Wedding Consultant Planner
Do you love weddings… have a knack for detail… know music… have a talent for color coordination and for selecting the perfect flowers and decorations?
Are you good at negotiating and smoothing ruffled feathers? Do you have good communication skills? Can you stay within a budget?
Founded by Deborah McCoy, the American Academy of Wedding Professionals
Do you get along with people, and perhaps most important, can you keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs?
If you answered “YES” to these questions, then you may have what it takes to become a wedding consultant planner. As you may know, they’re also known as wedding coordinators and/or bridal consultants.
Weddings are very stressful for engaged couples as well as their families. That means your job, as their wedding consultant planner, is to coordinate and manage all pertinent details so that the bride, groom and their families can enjoy their wedding day.
If you’re interested in becoming a wedding consultant planner, make sure the certification comes from a bona fide organization like the American Academy of Wedding Professionals.
Beware of wedding-consulting/planning courses that claim you’ll learn everything you need to know in a few days or ones that offer lessons for a ridiculously low price. And watch for wedding consultant books that are limited in their scope, information and expertise.
Be aware of who wrote the course you’re about to purchase. Is the person in the bridal industry? Do they plan weddings regularly? Are they published? Do they have the best credentials to teach you the craft of wedding consultnt business?
Deborah McCoy, founder of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals, has been in the wedding-planning/consulting business for over 15 years.
She has written four, nationally published bridal-reference and wedding-planning books and appeared on Good Morning America, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Good Morning America.
She is the best in the business and her 430-page wedding-consulting/planning course is the best and most comprehensive ever written.
An all-inclusive wedding planning/consulting course will not only provide lessons and support on how to plan a wedding, but will advise you on how to start and maintain your business.
The ideal wedding-planning/consulting course and program will also include sample contracts, brochures, and suggested advertising to promote your business.
The American Academy of Wedding Professionals will teach you the basics of wedding planning/consulting from start to finish. You’ll learn how to network to obtain clients, how to track your clients’ wedding-planning progress, help them stay within their budgets, and assist them with all other pertinent details when planning the perfect wedding.
Part of your job will be to recommend highly reliable and talented vendors to your clients for their special day including: caterers; reception sites; DJs; bands; photographers; invitations; videographers; gowns; florists; cakes; and more.
As the wedding consultant planner it’s your responsibility to see that your clients reserve the best vendors they can within their budgets.
When you successfully finish the American Academy of Wedding Professionals’ wedding-planning/consulting course, you will receive your “certificate of achievement” and be a certified wedding consultant planner!
Once you’ve finished the course, it’s time to open your business, to interview vendors to refer to your prospective clients, and to begin to network to get your name out into the community and ultimately, to get those clients knocking on your door.
Most wedding consultant planners work from home when they first start out. The key is to be professional, even if your office is a corner of your living room or a neat, newly decorated space in your garage—and be organized!
Don’t wait until a potential client arrives to find a form, a list of vendors, or a price schedule. And make sure that your family doesn’t interrupt you when you’re with a client.
At all times be courteous. Make sure that your client knows that their wishes will be honored within the realm of their budgets and structure a wedding with them that’s realistic—but beautiful—a day they’ll remember forever.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to your new career as a wedding planner/consultant. You’ll be the one who turns a bride’s and groom’s dreams from fantasy to reality.
In summary, wedding planning/consulting is an exhilarating career. It’s fun, it’s educational, and with a lot of hard work and dedication—and with the help of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals—you can be on your way to a wonderful career in a very uplifting and positive business. Everyone loves a wedding!
For financing, try the Small Business Association (SBA), and for advice and information, try the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE). They’ll help you to set up your business including obtaining tax ID numbers, insurance, and other business and legal issues.
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