As I’ve researched more and more stuff about weddings I’ve really started to realize how important it is to have someone who can help you keep your wedding on schedule, on budget and on the right path of what you are wanting your big day to be. Personally speaking, Stephanie and I never hired a wedding planner due to the fact that we had so many family members and friends who were willing to help, but I can easily see how having one would of been a huge benefit otherwise.
Also, even though we took care of most of the planning and coordinating ourselves, it still would have been nice to have a wedding coordinator the day of the wedding so that everyone could have been managed a little bit better. The reason I say this is that after seeing what all needs to get done in a few hours the day of the wedding (reception setup, photos, hair, getting dressed, tuxes, giving directions, etc.) having someone whose job was to keep track of all the logistics would have been nice and a huge load off mine and Stephanie’s back.
So, with all of this in mind, I wanted to write a few things that I’ve found out about getting a wedding consultant certification if whether or not you actually need one or not if you’re wanting to be a real deal wedding planner. The things that I have found out aren’t mind blowing and I think they apply to other careers other than wedding planning and consulting, but here is what all I have to say about getting a wedding consultant certification.
Experience Is Always The Best Way
The first thing that I wanted to get out of the way is something that I believe to be true in many different career situations and that is the fact that if getting a certificate for something isn’t necessary then any real experience is going to trump any type of certification every single time. But, although I feel like this is a very true statement, I also realize that not everyone who wants to be a wedding planner can get the real world experience that I’m talking about.
But, I would bet some money on the fact that if someone really wanted to learn how to be a wedding planner they would offer up their services for free as a volunteer to another wedding planner or would even offer their services for very cheap or for free when one of their friends of family members got married. This would give them the experience they they need all while getting their friends and family one heck of a deal for a hard-working wedding planner.
So, my only advice on this is that there are plenty of ways that someone can get experience with planning and managing weddings, but it’s going to take some time, effort and creativity to get yourself into a situation where real learning can happen. Just don’t be scared to put some time into these types of volunteer or low-paying opportunities. You’ll get to test it out to see if you really like it, you’ll learn a lot and you’ll get to build up your portfolio, which if all goes well will only lead to better paying work in the future.
Wedding Consultant Certifications Can Take You To The Next Level
After saying that real experience is the best possible way to learn how to get involved with planning weddings you would probably expect me to say that getting any type of certifications would be a complete waste of time, right? Believe it or not, I don’t feel like taking classes and going to wedding planning events is a waste of time — they can actually be a great way to sharpen your skills and to meet others who are in your same situation.
For instance, you could sign up for one of the courses that the Association of Certified Wedding Consultants provide and you would learn about all kinds of things like:
- Dealing with clients
- Managing your wedding planning like a real business
- Managing vendors
- Types of ceremonies and receptions to expect and plan for
- Issues of etiquette and proper protocol for certain situations
These topics are all packed into a fairly intense few days, which would definitely be helpful to those of you who feel like wedding planning and consulting is for you. But, like I said, I would be sure to get plenty of experience with this type of thing before jumping in head first and paying some big money for a flight out of state and some classes.
No matter what you decide to do, just be sure to give some real experience a shot before diving into it too deep. Once you feel like this is something for you then go all the way and get certified if you feel like it will make you a better wedding planner in the long run.