(Closed) Need opinions about a wedding related career… (long)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Almost sounds like a Maid/Matron of Honor on hyperdrive. Or a hired super best friend with the added benefit that you’re simultaneously a neutral 3rd party. And it sounds awesome. 🙂 Not sure what the market would be for something like that. All I can tell you is that I would have totally paid for your planned services over that of a wedding planner.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Honestly, I would find it a waste. I want to keep my pre-marital or individual counseling and my wedding planning seperate. I would think that it was odd and unnecessary if a planner provided these add on services. 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think its a great idea, but I think you’ll have a veeeerrry small market for clients.  While your planner may do a lot of weddings, you have to keep in mind that many weddings in churches already require pre marital counseling with the pastor/priest.  I don’t think those women would go for additional counseling services.  I also don’t know how people would feel about coming to you and talking about how Mom, or Maid/Matron of Honor or Father-In-Law etc are stressing them out and then having you meet and interact with the same people the day of the wedding.

If you do go for it, I would suggest networking with multiple planners, venues etc to give you a better chance of getting enough clients.  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LaurenKK:  Would you do it at your planner’s office? Or are you just a referral? If it’s a referral with the same sort of insurance billings and such, then I say go for it. But if it’s in the planner’s office or with the planner around, I would still think it’s a bit weird. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Based on your rant I’m guessing you are working on your LCSW (me too). I would stick with working towards that and try to get on with the VA. Or work towards the family and marriage counseling certification. You will reach a wider market that way.  You would also need to see what license/certifications you would need to bill insurance if you decided to go the planning route. 

ETA: I just thought about this. It would be difficult to bill without a concrete Dx. In the case of wedding stress, there’s only V codes you could use. V codes don’t reimburse.  

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@LaurenKK: Sounds like a neat idea! But I’m assuming since they’d be paying out of pocket, costs would be pretty important for your clients.  I know in our area, there is low-cost premarital counseling offered in secular classes (group sessions), so you might have more competition than just the church programs.

In our area, if you do a certified premarital counseling program, then you get a discount on your marriage certificate from the county, which helps defray the cost of the counseling to some extent. So, maybe you could check to see if your county has a program like that, and if your services would qualify clients for the marriage license discount? Also, you might consider having a pretty low introductory (first-session) fee in order for clients to determine if they’re a good match with your style of counseling, before they’d commit to any sort of package of services.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think this is something many people would be interested in. Most people who do pre-marital counseling do it with their church, usually as a requirement for the church to marry them, not something they do because they want to. The church that married us used Prepare-Enrich too, and it was free.

So no, I don’t think many people will pay out of pocket to have someone else tell them how they should lead their relationship voluntarily. Good hearted idea, but I don’t see it being profitable as you describe it.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

GTFO! It sounds like you are not happy at all. There’s plenty of things you can do out there!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

If you aren’t certified I wouldn’t pay. If I want advice from someone uncertified I would ask a friend. also it could be potentially dangerous to offer professional advice without being certified. most real therapists have insurance to cover them in case of lawsuit.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

With it’s current explanation, I’m thinking no.

Maybe with some serious tweaking and redefining…

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