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What it’s Really Like to be a Wedding Planner ?

What it’s Really Like to be a Wedding Planner

Cake sampling, wine tasting and choosing décor…it’s no surprise many people dream of becoming a wedding planner. And it’s incredibly rewarding to know the impact you’ve had on a couple’s special day. But wedding planning isn’t easy – or glamorous.

What is the life of a wedding planner really like? Here are some common misconceptions.

You plan your own dream wedding every time

Not true. While you need a flair for creativity, you will work with the couple to brainstorm concepts and design mood boards in keeping with their vision. Even if you personally dislike their theme of choice, it’s up to you to bring it to life. They’re paying for your insight, your understanding of current trends and, most importantly, your eye for detail.

Keep an eye on the latest wedding fashion and trends. Learn what you can about room décor, and how to coordinate everything from curtains to flower arrangements. If you’re creative, this may be a great career for you.

You’ll work with high-end budgets

Maybe one day. But when you’re starting out in wedding planning, you need to build a portfolio – you won’t get exclusive clients without the testimonials to match. Most wedding planners can expect to work with modest budgets. You must keep meticulous track of where the budget is going…and be prepared to answer to angry clients if you don’t negotiate the best deals from vendors on their behalf. Even clients with seemingly unlimited budgets still expect to see what you’re doing with it!

Whatever the budget, all couples must be treated equally. They expect nothing less. Plan a stunning wedding on a limited budget, and you will get glowing testimonials to take to new clients – not to mention the pride you’ll feel at having designed someone’s dream wedding.

I don’t need to know anything about running a business.

Wrong. Unless you work for a wedding company where the administrative side is taken care of, you’ll need to understand everything about running a business. From sourcing clients, income and expenditures, tax and marketing…however rewarding wedding planning is, it’s still a business. And with business comes lots and lots of paperwork. If you haven’t already, consider taking a course in accounting or business management.

If you’re not prepared to shoulder the responsibility of running a business, keeping impeccable records and weathering the low points, this is not the career for you.

Wedding planners earn a great living

With the average salary for a wedding planner being somewhere between £17,000 and £25,000 per year, you won’t be living a jetsetter lifestyle anytime soon. While salaries for the most popular wedding planners can be significantly higher, they didn’t achieve that success overnight – and income is never guaranteed.

Don’t be surprised if you must volunteer at first, either. Paying clients don’t come without testimonials – and new, untested planners are a risk. Volunteer to plan a friend’s wedding for nothing, or volunteer with other planners until you learn the ropes.

Even with great marketing and client testimonials, there are only so many weddings you can take on in a year. The average planner only takes on around 8-10 weddings a year, and all of those weddings may involve small budgets – meaning you’ll need to make your salary last the year. If you’re looking for an easy paycheque, this job is not for you.

Wedding planners run around after everyone

Wedding planners wear many different hats – one minute you’ll be chasing down late caterers, the next you’ll be helping pin the bride’s dress. But you’re not a dogsbody. What you are is a calm, unbiased influence who isn’t ruffled under pressure. When the clients come to you with problems – which they will – you need to provide solutions and offer measured advice. You also must take responsibility for mistakes and mishaps.

If you love negotiating, communicate well with everyone and have solid problem-solving skills, wedding planning could be an ideal fit for you.

Wedding planners work whenever they want

Not true. New wedding planners often start out in wedding companies, and the hours can be demanding – if not more regular than self-employed hours. Evening and weekend work is expected, and clients will have emergencies day or night. You need the resilience to manage it all. Fitting in holidays around the number of weddings you must plan to make a living that year is no easy task, either. If you want predictable hours, this is not your ideal job.

Conclusion

Being a wedding planner requires resilience, a cool head and optimism. But if you love event planning, have a creative flair and impeccable social skills, the reward of knowing you helped dreams comes true is worth it. It might not be rewarding financially, especially in the early days of your career, but knowing you gave someone the best day of their life is priceless.

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

So, you got engaged (congrats!), and it’s time to start planning your wedding. Don’t go it alone! Jasmine of This Moment Events talks to Denny about why wedding planners are important, and hiring a wedding planner from the start of your engagement is one of the of the best investments you can make. Here are our

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

1. Save Time and Money

We’re sure you’ve heard wedding planning takes a ton of time and is stressful, too. A seasoned wedding planner has all of the connections and information you will need to make planning more enjoyable. After all, planning a wedding should be fun! Do you want to spend every night of your romantic engagement on the couch researching vendors? We didn’t think so! A wedding planner will research for you and ensure that you don’t become overwhelmed. They find the best deals for your wedding budget and keep you organized and not wasting time. Wedding planners are invaluable, so their fees pay for themselves in the amount of time, money, and headaches saved.

