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Tips for Creating Your Event Planning Portfolio

  1. […] online version of your wedding planning portfolio is great if you are doing all your consultation virtually or if you are looking for something more […]

  2. […] and friends (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries). Any prior experience will help you build your wedding planner portfolio. Working for a catering company, a hotel, an event venue, or at an event rental company will give […]

  3. Steve says:

    I tried inspiration boards, it works great!

  4. 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!

  5. […] a new planner, I was struggling with adding photos to my website and to my wedding planner portfolio before my bookings picked up. I found that a great way to get those much-needed photos was to […]

  6. […] 2) Do a styled photo shoot […]

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

  8. […] This article on the Planner’s Lounge lists several tips when creating your wedding planner portfolio […]

  9. Jean Ann says:

    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?

  10. […] Creating a wedding planner portfolio – Planner’s Lounge – How to build a portfolio when you are just starting out as an event planner […]

  11. Alleezia Nara Designs and Event Planning says:

    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.

  12. Trista says:

    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.

  13. Vilshu says:

    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.

  14. trista Hopkins says:

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

  15. What is a good site for your portable online portfolio?

    • 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.

  16. Tiffany says:

    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!

    • 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.

  17. Michelle says:

    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.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    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

    • 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. Komi says:

    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.

  20. […] Do a styled photo shoot.  Even if you are just starting out as a planner, you can work with other vendors to design a […]

  21. celeste greene says:

    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.

    • Debbie says:

      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.

      • Charlene Alberto says:

        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 🙂

  22. […]   Additional resources to help with your wedding and event planner portfolio: Tips for creating your wedding planner portfolio […]

  23. Geri says:

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

  24. […] Do a styled photo shoot.  Even if you are just starting out as a planner, you can work with other vendors to design a […]

  25. Sarah says:

    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 !!

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  27. StudioWed Denver says:

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

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