Wedding Planning 101

12 Reasons NOT to Become a Wedding Planner

  1. Christina Frizzell

    January 20th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Amen, sister!! Thanks for this post! I receive so many emails from girls considering a career in wedding planning who are just basing their desire to enter the field from the “glamourous” protrayal of us on reality TV shows.

    Now when I get those emails, I’ll send them the link to this article! 😉

  2. Debbie

    January 20th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you Christina! I totally agree with you. I wanted to present both the positive side but also the realistic side. I send all my career inquiries to Planner’s Lounge, especially this post.

  3. Victoria

    March 1st, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I know this is a little off the topic but I am looking to getting into the Wedding planner buis and not quiite sure how to go about it in the right way. If you have any advice would you please pass it along. I already have Buis and Marketing exsperience for goen on 12years now, also Event planning for about 3/4 years. Thank you for taking the time to read my mesg, Voctoria

  4. Michelle

    February 4th, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Hi Victoria,
    I just stumbled on your comment right now. I want to know if you finally started your wedding planning business and how it worked out for you. I’m about to start mine and I don’t know how to go about it. Although I have a website already and I planned my own wedding and bridal shower. I need someone who will be my mentor.

  5. Chelsea

    May 13th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Funny how everyone is seeing the glitz and glamour side, I’m interested in pursuing this for all the HARD WORK!! I’m young and have been sitting at a desk for the past two years and hate it! I always tell people I want to be running around like a “chicken with my head chopped off” or I’m not happy with my day. They think I’m nuts, but this job sounds just right for it! This site is a GREAT resource, I’m so happy I came across it. I’m having a hard time finding a career path where I can put all of my different creative aspects to use.

  6. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    May 13th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for your comment Chelsea. Sounds like this is the perfect career path for you!

  7. Rhaine

    May 31st, 2017 at 12:03 am

    I want to build a business to be a wedding planner. I don’t know how to start. Is it possible that you could help me? I love talking to people, and my husband used to be a florist for 16 years.

  8. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 1st, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Rhaine, thank you for your comment. You may want to start with our one hour online course: That will help you get a feel for the industry, the resources out there, and eduction options.

  9. Gigi

    May 29th, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I’m just the same! I’ve been working in the internet industry, sitting at my desk 8 hours a day. Now I’m looking forward to be moving a lot and being busy working! Thank you for this very eye opening article Débbie.

  10. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    May 29th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    So glad it helped you Gigi. Thanks for taking time to comment!

  11. Hanna

    November 3rd, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I agree completely! All of these reasons not to be actually convinced me more! Nothing is better than planning things to me, and I want to learn from real professionals.

  12. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 6th, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    That is great Hanna! Good luck!!

  13. Liz

    January 20th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Great Article! Its definitely not the right job for everyone. 🙂

  14. Debbie

    January 20th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the comment Liz!

  15. Julie

    January 20th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for this post! #3 The Wedding Hangover is so true!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels tired and a little (okay, a lot) beat up the day after a wedding!

  16. Debbie

    January 20th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Haha! Thanks Julie. It takes me a good 24 hours to recover.

  17. Lea

    January 18th, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I did the baby shower event and it is very exhausting!

  18. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 22nd, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Yes, it is surprising how small events can be completely exhausting. Thanks for commenting Lea!

  19. Heather Gardner

    January 20th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Loooovvveee it (said with my best opera-singer-esque voice). Sharing this with the world. 🙂

    Keep up the great work Debbie & team!

  20. Debbie

    January 20th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    You are so funny Heather! Thank you for the comment and compliment!

  21. Nikki Foster

    February 20th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I LOVE this post so much that we are stealingit for our own blog. We are inundated with requests for work experience at present and think it might save some people some time if they ready this and realise it isn’t all glitz & glamour!

  22. Debbie

    February 20th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Nikki! Please feel free to refer those requests to Planner’s Lounge.

