(Closed) I think I want a career in weddings

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you like to have a career in weddings?
    getting married was fun, but I'd rather eat a bowl of sand than work in weddings : (3 votes)
    27 %
    I'd rock at planning weddings - sign me up! : (7 votes)
    64 %
    I'm happy just to have a paycheck right now : (1 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    520 posts
    Busy bee

    Me too.  I would rock at it.  I can plan great parties!!!  Days like today…… I dislike being a nurse….  Good luck to you.  I hope you make the move.  Unfortunately, for me, I’m kind o stuck where I am.  I’m even in school to advance and hopefully someday be a P.A.  I would LOVE to be a wedding/party planner, though………

    Post # 4
    520 posts
    Busy bee

    Sorry to be thoughless, so sorry for your dad.  How is he doing?

    Post # 6
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I know how you feel.  I have helped several people here on WB, with no charge.  I really enjoy it, and I would love to even own and set up my own place.  But I am out of a job right now, and just enjoying helping others.  🙂 Rhonda

    Post # 7
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t have the skill set, but I do love my planner. Only thing is, I have no idea how she makes a living. You would have to do a lot of events in a year to make much, unless you kept overhead really low. I feel like she is probably making $2 an hour.

    Post # 8
    520 posts
    Busy bee

    Blessings ~ I am so happy that your father is rallying and doing better!!!!  I think your plan of being a “day of” planner at a reasonable price is a very good one!!! 

    I have a lot on my plate…I work full time and go to school part time.  I’ve been actually thinking about becoming ordained and getting into officiating at weddings….. I know…. different than the planning, but , but, I think I would be good at it.   All the best to you and your family at this difficult time.  Your father surely knows that he has a very special daughter to move her wedding date. 

    In my prayers….. mag 

    PS ~ hospice is wonderful……it doesn’t necessarily need to mean that death is immediate, they are a wonderful organization with terrific resources. 

    Post # 9
    5498 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, but glad he seems to be doing better!


    I wouldn’t have the mind set to plan weddings, either. But if you think you rock at it, you should try!

    Post # 11
    1566 posts
    Bumble bee

    I hope your father continues to do better – that is so difficult to go through while planning your wedding, and I think it’s amazing that you pulled the event together so quickly. 

    Regarding entering the wedding planning industry, I know someone who is trying to break into it and I myself have had dreams of becoming a wedding planner through the engagement. The problem is, I think, that the wedding industry has never been easy to enter or do well financially in, and that dynamic is especially acute now. The democratization of wedding planning through websites like Weddingbee and other blogs, the proliferation of free templates and planning tools online, etc has made it easier for brides to plan amazing weddings on their own. Which means 1) fewer clients for wedding planners and 2) more newlyweds who planned successfully on their own, loved the process, and now want to enter the industry. In economic terms, a ton of supply and not so much demand.

    All this makes an already unattractive industry (from a financial perspective) even less attractive. If you read industry blogs and websites, there’s a lot being written about how established, successful wedding planners are in trouble because more and more brides think they can handle the planning on their own. 

    If you love planning parties, I think it would be good to help out friends and acquaintances for free. But I think if you plan on making this a career, you’re likely to be disappointed. 

    EDIT: And when I say for free, I mean you could probably get a nominal fee (like $100). But if you think about the number of hours you put in, even as a DOC – the weeks before the wedding and all day the day of the reception, you’d be making just a couple of dollars per hour. 

    Post # 14
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    P.S. Bless you and your family!

    Post # 15
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @ cwharrison: I think your idea of doing day of for a while is a great idea. That would be the best way to see if you like the experience.

    If I can suggest a next step, it would be to offer venue tour days. This is what first got me hooked on my planner. In three hours, she showed me seven locations, several of which don’t have websites or advertise. She then handed me a packet with all of the contact, pricing, and restrictions info. I paid $500 for that, and it was SO worth it. We spent a single day on something that could take several weekends, and I never had to lift the phone to make appointments. On top of that, I ended up choosing both a ceremony and reception location that I had no prior internet knowledge of. Awesome.

    Finally, I would recommend offering vendor days: same deal. You set up and host the appointments, couple sits there and meets a bunch of people that have been pre-screened for budget and taste. I ended up hiring my coordinator, so it was just part of the package, but I think she charged $350 for that a la carte.

    In my experience, my wedding planner is handling all of the practical stuff, while leaving the “fun” design things to me. It has greatly reduced my stress, cut the time I spend on the phone, and helped me know that all aspects of the day are well planned and coordianted. Last but not least, SHE will clean up at night, and all of my friends and family can just happily go home.

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