Is it for you?

  • Are you a good listener? Listening and communication skills are really important – you’re not planning your wedding you are planning your clients dream wedding
  • Creativity & Innovative ideas will be needed – most people want their big day to be ‘unique’ or ‘themed’ you will need to be resourceful and creative to work around those demands
  • Are you organised? Being highly organised is a key skill needed for anyone working in events and in particular wedding planning. This includes organising back up plans so whatever happens the ‘big day’ runs smoothly

Top Tips:

  • Events & Wedding Planning is a really exciting and creative industry but it is also very fast-paced, very competitive and very stressful – you will need to be thick skinned, resourceful and resilient to succeed in this industry
  • Don’t underestimate the job and think it will be ‘easy’ or ‘loads of fun’ get some work experience and a mentor in the industry who is experienced and skilled in the area – learn from them and see what the working day is like in reality and whether this is the right career path for you.
  • Look in to training and courses which can help you develop the skills required for the role and how (if needed) to run your own business/become self-employed
  • Begin with your little black book of contacts. Who you know and building up partners and referrals in the industry will be essential to getting quality suppliers and good prices. Start building up your network now.
  • Credibility and examples of your work is important so get yourself online and a portfolio of events you have planned and a collection of examples of your work to showcase to new clients

Useful Resources:

Institute of Wedding Planners (courses and training) http://www.inst.org/wedding-planner-courses/become.htm

2013 Q&A live Guardian Careers Chat on careers in wedding planning: http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/wedding-planner-careers

National Careers Service – Job Profile ‘Wedding Planner’ https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/weddingplanner.aspx

Top Wedding Skills & Weddings for a Living advice and information: http://weddingsforaliving.com/wedding-planner-skills

Government advice, support and resources for self-employment: https://www.gov.uk/working-for-yourself/overview

 

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