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How to get into the event planning industry? (Specifically weddings)?

I have always wanted to work in the bridal industry specifically in the cordinating and planning aspect. How does one get into that industry? Where do you network? How do you start that business?

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    get a job for a wedding planning company or an hotel/venue that does wedding planning...

    learn the ropes by working at a place that does wedding planning...

    if it's a company or venue/

  • drip
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    You start by working for a company in the industry. There are some colleges that do offer event planning majors. Some people start off in the hospitality business, Hotels, banquet halls, resorts.

    An entrepreneurial major would help.

    My niece started out by buying antiques. - renting them out for parties, birthdays, weddings, bar mitzvah. Then she started staging and decorating. She lost a ton of money due to her lack of knowledge on how to run and promote a small business. She worked three part time jobs while building her company. It has been four long years, but she is now a wedding/party planner. She has built up a good reputation. her business is now in the green. She still has a one part time day job. But her company is heading upward. She has good customer reviews. And is being recommended by others in the wedding business to their clients.

    Four years and she is lucky to be making a living in that short of time in this field. She has natural talent, great with customers and worked night and day

    She started out networking by helping photographers stage wedding photos for their business. Most times for free. Just a mention of her companies name.

    She provided the furniture and decor and set up the staging . She met many photographers, bakeries, caterers this way. As she did parties she met the managers and owners of venues. It is a slow process and even job you do must be your best.

    Another friend started out in hotel work. Went to working in the hotels banquet halls., assisting in arranging parties. Got promoted and was wedding consultant at the hotel. Then went to work for a wedding counsluting company. Finally broke off and started her own small business.

    This isn't something that happens over night.

  • 4 years ago

    A couple of things.

    First, be realistic. You'll need coursework or certification classes in the business aspect of this. That means everything from incorporating as a small business to working knowledge of contract law. (A big part of wedding planning is negotiating contracts with vendors and venues).

    Also, I suggest you start out focusing on event planning. The bridal business is tough to get into, but you could certainly start specializing in it down the road. In the meantime, what you need is references and some kind of portfolio to show the work you've done. Don't restrict yourself too much at the beginning or you'll never get off the ground.

    Working for bridal consultants is always an option, but you can get valuable experience working in the event planning department of a corporate entity or even a trade association. They're always putting on conferences and this is exactly the experience you need.

    Finally, join professional associations of wedding planners. There's several out there and membership is cheap. This is a good way to start networking.

  • 4 years ago

    You would need to start paying your dues. get a job as an assistant to a wedding planner, takes some classes at a community college or something so you have learned experience

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  • 4 years ago

    If you're in college, pick a complementary major such as Hospitality, Business, Hotel Management, or Marketing.

    If you've already got a degree then look for a job in a related field - florist, event planner, hotel management and event planning, etc.

    You can ask wedding planners, or hotel event managers, if they offer internships or mentorships or apprenticeships.

    I work for a b2b company that occasionally throws conferences and banquets. We have someone in the office whose job it is to organize them. I also worked at a private school for a while where there was an event coordinator on staff. You can get started doing a job like that, and then maybe move on to weddings (join an event planning company or start your own) once you have some experience. Look around on Indeed.com for event planning jobs and start at entry level and work your way up.

    Big organizations and schools that throw award ceremonies, charities that throw award ceremonies, hotels that host weddings and parties, banquet halls that host weddings and bar mitzvahs, etc. Try to get a job with them and learn the ropes.

    Also, realize that a wedding planner doesn't plan the kind of wedding SHE wants ... she plans what her clients want. And it's not all fun and games and "wheeeee weddings!!!" So do some research, get an internship, and see what it's really about before you commit.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Get a job for a wedding planning company or an hotel/venue that does wedding planning.

    Learn the ropes by working at a place that does wedding planning.

    If it's a company or venue/

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yellow Pages.

  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    apply to event planning businesses to learn the ropes. a business degree would help. you need to know about marketing, advertising, and psychology for the clients, some of which can be very difficult and demanding. then develop a rapport with clients. once you have clients who like you, through word of mouth, you'll get business. and eventually have enough clients to own your own business.

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