How To Become a Wedding Planner

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How To Become a Wedding Planner

Being a wedding planner is akin to running through a mine field with a smile on your face, it is very stressful and often times demands nerves of steel, however, it is very satisfying at the end when you see what you have achieved.

Becoming one, however, is a completely different story because you will have to make a lot of connections, prepare yourself mentally as well as physically, and get used to running against the clock on a regular basis. With that in mind, let's find out how to become a wedding planner.

Know The Right People

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One of your main duties as a wedding planner is to know everyone that matters in order to get a wedding rolling. Photographers, florists, videographers, caterers, bakers, jewelers, priests, dress designers, suit designers, tailors, decorators, venue owners, musicians, DJs, drivers, are a few of the people that you will need to know and have access to in order to be a wedding planner.

The best way to go about this is to grab a phonebook and a laptop and start searching for all the services that you will need, contact them individually, introduce yourself and write them down on a personal notebook to keep track of them.

Have Lots Of Options

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Something that you will need to know from the very beginning is that although couples have their dream wedding and have overall good ideas, they don;t really know what they want and what they can have.

It is your job to open their eyes and show them all the posibilities that you can actually put on the table. This includes pretty much everything from the venues to the cake, to the dress, to the finest of details, so your best bet is to create a portfolio and discuss it with the couples in question.

Time And Budget Are Your Main Constraints

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While all couples want their special day to be perfect, time and money will always be the main issue. That being said, make sure that you sit down with the couple in question and set a fixed budget as well as an accurate and realistic time frame.

Don't worry, the budget will always be too small and there will never be enough time, however, it is a good idea to make sure that you have a bit of wiggle room on both sides.

Learn How To Multitask

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One of the things that you will need to learn from the start as a wedding planner is to multitask because you will often times find yourself dealing with up to 8 or 9 different things at the same time. That being said, planners, notebooks, pads, and agendas are your best friends and remember that you can actually use your phone to manage your schedule and keep yourself organized while on the go.

Keep Your Head In The Game

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Make no mistake about it, you will have to deal with a lot of stress, problems that constantly arise, technical difficulties, schedueling conflicts, and of course bridal tantrums. It is incredibly easy to give up, drop everything and move on with your life, however you've made a commitment to your couple and it is your duty to see it through.

As long as you stay focused on yur tasks and keep your head in the game, the special day will come, everyone will be happy and you would have successfully completed your duties.

Being a wedding planner means that you are basically dealing with all the stress, all the planning and all the synchronizing so that the bride and groom don't have to. It takes a special person to handle that amount of stress and still come out on top of the situation, however, the satisfaction that you get at the end when the couple that you've helped say their vows and tie the knot, makes it all worth it.

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