It is a fact. Nowadays many enthusiastic people are using search engines to locate useful tips that could assist them during their journey to become a wedding planner. In addition, many colleges and universities in different parts of the world are constantly adding new certificate and degree courses to their course inventory listing, aimed at that very subject. If you are one such individual considering a wedding planning career, it is first and foremost important for you to be aware of certain factors. In particular, we suggest that you do a little reading of the following lines; we will try to provide you with some key points that could help you to finally have the answer for the popular question that is always rising: what does it take to be a wedding planner?
First, ask yourself: will wedding planning suit my interests?
Most wedding planners begin their career by working during their free times and they begin as part-time wedding planners on weekends to make appointments with their clients. If that’s not enough, they need to coordinate with their clients only at weekends or in the evening hours. Also, as most of their clients are also quite busy with 9-5 jobs, they prefer talking to their wedding coordinator only during weekends or at the evening hours. So, interest can be stated to be the important answer to the question that we currently trying to answer. You are required to have a big interest in the wedding planning business; otherwise, you are going to find yourself exhausted, spending less time with your family in order to do a job that you are not really happy with. How else will you outperform your competitors? And yes, most likely, you will have competitors – and that’s another thing that you should take into account before jumping into this new career. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do better, of course you can. But it will require a lot of passion and resources from you and your family members, whose support is another huge factor for your success in your new career and business.
Work during weekends – are you capable of it?
As you surely know, most weddings in the United States are conducted during Saturdays. When a client asks you to plan a wedding that is taking place on the weekend, it could be quite frustrating and could even lead you to have some second thoughts regarding your new business: being busy during the weekend, doing work for your client, when your friends are relaxing and chilling after a week of hectic work schedule could be indeed an unpleasant experience. That being said, you can still take a day or two off during weekdays to relax and have some rest. Your readiness and willingness to work during the weekends is evidently an important thing to be considered.
Busy season – stress is coming:
In addition, certain months in a year will be highly busy. For instance, if you have a dream of being a wedding planner in the North or Midwest United States, you can expect your busy season during the summer. In comparison, for those practicing from the Southern US, the fall and spring months will be a busy season. Understand that a busy season could possibly have you stressed more than usual. But that’s life. So find your ways of coping with the stress, and your business will bloom during the busy season.
Dealing with emotions:
Dealing with emotional clients is another important factor to consider. As you know, wedding is an emotional experience for most brides and grooms and they want everything to be perfect for the most important day of their life. If something goes wrong, they could get extremely emotional, and for a reason. Are you the kind of person with patience and the ability to connect to people and sympathize with them? If so, it could definitely make you a better planner.
Setting aside the schedule and the emotional aspects, wedding planning career requires a lot of physical labor from your side or you should have subordinates under you to help you in carrying out your instructions. Otherwise, you can expect to be on your feet for 10-15 hours a day, a month or two before the actual date of the wedding. In addition, you should be mentally involved as well, which can also be highly exhausting and demanding. However, for many successful professionals in this career, they see the result of their hard work as their reward and they enjoy the happy faces of their clients who value their work. This can actually help you to overcome the challenges and empower you with some new energy for your next project.