(Closed) Anyone turn into a wedding planner?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m currently getting my Bachelors in Administrative Business Management in Event Planning. I’ve loved planning everything – from day trips to grocery shopping to surprise parties to friends’ weddings! – so everything about wedding planning feels natural and enjoyable to me. (Well… mostly. There are the bridezillas, haha.)

Your first step should just be to research what you want to do! If you just want to make invitations and decor, think about where you’d like to set up shop (brick and mortar? just online?) and how much you think would be reasonable to charge.

If you want to pursue an actual career in the whole of wedding planning, you definitely will want to look into degree or certificate plans at your nearby colleges. Some states and colleges offer six month certificates, others offer 1 year certificates, and some offer the full deal Bachelor’s in wedding planning (that’s what I’m going for!). Regardless of formal education, you will need to learn how to network, work within legal limitations, practice risk management, and how to execute all phases of strategic event planning. It seems like if you know how to run your wedding you’d know how to run ’em all, but trust me – no way.

I’ve been taking wedding-specific courses for over a year now and I am LOVING it. I get to do theoretical and practical wedding design, learn legal and risk management, learn business accounting and how to use wonderful budgeting/financial tools, and even take catering courses. It’s a LOT of work, but it comes so easily because I’ve been doing so much of this on my own for so long… it might be worth it for you, too!

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