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Are You Too Old to Change Careers and Be a Wedding Planner?

  1. Diana says:

    I can’t believe how timely this post is for me. As I approach 6 years in this business and at a ripe age of 48, I have reached a crossroads. While I love to plan and execute people’s dream weddings, I have come to the point where I need to find something less taxing on my body. Just today I was thinking that maybe I should just do consulting while hiring others to do the physical work. I am not sure how to do this. Also, trying to figure out what it is that I want to add to my business to add another layer to what I offer. I love this business so much and if it’s not too bold to say, I am really good at it. I just haven’t found a way to maximize my potential. So many things to think about. Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for writing this! Much love to you Debbie for always inspiring me!

    Hugs,
    Diana

    • I totally understand Diana. I have felt the same way myself in the past. Maybe consider a one-on-one session with me so we can explore all the options, talk about what does work with your business, and make a plan for the future. Hugs!

  2. Rochelle says:

    Thank you for your article!
    I have always wanted to do wedding planning but I am a little concerned with starting my business right out the gate. I was wondering how hard it is to work for another company? Even part-time? I really want to look into a mentorship but I just keep seeing how competitive the field is so I am a bit wary to put myself out there!

  3. Kari says:

    Thank you for covering this. I have been questioning my endurance to do begin this business at 53 years old. I have done planning for friends and relatives and while it’s been exhausting its very rewarding and I truly love it. My hope is to build it over the next year and then bring my two adult daughters into it who would also love to do it but can not take the time to build it right now.
    My question is employees to help. No one really addresses who works for them and can help with some of the labor involved. Is this unrealistic in the first year to have help? I would love to hear more on the types of help people tap into or hire for wedding day events or the days leading up to, that could help eleviate some of the stress people are writing of.
    One thing I have decided, in the last 15 years of my working career, I am going to do something I love with no regrets. I just want to hear confirmation that I can do this from someone with experience, not just friends and family. Thank you for any comments or suggestions.

  4. Kelly says:

    Thanks so much for your site. Great information, most I already know, but good to help organize my plan. We are in the process of starting our own Event Planning company. I have been event planning for 20+ years for different companies I have worked for, my church, charities etc… My husband also has been in charge of event planning in his job and does an outstanding job. Our family ( our kids included) truly love planning and implementing the best event possible, this goes for our corporate lives and our own private parties, we truly strive for excellence in planning and implementing an event from 25 to 1225.

  5. Physically demanding is an understatement! I’m not even 30 yet but after doing 12 hours or more of coordination I can’t even move the next day and always schedule a massage for the next day! I think that would be the biggest factor if you should change careers or not.

  6. Dana says:

    Debbie,
    This is really great advice. I think people misjudge how physically and emotionally taxing event planning is. It’s especially difficult for those who own their own biz and have family and financial pressures. The rewards of entrepreneurship are great, however- but it’s important to go all in knowing all sides.

  7. This is such a great post, Debbie! I especially agree with you on #1. Wedding planning is so physically demanding and exhausting. It’s exhausting for anyone at any age to be running around for so many hours on the wedding day (and even leading up to it). I see the sweat pouring down the faces of my planner friends as they coordinate the dream day for their clients. It’s far from ribbons and rainbows. So glad you covered this topic!

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