Wedding planning is one of those jobs that many people start out doing as a hobby and somehow, for some reason it ends up morphing it’s way into a full-time job. Although there aren’t a ton of people out there working as a wedding planner for their 9 to 5, there are plenty of part-timers who fill in the gaps. Personally, I feel like there are so many part-time wedding planners (who are mostly women) due to the fact that a wedding is something that you wait your entire life for and once someone goes through that type of thrill, they want to still somehow be around it — even if it’s not theirs. Hence, the reason why there are so many people who consider themselves a wedding planner, but who might not necessarily consider it their main source of income. I mean, Stephanie and I aren’t wedding planners, but the main reason why we started this blog is to keep the fin and excitement of weddings around us at all times because we had so much fun at our own (which is why we named it Wedding Dejavu).
So, with this in mind, let’s pretend for a moment that either you’re someone who is already involved with wedding planning as a hobby or side gig and want to step it up a notch, or you’re someone who is ready to make the leap into full-time wedding planning. The one thing that you need to decide is how you can turn the passion and love that you have for planning and being involved with weddings into something that you can call your career. The good news is that doing this isn’t any harder than making your way into other jobs, but the bad news is (well, not that bad) that you’re going to need to put serious time into getting some wedding planner training and experience before you can get there.
If you have any type of common sense you probably already knew that this was going to take some work, but you are also probably wondering what type of work you should be putting most of your time into. To be honest, I’m no expert at the wedding planning business, but I have been around long enough and have met enough great wedding planners who have become successful by doing some of the things that you can read about below. The following suggestions might not be for you, but it’s definitely going to be worth your time to take a look over them so that you know what you’re about to get yourself into.
Follow The Wedding Industry Like A Maniac
Whether you’re buying the latest and greatest wedding planning books, going to a local bridal convention or devouring some of the hottest and most popular wedding blogs on the web, you’ve got to get out there and get moving and shaking. This means stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to meeting new people and it also means connecting to and learning from some of the people who are already making an impact in the wedding industry.
The wedding ecosystem is super connected and everyone seems to have their own part to play. It might take you a little while to figure out what’s what and who’s who, but the research you do and the things you learn along the way will be more than worth it.
I don’t know all of the awesome wedding blogs out there, but here are a few that you should know about:
- The Anti-Bride: No, they’re not against being a bride, they’re just a big believer in the fact that not everyone needs to be the stereotypical wedding couple. My friend Carolyn actually runs this blog and she wrote up a sweet post about my pink and black wedding day Vans after Stephanie and I got hitched.
- The Broke-Ass Bride: No one wants to spend any more money than they have to when it comes to their wedding and this blog will help you save as much cash as possible. Their motto is Bad-Ass inspiration on a Broke-Ass budget and all you need to do is read a few posts like this one and you’ll quickly see that they have it all covered. The Broke-Ass Bride and her husband The Fresh Hubby also have one of the most awesome videos that I’ve ever see about how they met, which is done to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Yeah, you should probably watch it.
- The Rock ‘n Roll Bride: This is a great blog to keep up with what’s the latest, greatest and sometimes off-the-wall thing that’s hot in weddings right now. You never know what’s going to be posted on this blog (like this old-school styled wedding), but it’s almost all colorful, fun and inspiring to any potential wedding planner.
Volunteer Your Time
If you really want to get some wedding planner training under your belt, then probably one of the best things that you can do is connect up with other career wedding planners and tell them that you want to learn how they do what they do. This might sound a little weird at first, but what you’ll find out is that all wedding planners were at the same place you are right now and the fact that you would like to help them and learn from them is probably giving their ego a nice, little boost. So, ask a wedding planner if they would like your help, pro bono, and soak in as much as you can once you do.
If you’re really feeling brave, then another way that you could volunteer your time is to dive into the wedding planning world head-first by helping a soon-to-be-married-couple plan their wedding just like you would if they were paying you the big bucks. This will help save the couple some cash all while schooling you on some wedding planning 101. If that’s not some serious wedding planner training, then I don’t know what is.