Post # 1
I want to be a career Wedding Planner. Is that strange? Am I the only one? I love planning things and a perfectionist. Our venue had a DOC and she was impressed because I had lists for HER!! LOL All of the details and minute planning was very fun to me and I want to do it for others. There will be no stress behind it anymore, since it’s not my day. What do you think?
Post # 3
SO not a job that I could do, but if you think it’s up your alley, then go for it! I think the best route might be to apprentice–that seems to be the way that my friends are doing it. Good luck!
Post # 4
Many brides choose to go into the wedding business after their day, in a variety of capacities. Our photographers are a married couple who were inspired to start their business after their experience with their own wedding. Personally I don’t think I would enjoy helping with other people’s weddings anywhere near as much as my own because I’m very opinionated and I’d probably want to convince every bride to share my taste – which pretty much defeats the purpose of wedding vendors. You could be a planner, or you could look into learning the floral business, or come up with something new entirely (there wasn’t always a market for photobooths, for example – someone had to come up with the idea). Good luck.
Post # 5
@JennyW1: and @IvyClimb:
Thanks for the support. I am getting my feet wet by helpin gone of my friends with her wedding right now.
Post # 6
@PrncssDva: DO IT!!! I have been contemplating becoming a wedding photographer. I have zero photography experience except for personal photos, but I have truly enjoyed editing and playing with our photos and I do enjoy taking pictures. I feel like I could really brighten someones life with wedding photography…but right now dont have the means to do something like this! If you think you will love being a wedding planner then go for it! You only live once
Post # 7
It’s quite fun actually!! As a pp said a lot of brides go into the business after getting married. I am probably easing out of the business more than easing into it. I have had a couple of psychos and am just “over it” although I LOVE bouquets lol! As long as you are prepared to deal with idiots, you will be okay :D. But some clients are dreams! I learned over the last year that the quantity of clients is not better than the quality of them. My clients now are definitely quality clients, and no, they don’t have huge budgets, just great personalities and well we mesh…
Post # 8
I think a lot of brides think that and some are sucessful while otheres realize it is not the right career path for them for whatever reason. I would be most worried about dealing with unreasonable emotionally driven brides!
I had met a bride on a local bridal community website, at one point, she told me she wanted to get into DOC and offered to do my wedding for free in order to build her business. As the day got closer and I asked her if the offer stood (after her wedding was over) she told me she decided not to go intot he DOC business after all.
I know another bride who started her own business and put together a website. She DOC’d a few weddings for brides who got married in the same venue she did. In total, I think she did 6-10 weddings over 2 years and has recently decided to close down shop.
Just wanted to share these experiences in case it helps you. I don’t think it’S a bad idea and I must admit I have considered it as well but I wouldn’t quit your job until you know you can make a business out of this. Good luck!
Post # 9
Do it! Good for you! I am one of the few, I think, who always assumed I would *love* wedding planning, but have quickly figured out that I do not! I know our day will be lovely, but I have to admit, I will be happy & relieved when it is over!
Post # 10
I have been thinking the same thing since our wedding last week! I thought I would be so relieved after it was all over, but now that it actually is, it’s like I have post partum wedding depression! I don’t have anything to research, make lists & spreadsheets about, my big folder with ideas, inspiration, lists to carry around & look at a million times a day! I would love to plan other people’s special day 🙂
Post # 11
I personally feel like the novelty would wear off after a while. The only job I could do would be wedding photography, and I have never tried so I don’t even know how good I’d be.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for your opinions. I wouldn’t start off full time or anything. I am just excited to help out this friend and see how things go. I will keep you posted 🙂