How to Become a Wedding Planner

If you are someone who enjoys all aspects of weddings from the initial planning to the reception, becoming a wedding planner may be a good career choice.

Education and Licenses

Although you don’t have to earn a degree in order to be a wedding planner, having a background like a bachelor’s in public relations, business or marketing might be helpful. Some online schools offer training to become a wedding planner. Just make sure you do your research to determine whether the online training is legitimate before you pay them any money. Try to find a program that offers you a certification upon completion.

Most wedding planners are self-employed  and work from home; however, sometimes hotels, special events centers, and other hospitality facilities will employ wedding planners as part of their packaged services. If you are a self employed wedding planner, you will need to obtain a business license from your state.

Job Titles and Duties

Depending on how involved you are in your client’s wedding, you could be classified as a wedding consultant, wedding planner or a wedding director. The job descriptions for each classification is:

  • As a wedding consultant, you would let the couple actually plan the wedding, and you would just be someone who they ask for advice.
  • If you are hired in the capacity of a wedding planner, you will work with the couple to oversee pretty much all the details of the wedding from the beginning to the end.
  • A wedding director will make all the decisions and take care of everything, so the couple can simply focus on getting married.

Job Outlook

In the United States, approximately 10,000 people are currently employed as wedding planners, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of wedding planners will increase by 20% in the next ten years. In fact, according to the Association of Bridal Consultants, the percentage of couples who are using wedding planners to help them has doubled in three years. With over 2 million wedding taking place in the United States each year, there are lots of opportunities for wedding planners.

Usually wedding planners earn 10 to 15% of the overall cost of the wedding. So you can expect to make anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 per wedding. For your money, you will have to be available whenever to bride and groom need to talk with you, and that means you will be working nights and weekends. You will also find that couples often feel stressed when planning a wedding, so you need to have the ability to problem solve and stay calm when problems arise. Despite its challenges, being a wedding planner can be a rewarding career choice for those who really enjoy party planning and helping others make their wedding a special day.