  23. Demetrius Cummings

    October 12th, 2012 at 3:23 am

    This is a great post! I know after I planned our family reunion- I thought everyone would be as excited as I was to show up at the park and decorate for the picnic- I got there at 8 am and it did not start until 11 to make sure everything was perfect- the banner the tablecloths the wrapped matching plastic silverware and plates, cups, candles- I felt a little sad when no one seemed to understand all the hard work that went into it…and the colors did not match up by themselves- it actually took thought and planning lol…

  24. Debbie

    February 28th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Thank you for your comment Demetrius. I’m sure you did an amazing job with the reunion!

  25. Mandy

    January 17th, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Thanks for the insight to the other side of the job! I am considering a carreer in Wedding planning as i already make Wedding Stationary, and would love to move into Wedding Planning. It has given me a good idea of what it could be like, i know its not all glitz and glam stuff.
    It hasn’t put me off as i am a people person and i want to persue it.
    I may be back for more advice and to read your blogs!
    Have a fab day1 Xxxxxx

  26. Debbie

    January 17th, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Thank you for taking time to comment. You are welcome here anytime.

  27. maddy bhakta

    February 25th, 2013 at 7:07 am

    it is not so easy to become a success-ful event planners. i will completely agree with your suggesstions and 12 reasons . thank you for your suggesstions . please help me in future. thank you………..

  28. Debbie

    February 28th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for commenting Maddy!

  29. Diane York

    February 28th, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Just this morning I received a request for a job shadow. It’s hard to explain, without sounding ‘stand-offish’ that 95% of what we do is talking on the phone! Thanks to this blog, I can now forward these wise words on the “other’ side of planning!
    Thank you,

  30. Debbie

    February 28th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I know exactly how you feel Diane. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  32. Maureen

    March 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I am not in a position to argue with this settlement. I think you make great points. I on the other hand am a cook in training and have worked in various food companies that does events like weddings and other fancy stuffs and I’ve taken a lot of verbal abuse from my chefs and instructors to boot. The thing is, I consider event planning and wedding planning to be similar to what I do. We all have our own way to handle things and in these type of work, if you’re not cut out for the stress, you shouldn’t be in it. A few months ago, we had an event that the school was doing and I was one of the cook staffs that they recruited, the chef that was in charge of the event were yelling at the others because they didn’t know what they were doing and throwing plates like it was the ugliest he has ever seen. By the time the reception started and the food got out on time, the chef came up to me to tell me I did a great job and he apologized about all the yelling in my ear and reassured me that he was not yelling at me. I, on the other hand, looked at him, smiled and said… “Chef, you can yell at me, call me names, what ever you want. The only thing you need to do is to know, recognize and accept that I am great at what I do, maybe even better.”
    If you don’t have that attitude before and after the event party, event planning is not for you. I’ve even sent student cooks home at an event from school because they were crying their eyes out because the chef was yelling. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. That goes for all event planners as well.

  33. Debbie

    March 12th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you for your great comment Maureen!

  34. nicole

    April 2nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    number 2 and 3 are the most true statement ever, and why i will only do one wedding per weekend. I need a full day to recover and I always try to schedule a massage for the day after too! The first few weddings I did I was so busy I wouldn’t even drink water until the reception and be so dehydrated the next day. Luckily I have learned to stretch alot pre wedding and drink a ton of water all day. Still get the wedding “hangover” but not so severe!

  35. Debbie

    April 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I know exactly what you mean Nicole. Thanks for taking time to comment!

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  37. Kim

    April 16th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for the information. I am planning on becoming a wedding planner. I will be focusing on Vietnamese/Chinese wedding culture instead of doing all different kinds of event planning that I have in mind. This article helped make my decisions.

  38. Debbie

    April 16th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for your comment Kim and congratulations on your upcoming career!

