Our guide to wedding planning courses


If you have a knack for organising events and a flair for designing beautiful venues, then why not take one of our wedding planning courses and start that career you’ve always dreamed of? Whether you want to start a new career, or you want to take full control and plan your own wedding, then a wedding planning course will teach you everything you need to know, from arranging a hen night to organising the catering.


What does a wedding planner do?

A wedding planner is responsible for everything before, during, and after a wedding. From ensuring the groom’s shoes are sparkling clean to hiring a dream team of vendors, the wedding planner will be expected to organise the perfect wedding. As the wedding planner, your duties will start when you meet the bride and groom for the first time. They will begin by giving you a budget and telling you their visions for their perfect wedding. Once both you and the couple have agreed you are comfortable with the working relationship, an official contract will be signed and the fun will begin.

Now that the planning is underway, you’ll be tasked with organising the whole wedding and assisting your soon-to-be-wed friends. This can vary from wedding to wedding but the main aim of the job is to deliver the bride and groom, the wedding of their dreams. Once the general idea is agreed upon, the wedding planner will begin to use their creativity to form a plan of how the wedding might look and how it will run smoothly. The wedding planner will use their vast knowledge to assist the couple on their choice of vendors; the planner will know the best caterers, photographers, transportation, cake bakers and florists in the local area, and know the ones which best fit the couples ideas and budget.

Perhaps the most appreciated role that the wedding planner has is on the actual wedding day itself. The wedding planner will oversee the roles of the various vendors and make sure everything is running to plan. Many people are too busy stressing over the small details on their wedding day to actually enjoy it, and as a wedding planner you will help the groom and bride to forget these and simply enjoy their special day. You will act as both manager and personal assistant, helping the bride out with any problems she has, while at the same time making sure that everything is going to plan, looking over the day with a rationale view. Don’t get us wrong though, that doesn’t mean you won’t cry as you see the newlyweds revelling in the special day, which you planned for them.


A multi skilled career

To become a wedding planner you will need a broad range of skills. You will be expected to complete a wide variety of tasks, which means to be a successful wedding planner you must possess numerous abilities and expertise. Here is our list of the top five skills you will need as a wedding planner:

  • Organisation: To be a successful wedding planner you must possess excellent organisational skills. You will be required to come up with a plan of action that covers all bases. Leaving just one thing out could ruin the big day for the happy couple to be. You will have to come up with a logical system that takes you, and the couple, step by step through a checklist of things to do. Luckily once you have nailed this system, you can use it to plan any wedding. Most wedding planners are self employed so you will have to be controlled in which jobs you accept, never taking on more than you can handle.


  • Communication: Excellent communication skills are vital for wedding planners.  You will be spending every day working with and forming close bonds with your clients. You will need to clearly state your ideas and be willing to offer constructive criticism where necessary. You will become friends with many of your clients and vendors.


  • Money management: Once you have agreed an idea with the happy couple, they will tell you how much they want to spend. It will be your role to book vendors, venues, decorations, food and drinks all within this set budget. Many couples have great dreams for their wedding but you will have to advise them on what they can realistically buy within the given budget.


  • Attention to detail: The great thing about a wedding planner is that they not only stop the newlyweds being concerned about a missing vendor or a broken wedding cake but they also take care of the small things – dirty shoes, a missing chair –  you name it. You will make sure the day runs seamlessly without any of the family having to worry about anything.


  • Creativity: The couple will have an idea of what they want the wedding to be like, but it will be down to you to give them your ideas and plan how the final day will look. You will have to constantly think of new, creative ideas and themes that please the engaged couple.


A helping hand

The process of marriage is an emotional time for the groom, bride and both of their families, as the wedding planner you may be required to offer a shoulder to cry on where necessary. For the next few months you will be the families’ confidant and psychologist, offering them both support and advice. As you can tell, this adds yet another skill to the list that is required to be a professional wedding planner.  Hopefully you will have gone into the career of a wedding planning for your love of events and people, and this should come naturally to you, but some extra courses may help you feel more at ease when giving your clients support. Taking some extra time to do a psychology course or an interpersonal skills course can increase your confidence when offering advice to the emotional family.


What will I learn?

Many people believe that after planning their own wedding or a big event they can just waltz straight into the world of wedding planning. In reality it’s a whole different ball game – planning and turning someone else’s dreams into a reality is much harder than organising your own – and this is where a wedding planning course will help you to develop your skills. You will learn how to take somebody else’s vision and turn it into the day that they’ve always dreamed of. You will learn everything about the wedding process from the ceremony itself to the entertainment, the attire and even the transportation. You will learn of the different types of design that people often choose and how these are all planned long before the event itself. Most importantly you will be taught how to prepare your own to do lists and action plans so you can stay on task and meet the deadline and budget set by your clients.


So, how do I start my career? Do I need any qualifications?

There aren’t any specific qualifications you need to be a wedding planner, just hard work and passion for the subject.  However some wedding planning courses do offer qualifications such as diplomas or level two and three certificates. These are not needed to become a wedding planner, although you may find that some clients trust those with a qualification over those without, as they can seem more legitimate.  If you are not planning on starting your own business, and want to apply to work for a wedding planning company instead then you will most likely need an events management degree or an interior design degree on your CV to be accepted.

Previous work experience or taking a courses in project management, event management, business or marketing would greatly help and prepare you for the skills needed to be a wedding planner. Even experience such as planning social or charity events in your own time can help you build those skills, gain as much experience as you can before you take the plunge. During this time it is a good idea to make connections with vendors, such as photographers, florists, caterers and cake bakers, even volunteering to work with them. This will give you a great insight into how the different aspects of weddings work but it will also give you invaluable contacts for when you start planning your first few weddings.


How much does a wedding planner earn?

Most people become a wedding planner for their love of weddings and the opportunity to be able to organise such an important day. This doesn’t mean that a wedding planner can’t earn much but don’t expect a walk in the park. At first you will have to get your name out there and may struggle to get clients, but with time and dedication you will soon start to establish a name and brand for yourself. Those who have just started out as a wedding planner can expect to earn around £15,000-£20,000, usually taking around 10% of the wedding budget (often around £2,000). More established wedding planners can take up to 20%, and earn £30,000 or more a year. Weddings are often seasonal, with very few getting married in winter (you may have only one wedding to plan during the winter months), which means being able to organise and plan your own finances is essentially when owning a successful wedding planner business. A personal finance course can help to teach you how to spread your earnings across a year. It will be just like having a salary.

If you establish yourself as one of the best wedding planners you might even be able to make your move into the world of celebrity wedding planning. With magazine front covers and huge budgets, this is a whole different world, and the amount you could earn could be hundreds of thousands.


Planning your own special day

The course isn’t just for those who want a career in wedding planning. If you want to plan your own wedding but don’t know where to start, then take a wedding planning course and you’ll learn how to create your own perfect wedding. It will teach you how to book and find legitimate vendors, show you an insight into designing and creating the theme of your wedding, and educate you about event planning and how to successfully organise your wedding, from your hen night to your honeymoon.

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