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Starting a Wedding Planning Business: 8 Things to Do

  1. C G Biles

    March 12th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    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.

  2. Debbie

    March 12th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    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!

  3. Gina

    March 13th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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

  4. Debbie

    March 13th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you Gina! I’m so glad it’s helpful for you. I appreciate you taking time to comment!

  5. Angela

    March 13th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

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

  6. Debbie

    March 14th, 2012 at 10:08 am

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

  7. Event Organisers

    March 14th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    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.

  8. Debbie

    March 14th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for the comment. I completely agree.

  9. Denae

    March 14th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    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.

  10. Debbie

    March 14th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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

  11. Sharon

    March 26th, 2012 at 11:31 am

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

  12. Debbie

    March 26th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    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.

  13. Demetrius Cummings

    October 12th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    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!!!

  14. Debbie

    October 12th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Thank you so much Demetrius! I greatly appreciate your compliment!

  15. Gillian

    October 20th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    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.

  16. Debbie

    October 22nd, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for being part of the community here Gillian!

  17. Tiffanie Jensen

    March 20th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    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.

  18. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 24th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for your comment Tiffanie. It took me about 2 years to consistently have enough inquiries and clients who booked to sustain a full time business.

  19. The Big Day Planner

    April 5th, 2014 at 12:36 am

    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!

  20. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 5th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I LOVE that you have so clearly defined your niche. That is fantastic. Thank you for taking time to comment!

  21. Sara Holley

    April 12th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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

  22. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 14th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Thanks Sara! Appreciate you taking time to comment.

  23. Emma Boycott

    December 30th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    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!

  24. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 1st, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thanks Emma!

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