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If you are imaginative and inspired, have excellent communication skills and can treat every special day as if it’s the only day that matters then a career as a wedding planner could be for you!

A Day In The Life Of A Wedding Planner

Every wedding is different and subject to highly individual tastes, demands and budgets.  There are no typical days when it comes to managing weddings. However, there are some core event management tasks which you’d expect to be responsible for across all the preparation days as well as the wedding day itself:

  • Budget, negotiation and contract management;
  • Venue management;
  • Sourcing and supply;
  • Schedule and time-management;

A wedding planner role is essentially about people, being a great communicator is an essential skill. Every day will involve you communicating with a whole range of others, to ensure that arrangements are made and carried out without misunderstandings or delays.

You will also be required to have a creative flair in order offer innovative and unique ideas, as every couple will want to feel their day is special.

Every day will also involve you using your eye for detail and a pro-active mind when it comes to spotting and dealing with problems, which will need to be solved with no disruption to the wedding couple.

  • Wedding planning involves high level negotiation skills, budget and contract management.  Our CIM-accredited event qualification can help build these skills so you are ready for any career proposal.
  • Sometimes wedding planning roles (particularly in-venue or industry-related roles, such as wedding dress design and retail) involve significant skills in marketing. For instance, as an in-venue wedding planner you’re marketing the venue and services available; as an industry wedding planner, you could be involved in planning and marketing wedding events, fashion shows and exhibition events.

Getting Into Wedding Planning

Many people get into wedding planning after the successful enjoyment of planning their own or weddings for family members and friends. This kind of ‘informal’ (but still high-pressure) experience is a great way to start, but it can be limited: one wedding, one couple, one budget.

Wedding planning is a growing sector: same-sex; low-budget; alternative-venues; cultural weddings; eco-friendly; themed; outdoor; top-end; celebrity; exotic destinations; extreme weddings – there’s a whole party of wedding types with varying budgets out there!

Contact local wedding planners and offer your services as a volunteer. This will help you to get used to planning for, and working with, paying clients.

Gaining formal work experience in the sector is crucial to achieving a salaried role, or the testimonials you will need to attract clients.

Alumni Charmi developed key skills and confidence from her work experience placement at a romantic proposals event company as part of our Postgraduate course. Read more about Charmi’s experience

Whether you’re switching careers, improving your current event management skills or starting out, we have courses which can fit flexibly with what you need: online, or full, or part-time live courses here with us in London. A CIM-accredited course will help you break into these highly competitive sectors. You can also study at whichever level suits you:

  • Foundation – an intensive, level 3 qualification to introduce you to the events industry.
  • Diploma – a level 4 certified qualification covering everything you need to know about the fundamentals of event management – and then some!
  • Postgraduate – a level 7 qualification with an initial 3 months of learning, volunteering and practice, followed by 3 months of work placement.
  • Degree-alternative – progressing from level 3 to level 7, this combination of our Foundation, Diploma and Postgraduate courses is around a third of the cost and time of a traditional degree course and offers live event management, work placement and individual mentoring.

Career Opportunities

Due to an increase in venues that are now licensed to hold weddings, the opportunities for becoming an in-house wedding planner have really grown. Think stately homes and gardens, museums, outdoor and indoor venues, castles, lighthouses, theatres, civic centres, hotels – even iconic venues such as London’s Gherkin.

Many of our alumni come to wedding planning hoping to set up their own businesses. After successful completion of our Diploma course, alumni Petra Truneckova has gone from strength to strength in developing not just her own career in weddings, but also her own brand.

Read about Petra.

Our Expert Lecturers

At Event Academy, we’re all about learning through experience. Our lecturers are event industry experts, delivering live events as well as lecturing for us, so you can learn through their experiences too.

Our lecturers also offer their own areas of expertise – so if you’re looking to become a wedding planner, you’ll be learning from those who have a long-term relationship with events and a real passion for wedding planning:

  • Sonia Abrams – professional, passionate and award-winning, Sonia’s wedding planning company takes on all aspects including proposal planning and wedding show organisation. Sonia’s lectures match her personal ethos for offering inspiration and delivering dreams.

Our lecturers don’t just stand up and tell you all about it, they also involve you, with on-site visits to in-progress events they’re working on. This will have a real impact both on your learning and your professional experiences, as alumni Hayley found on her Postgraduate course:

“It’s brilliant to see how the lecturers actually work when they are on site.”

Our courses readily include this level of immersion with the work of professional event managers. This experiential basis for all our learning content will enhance your own knowledge, practice, network, opportunities, and prospects when it comes to saying “I will” to a professional wedding planner’s role!

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