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Tips for Creating Your Event Planning Portfolio

  1. StudioWed Denver

    November 22nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    This is great information! It is so easy for future planners to start doing this, thanks for sharing all of these tips!

  2. Debbie

    November 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for the comment!

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  4. Sarah

    February 28th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Was just reading your other post and found this one. I love it! Like I said, I’m taking event management courses at Kendall College and I can’t wait to start my career. I’m bookmarking this !!

  5. Debbie

    February 28th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks Sarah! I love your comments!

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  7. Geri

    August 8th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    This is great! Thank you for sharing this piece of information.

  8. Debbie

    August 8th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you for being part of the community here Geri!

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  10. celeste greene

    January 23rd, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    hi, i am starting my event planning business although i have been doing it un-officially for a few years. IM trying to build my portfolio and i have done a lot of staging and designing for another planner in my town. Is it appropriate to ask her for the photos of my work? Thanks for your advice.

  11. Debbie

    January 24th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Hi Celeste. You can ask the other planner if she will allow you to use the photos. Since you were working for her company at the time, she may consider those her work only and not share them.

  12. Charlene Alberto

    March 19th, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Hi! I have to, like Celeste have been event planning un officially for the last 10 years! And definitely working on making it a secure business this year.My question is…should I have a portfolio that shows all the different vendors I can work with for their event ex: caterer, florist, make up artist etc My friend suggested having a tablet that the client can look at, scroll and zoom even. What’s your advice on that? Thanks in advance 🙂

  13. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 21st, 2016 at 8:41 am

    A tablet with photos of your work and experience is a great way to show off what you can do to potential clients.

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  15. Komi

    March 29th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Hi, thanks for the tips am just about starting my wedding planning business and putting things together for my portfolio. Please if you have any more advise they would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Debbie

    April 1st, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for your comment Komi. You may want to check out our short online course which has a ton of great information about building your portfolio and getting experience when you first start out:

  17. Elizabeth

    September 15th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Hi! I am still in college and was wondering if there is anytime and point when I should start making a portfolio for myself. I have been on pinterest and getting some ideas from there. I want to take pictures for myself. I don’t really want to pay for a photographer yet. What I read in your blog is awesome. It helped a lot. I guess I am a little confused on where to start. Please Help me. Thanks, Liz

  18. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 16th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Elizabeth, thank you for your comment. It is never too early to start making a portfolio. You can take photos yourself for now and start building your portfolio either online (such as with your own blog) or with a folder/binder/album.

  19. Michelle

    October 24th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hi Debbie,

    I find your site very helpful, thank you for sharing you advice with us planners!
    I have also recently started a business, I find getting enough clients for the month is not very easy.

  20. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 24th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    So true Michelle. Keep with it. It will get easier as you get more experience and get your name out there.

  21. Tiffany

    January 27th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for posting this helpful information on how to start a portfolio! I am a working toward starting my own wedding planning business and I am a little confused when it comes to requesting for permission for use of a wedding photographers images. Would you suggest that I sign a separate contract with the photographer stating that he/she will provide me with images to use for marketing on my website? Should these images be free since I have provided them business by providing them the client? Thank for clarifying as I see many photographers images on wedding planning sites, however, I am not sure how to go about getting access to the images the right way. Much thanks!

  22. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 27th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for commenting Tiffany. Most photographers will let you use the images complimentary as long as you give them credit wherever you use them. Ask each photographer what their policy is. Most will share with you.

  23. Tanya Robison

    March 9th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    What is a good site for your portable online portfolio?

  24. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 10th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I think having a blog is one of the best ways to display it since you can include photos, text and links. This can also help brides find you online since it is a website. You could also upload and share photos with your potential clients through websites such as Smugmug or Shutterfly.

  25. trista Hopkins

    March 13th, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I was the day-of coordinator for a wedding. Can I ask the photographer to use pictures from the wedding?

  26. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 13th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Yes, most of the time, the photographer will share professional images with the planner as long as you credit the photographer anywhere you use the images.

  27. Vilshu

    July 20th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you so very much for your very thoughtful and wonderful suggestions. I was looking for something to guide mew here to start and how to start. I help so many friends and family have their days of joy. I am so exited to starting something of my own with my experience. Once again thank you soooo very much.

  28. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    July 21st, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Good luck Vilshu!

  29. Trista

    July 25th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    In your post you mentioned starting a blog. What types of things should be blogging about since we are just getting started. I loved the advice.

  30. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    July 28th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Hi Trista. This post will help you with blog topics:

  31. Alleezia Nara Designs and Event Planning

    April 25th, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Hi Debbie I’m just starting out and I would like to know if I could send you some photos of a 50th birthday celebrations I planned
    and I did the design and décor for the event? I would like your hones opinion on my work although it was done with items from
    Party City and not an rental company. I still would like your take on the concept and the overall design.

  32. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 27th, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for your comment. I could certainly do this as part of either an email coaching session or a one-on-one coaching session. You can find the options here:

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  34. Jean Ann

    September 28th, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hi, my name is Jean Ann. I am still in high school. I am the president in FCCLA at a career tech in Oklahoma, I am in a competition of Life Planning Event (District is second Friday in November) and I have picked weddings to use, and I have found your website from I still have no idea how to really put it in a portfolio form, is the anyway you give me ideas of how to start it?

  35. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    September 30th, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Good luck Jean! This post might help: Also, using a binder might help where you can include inspiration boards, timelines, photos, etc.

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  37. Nidhi Mohindru

    April 12th, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Wow!!!!! Very Nice info thanks for share.

  38. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 15th, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Thank you!

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  41. Yilliang Peng

    April 18th, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I am very grateful for your advice in regards to wedding planning. What you said about having stylized photo shoots to show different clients online of what you are capable of is really important, especially when you are trying to get more publicity. With that being said, reaching out to other bloggers and artists would not be a bad idea either! Thanks again!

  42. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 21st, 2017 at 8:39 am

    So glad this article was helpful. Thank you for commenting!

  43. Steve

    January 25th, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I tried inspiration boards, it works great!

  44. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 29th, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    That is great Steve! Glad those are working for you.

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