A Career as a Wedding Planner

Kylie Wakefield

Career Overview

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
  • Photographers
  • Florists
  • Wedding cake bakeries
  • Caterers
  • DJs

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

Program Overview

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.

Program Admission

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.

  • Accounting
    •Introduction to Business
    •Business and Applied English
    •Public Speaking
    •Business Math
  • Program Typical Course Work

    An associate degree program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Business Law
    •Business Software Applications
    •Business Writing
    •Developing a Business Plan
    •Entrepreneurial Finance
    •Introduction to Accounting
    •Introduction to Marketing
    •Principles of Economics
    •Service Management
    •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.

    Related Programs

    • Accounting
    • Business Economics
    • Business Management and Administration
    • Business, Management, and Administrative Services
    • Buying and Merchandising
    • Electronic Commerce
    • Human Resources Management
    • Insurance
    • Marketing
    • Meeting and Event Planning
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Real Estate
    • Retail Management
    • Taxidermy

    Schools that offer my program of study

    - Central Lakes College - Brainerd

    - Minnesota State University - Moorhead

    College Choice

    Central Lakes College - Brainerd

    College Info.

  • Size and Location - Brainerd MN, small town-rural area with 4,378 undergraduate students.
  • Admission Requirements - High School Diploma or GED
  • College Expenses - Tuition, Books & Supplies, and the campus housing if choosen.
  • Financial Aid -
  • - Federal Pell Grants

    - Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

    - Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants

    - School-sponsored scholarships and grants

    - State-sponsored scholarships and grants

  • Housing - Off Campus housing. They are rental Apartments within walking distance.
  • Activities - Academic honorary societies, campus ambassadors, Spanish club, mentoring, art club, business, college center, aviation club, law enforcement club, child development club, wilderness club. Choral groups, drama or theater groups, sports, newspaper and student government. So there are many options to choose from.
  • Informational Interview

    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.