  39. Megan

    June 20th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Hello! I am a 15, almost 16, year old girl. Weddings have always been a passion of mine. I have so many doors open at this age that I’m not sure which path to take. I want a family in the future and have always dreamt of being a veterinarian also. My question is that would it be possible to have the vet job which would be a 9-5 job and also wedding plan and get family time in. I know I have a while untilmI’m of age, but my future is getting closer than I think. Thank you!

  40. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 20th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hi Megan and thank you for your comment. If you choose to do both careers, it would be good to have your own wedding planning business so that you have control over the number and type of weddings you take on. That will help you balance both careers.

  41. Emma

    August 13th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I am 17 years old and have found weddings to be of extreme interest to me since I was very young. I handle stress well and currently study Fashion, Media, French and English at A Level. I would love a job in this field but am wondering how one would go about getting into a career like this?
    Thanks in advance!

  42. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 13th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Hi Emma and thank you for your comment. You may want to start with our inexpensive online class on how to get started in the events industry:

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  44. Cailley Whipple

    November 12th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    So after reading this article i want to be in the wedding business even more. I have been in love with weddings since I was just little. they are all I think about. I used to follow the wedding planners around at weddings and pretend I was their assistant. Now I am grown up and coming on 21 and all I want to do is go into catering, wedding planning, decorating, or anything involving weddings, just the whole 9 yards 🙂 I know it’ll be hard work but that’s what I love about it! If any of you have any advice on where I should start or what I should do or ANY job offers, please let me know!! 🙂 Thanks Ya’ll

  45. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 12th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    So glad that article was helpful for you. You may want to check out our short online course for ideas and advice on getting started:

  46. Janesea Patterson

    December 12th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Good evening,

    I am a complete newbie to the whole event planning business and have just recently became interested in it. The only event planning I’ve done was my own wedding and a birthday bash prior. Seeing how stressful it was trying to plan and orchestrate the event while being the bride made me want to try my hand at negating some of that stress from other brides. I looked over the 12 reasons why not to be a planner as well as the 4 things to consider before becoming one and all of it seems reasonable to me, and like something I could really excel at if I put my mind to it. I found I had a passion for weddings while working as a Bridal Consultant for a nation wide Bridal company and really want to give this my all.

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated if there are any Event Planners in the Tallahassee area. Thank You.

  47. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 13th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Thank you for your comment Janesea. Planner’s Lounge has tons of information if you read through all of the posts. Also, you may want to check out our online class on getting started in the wedding and events industry:

  48. Sharna Caple

    December 19th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I am live in South Australia and I am looking at studying a Diploma in Wedding and Event planning. I have helped my best friend and sister organise their weddings and I loved it! I also do function management and believe this is my calling.
    I was hoping someone on here could recommend a company to go through to do my course as there are so many out there. Any helpful hints or feedback would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    Many thanks and warm regards

    Sharna Caple.

  49. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 20th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for commenting Sharna. I don’t know of companies specific to where you live. Hopefully another planner will chime in with an answer.

  50. Danielle

    December 29th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I am very interested in becoming a Wedding Planner ever sense I was about 12 years old I have always tried designing Weddings, Wedding Favors even Wedding Dresses! But Im curious about something, does any of these Wedding Planners ever use helpers to do all there leg work and they just do the designing? I was thinking of doing this with my business eventually (which no I have not started it yet… LOL) I was only curious because to me, that seems like a good idea.. unless you ladies know that it isnt! Inform me please.

  51. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 29th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you for your comment Danielle. Yes, many wedding planners have assistants and staff to help with all of the details and logistics however, there are still many planners who do most of the planning and design on their own then hire an assistant or two just for the wedding day.

  52. Danielle

    December 30th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Okay, that sounds like a great idea, only for the Wedding Day! That would really help you out on the big day! I cant wait to learn as much as there is to know about Wedding Planning! So excited to start in this field! Im an Artist at heart, so I am going to incorporate that, into the Weddings and Events that I do! <3 Cant wait! <3

  53. Jaclyn

    January 20th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I’m thinking about becoming a wedding planner, but I am only 19. Maybe someone has some advice on how I could get started?

