Have you ever been to a wedding and thought, "I could plan this!"

Do you start picturing style ideas, design details, and floor plans and think about how you could plan a better wedding?

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A career as a wedding planner might be right for you!

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A wedding planner is in charge of planning everything for a wedding and executes the vision for the couple's happiest day!

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What does a wedding planner do?

A wedding planner is responsible for:

  • the overall design and style of the wedding including decorations and lighting

  • coming up with the floor plan including table and seating arrangements for the ceremony and reception

  • negotiating contracts with wedding vendors on the client's behalf

  • managing the wedding day schedule to ensure the event goes smoothly

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Quiz

A wedding planner's responsibilities include which of the following: (Choose all options that apply)

Where and how do wedding planners work?

  • Most wedding planners work full time and may work longer hours leading up to and on the day of the wedding.

  • Wedding planners usually divide their time between the office and the event venue.

  • Travel to possible wedding locations is not uncommon for wedding planners.

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How much do wedding planners earn?

Flaticon Icon The average salary for a wedding planner in the U.S. is $51,500 USD.

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You'll enjoy this career if:

  • You have great organization skills. A wedding planner keeps track of many details including the design, style details, and food menu.

  • You're a good communicator. Wedding planners must communicate with clients at all times.

  • You're creative. Wedding planners have to be creative, resourceful, and solve problems.

  • You're good with budgets. Wedding planners must be comfortable working with a limited budget.

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Reconsider this career if:

  • You don't enjoy working long hours or weekends. On the day of the wedding, you could be on your feet for at least 15 hours.

  • You want to stay busy year-round. Most weddings are planned during the summer and fall season, which means you earn less during the rest of the year.

  • You prefer to work with one client at a time. Many times, a wedding planner handles multiple weddings at a time.

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Jes Thompson

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