Home > SuperTips > Wedding Planning > Becoming A Weddings Planner
SuperTips Categories

Share This:

Becoming A Weddings Planner

Wedding Planning

Professionally, becoming a weddings planner is not a difficult process. However, becoming a superior weddings planner requires a great deal of hard work. There are more than 10,000 wedding planners in the United States. The number of planners makes it sound like the market should be saturated, but with more than 2,000,000 weddings being performed each year, and the growing popularity of using wedding planners, there’s more than enough work to go around. In fact, more well-known planners are easily able to pick and choose which weddings they accept. The average wedding planner earns between $45,000 and $105,000 per year.

How does one establish a business in this 75 billion dollar a year industry? Unlike many professionals, the wedding planning business does not require any professional certification, or formal training to get started. The only legal document required is a business license. However, just because the industry does not require formal training does not mean one shouldn’t pursue any. Weddings are very detailed and require the juggling of multiple tasks simultaneously. This requires a great deal of skill, expertise, and patience. Each wedding is the main event and there will not be another chance to make amends, change procedure, etc., thus there is a lot riding on the precise execution of a singular event, and proper training can make this happen.

Where can training be obtained? There are a number of ways a person can acquire wedding planning training, resulting in certification from that organization, school, etc. In addition, those students pursuing hospitality degrees often take coursework in planning weddings and other events that would take place on hotel/convention center premises. Besides classroom training, most lessons are self-paced and can be completed via home study, the internet, and/or through tele-classes. Through one training program the opportunity exists for students to work with real clients to gain hands-on experience. Most training programs cover the basics, but the content, duration, and costs vary widely. Those interested in becoming a weddings planner should be able to find a program to suit different schedules, budgets and skill levels.

When most planners complete their certification process they receive their certificates and have the option of becoming part of their organization's list of members for an annual fee. The benefit is of course having access to potential clients, staying on top of industry trends, etc. However, continued membership is typically not required, though a lapse in membership may result in not being listed as a current member, despite certification holding.

The process for becoming a weddings planner can be as easy, or as thorough as desired. However, a planner with less experience may well benefit from additional training, and experienced planners may find benefit from having a certificate from a reputable source.

Find local Wedding Resources