  54. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 20th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for your comment Jaclyn. You will want to check out our short online course that will give you a lot of information on getting started and on getting experience when you have none:

  55. Suzy

    January 26th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I work all sides of events. I began catering and designing cakes and sweets. Then someone asked me to coordinate for their event. This was indeed the largest amount of stress I’ve ever known. My small staff and I did the catering and cake as well. I ran around for weeks and spent evenings folding napkins, preparing favors, etc. The entire event was on me and my reputation. Thank goodness I made many contacts before this event. DJ`s , officiants, bartenders and rental vendors. Without knowing the business, I would not have been able to pull it off. Luckily, the event went off without a hitch. It took me 3 days of recovery, but worth every second of suffering to have happy clients. Since then, I offer my services including catering and coordination and hire a few extra staff when needed. You must have passion and organization and also know your place…as the hired help! It’s back breaking, high stress and very social work. It is not for everyone. You must love what you do. This is not a job where you will ever be wealthy so it is important to enjoy being of service to others. Strong commitment and ability to follow through on every detail with a smile is what you need to be successful. If this is the career for you, be ready for the most back-breaking yet best career of your life.

  56. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 27th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience Suzy!

  57. chany

    March 5th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the info! Really helped me a lot! Just wondering, are you a wedding planner yourself? I was thinking of becoming one and I’m wondering about the good in the job. 🙂

  58. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for the comment Chany. If you check out the about page, you can read more about my background: If you read through the day-in-the-life posts, you can get a feel for all the wonderful things about being a planner:

  59. Tanika

    April 11th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I’m studying events management and have to do an assessment on weddings
    And I’m loving it I’m liking the whole planning stuff and feeling wanted

  60. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 14th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    That is great Tanika!

  61. Robin

    April 13th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Great article! I searched and found your article because a new friend asked me to be her wedding-planner-day-of got their backyard wedding(~50 guests) She didn’t want to “bother” her friends (so they could also enjoy the day) but also wants to enjoy the day herself. I’ve done event-planning at work, anything in particular I should be alert to?

  62. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 14th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Hi Robin and thank you for commenting! These posts will help you out:

  63. kelsey

    April 28th, 2014 at 7:09 pm


    I am a stay at home mom of two young kids, I’m also 23, I’ve always had a passion for throwing parties, benefits and helping with weddings… I have experience with event planning I’ve been doing it since I was in high school, I’ve thrown a few surprise parties currently putting together two now …. And I have helped a few brides with their day…. I’m also currently planning my own wedding and my sister in law to be’s wedding (2 separate events) …. I have recently thought about making this my career …. But not sure how to get started with my own small business. Any advice would be great ! Thanks for the article it helped me see it from both sides!

  64. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 29th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for your comment Kelsey. You will want to check out our short online course that will give you a lot of information on getting started and on getting experience:

  65. Emma

    May 10th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Hi, I’m 13 and have always wanted to be a wedding planner, I love baking too so I thought it would be perfect to start my own business (when I’m old enough) I was wondering what steps I could take now or soon that would help me with this goal. Thank you.

  66. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    May 13th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Emma, you can start learning all you can about flowers, cakes, photography and stationery. Also, help plan events and parties for friends and family!

  67. Christy

    May 31st, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Well…..this totally counts me OUT!!! I thought that this may would be something that I want to do, but now I’m almost 95% positive its not for me. I’m very crafty. Apparently I’ve confused “decorating” with event planning. lol Thanks for this article!!!

  68. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 4th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    So glad it helped Christy!

  69. Saifa javed

    June 5th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Debbie, I found your article very interesting. But I definitely know I could be a wedding planner. How would I go down this route. I’m 24 and work in sales and marketing at the minute.

