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Wedding planner

Wedding planners help couples have the wedding they want.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. It'll help if you’ve gained experience and skills organising your own wedding or weddings of family and friends, or through jobs like:

  • event management
  • hospitality and catering
  • project management
  • marketing
  • public relations
You could start as an administrator or assistant in a wedding planning or event management company and work your way up, or work at a wedding venue as an in-house wedding coordinator.

A short course in wedding planning or a college course in a related area like event planning or management may help you get into this job. 

You could also try and get some work experience with a wedding planner, or by organising events like fun days, charity balls or fashion shows for local charities.

Many wedding planners develop a blog or a website to showcase their work, personality and style.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent organisational skills
  • good communication and customer care skills
  • problem-solving skills and the ability to deal with the unexpected
  • excellent attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • sales and negotiation skills
  • the ability to manage a budget

3. What you'll do

You day-to-day duties may include:

  • meeting couples to discuss their requirements and budget
  • coming up with creative ideas and themes
  • advising on wedding customs and etiquette
  • preparing proposals and quotations for the work
  • agreeing prices with suppliers like florists, photographers, caterers and venues
  • making sure costs stay within budget
  • being at the venue on the day of the wedding to make sure everything goes to plan
  • researching new products, services and suppliers
If you’re self-employed, you’ll also spend time doing your accounts and promoting your business.

You’ll often plan more than one wedding at a time.

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 or more

If you’re self-employed you may charge a fixed fee, hourly rate, or a percentage of the total wedding cost. Your earnings will depend on the number of customers you can attract and how much you charge.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’re likely to work long hours, particularly during peak wedding season (May to September). Meetings with couples often take place in the evening and at weekends. On the day of the wedding you may work a 12-hour day, or longer.

You’ll be based in an office or work from home. You’ll also spend time travelling to see clients, suppliers and venues.

6. Career path and progression

You could set up your own wedding planning consultancy or event management company.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016