One fantastic job is to be a wedding planner. You help people to celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives. If you want to become a wedding planner, there are many things that you can do to get started. The following are some tips on how to start your own business as a wedding planner.
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One of the best ways to get into the business is if you know someone who is a wedding planner. They can show you the ropes of the business. They may be able to send business your way if they end up with a wedding that they can’t take (i.e. if they have two weddings on the same day). They can give you the “lay of the land” so to speak, and teach you what you need to know.
To become a wedding planner, you will need to learn about all of the local vendors. Engaged couples will be coming to you and telling you what they want, and you will need to recommend different vendors. You cannot do this unless you are knowledgeable. It is not enough to know just a few vendors because the couples will be very varied in what they want. What is the best vendor for one person will be different from another person and another person and so on. There are useful tools like Zenbusiness if you need help with launching a business.
There are different ways that you can learn about the different vendors. First, you can do research online. Many of the vendors such as halls, caterers, florists and so forth will list their prices, amenities, features, and packages online so that you can get an idea of what they offer and how much they charge for different things. Also, a good idea is to meet with the different vendors. You may want to make appointments so that people have the time to spend with you. Tell them that you are an aspiring wedding planner and ask what they have to offer clients. Visiting the places will give you a feel for what they are actually like as well as allow you to sample the wares of the vendors (taste the cakes of bakers; see the flowers of florists, etc.). Make sure you take down all of the information so that you do not forget. Keep organized files as well as brochures so that you have something to show different clients.
You will need to decide where you want to work. Renting an office can seem more professional but it does cost money. A lot of wedding planners do work out of their homes.
Finally you will need to find clients. Word of mouth is a great strategy. You could also put up fliers and use different marketing techniques.