  70. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 5th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you for your comment Saifa. You will want to check out our short online course that will give you a lot of information on getting started and on getting experience:

  71. Dia

    August 16th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Thank You for the wonderful information. While reading the comments on why not to become a planner I could feel the excitement building. I have owned and operated a bridal business for over 15 years back in New England. It was a wonderful experience. It had its ups and downs at times, but very rewarding. Since I moved out of state I have gone back to my previous safe career I am now at a point that I want to get back into something connected to the bridal industry, not the investment of a retail store but something that I know I have a passion for. I have always been a very creative person and have turned out the most beautiful wedding attire fir the wedding party’s.
    I am thinking of giving this a try.

  72. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 18th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    That sounds great Dia! Thank you for taking time to comment.

  73. Vronika

    August 25th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Where do I start first I want to become a wedding planner.

  74. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 26th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    You may want to start with our short and inexpensive intro to wedding and event planning online class:

  75. Chelsey

    August 27th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Hello Miss Debbie!
    I am a senior in high school, and I am interested in wedding planning. I am a HUGE people person, and I am in love with the whole idea! I do very well in planning and organizing events, and college is coming soon. So I am in need of a plan. I would love to be a wedding planner, but I’m curious about the salary. I want to do what I love…while having a decent pay to live on. I have done some research on the salary, and I am aware that it varies. Yet, I was wondering if you could give me your insite on it, because from your page, I can tell you are passionate and know what you’re talking about. Hope to hear from you!
    -Chelsey. (:

  76. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 27th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for your comment Chelsey. I have seen wedding planners make anywhere from $500ish per event to $20,000 per event. It really depends on where you live, how you grow your business, how much education you take advantage of and what your strengths are. It also takes time to grow a business to produce a steady income that can support you. The great news is that you can get your business up and running while working another job that provides income. Then you can gradually transition as your wedding planning business grows. Hope that helps!

  77. preethi

    September 3rd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for your guideance madam..
    I love to plan weddings.. But I don’t know how when and where to start. Help me please

  78. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 4th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Preethi, you may want to check out our short online course on how to get started:

  79. Alisha

    September 24th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I loved reading this article AND the comments. I have been planning events (personal and professional) for many years now. I was getting ready to look for a new job as an events manager/conference coordinator or something similar. I do love working with people and I find my talents put to greatest use when I can be creative, manage logistics, and work up against a deadline when the stakes are high.

    This past weekend, my cousin got married and asked me to be her DOC 24 hours before the wedding! The event was pretty poorly planned but I was so excited to jump in and put my skills to use to iron out the kinks (well as much as possible given the tight turnaround). In any event, I had so much FUN and #3 (wedding hangover) is real! I barely had a drink (and I almost didn’t get to eat haha) but when Sunday rolled in I was more than exhausted.

    Like another commenter said, I feel at my best when running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I don’t mind being pulled in 20 different directions all at once. I actually get great pleasure from the adrenaline rush. I made it work for my cousin and now I’m considering becoming a DOC as a part-time profession. I just wonder if working a M-F/9-5 and working evenings and weekends is sustainable.

    I reached this article from a simple Google search but I definitely plan to scour your site and check out your online course. Thank so much for the motivation.

  80. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 24th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for your comment Alisha. The website has tons of free information and resources!

  81. Joe

    September 29th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I’ve loved reading this article as I’m currently in a difficult position, I’ve just left school following my A levels and started an apprenticship in an office, I really dislike it because I want to be engaging with people and be busy! I think a career in events would be for me as I want to be rushed off my feet haha I wondered if there are many male wedding planners? and also what the best way for me to get into a planning job without setting up on my own just yet.

