(Closed) How Does one become a Wedding Planner?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

When I was struggling to find a job I was debating taking these event planning classes to get certified in event planning and they had a separate class for weddings.  I’m not sure if this is the norm to become a wedding planner but I’m certain its a good start.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you’re talking third-party wedding planners who work for themselves and directly for their clients (as opposed to a coordinator at a venue or whatnot), it’s really rare to find an assistant job. Wedding coordinating is a pretty competitive field so most coordinators do not want to hire assistants because it’s basically training up the competition. Technically, anyone can become a wedding planner at any time – you just have to find clients (and probably fulfil the required business permits and such for your area).

I took an event planning certificate program and it was pretty helpful – though most of the courses were focused on big, corporate meeting planning. Note that the certificate you get from there is not the same as being a certified meeting and event professional, but it’s a step in that direction.

The best thing about my classes was just getting connected to other event professionals in my area. I was lucky enough to get connected to one of the few wedding planners with her own business who actually hires assistants, and I’ve been working part-time for her for about a year now. With the knowledge from my classes and the experience I’ve gained from working as an assistant, I’m finally ready to try coordinating a wedding on my own. I’m starting out small, though… I just booked a friend of a friend’s wedding for month-of services for free just so I can build up the experience.

I would suggest getting involved in classes or an event professionals group in your area and start from there. Maybe you can find an internship with a venue as their on-site coordinator as a way to build your experience?

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would suggest working in the sales department of a hotel that does a lot of weddings. I would look to just get my foot in the door and work my way up. 

It’s a great way to get experience while making contacts (Vendors, venues, referrals) in the industry. Once you have a few years of experience planning weddings, you could strike out on your own.

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Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Check out http://www.eventdesignacademy.com if you’re interested in certification.  Also, working part time at a country club or volunteering to plan events for a nonprofit are easy ways to gain hands on experience. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In Canada there is WPIC (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada) where you can take courses and become certified. People will be able to find you and see that you are certified through them. Maybe there’s something similar in the US. 

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