How To Become a Wedding Consultant or Wedding Planner

Let’s face it… Weddings can be extremely stressful. A Wedding Consultant or Wedding Planner is the answer to every couple’s desire to have their dream wedding day… one that is beautiful, meaningful, stress-free, and problem-free.

With minimal training and maximum people skills, you can also become a professional in the wedding industry. Take a look below to see what is required!  

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do clients use a Wedding Consultant or Wedding Planner?

Wedding Consultants and Wedding Planners take the pressure off the bride and groom by handling the details of the big wedding day… so they can enjoy one of the most important days of their lives without mishap or mayhem! 

What are other names for jobs in the wedding consulting industry?

The field of wedding consulting covers a wide array of responsibilities, as well as job titles. Other names for similar careers include Bridal Consultant, Wedding Planner, Wedding Facility Coordinator, Wedding Events Coordinator, and of course… Wedding Consultant.

What is the difference between a Wedding Consultant and a Wedding Planner?

Wedding Consultants are often hired to coordinate a specific aspect of a wedding, such as dress selection, flowers, or gift registries.

A Wedding Planner coordinates all ranges of activity concerning a wedding, everything from overseeing engagement parties to the walk down the aisle, along with the honeymoon arrangements, and everything in between!

What does a Wedding Consultant or Wedding Planner do?

Wedding Consultant responsibilities:

  • Plan photographer and videographer
  • Set up a gift registry
  • Plan attendant’s attire
  • Assist in bridal gown selection
  • Help with cake selection
  • And, much more… (Although, they often provide one specialized service only)

Wedding Planner responsibilities:

  • Helps to choose a color scheme
  • Makes venue appointments
  • Plans menu and secures caterer
  • Sets budget for wedding
  • Locates entertainment/music options
  • Assists with cake tastings and wedding cake selection
  • Helps bride with dress selection, along with attire for bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Secures florist
  • Helps with photographer and videographer
  • Makes honeymoon arrangement
  • Assists with invitations, RSVPs, place card settings
  • Helps to keep the bride and groom calm and relaxed for their special day
  • And, so much more!

What skills will I need to work in the wedding industry?

Without a doubt, interpersonal skills are a must! In addition, you will need skills such as:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication 
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail 
  • Problem-solving
  • Negotiating 
  • Time management 
  • Marketing
  • Well organized
  • Listening
  • Creative thinking
  • Be flexible

How do I become a Wedding Consultant?

Becoming a Wedding Consultant or Wedding Planner requires a high school or equivalent diploma, particularly if you would like to enroll in a school offering certification in this field. In addition, many interested in the wedding industry earn bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management, communications, marketing, or public relations.

Many community colleges offer coursework in wedding event planning. In addition, online courses are available, usually lasting up to six months or so. Also, most programs offer classes in marketing and business, as well as wedding basics, such as topics like:

  • Wedding Etiquette 
  • Engagements
  • Budgeting & Timelines
  • Writing Contracts
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Floral Design
  • Wedding Attire
  • Wedding Traditions and Customs
  • Ceremonies
  • Venues
  • Decorations
  • Music
  • Catering
  • Invitations
  • Managing Personnel 

If you are just beginning your career, you may want to consider working for an established company that provides wedding services; however, as you gain experience and obtain valuable contacts… you can be self-employed and start your own business. 

How do I become a Certified Wedding Consultant?

Certification is offered by the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC). Check them out! 

If you enjoy floral design, check out the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

What salary can I earn as a Wedding Consultant?

That is a tricky question because there are many factors to consider. According to the BLS, a career in the wedding industry is categorized under “Meeting, Convention and Event Planners.” As of May 2020, their average salary was $51,560 per year, with the highest 10% earning upwards of $88,360 annually.

So, with the above figures in mind, remember that your salary will depend mainly on the following, according to theweddingplannerbook.com:

  • Years of experience
  • To what extent you will be providing services
  • Location of your business

In addition, your bottom line will depend on: 

  • How you choose to charge for your services, such as hourly, a flat fee, or a percentage of the overall budget

Is there a demand for Wedding Consultants?

The BLS reports an expected 18% job growth rate between 2020 and 2030 for Meeting Convention and Event Planners. While Covid-19 put a damper on organized events, including weddings, meetings and weddings are now being planned; therefore contributing to the growth spurt.