  82. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 29th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Thank you for your comment Joe. Even though it is a female dominated field, there are plenty of successful guys who are event planners. There are many ways to get experience without starting your own business. You may want to check these links out:

  83. Kim

    October 18th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you for writing something that is real about the wedding world. If I had a dollar for every time my job was compared to the J-Lo movie I would be as rich as J-Lo herself. Question- I have had it so many times where a friend/or a friend of a friend reaches out to me on multiple occasions asking for logistically advice., negotiating, and vendor recommendation. There comes to a point where I feel I am being used. Because well that is the basis of my job. Afterwards I find out I am either not gong to be the DOC because we are to good of friends or I am not invited to the wedding at all. Has anyone encountered this problem? IS there a point when I can say no to giving advice and not be used?

  84. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 20th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for your comment Kim. It sounds like you need to let your friends and family know that you offer a discount for them for your services but aren’t able to give free planning advice since this is your business. Maybe you can have a 10% or 20% off friends and family discount?

  85. Angela Davis

    November 20th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hi! i just wanted to thank you for posting this. I am a high school student and my dream job is to become a wedding planner. You really helped me out about deciding if this job is right for me. I think I am still going to go through with it, but your article will help me stay in check and work harder. So thank you very much.

  86. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for taking time to comment Angela. I am so glad this article was helpful for you!

  87. Jijo Winston

    November 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Debbie. This article has helped me a lot. I’m getting my bachelors degree and I’m planning to take this up as my career. Thank you so much for sharing your valuable knowledge with us.

  88. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 25th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thank you Jijo and best of luck with college and your career!

  89. stwphanie

    December 1st, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I am a wedding planner. This is no joke!! After my weddings I need time to heal. It is a marathon and more, but I love what I do. You have to have the heart to handle it all. If you don’t, you will not make it!

  90. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 2nd, 2014 at 8:16 am

    That is so true! It is like a marathon. Thanks for sharing!

  91. Amanda - Amanda Douglas Events

    December 18th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I absolutely love this post! Being an event planner myself, and having started my own business, put in my time to get it up and running and learn all the business of it (and now being in the success of it) I can 100% agree and confirm each and every thing you said! If you don’t have even one of these points handled you’re going to make it so hard on yourself, and maybe it’s not the right fit. I read somewhere: “If you can see yourself doing something else do that instead”. It’s true. Being an event planner is not glam (but it does have it’s fab moments) but a whole lot of hustle and sweat, but so worth it if your passion.

  92. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 19th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience Amanda!

  93. Sam Fleming

    December 19th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for writing this! I did my WPIC Wedding Planning Training a few years back and I do not want to do full planning for a few of these reasons. I prefer to focus more on the music and entertainment running a DJ company and I can identify with many of these points no matter what vendor category you are in for special events.

  94. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 19th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Sam! I appreciate you taking time to comment.

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  96. vamsi

    January 8th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I have a great passion on Event Designing. This really gave a lot of information to me. I wanted to go for your course. Will your course help me in applying things in India??
    Because I am an Indian.

  97. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 9th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Hi Vamsi. Thanks for your comment. The online beginner course is an intro course to planning and it would apply to most any country. It does not cover design.

  98. kartik sahu

    June 23rd, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I just completed my degree in technical (mechanical) and want to do the wedding planning course. What do I need to do next?

  99. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 24th, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for the comment Kartik. Here is the link to more information:

  100. Joy Nielsen

    August 8th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I have my first “wedding coordinator” job in 3 weeks. The bride and I have been in contact since she got engaged and let me tell you, she is the easiest bride I will probably ever work with. It is funny to think that I am only 21 years old and I am already helping women that are well above my age with their wedding. Reading this article made me so much more excited about the industry that I am planning on being in for a very long time.

  101. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 11th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    That is great Joy! Congrats on your first wedding!

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  103. Vindhya

    October 15th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks Debbie, its a very nice article. I have been very keen on starting my own wedding planning venture for a long time now. But I would really want to test the water by assisting or interning with a somebody already in the business. Any pointers would be highly appreciated.

