Have you ever wondered if “loving what you do” is a criteria for success? I’ve been thinking a lot lately, so if I made $200,000 thousand dollars and I did not love what I did but it was a means to an end and all my bills were paid will that be "success"? I guess in a sense yes depending on your yardstick of measurement. From a financial standpoint absolutely but the question still remains do you have to love what you do to be successful?
In some professions, this might not apply as much but for the path we are choosing to take as planners, it is important to love what you do to be successful. This idea of success is not only what you define personally as "success" but as planners loving what you do is also the yardstick for what will keep you long term as a planner and also what will help you grow in spite of the bumps on the road.
The path of being a planner has its ups and downs; it's sleepless nights and never-ending tasks and you wear many hats so why else...
I’m I really meant to do this? This is a question you might find yourself asking constantly when you are thinking about starting out as a wedding planner. I want to first say that doubt is very normal. However, doubt can limit you from starting, it can keep you stuck in the same place and you only live out your dreams in your mind but never bring it to reality.
You might feel you don’t have all it takes but you will never know until you try, and the only way to try is to start from where you are. Look at the resources available to you and around you and ask yourself what you can do with these resources? It could be that you register for one of our workshops, or you sign up for a webinar or course. Or you could reach out to event planners in your area to volunteer.
Whatever you do, remember that sometimes the picture is not fully painted and you have to start from where you are and all the lines will start to fall in place.
I get asked this question often. People wonder if they need to get a degree or if there is such a thing as a bachelor’s degree in wedding planning? The honest answer is no, you don’t need to get a degree to be a wedding planner. However, I will be clear to say you do need to get training.
Just like with any new field, you might have an interest in, you have to ensure you get adequate training and education. Wedding planning is no different, although you might have a passion for it and know some basic information there you need to ensure you have undergone training and education in order to become a wedding planner.
My philosophy is this, a wedding is one of the most significant days of a person’s life and a huge financial investment for them; you should never approach it lackadaisically. To be a wedding planner, you are paid as the “expert” to plan and execute the wedding, if you haven’t gotten the training, skills, education, and...
This subject I will answer carefully because this one can be tricky. The short answer is yes; however, I will follow it quickly with a note that money cannot and should not be your main goal when you start out. If you are considering becoming a wedding planner and you are doing it simply for the money it will be easy to fall off.
Will you make money from this over time, yes! If you, do it right and plan it out well, you will make money from it but I will be honest with you it is a journey. You have to become a wedding planner out of your love to serve people because it is a service business and serving and helping your customers has to be your driving force. You have to have the gift for administration, organization, and planning in order to thrive at the job but you have to be willing to serve people.
Money will come but it cannot be your motivation, in the first step of my course for new wedding planners I stress the importance of determining your “why”...
Becoming a wedding planner is an amazing career. Like any other job, there are many skills you would need to be a successful wedding planner, but today I will love to share with you three skills that are instrumental to your success.
Patience: You have heard the saying “Patience is a virtue;” as a wedding planner patience is a trait that should be the foundation of your core to be successful. You will find in your career you will encounter different issues and people that you will push your character to the limit but you have to exercise patience. If you don’t have the ability to be patient you will need to learn it or consider a different aspect of being an event professional. I know you can do it if you try and as you encounter situations, you will surprise yourself with your ability to endure and stretch your patience.
Detail Oriented: As a wedding planner, your couples need you to be on top of details they will ordinarily forget. Being...
I don’t usually admit this in public but I am (was) a huge fan of “high school musical” I will like to say this came out when I was in high school but sadly I was fully into college One of my favorite songs from the movie was Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron was “the start of something new”
Living in my own world
That anything can happen
When you take a chance
I never believed in What I couldn't see
I never opened my heart
To all the possibilities……….
This could be the start of something new
I feel in my heart (feel in my heart)
The start of something new
The hopeless romantic in me loves this song but as I read this now I see so much more. More than a song. I see myself at some point and I also see you. I know what it is to be at a crossroads when you have a dream to start something but you feel unsure. When I was going to start out as a wedding planner I had a lot of doubts, I...
Happy New Year again; I feel like I will be saying this all January long. What is the time limit on when it is appropriate to stop saying Happy New Year....Does anyone else feel like they don't know when to stop saying it? If I see an old friend in June is a "Happy New Year" greeting still acceptable???? Help a girl out ya'll
Okay let me get to it, I know a lot of new and aspiring planners still have full-time jobs, and sometimes it might feel overwhelming managing your job and your business but time blocking is a skill that will help you this new year. Practicing this over the years helped me run my business successfully even before I knew it was a thing.
It's finally 2022! I absolutely love the holiday season because it is a time I get to unplug and be with family and just soak in all the joy of the season. My favorite thing to do is watch Christmas movies , even though they all have the same plot; I can't help myself. Now that the holiday is over, it is time to get back into the full swing of work.
Most people come into a New Year with a lot of optimism and excitement and big plans for their businesses and lives. However, one thing we know for sure if that it is easy to lose momentum and lose track of your goals when things get busy with work and personal life.
One thing I always recommend is not just making a list of your goals but making a list of things you know that can deter you from your goals. Ask yourself "how I'm I going to stay accountable for the things I have set out to do for my business this year?" What habits are you going to implement to ensure you become the person you said you were...
Money is a touchy subject in a lot of ways and can be something that leads to tension if you don’t manage it properly from the start. A huge part of wedding planning also has to do with being able to help your clients manage their budget, their money, and also their payments.
I have found these two things to be a good way to avoid money issues:
Create a budget before you get hired: This might be an unpopular opinion but one that I have used and seen so much success with. I recommend creating a budget for a potential client after a consultation to give them a realistic idea of what they might have to spend for their wedding. A lot of couples have ideas for their wedding that do not match their budget so it is important to paint a realistic picture for them so they have a sense of what a budget that matches their vision could look like and then they get to decide if they are willing to make compromises to stay in budget or if they want to increase their budget to...
The job of a wedding planner is tasking on your time and sometimes finding balance with work and life can be difficult. One thing I always recommend is making sure you have certain days during the week where you get to focus on working on your business and not just on your business.
It can get tricky and hard to do this because the demands of work never end. There is always that one extra thing you have to do for a client and one extra task that is outstanding and sometimes it feels like a lot to manage but I have learned in order to build a successful business you have to create structure around your work.
Choose one day a week where you don’t schedule meetings and you can use this day to focus on reviewing your goals for the business for that month or quarter and create plans and strategies on how to achieve them. You can use this to also create your social media posts, no client work just work you need to do for your business.
You can have a certain...