How To Become A Wedding Planner
A wedding plannerís main job is to ensure that a couple gets the wedding they want. Wedding planners worry about all the details, large and small, so that the couple and their family can relax and enjoy their big day. The role can include developing creative ideas and themes, booking entertainment and photographers, arranging venues and transport, and organizing catering and the all-important cake. To succeed as a wedding planner you will need to be a highly professional person with a good eye for detail. You should also be able to manage budgets and have good negotiation skills, especially when dealing with vendors so that you get the best value for money for your clients.
As most weddings take place in the summer months, you should expect to work on more than one wedding at a time, juggling tasks and clients and remaining calm when everyone around you is a bundle of pre-wedding nerves!
There are no formal qualifications needed, although it will help to have GCSEs in English, and maths (Level 2). You should also have good computer and administration skills.
Although you do not need any formal qualifications to be a wedding planner, it will help to have experience in event planning and/or hospitality and catering. Courses at Level 2 and Level 3 in Event Management are available from further education colleges and private training providers. Another good route into the job is to work for an event management company, which may also provide planning and logistics for events like corporate functions, parties and charity balls.
Average Working Hours Per Week = 40+
Common Working Pattern
Time Taken To Qualify
What Next/Career Development
With experience you could establish your own company. Courses for wedding planners who want to run their own business cover topics like pricing and budgeting, business skills, organizing weddings abroad and understanding marriage and civil partnership laws. As most weddings take place during the summer, you might want to diversify and manage events at other times of the year, such as corporate parties and conferences.
Facts And Figures
There are approximately 230,000 weddings in the UK each year.
The average cost of a wedding in the UK is £36,127.
42% of marriages in England take place in July, August and September.
(Source: The UK Wedding Shows)