7 Key Skills to Becoming a Successful Wedding Planner
Becoming a wedding planner involves more than just planning a wedding. You need to understand the business aspect of your service and learn to manage your time to earn the most profit. You will face your business and your public relations representative. Every day you have the opportunity to build or damage your reputation as a business person.
As your business and expertise grow, you will probably start planning multiple weddings at once. It is imperative that you strive to give the best, personalized attention to each couple as you plan their big day, without losing their minds.
The 7 Key Skills
No one said that being a wedding planner is a job for the heart of the heart. Not everyone can succeed as a wedding consultant. A good wedding planner is:
– Calm. You will be the brides (and the groom!) Rock. From wrong communication with sales people to major crashes during the ceremony, you need to be able to keep your cool in the wake of a disaster. A wedding planner should always have a Plan B ready for action in case of emergency.
– Charming. You are the face of your business and your customer representative. Immaculate communication and social skills are essential. Your reputation as a wedding consultant depends on your ability to maintain and maintain good working relationships with vendors and venues. Wedding planners need to know how to interact and work with all personality types. Not everyone you encounter will be pleasant and easy to please. You need to be able to defuse any situation to get the results your client wants.
– A great negotiator. The bride and groom will rely on you to order flowers, hire the orchestra and photographer, recommend a caterer and help find places for the ceremony and reception. You should be able to find the best service for the lowest price. It becomes easier as you create a reputation for yourself and develop professional relationships with vendors and venues. Your connections will give you better offers that you can pass on to your customers.
– Good with money. To start a wedding planning business, you have to manage your own expenses and stick to a budget, and also be responsible for someone’s money and budget. Previous experience with money management is essential – even if your only experience consists of managing the household finances.
– Organized. A wedding consultant is perhaps responsible for almost every aspect of the big day: the locations, theme, flowers, food, refreshments, attire, photography, honeymoon and other details of the wedding. To find all the nuances, contract dates and deadlines, a tremendous organization and attention to detail is needed. Your calendar will be your new best friend.
– An abundance of knowledge. A good wedding planner has fashion sense, a good taste in music and looks at color, flowers and themes. You should be able to keep up with the latest bridal trends and fashions, honeymoon destinations, and of course traditional wedding labels. Many wedding consultants also learn about different religious ceremonies and traditions so that they can accommodate couples of any faith.
– Able to maintain a sense of humor: From indecisive or emotional brides to controlling parents and absentee entrepreneurs, your work has been cut out for you. When dealing with dreams, the ability to keep things in perspective is essential.
Starting your own wedding planning business will be a learning experience. Nobody knows everything from day one, and as the old saying goes, practice is perfect.