February is Wedding Month. Get Ready with a Wedding Planner Course!
Did you know that February, home of the widely celebrated Valentine’s Day, is also National Wedding Month? While it thematically makes sense, it also leaves us scratching our heads. Do weddings even happen in February? The truth is that most weddings happen from June to October, but there’s been a push for winter weddings as of late.
Besides the cheaper rates for venues and vendors, there’s also the opportunity to tackle never-before-seen themes. Are your creative juices flowing? Now you have to make sure you can harness all this creativity and put it to use!
Starting a new career isn’t a walk in the park. It can be super overwhelming when you haven’t taken any significant steps yet and don’t even know where to start. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a wedding planner, why not start your career on the right foot by enrolling in a program?
Here’s what you can expect from a good wedding planning course…
Why take a wedding planning course?
Professionals across most industries start their careers in the classroom—there must be something to it if adults are continuously returning to school even after their 20s. Taking a course means that you’d be able to get a well-rounded education. You’d learn how to draw up a budget, timeline, proposal, and contracts as well as how to negotiate between all the parties involved. While you could arguably learn the necessary interpersonal skills from shadowing a planner, theory is equally important.
If you’re doing full-service planning, you’ll need to be able to hire vendors and make selections that best suit the themes and vision of your clients. While thinking on your feet gets easier with practical experience, some of the specific choices made by experts may be backed by theory long ingrained in them that they don’t think twice to thoroughly explain them! Taking a course would ensure that you understand all the backing contexts, historical trends, cultural customs, and planning theories to help you problem solve effectively.
You’ll be able to learn a full range of all the different services you could possibly offer. Shadowing a planner for a year or two would only allow you to learn the ins and outs of the services they offer. If you want to be a force to be reckoned with when you start your business, you need to set yourself apart from the competition—this means setting your services apart from your mentor! Look for courses that will give you a well-rounded take on wedding planning that teaches all the services under the sun!
What to look for:
If you’ve chosen a credible school, the instructors and tutors are highly regarded professionals who excel in the field. They would be able to provide you with critiques backed by expertise from actually working in the industry. You can throw creative ideas out there and have a professional in the field evaluate the practicality of your ideas. It’s best to know the limits of what you can do for a client before making grand, sweeping promises you can’t keep!
Your textbooks can’t teach you everything. Especially as trends come and go, the word of a practicing instructor can be many times more valuable once you graduate!
Business courses are often offered separately. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a course that integrates business units into the curriculum. A large percentage of planners are self-employed, so knowing your way around starting and running a business is essential. If you eventually expand your business and take on employees, you’ll find yourself earning a larger salary and having to manage it yourself. It’s best to be prepared for whatever that comes your way, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll be needing any of these skills!
It’s not uncommon for aspiring planners to be employed full time or have a family to take care of when they decide to embark on wedding planning. Striking the perfect balance between all your commitments on top of starting a new career can be done if you find a flexible course. Consider taking your education online! The flexibility afforded by an online school is incredible! You can study, learn, and complete assignments on your own time, structuring your training as an event planner around your existing lifestyle.
Can you upgrade your skills with another course?
Shying away from completing your training and education at a college will save you money on tuition and you’ll be able to finish faster. If you’re taking a certification course, you might find yourself zipping through it in no time and wonder if there’s anything else you can do to diversify your skills. Just as some people choose to take post-secondary education straight out of high school, others choose to wait. You don’t necessarily need to tack on more services or education after finishing your initial training, but there can be a benefit to taking more courses.
Remember what we said about setting yourself apart from the competition? You may decide after your standard training that you want to tackle luxury events or perhaps you’ve developed a taste for destination wedding planning. By expanding the service range you offer, you can earn a higher salary in niche markets or in the areas where other wedding planners don’t have any holds. You’ll also be able to plan a cohesive event for your client instead of having to outsource aspects of your planning to somebody else. While you certainly stand to gain from having more skills in your arsenal, you’ll also be able to cater to the needs of your clients—they’re the ones who determine your success in your community!
Do you have any qualms about starting a wedding planner course? Let us know in a comment below and we can help steer you in the right direction!