2. Stay in Budget

Budget is the biggest concern of most brides and grooms. Are you having a ballroom wedding with luxury details, or a small, backyard BBQ style wedding? Jasmine has seen weddings in New Jersey with total budgets of $8,000 all the way up to $200,000. A planner will help you no matter what your budget is while also making your wedding dreams come true!

3. Stress Less

Wedding planners work well under stress and know that perfect weddings don’t exist! They realize something will go wrong (it’s just a matter of how and when), and that’s when they come in to protect your peace of mind. You won’t know about it, and it will be handled, because your wedding planner has your back! They will help you breathe easy on the big day.

4. Manage Your Guest List

Need some wedding guest list tips? Jasmine advises that you don’t send your Save the Dates until you’ve made your guest list. Did you know that adding a single person to your guest list can increase the cost of your wedding by $200-$300 per head? Every time you add a person, you add an invitation suite, escort card, program, menu, dinner, and possibly more! Should you or your parents create the guest list? Preserving relationships is key. Stay focused on the priority, which is throwing a fabulous celebration. Wedding planners help you manage this crucial part of your big day.

5. Escape the Pinterest Trap

Are you looking at wedding Pinterest boards? Your wedding is not a competition! It’s about celebrating the fact that you have chosen somebody to spend the rest of your life with, and you’re going to have a kick ass party! Comparison is the thief of joy. A wedding planner ensures you have a wedding that’s fun for you, not necessarily someone else on social media.

6. Discuss Unique Ideas

Wedding planners help brides and grooms think outside the box and share unique ideas, such as wedding floral alternatives like DYI origami flowers. Flip through a home decor magazines with your planner to find different elements that match your personality. Looking for wedding garter toss / bouquet toss alternatives? You can give your bouquet to a friend as a heartfelt gift. Maybe you want to skip the cake cutting and have more time to dance, or do a quick cake cutting off to the side. Just make sure your family knows what to expect. You could even skip toasts and have your Best Man and Maid of Honor write you private letters. Want to arrive via hot air balloon or helicopter? As long as you have the budget, do it! It’s ok to be different; things don’t need to be any certain way but your own. As a result of fresh ideas, your wedding will be a blast for everyone there!

7. Pick the Best Bridal Party

Don’t worry about how many people are in your bridal party. Choose the people you love the most, because bridal parties are the friends who will support you in your marriage. It’s not about picking 12 girls who all look great in the same dress. You might even want to have a Best Woman or Man of Honor! Wedding planners know it’s all about the people who are supporting you in this new step you’re taking in life.

8. Find Vendors Worth the Price

Traditionally in the past, wedding planners have been known for their ability to get discounts. Jasmine takes a different approach, helping you find vendors who are worth what they’re charging. Instead of asking for discounts, she finds things that can be added to a service as a bonus or works hard to find somebody with the same style you’re looking for within your budget. She focuses on value and reputation to benefit you in the long run!

9. Stay Organized

Imagine your inbox is clogged full of vendor emails, and you’re confused about which ones you liked best, what their prices are, and if they’re available for your wedding. Now forget that nightmare! With a wedding planner, you don’t have to worry about endless emails or extensive spreadsheets. A planner keeps everything organized for you, sometimes with apps like Aisle Planner and Evernote. Wedding planners keep track of everything from seating charts to decor to ceremony rehearsal details and can quickly pull information for you. What a relief!

10. Keep Everyone on the Same Page

Wedding timelines keep you, your family, and all of your vendors on track during the big day. What if you want everyone in your bridal party to meet before the ceremony, but the day of is the only chance you all will be together? A wedding planner helps coordinate your timeline to ensure everything fits just right. Your photographer will know how much time they have for photos, your florist will know when they should arrive, and you will be able to relax. Your wedding planner has the “big picture view” and makes certain each person involved is informed, so there are no surprises on your big day.

Ready to learn more? Finally, visit Hooked’s 60 Second Wedding Planning video page to watch Jasmine explain all of these topics + more wedding planning tips!

Looking for wedding planners in NJ and NYC? Contact This Moment Events!