We get asked all the time from students- can you really make a career from wedding planning? So we thought that we would dedicate this blog post to the top skills you need to become a Wedding Planner – and make it a high paying career.
Wedding Planning has always been a highly desirable career choice, largely because of its glamorous appeal and dynamic work culture. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love going to a wedding?
So- the question is- how do you get the job of your dreams? Is it competitive? What skills and experience do you need?
As a training college we have successfully placed many students in wedding coordinator jobs, as well as wedding decorator and stylist jobs as well.
Our Professional Wedding Planning Fast Track Course teaches you all the required skills to land the job of your dreams, or be self employed.
We thought that we would share just a few of those skills below…
1. Sharpen Your Time Management And Organisation Skills
When working in weddings you’re often managing many jobs and people at the one time. So it’s very important that you know how to:
Time management is essential for wedding planners who look after multiple weddings and even more demands at once. Being able to prioritise is crucial, particularly when you’re overloaded with requests and need to deal with them in an efficient, orderly manner.
Often, you’ll also act as a middleman between client and event staff. This calls for careful scheduling as you make time for everyone.
Dealing with budgets, lists, negotiating with suppliers and working to tight deadlines, can all become hectic if things aren’t well organised.
Putting together a wedding calls for excellent attention to detail, as one small error can have catastrophic outcomes. Project management calls for multi-tasking, as often you are the contact for everyone – clients, suppliers, etc.
2. Have Pride In Your Job
It’s really important to take pride in what you do.
Having pride in your work as an wedding planner is crucial because if you don’t care, it will become obvious to everyone.
It’s not all glamour
People wanting to work in the wedding industry who think the job is a ‘glorified party planner’ will be sorely mistaken. So much of the work is about the lead-up to an event, and it’s almost administrative by nature. There are also the long hours to consider.
3. Display Professionalism
Remembering that you will be liaising with clients as well as with external suppliers, it’s important to always act in a professional manner. In times of crisis management, it’s important to stay cool and calm – nobody likes a hot-headed wedding planner!
Be A Team Player
Being an professional wedding planner means you are across all components of a wedding, and you need to positively influence those around you.
Whether it’s chefs in catering, florists, wait staff, security or cleaners, you have to build relationships with each department. It’s important that a Professional Wedding Planner has the ability to motivate and drive people, when necessary.
Getting everyone working for that one goal and common objective is in for the best interests of the event.
4. Be Realistic About Entry Level
You may have to start at the bottom. It’s really important to take any opportunities that present themselves.
If you are still studying and work experience opportunities come up, whether they are paid or not, I would definitely advise people to take them.
Indeed, grab any work experience opportunity that come your way, because this won’t just help you get invaluable experience, it will also help build up contacts.
By building your list of contacts and a profile within the industry, the more likely you are to hear about opportunities when they arrive. Often, jobs aren’t advertised in the events industry, it’s more word of mouth.
For the past nine years we have been running a very successful Wedding Planning Course- which you can study by correspondence and build the necessary skills to get a job within the wedding industry. Our Fast Track Course covers every thing you need to know as a wedding planner, and educates you on client management, budget tracking, supplier networking, time management, planning an event to dream of, and the business side of the industry.
You will learn how the best professional wedding planners are operating, and build the same skills to set yourself apart and start a profitable career- doing something that you love!
For more information about our Fast Track Professional Wedding Planning Course– Enquire Below