How to become a wedding planner

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by Kristin Marino | December 13, 2012

Wedding planners help walk couples through the biggest day of their lives. From the time a bride says “yes” to a groom’s wedding proposal until after the last bottle of champagne is popped, a good wedding planner will work tirelessly to ensure the big day is a total success. That could include everything from arranging wedding photography and food to scrutinizing fabric swatches and finding a last minute solution for a lost earring or missing best man.

While some married couples pop into the local justice of the peace or head to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding, there are plenty of brides and grooms who pull out all the stops to ensure their wedding day is a day they—and their guests—will never forget. And they’re spending money to make it happen. According to a survey by TheKnot.com and Wedding Channel.com, the average wedding budget in 2011 was $27,021.

Wedding planners must expect the best but be prepared for the worst. Most likely things will go smoothly during a couple’s big day, but during those times when they don’t, wedding planners are kind of like triage surgeons and airline pilots rolled into one. They are there to ensure a smooth ride but when things go off course, they need to be able to assess and fix any unplanned situations that arise.  Of course they aren’t engaged in a life-or-death struggle, but try telling that to an anxious bride.

Learn more about what it takes to become a wedding planner in our infographic.


Membership Designation Levels, Association of Bridal Consultants, June 2011
Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2011
Tips From Wedding Planner to the Stars Kevin Lee, ABC News, July 2012

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