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Wedding Wednesday Discussions: Why does everyone want to be a wedding planner?
Since I set up Boho Weddings and Events I have always had a lot of people say to me how much they want to be wedding planner, how much they see it as a dream job…oh so glamorous, all those cake tastings and bridal dress meetings! But recently I have been getting more and more and more letters, phone calls and emails from students and budding wedding planners asking me for a job!
I was encouraged to write this post after my friend Josie at Savoir wrote her own post last week ‘The issue of hiring staff – I need a job please’
So I guess I wanted to write something that pretty much said the same thing but back up what her post was about! Plus I guess It’s something I can direct those million and one applicants that come my way each day.
It appears that there has been a huge rise in the number of people wanting to become wedding planners. Yes we are a lot more popular than we were a few years ago and we certainly are a growing breed within the wedding supplier list. However I do feel that the amount of people wanting to be wedding planners is not equivalent to the amount of work there is out there.
So the two main reasons I won’t or can’t take on any staff or have work placements with me is
I have covered the subject of what a wedding planner gets paid in ‘Wedding Planners and the £value of our service!’ so I don’t want to repeat myself to much again. But what I will say to those budding wedding planners out there is that we don’t get paid a lot! And certainly not enough to pay an assistant, or take on staff!
I of course can only speak on behalf of myself and the type of market I attract which is wedding budgets from £2K – £40K maybe the planners covering weddings for the much higher end bride can afford to have assistants and PA’s but the average wedding planner like me it’s just impossible. I only just about make enough money to keep the business going, there for all the jobs have to be done myself.
Most wedding planers I have found since setting up on my own, all have to have another side line to work with the wedding planning, for some it’s hiring out vintage tea sets (very very popular at the moment) for others it’s training up other wedding planners to become planners, for others it’s styling work……for me it’s this blog! So if you are thinking of becoming a wedding planner it’s a pretty sure bet you are going to need more than one string to your bow!
I work from home and I like it that way. I live in a 3 bed semidetached house and we have converted one of the spare rooms into an office. I don’t have a studio space or an outside office,…my spare room is my office and for that reason there is no space for an intern, or an assistant. When I need to meet with a bride I either meet at the wedding venue, or a coffee shop, ideally ones that sells cupcakes, they don’t come to my home and they never will! I have a summer house at the end of the garden that I store all my wedding stuff in, and if the business gets big enough or if I eventually have babies to fill up the 2 spare rooms I can move everything to the end of the garden and set up an office there……maybe then and only then will I have room for an assistant.
BUT till then I LOVE working from home and my spare room, I love the fact that I don’t have to put make up on, I don’t have to wash my hair and I can work in my oversized jeans and sweat tops……………and the best bit is that I get to spend all day with my cat………..see no room for an assistant!
You may think from all my moaning about the job that I don’t enjoy it, please don’t think that as I LOVE my job! Which is just as well as most of the time it really is a labour of love.
For those future wedding planners out there, these are the things that I didn’t know when I first started and the things that no one told me when I was doing my research
So for those event students, those other students with non-related event degrees, those event planners wanting to move into weddings, those stay at home mums…….oh and then really rude women who rang me last week and sounded so surprised and so perturbed when I cut her off mid-sentence……………….I’m really sorry but I don’t have any jobs, any work experience positions, or any placements, and my reasons are stated quite clearly above.
And for those of you who think wedding planning is going to be your dream job…..honestly think about it carefully, you will never make a million, you will work extremely long hours BUT you will have an amazing time!
Now please don’t think me rude if I don’t reply to your last email, letter or phone call, I think I’ve covered it clearly enough in this post!
Good luck with your chosen career.