  104. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 15th, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you for your comment Vindhya. I suggest taking this 1-hour online class first. It will answer many questions on getting started:

  105. Sarah Smith

    November 14th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is amazing! I am an aspiring wedding planner and people ask me all the time why I want to be a wedding planner? It’s so stressful and brides become bridezillas and the long hours. But to me, it’s more of the big picture! The idea that you’re working to make one day the best day of two people’s life, is exhilarating to me! I love multitasking and having so many things on my mind at once, problem solving constantly, managing all of the vendors at once, and keeping everything on time. Everything about this I know is SO TRUE about this life, but it’s all of the things that make me so excited about my future! I light up when I talk about these things to other people and they all think I’m crazy for being so happy to be stressed and emotionally drained all of the time, but it really is all about the bigger picture. It’s about how happy you make two people and the smiles and praise of a good job and the endless thankfulness in the end is so worth it in my mind! Definitely keeping this website to refer to in the future! Thanks!

  106. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 16th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for your great comment Sarah and welcome to the community here!

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  108. Del

    January 11th, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I loved your post. I’m an architect but love weddings and want to be an event planner one day.

  109. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 11th, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Thank you Del!

  110. May

    January 21st, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you a ton for this post! I just came across it while looking for some info. about wedding planning… It really enlighten me more about the career. I guess we have to look at both sides of one aspect so this is really helpful!

  111. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 22nd, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Mary!

  112. ABir NiGam

    March 8th, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Nice post, it helped me out to know the problems behind this stuff. I still want to become a planner.

  113. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 11th, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for your comment. This website has over 500 free articles to help you out. Start here:

  114. monisha

    March 13th, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Very True ! But I still enjoy my profession. I enjoy all the challenges that comes up with every new wedding. I am passionate about it.

  115. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 15th, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for your comment Monisha!

  116. hawaiiweddings

    March 18th, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Interesting read as always. It’s a similar situation with many wedding related businesses I reckon. Weddings are so lovely that they appeal to many as a viable employment option. We used to work in recruitment (hospitality) and I can’t tell you how many of the candidates we met who wanted to become wedding planners. No basis to that they just wanted to be a wedding planner! It seems you have to dream job that most people want to do x

  117. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 21st, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

  118. Deborah Long

    March 29th, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve planned family reunions and baby showers and they are very exhausting too.

  119. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 29th, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    That is so true Deborah. Thanks for commenting!

  120. elenie

    May 6th, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Right now, I am a stay at home mom but my kids will be starting school next year. With all that free time, I need something to keep me occupied. I’ve thrown a couple of baby showers and I never had problems with those. Wedding planning sounds like something I could really enjoy doing. I love helping people and I am a very social person. I want to help brides make their dream come true. I don’t get stressed out easily and with three kids, I am on my feet all day everyday. I love facing challenges and getting to be creative when I have to be. I was just wondering if you think this career would be right for me.

  121. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    May 17th, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for your comment Elenie. It could be a good fit for you. Read more of the articles here, take a local or online class, and perhaps work part-time for a planning, design, catering, or floral company to get a good feel for the industry. Good luck!

  122. Nidhi

    May 10th, 2016 at 2:10 am

    I see your blog. It’s very interesting. We provide classes on Event management and wedding planning.

  123. Ben William

    May 26th, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hello Debbie, excellent writing mate. You have illustrated the back side of wedding planning work. I have a friend who is doing good as a wedding planner in Auckland. To be honest, he is not happy with his current profession. One of my friends told me that his partner is not happy with him because of this profession. Half of the month, he needs to visit different cities in New Zealand for work and his partner is getting lonely. I am planning to send this article to my friend. Maybe he will get organized after reading this article. Cheers, Ben.

  124. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    May 31st, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for sharing Ben. Hopefully your friend can find some balance in his life. It’s very possible to set boundaries and expectations in this field so that you can still have a normal life.

