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Starting a Wedding Planning Business: 8 Things to Do

  1. Avion Events says:

    This article must be promoted as it provides great value and interest to the community. I can say that the author’s views are entire of their own.

  2. Emma Boycott says:

    Hi Debbie, great article. I am still in my first year of business so it was very interesting to read about the things you would have done differently. For example I took the decision when I started to do bespoke quotes for clients rather than packages so hearing you moved towards this way of pricing yourself was good to hear!

  3. Sara Holley says:

    Great Advice! Thanks Debbie for this post and all the other valuable information on your site.

  4. The Big Day Planner says:

    Great advice! Thank you so much for sharing, so candidly, about the lessons you’ve learned. As a relatively new wedding planner, I’m absorbing all of your tips and insider info!
    The biggest mistake I made when I first started was trying to be “everyone’s planner.” I learned that I’m not a good match for: D.I.Y. brides, brides who want non-Christian wedding ceremonies, brides who really want designers not planners and low-budget brides. Now, I specialize in reaching Christian, Asian-American brides who want a westernized ceremony with cultural flair. Although I am well able to plan and coordinate various weddings, I have found my niche and it works for me!

  5. Debbie-
    How long did it take you to get to the point where you had clients consistently booking your services? I know every business will be different, but as a new business owner if would be nice to get a gage of how long it took to build the business.

  6. Gillian says:

    Hello Debbie, I realize that I am a talented events coordinator and have been planning meetings, parties, etc without realizing how good I was. Family members and other people keep telling me what a good job I do, after each event but I ignored the comments out of ignorance. I have come to realized that I have a talent for planning events and I love doing it. I recently decided to start an events planning business, but I must confess that I’m nervous about it. I decided to learn as much as I can so I started googling and luckily here I am reading your blog. I thank you for not being selfish. I’m learning a lot from your posts and I’m sure my confidence will be lifted from the knowledge acquired here. Again thanks from Gillian in Jamaica.

  7. Demetrius Cummings says:

    Love it – love it- you are a GOD send- you are a mentor in every sense of the word- thank you for your priceless wisdom!!!

  8. Sharon says:

    Why did you want to transition from working with budget brides?

    • Debbie says:

      Hi Sharon and thank you for the comment. There is nothing wrong with having budget brides as your target market but it can be difficult to have a sustainable business in the long run if your clients can’t afford to pay much for your services. I chose to focus on a different target market so that my business and income could grow to a sustainable full-time planning company.

  9. Denae says:

    Thank you for all of your incredibly valuable advice, Debbie! I am also trying to get started as a wedding planner and I find all of your posts very helpful as I move forward in the process.

    • Debbie says:

      Thank you very much Denae! I love hearing that what we share is helping and appreciate you taking time to read Planner’s Lounge.

  10. Great article Debbie and good advice. It’s so true, a huge part of being a successful event planner is having confidence in your own abilities and communicating that confidence to your clients.

  11. Angela says:

    Great post, Debbie! Just curious if you have any particular business and marketing books you recommend reading?

    • Debbie says:

      Thank you Angela. You must be reading my mind – I am working on a new page that includes all my book recommendations!

  12. Gina says:

    I love planner’s lounge and all the resources/wisdom you share! Thanks so much for doing this!!!

  13. C G Biles says:

    Hi Debbie, just wanted to say how helpful your blogs are to me. I’m taking the tentative steps to being a wedding planner. Reading your blogs increases my confidence to take the next step. Look forward to hearing about the mentor/coaching services.
    Thanks again.

    • Debbie says:

      Thank you for the very sweet comment. I’m so glad our site is inspiring and helpful. I appreciate you reading and being part of the community!

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