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Wedding planners help couples to arrange their wedding day including finding venues, choosing florists and outfits, and planning menus.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Wedding Planner do?
Wedding planners help the couple to arrange their wedding day including finding venues, choosing florists and outfits, and planning menus.
As a wedding planner, you would:
- meet couples to establish what their budget and preferences are
- suggest ideas, themes or styles
- advise on wedding etiquette
- get quotes, and agree prices and contracts with suppliers
- include the couple in discussions or plans for the wedding
- keep costs within budget
- set up the venue and attend the day to run it smoothly
- research new trends and products in the industry
- complete all the administrative tasks related to the venue, services and providers
- receive feedback from the couple after the event.
Key skills and interests
To become a wedding planner, you would need:
- excellent organisational skills
- the ability to multitask
- to be good with people and reassure them where necessary
- to keep calm under pressure
- excellent communication and customer care skills
- the ability to solve problems quickly and discretely
- a high level of attention to detail.
Working hours and conditions
Wedding planners work irregular hours, including long hours during the local peak wedding season. Meetings with couples often take place in the evening or at weekends. On wedding days, you may work a 12-hour day, or longer. Many wedding planners are self-employed.
You would be based in an office or work from home. Your time would be spent travelling to venues, and meeting with clients and suppliers. You would need a current drivers' licence.
How to become an Wedding Planner?
Entry Level Education
There are no formal qualifications for wedding planners although many come from a hospitality or event management background with qualifications relevant to those fields. Some have experience from organising their own wedding or the weddings of those close to them.
With some event management experience you may find a role as an in-house wedding coordinator at a hotel or resort.
A private training course such as that offered through the Australian Academy of Wedding & Event Planning may increase your chances of employment in this field.
Employment of event planners, including wedding planners, is projected to faster than the average for all occupations.
As it is more common for both parties in a couple to work and therefore have more income, but have less spare time to deal with large scale project such as weddings, there is a strong opportunity for wedding planners to fill this gap.