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More of Your Wedding Planner Questions, Answered – WFAL395

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If you’ve got questions about being a professional wedding planner, then, Weddings For a Living has answers.  This episode is a replay of part two of a live broadcast in response to several of your listener wedding planner questions.  (You can catch part 1 of the broadcast, here.)

Questions and answers in this episode include:

What are the top 5 things to do to become a wedding planner?

What is the best form of advertising for a wedding planner?

How old is too old to start as a wedding planner?

I’ve been asked to coordinate a same-sex wedding. I’m clueless, what should I do?

Where do I go to get wedding planner training?

I can’t afford to hire additional staff for my wedding business, what should I do?

My clients are going against my professional advice (in this instance, it’s about a Save-the-Date) what should I do?

How else can I make money without having to plan weddings?

What are the top 5 things to do to become a wedding planner?

Dynisha asked for a rundown of the top five (5) things to do as a wedding planner.  Here’s my take (thanks, Dynisha!)



1. Get hands-on experience planning weddings for others – make sure this is something you truly enjoy doing. Work alongside a few local wedding vendors and professional.

2. Talk to and spend some time with professional wedding vendors already in the wedding industry

3. Make sure there’s a demand for professional wedding planner services in your market area

4. Consider a specialty or niche as a wedding planner

5. Develop a presence THE local wedding expert

What is the best form of advertising for a wedding planner?

Thank you Dawn for this question

First, no matter what type of advertising that you invest in, make sure you have a professional website for your wedding business that your advertising leads back to.

Print Ads – place in publications targeted to your ideal clients, especially a local one

Bridal Expo – if you can locate a smaller or niche wedding expo (like Pamela Noxon’s Wedding Party – http://www.sandiegoweddingparty.com/about-us/) that your target clients are likely to attend, this may be a worthwhile advertising expense.

WORTH CHECKING OUT:



* WeddingWire.com, TheKnot.com ,Thumbtack.com each offer advertising opportunities for wedding planners



How old is too old to start as a wedding planner?

Molly is concerned about ageism in the wedding planning industry – thanks Molly!



It’s not a requirement to look like your potential clients.  What is important, however, is that as a wedding professional that you provide a solution to a problem that your client is experiencing.

Make sure you’re not inventing ‘situations’ for yourself as a business owner that don’t really exist.  Your work and past events should speak volumes!

I’ve been asked to coordinate a same-sex wedding. I’m clueless, what should I do?

Valerie is being considered for same-sex wedding but isn’t quite sure where to begin.  Thanks for writing, Valerie.



Whenever you’re asked to plan a wedding that you’re unfamiliar with, it’s time to start digging around and conduct your own research.  Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, associations and social media are likely to divulge an avalanche of results.

Once you decide that this is  a topic that you’re interested in pursuing (why bother if you’re not jazzed by it), look for one or two books on the subject and spend the next 48 hours learning all that you can.

Believe it or not,