Wedding planning training

Wedding planners do a lot more than reserve venue and order flowers. They wear many hats, including advisor, business owner, and sometimes therapist and even last-minute catering staff member! The previous post looked at the interpersonal and creative skills wedding planners need to succeed. This post will look at the planning, organizational, and business skills that are essential for wedding planning success.
Planning and Organizational Skills
The skills that fall under this category are the ones that you probably associate most closely with planning a wedding. Wedding planners need to be experts at things like selecting the appropriate venue for the reception, coordinating with caterers, ordering flowers, and arranging entertainment, all while sticking to a budget and keeping everything on schedule.
The process of planning a wedding begins many months out, and organization is essential, especially if you have several clients on the go at the same time. There are things that need to be done one, three, and six months in advance, and many things, like putting up the decorations, can’t be done until the actual day of the wedding. To keep everything straight, wedding planners use checklists, spreadsheets, and other organizational aids. The important thing is to develop a system and stick to it. Remember that as the big day approaches, emotions will run high—being organized and on top of things will help you cope with these extra stressors.
Business Skills
Finally, wedding planners need excellent business skills. For the most part, most wedding planners run their own businesses, usually on their own. They need to know how the basics of accounting and how to manage money, read and negotiate contracts, perform marketing and promotional activities, and do public relations. If they have employees working for them, they also need to know the ins and outs of things like human relations and payroll. Most businesses today also need to maintain an online presence, both through a website and via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
Compared to the fun of choosing gowns and cake flavors, keeping the books and maintaining a website might not sound like much fun. But, of all the skills wedding planners need, these are probably the easiest to learn. Most wedding planning programs, both those offered through academic institutions and those from professional associations, include workshops and courses on business skills. Alternatively, you can take business courses outside of a specific wedding planning program. As you narrow down your options, make sure you choose a training program that will provide you with all of the information and skills you need to run a successful business.
For the right person, wedding planning can be a fun and rewarding career. Do you have what it takes?
Sources:
Debbie Quain. Top Wedding Planner Skills. Weddings for a Living.
Wedding Planning Institute. Certified wedding and event planning course syllabus

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