The Business of Planning Weddings

Being organized is a good thing but there are times you can have too much on your plate that you will need an extra pair of hands. This is especially true when you have a wedding. You will need a wedding planner. They will organize, coordinate and see your wedding go as planned.

Wedding planners, also known as coordinators and event planners, quite simply help you organize your big day. But what they actually do can vary greatly.

The Duties of Wedding Planners

Typically, wedding planners start off by meeting with the couple to:

Understand the events – not just the wedding day itself, but also the rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid teas, day after brunches, and any other related events.

Review the overall budget

Understand the style, colors, vibe, and taste of the couple

Discuss progress to date

They’ll then propose how they might be helpful and present the couple with a contract for the wedding planners’ services. Probably they will be a combination of some of the below, depending on your needs and budget:

Sourced from: http://weddings.about.com/od/gettingstarted/a/weddingplanners.htm

As ironical as it may sound, you can actually save a lot of money by hiring a professional wedding planner. You see you only get married once but a planner gets to get “married” several times. They know who has the best flowers, cakes, gowns, rings and all that weddings require. Your first time is their a hundredth time.

Though it may seem like an oxymoron, hiring a wedding planner can actually lower your overall wedding costs. For starters, a professional wedding planner will take your set wedding budget very seriously. He or she will carefully track spending and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that the total costs don’t exceed your budgetary limits.

Having worked with local photographers, caterers, and florists for many years, your wedding planner may be able to purchase items and services at a discount. Businesses like to offer rewards to repeat customers, and a wedding planner can bring clients to preferred businesses again and again. Being able to purchase decorations, food, and services at a discount can make your overall wedding costs much lower than they would be without the consultant’s help.

Sourced from: http://enlightenme.com/wedding-costs/

Since the wedding planning industry is a huge one almost everyone wants to become a wedding planner but that is not possible. Wedding planners are professionals who are trained. Truth is if you are not organized then do not dare going to a wedding planning college. There is no such thing. The best way to start is with a Communications or PR degree.

Everybody wants to be a wedding planner. Okay, maybe not EVERYBODY, but a ridiculously large number of young women (and some young men) want to learn how to be professional event planners when they grow up. You can even major in Event Planning at some real universities now! Not to mention the hundreds of useless Wedding Planner certification courses offered by for-profit trade groups all over the United States.

First off, let me tell you that a degree in Communications or Public Relations or Business will serve you far, far better in the event planning field than any bullshit certification that says you know how to plan weddings without any practical experience.

There are more reasons NOT to major in event planning than in support of it. If you suck as an event planner, you have that better degree to use in another way. If you’re good at it, you’re going to need STRONG communications skills — both written and verbal — to be good at your job. Every wedding is like another small business to play with — budgets, invoices, vendors, contracts and subcontracts — a Business degree would come in handy. But spending actual dollars to get a piece of paper that says you know how to plan weddings is A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY and shame on my industry colleagues who even suggest that such a certification is a ticket to a successful career in this business.

Sourced from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sandy-malone/how-to-become-a-professio_b_4896125.html