(Closed) Anyone else feel that they need to break into the wedding business?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Hostess
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
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633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
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1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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1144 posts
Bumble bee

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
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
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9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

Now…

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
Member
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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983 posts
Busy bee

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
Member
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
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7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’d love to help budget brides pull things together to make their day the best they can. 

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