(Closed) Spinoff: Becoming a wedding/events planner

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I want to know too! I’m looking into this or possibly doing something along the lines of catering. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Wonderwoman217: I feel the same way!  My husband just got an awesome job so I have time to explore things.  One thing I’ve been wanting to do is learn to cook.  Then I love planning all kinds of things and I’m super detail oriented.  So I was stressing over what I wanted to do with my life yesterday and it hit me that maybe catering events might work really well!  But I’d never rule out planning birthday parties or weddings.  To top off the fun though, my brother is a great cook and has always wanted to put it into use.  He agreed that if I learn the business side, he’ll go into the venture with me if I choose to do that!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I just HAD to chime in! I’ve been planning, decorating, and diy’ing since I was a kid, despite the fact that I went to school for vocal performance and piano–> oh wait and psychology the urge for planning never-ever left.

I took a job at a small mom and pop wedding venue as a waiter and I got fired—> BUT they saw the raw talent that I had for planning events….a few months later I was leading their wedding divsion! Now that I’m off on my own at 29 I always feel the need to chime in on those looking to break in.

Some people will tell you that you will need to have a hospitality degree but the reality is that’s just not true. Now to own your own business you need to have taken a few business classes to learn the in’s and out’s of marketing, management, how to write a business plan and so forth but beyond that it really has to do with raw talent.  School can’t prepare you when your caterer eff’s up a dish or a bride is having a melt down–sorry but it won’t.  

This business isn’t all glamorous either, I wear a headset but I’m certainly no damn J-lo and I wouldn’t dare wear high heals to an event for a fear of blisters and corns lol. This is hard work ladies and to be in the business you have to prove your salt.  You’re going to be entering into a field that is saturated with newbies, rookies, dreamers, diy’ers. Think you’ve got a handle on your business and your clients? Ha–well expect 10-20 more planners to crop up in your area overnight. Venues won’t always like the new kid on the block (and you’ve got to learn to deal with that), there will be a million people pulling you in different directions on wedding day and telling you what you need to do, and you may work with a bride or two who is just plain mean. These are things that every planner deals with, but we do so with a smile.

I don’t want to scare anyone but this is how it is and coming from a planner. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do and I consider myself one of the lucky ones. My

clients are amazing, talented and incredibly kind then again most bee’s are Laughing

If you’re still interested I’ll tell you more……..

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Hey! Whoops I didn’t subscribe to this post so I didn’t know your responded.

 

The best part about being a wedding planner is YOU ARE SPECIAL (lol) ok this comes off weird but let me explain. I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to over 117 weddings (none of which are my family/friends) couples search likely for months finding the right person that they click with and wahhlah you (the planner) are invited to not only plan this special day but get a very personal inside glimpse into their life as a couple.

I usually walk away from my clients after their wedding with a new friend–a girlfriend to chatter with–and yet another state I can visit and know there is someone to call. While I was crafting my business plan it was and still is very important to me to have transparency which means local clients are invited at least twice to have lunch or dinner and my house and meet my dog. Whether you are starting with a company or going it alone you should seriously sit down and think about what kind of business you want to work for/what kind of business you want to run.  Although I own and operate an event planning firm, we are small and have 1-3 ppl that work along with myself in various aspects of my business BUT I am the front line. I don’t have someone answering my phones, blogging, tweeting, fb’ing or etc. The first time you call us–you are speaking directly to me. Now that’s the way I chose to do things you may be different.

If you have the natural ability to work in tense situations, trouble shoot in front of a crowd if necc, and are generally enthusiastic about weddings then all the rest can be learned and will come. I promise!

Let’s keep chatting about this and see how we can get you in to event planning–ok!

 

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