Post # 1
I’m full of crazy ideas. Always. A dreamer, really.
But in all seriousness, I love making handmade stationery, DIY projects make me incredibly happy, I’m very, very crafty, and pretty creative if I do say so myself.
I have been planning to open an etsy store for handmade stationery and “desk accessories” (& wedding paper?!?), but I can’t help but want to make bridal jewelry, sashes, accessories, etc. Seriously. The markup on bridal sashes, for example, is ri.dic.u.lous. People must make a killing (if they sell anything, and so many of them have tons of feedback!) I know I’d be breaking into a business that’s already saturated, but if it’s not my main source of money then I don’t think it’d be such a big deal.
And who doesn’t LOVE to look at wedding stuff? It would make me incredibly happy to browse wedding blogs and boards, survey trends, and respond to the market!
I know lots of girls feel they could go into wedding planning after pulling off their own party, but does anyone feel like jumping into a different branch of the wedding business?
Post # 3
@multinational: That’s all my husband ever tells me! He thinks i’m certifiably nuts for still being on WB 1 1/2 years after our wedding – and I can talk about anything/everything wedding to him! Hahahaha! I love weddings!
Post # 4
I think about this all the time…I already got my older sister to agree to let me plan her wedding, and she’s not even dating anyone! I have a FABULOUS ‘Alice In Wonderland’ wedding just waiting in my head for her!
I really have no desire to actually do all the planning and vendor contacting…I just want to ‘Style’ weddings! Like, come up with themes and make mockups! I almost wish I were a photographer, b/c they set up mock wedding shoots all the time!
I think I’m really just obsessed with starting my own business in general…part of the reaosn I’m learning to sew and starting a blog!
Post # 5
Yup I’ve I thought about it. I’d want to specialize in intimate ceremonies though. Sometimes it’s hard to find people to work with smaller groups and smaller budgets
Post # 6
I’ve been told to make cake toppers for people, which I actually love doing, but I don’t want to deal with brides. I think doing projects for a wedding is fun, but I don’t have the people skills to deal with people that are stressed out, have unrealistic expectations, rushed, etc. Not to say that all, or even most, couples are like this, but it only takes one.
Post # 7
yes! I’ve always wanted to! I love planning parties and I love thinking of new themes for my wedding boards on pinterest! I’m not yet engaged but I’m sure once I am and plan my wedding I’ll want to do it even more!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@housebee: Lol!!! Yeah, that’s my biggest reservation too. I would love the hands-on aspect of being a wedding coordinator, and I would love working with couples that are happy and in love – but I know in reality you deal with a whoooollle lot of stress. It’s easier to stick to my boring old engineering job haha 🙂
Post # 9
Lol, I think this line of thought comes somehow with getting married and being wrapped up in the whole fantasy of it all (and the reality) for sooooo long.
I thought about being a Wedding Coordinator / Planner when I got married the first time (circa 1980)
And I’ve certainly had Wedding Biz thoughts this time round as well
Latest idea was being a Freelance Wedding Officiant… we don’t have a lot of em in Canada… most people still choosing to marry at a Church or City Hall.
But then as someone who has worked in the Trade Show Industry… I can tell you that the downside is being either a Planner or Consultant would be labour intensive, stressful, no weekends off… and not every Bride (or Family) are nice people… witness the Bridezillas on Tv or who pass thru here on WBee
It is a reality… folks are spending BIG Bucks… some of them expect the world for it.
I would think that making things and selling them might be far less stressful. So props to all you Bees considering that aspect (me I’m not that crafty unfortunately)
Lol… BUT I am an idea person… so I could get on board with the concept that another Bee put forward… with just putting together ideas… themes, etc.
That I could most certainly do… just not sure if anyone would pay to have someone come up with nothing more than an idea ya know
Post # 10
I constantly say that I need to break into the wedding business but not because of my creativity but because of the cost of everything. I would be rolling in the dough!
Post # 11
I’m in the photography business, weddings. Currently looking for a piece of land to build a barn on to hold wedding receptions. Someone is always getting married!
Post # 12
I don’t really want to plan weddings for people, but I have thought about getting my name out there for dance lessons, choreographed dances, etc. (Especially for the couples who don’t just want to learn a standard ballroom dance but might want to do something a little more unique!)
Post # 13
I am in the business. It’s not all fun and ballons. Brides are the worst customer ever if things aren’t going ‘perfect’. Even some of my friends were a bit difficult when I tried to explain to them that ‘paper doesn’t work like that’ or something similiar.
And breaking in can be hard if you don’t have time for dealing with printing companies, needy brides, marketing yourself, etc etc etc.
It is a saturated market and people are wary of newbees – you have to know what your edge would be before you get started. I offer highly customized wedding paper suites, some people offer super high quality (box invitations), Wedding Paper Divas has the market on Fresh and relatively inexspensive – and Rifle Paper Co. is currently the ‘in’ thing right now but super expensive.
If you don’t have an edge you won’t stand out. Find an edge and then give it a try….but honestly – breaking into the market is pretty difficult.
Post # 14
I get it from a lot of people too. I’m super type-A and extremely organized, and and way ahead on my own wedding planning. I could totally make a business out of it, but I hear it’s an extremely hard industry to break into. :/
Post # 15
I felt more the need to offer organizational and contract advice to the businesses more than anything else. Granted this is mostly because of what I see from work, but there were just things that shouldn’t have been as vague or things that are just common sense to me from the stance of managing a project (which weddings are). It was just amazing the people I encountered that while they were talented at their craft, were lacking on the business side and that really needs to be addressed to protect the vendor and the bride. This isn’t something I’m going into, but the company I had the most issues with, the owner was actually very happy I said something about how confusing some of their communications were. But I really suck at DIY, so I didn’t really find my ‘skill’ wedding planning.
Post # 16
I’d love to help budget brides pull things together to make their day the best they can.