  125. Ben Willian

    May 31st, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Yup, i hope so.
    I already forward your blog to my friend.
    He told me , he is facing same things what you described

  126. Linda fu

    July 31st, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    It’s very good reading thanks. We just started a wedding organizer business and still many things need to learn 🙂

  127. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 2nd, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Congrats on your new business Linda!

  128. Jeri Rose

    August 13th, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I have been with the floral industry off and on for about 35 years, my kids all encourage me to start a business, but after reading the reasons not to become an event planner, I have narrowed what I want to do down to….. the floral and designing side of events. I am very good at that part (giving God the glory for this), and enjoy it so very much. Thank you for your information, and honesty. It really helped guide me on my journey.

  129. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 16th, 2016 at 10:12 am

    So glad this article was helpful for you Jeri. Thanks for commenting!

  130. Bimera Travel

    September 5th, 2016 at 3:45 am

    A good planner will be honest about this. If the planner does take referral fees, you may want to ask for more vendor options than those on the planner’s preferred list.

  131. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 6th, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Very true. Thank you for commenting.

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  133. Mary

    September 9th, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Thank you for sharing this! I have a few questions about the beginning stages of pursuing this as a career…

    Since graduating two years ago with a degree in Communications, I have struggled to find a job. During these two years, I have taken jobs both working at a hair salon and at a catering business. Through these experiences, I have worked a lot with brides by either setting hair and makeup appointments for bridal parties or by working on the catering side of weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, etc. Mostly through catering, I have become familiar with most wedding vendors in my area. These jobs have also given me much experience in marketing.

    Anyway, I have considered wedding planning as a career for awhile now and am now coming up with a game plan. My first question is, is it odd to ask to “shadow” or even just work for another wedding planner in my area to gain more knowledge and get experience? Since the plan would be to eventually become their competition?

    Secondly, where I live now is about 3.5 hours from my hometown. My hometown area is short on wedding planners who work that area, despite it being a popular location for weddings. We travel home a LOT. While 3.5 hours may seem long to some people, I could do the drive in my sleep at this point. My second question is, is it unrealistic to assume I could act as a wedding planner for both areas? I suppose that would depend on just how much business one is getting… But how big is the typical wedding planners territory?

  134. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 12th, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for your comment Mary. You could ask to intern with another planner. Likely, you will have better luck working part-time for a catering company or venue at their events to gain experience. You can also join networking organizations and get to know other planners before asking to work for/with them. For territory, it is completely up to you for how far you want to travel to plan events.

  135. Wedding planners in Chennai

    February 1st, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Really your blog is very informative and attractive.

  136. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    February 2nd, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Thank you!

  137. Hevin

    September 7th, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Thank you very much for this excellent and informative post!

    I remember my teachers saying that their classes are always full, but only 3% of studentd actually continue on to make a long-lasting career in the wedding planning profession. Everything you said is so very true. It takes an extreme amount of energy, dedication, persistence and passion to thrive in the wedding business. Thanks again!

  138. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 13th, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Hevin!

  139. Sayla Prange

    October 3rd, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I am already in a wedding planner course online and have been learning so much! I’m currently working in the food service industry and helping plan my brother’s wedding. My big decision is whether I want to start my own business right away or work with a company for a couple years first. Any advice? I like the idea of my own business and the freedom it would give me. But starting from almost nothing and trying to build the business up is a challenge and a bit scary.

  140. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 31st, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Sayla, congratulations on doing your online course and helping your brother with his wedding. It sounds like you are on the right path. If you have not had experience with owning a business or working at all in the corporate world, it may be a good idea to work for another planning business first.

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  143. Edwards Sharon

    August 21st, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I have been working behind a desk over 25 years and I am ready for a new adventure. I enjoy making people smile and I take pride in my work so going into the wedding planning business might be the change I need. I’m going to pursue it and give it my best shot. Thank you for the blog and the truth behind becoming a wedding planner. I will keep the tips in a book and look over them from time to time.

  144. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 23rd, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for your comment Sharon and good luck on your pursuing your next career!

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