot please them it’s very difficult.  I always say that every single person needs to work in the hospitality/service/retail industry at LEAST once in their lives and people would be a little bit nicer.  Wedding planners and coordinators need a very, very thick skin.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@luckyprincess:

I think that’s why I loved the idea but knew I would never do it.  It’s so fun to plan your OWN wedding but I’ve seen enough episodes of bridal shows to see how terrible it can be!

Post # 14
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2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wedding planning? NO WAY, and I loved planning my wedding.

After seeing the number of posts from women who are truly upset 3 months, 6 months, 1 year or more about tiny details of the wedding and focus so much on what “ruined” the day, I can’t imagine having to live up to the nonattainable expectations of a good portion of the wedding planning public. 

I do have an Etsy shop that does have some wedding items for sale, which I’m okay with, as it’s a single sale for a specific item…but I would not want to deal with trying to fulfill people’s “dreams” beyond that point.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@pinkstardustdesigns:

@gabrielleelise1981:

Lol – I’m actually witnessing a completely drunk bride sitting outside IN HER GOWN on the ground smoking a cigarette and screaming how much she f’in hates her groom, her mother and US!  It’s gonna be a loooong night….

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@luckyprincess: I have thought long and hard about becoming a planner/coordinator, and I have talked with a lot of other planners. I am sure that I can handle just about anything that comes my way. You can usually tell how a person is going to react just by getting to know them a little during the interview process, and if things start to get bad, you can always cancel the contract, if the can’t or won’t show you and the other vendors respect. I know I will be very good at doing what needs to be done and also at keeping the rowdiness, etc. under control.

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