Wedding Planning 101

4 Ways to Get Experience and Fast-Track Your Career as an Aspiring Wedding Planner

  1. LaVerne K. Grant

    April 16th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Good morning,

    I’m so happy to find this site. I recently finished my classes at GW University, but I need to complete my portfolio in order to graduate, which is very intemidating. I also have to complete 100 hours of volunteer work, which is very hard to do.

  2. Debbie

    April 16th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Hi LaVerne. Thank you for being part of our community here and congratulations on finishing your classes!

  3. Olivia

    October 8th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I am just getting in to the industry,i have always thought like a designer but have only just realised it is in the planning and designing of events that i thrive with creativity. I did not go to university so i know that it will be harder to get in to, but i have had plenty of experience in planning other peoples parties and business functions, i am hoping to do some volunteer work, but do you have any suggestions as to where or what i should be looking a with volunteer work???

  4. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 8th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Olivia, thank you for your comment. You can check with local charity organizations that have fundraising events and galas. You can also check with organizations that plan large festivals and events in your area and see if they need volunteers.This post may help too: https://plannerslounge.com/4-ways-to-get-experience-when-you-have-none/

  5. judith

    May 17th, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I do sample table at home. I love it and I found its a great way to get great pictures for your portfolio. Glad to see its on this list.

  6. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    May 19th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    So glad you do that too Judith. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Alicia

    August 6th, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Hi, I am just starting out in the event planning business. What kind of costs are incurred with table staging at home in order to get the pictures needed for my portfolio? I don’t have many opportunities with friends and family to plan major events except maybe birthday parties and anniversaries so I am trying to find the best way to present what I can do without those opportunities. Any suggestions?

  8. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 6th, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for your comment Alicia. For staging a photo shoot at home, it really depends on how elaborate you want it to be. You could spend $20 or you could spend $500. Some of the typical things you would have include table linen or runner, charger plates, regular plates, flatware, flowers/vases/candles, stationery such as menu cards and a table number. You may also have food and desserts, depending on the look you are going for.

  9. Tracy

    January 2nd, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I have a small catering and event decor design company. It has provided me with some additional income. This is truly my passion but I am not sure how to go about making it a full time career. I have photos of my work. I just need some direction to realize my dream.

  10. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 4th, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for your comment Tracy. Sounds like a one-on-one coaching session would be good for you. We can strategize for taking the next steps and create a plan for you. https://plannerslounge.com/event-planner-coaching-and-mentoring/

  11. Veronica

    February 17th, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hi
    I am 28 years old and just decided now to do something within my passion. I love to do the decor of parties, baby showers, work functions etc. I planned all the decor for my younger sisters 21’s party and it was successful I often receive request’s from my friends and family to design them b-day cards or weddings cards etc. They often ask me for ideas for their parties or what so ever . I want to study to grow in this field as I love deigning the decor of a party, wedding etc. Can you please give me some advice as to where I need to start and what I need to study to grow within this field that I love.

    Thank you

  12. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    February 19th, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for your comment Veronica. You may want to start with our short online class: https://plannerslounge.com/wedding-planner-course. If you are ready to start a business, a one-on-one coaching session or our mentoring program is a great way to get started: https://plannerslounge.com/event-planner-coaching-and-mentoring.

  13. ben

    September 13th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    I find this blog great for finding information on planning events.
    Ive worked in the ornamental concrete industry for 27 years, and spent a lot of that time working with customers, both individual and businesses, and churches ,picking out items, offering design ideas and showing them what will and wont work with their themed area.
    I also am very creative and have been working weddings and other events as a caricature artist, with weddings booked as far ahead as next April. I also love making cakes and such.
    Id really love to have a one stop wedding / event planning business , hopefully this will help me in my goals

  14. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 21st, 2015 at 10:30 am

    That sounds great! Best of luck!

  15. Kristal

    December 15th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Hi I’m a junior in high school and I really want to become an event planner. I don’t know where to start though. I don’t even know if I go to college for this or do a certificate program. Is college worth the money or is a program just as good? Do I even need to do either of those? I have read so many websites, but none of them have answered these questions. What should I be doing now? How do I get a job in this? Some day I would love to have my own business as an event planner. Please help, I would really appreciate it!

  16. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    December 18th, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for your comment Kristal. Getting a job in the industry is going to be most helpful at this point. Entry level jobs are in catering (event staff), event venue banquet staff, hotel banquet staff, and possibly in a bridal gown shop.

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  18. Shaylyn Boomer

    September 22nd, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing all these tips on where to start. No one, especially me, likes to get stressed about planning something.

  19. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 27th, 2016 at 10:18 am

    You are welcome Shaylyn. Thanks for commenting!

  20. Karen

    June 23rd, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Hi, I have no experience at all in this field but I’m always looking at magazines and websites at event plannings, weddings and floral designs, I work in the nhs and thought to myself, I need to do something a bit different now, what is the best thing to do to learn as a beginner in this field?

  21. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 26th, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for your comment Karen. This post is the best one we have about getting started: https://plannerslounge.com/how-to-become-a-wedding-planner

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