Think about your dream job. Go on, just visualise a typical day, the sorts of things you’d be doing and why you’d love it so much. The chances are that you’d love to do something that gives you ultimate job satisfaction and could see you helping others too. If you love nothing more than sobbing at a wedding and you’re particularly creative, you could have what it takes to become a wedding planner. Not for the faint-hearted, wedding planners are the facilitators of the world who create the best days of people’s lives. Take a look and see if you have the skills needed to be a wedding planner.
The number one element of being an exceptional wedding planner is organization. Sure, you might be able to arrange a kid’s party but could you organize someone’s big day? Your to-do list will be immense, you will have to placate both the bride and the groom (and maybe even their families), and you’ll have to work with a strict budget. While you may have some autonomy, you’re essentially working with a pair of clients who will be fussy, wanting every aspect of their day to be perfect, and rightly so.
You need to finalise the guest list, send the wedding invitations, book the venue, source the dress, check on dietary requirements, finalise entertainment and that’s merely the tip of the iceberg. If this doesn’t send you reaching for a brown paper bag and actually motivates you, then this could be the job for you.
Cool Under Pressure
There may be times when you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders trying to organise multiple weddings at once. One day things may be going smoothly, and the next everything seems to fall into disarray; you have had the lead singer of the band you’ve booked pull out with laryngitis, the chef is ill with food poisoning and the wedding car has broken down on the highway. What are you going to do? It’s your job to sort these problems out, and you need to remain calm and keep a clear head when doing so.
Every couple has a budget for their wedding, and it’s your job to make the money go as far as possible. You need to make connections and network with the wedding industry so that you can get the best deals on venues, photographers, catering and entertainment. With your money management skills, you can surprise your clients with just how much you can offer them for their budget. It’s vital that you don’t overspend or make unrealistic promises to the happy couples you are working for with.
As a creative individual, it can be hard to find a job that gives you the job satisfaction you crave. You want to help other people realise their dreams, and you’d like to show off your creative skills to achieve this aim. Why not put your skills to good use and give wedding planning a go?