As an award-winning Wedding Planner working across the East of England, I’m regularly asked how I began my career as a wedding planner. So, today, I’d love to share some top tips for those looking to break into the wedding industry.
- Undertake some wedding planner training
Firstly, it’s important to get some professional training so that you understand the theory behind the practice. My membership body, the UKAWP have a fantastic introductory programme which will introduce you to the key components of becoming a wedding planner and also teach you the basics behind running a successful wedding planning business. Training is given by Bernadette Chapman, a wedding industry expert who knows her stuff!
Another very successful programme is offered by Planning Redefined – headed up by two very successful wedding planners, this is also a great way to not only understand the theory but real-life examples of the challenges you face as a wedding planner.
Be warned, many ex wedding planners now work in the wedding training industry and not all wedding planner training programmes are equal! If you’re thinking of undertaking some wedding planning training with a different source to those listed above, do ensure you check the credentials of the individuals leading the training programme and ensure they have the necessary skills and experience to teach you what you need to know.
We also offer a 1 2 1 mentoring programme for wedding planners, perfect for those who are hoping to plan incredible dry-hire weddings. Find out more below.
2.Research the duties of a wedding planner
Absorb everything! From looking at wedding planning blogs (like this one!) and wedding planning websites, through to chatting with UK wedding planners about their experience in the industry, you need to learn as much as you can about the different approaches and styles available in the modern UK wedding marketplace.
3. Wedding Planning practice makes perfect
So you’ve completed your training and you’re raring to go! Whilst I know you’re very keen to get cracking with your wedding planning business, it’s so important you get some real-life experience. Approach reputable wedding planners throughout the UK and ask if you can shadow them at a wedding so that you can see how the theory translates into real life. Honestly, the theory is important, but there’s nothing greater than learning on the job so that you can truly grasp how challenging managing a wedding can be!
4. Step by step wedding planning
Once you’ve completed your wedding planner training and have gained some practical experience alongside a professional wedding planner or two, now’s the time to get cracking! Draft the content for your website (and PLEASE, make sure this isn’t a copy and paste from another wedding planners website – this is the quickest way to make yourself VERY unpopular and potentially face legal action!) and if you need some beautiful imagery, consider curating a styled shoot.
Once your website is up and running, go forth and multiply! Make the wedding industry proud, uphold the values of the UKAWP and reach out to fellow wedding planners for help and advice where needed. Good luck!
If you’d like to find out more about our 1 2 1 wedding planner mentoring programme, I’d love to hear from you! Why not drop me a line at email@example.com to schedule a free discovery call.
I am a multi-award-winning wedding planner working across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex to produce amazing weddings for amazing couples! As an elite member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, I adhere to a strict code of conduct and do not accept commission from wedding venues or suppliers.