A Career as a Wedding Planner
Wedding planners helps couples organize and coordinate the events of their wedding day.
Wedding planners work closely with the bride and groom, as well as their families. They talk to the bride and groom to learn about the couple's personal tastes and their vision for the wedding.
Planners network with many people during the wedding planning process, including:
- Dress designers
- Wedding cake bakeries
Planners help the bride and groom set a budget and locate services that meet their budget. They review contract offers from vendors and explain the contracts to the couple.
Wedding planners are usually involved in more than one wedding at a time. Throughout the planning process, they stay in touch with engaged couples and vendors. They document revisions to wedding plans to make sure all parties know of any changes. On the wedding day, planners are present to oversee the delivery of the services.
Wedding planners spend time promoting their business. They work to recruit new clients with brochures and business cards.
Wedding planners are also known as wedding consultants or wedding coordinators.
Career Skills or Interests
The typical skills or interests in this career choice should involve organizing, people skills, and you should be some what creative and artistic.
Career Working Conditions
A wedding planner's hours and earnings depend on the budget of the weddings they plan. In general, their fee is ten to 15 percent of the wedding's total cost.
Wedding planners are normally busiest in the late spring and summer months. Most weddings happen in June, because in many areas this is the first month of consistently pleasant weather. In general, there are fewer weddings in the fall and winter. However, planners remain busy year round with marketing, promoting, bookkeeping, and planning for future events.
Career Wages and Outlook
The career outlook in Minnesota and the U.S. is both fair. And wages will vary with each wedding and hours put in. Wedding planners usually get 10-15% of the total wedding cost, so I don't have a specific amount.
Career Related Occupations
- Floral Designers
- Interior Designers
- Meeting and Convention Planners
- Hospitality and Tourism
Program of Study - Entrepreneurial & Small Business Operations
Entrepreneurial and small business operations programs prepare people to manage a small business or franchise.
Entrepreneurial and small business operations programs teach students how to make a business plan and find start-up funds.
Require typical High school Courses 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, 3 years of Social Studies, 2 years of Science and than some require 2 years of a second language. Listed below are a list of other or extra High School classes you can take to help in this career field.
•Introduction to Business
•Business and Applied English
Program Typical Course Work
An associate degree program typically includes courses in the following subjects:
•Business Software Applications
•Developing a Business Plan
•Introduction to Accounting
•Introduction to Marketing
•Principles of Economics
•Small Business Management
A bachelor's degree program covers the same subjects, plus more detail in some areas and more liberal arts courses. MBA programs typically cover many of the subjects listed above in the first year. In the second year, you choose subjects in the area where you want to specialize. Often you do an internship between the first and second years. A thesis also may be required.
- Business Economics
- Business Management and Administration
- Business, Management, and Administrative Services
- Buying and Merchandising
- Electronic Commerce
- Human Resources Management
- Meeting and Event Planning
- Organizational Leadership
- Real Estate
- Retail Management
Schools that offer my program of study
- Central Lakes College - Brainerd
- Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Central Lakes College - Brainerd
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
- School-sponsored scholarships and grants
- State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Interviewed the owner of Parties & Weddings Plus in Mankato. They gave me all the information I needed for my project along with some tips for the future. They all sounded so nice and willing to help with anything I needed.
Plans to reach your goals
Obviously a college education along with, Informational interviews, Internships, Job shadowing, part time/temporary jobs and volunteer Experiences.