Thinking of Starting a Wedding Planning Business or be a full-time wedding planner? For anyone who’s passionate about helping people and facilitating social gatherings, and good at working under stress, a wedding planning business is an appealing prospect. With billions of dollars spent on weddings every year – in Australia alone – there’s plenty of work available. So before getting started, make sure that you’re putting your best foot forward. Here are some tips.
Taking care of the nitty gritty
Before you start conjuring up stunning floral arrangements and string quartets, you need to take care of your paper work. In 2008, the Wedding Planning Association of Australia (WPAA) was set up. Its intention is to support wedding planners, but also to protect clients by ensuring that standards are maintained across the industry. According to the WPAA’s regulations, all members should be qualified, honest in all dealings and supportive of fellow wedding planners.
Of course, your responsibilities will vary from wedding to wedding. But before committing to a planner profession, remember that every event is a big job and the buck stops with you. So you’ve got to be reliable enough to take on responsibilities and able to stay cool, even under pressure. Even though weddings are enjoyable events, they can also involve quite a bit of stress, especially in the lead-up. You need to be able to handle it.
Common duties include regular meetings with the bride- and groom-to-be, working out accurate budgets and sticking to them, putting together the guest list, assisting with organising invitations, recommending and booking venues for the ceremony and reception, suggesting and hiring an array of services (including beauticians, hair dressers, florists, musicians, caterers and photographers), making sure that everything runs smoothly and executing a plan B if everything falls to pieces.
Doing the research
So, before booking in your first client, you should do quite a bit of research. You want to come across as an expert who knows the wedding game in your particular town like the back of your hand. Find out where the best venues are and what each has to offer. Remember that some couples will be after fancy, ritzy restaurants, while others will be hoping to run barefoot on the beach. Unless you’re going to focus on delivering a particular type of wedding or concept, educate yourself. The same goes for beauticians, hair dressers and musicians – find out who’s good at the doing their job so you can recommend them with total confidence.