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If you have an interest in event planning, you may wonder if this covers weddings, too. After all, weddings are a popular type of event you could make a profit off of planning. It also helps to keep your event planning resume diverse!
So how do you break into wedding planning? What is the difference between wedding planning and event planning? We’re here to help you find out.
Event planning is essentially a general term for planning special occasions and private events. Event planners can work for a company, or they can freelance. Event planners may expect the following types of work:
- Baby showers
- Anniversary parties
- Charity galas
- Birthday parties
Event planners can even specialize in event production, to be able to craft unique interactive experiences or high tech performances and venues. Planning high quality events can help you get paid more.
Event planners work out small details of an event as well. This can include catering, lodging, picking a venue, and choosing a theme. They put together the “vision” of the day and then complete each objective to complete the project.
Where do weddings fit into this? To put it simply, a wedding is a subset of an event. You may find some event planners who deal with weddings, and others who don’t. More often, you find someone who specializes in organizing weddings, receptions, and other things within that realm.
Wedding planning employment is similar to event planning. Many wedding planners either work at an agency or are self-employed. However, many wedding planners work with a client for an extended period of time, usually at least a year. This allows them to find out the intimate details people want to make their wedding day perfect.
These professionals handle the logistics of a wedding. They consider the budget, design, vendors, and entertainment. They work out every detail– every minute of the day is structured, and meant to be followed exactly. From the I do’s to the last song at the reception.
Becoming a Wedding Planner
You don’t need a degree to become a wedding planner. However, you will need industry-recognized certification. This will show that you are professional and able to give your clients their dream weddings.
This specialization requires the same base knowledge you need to plan general events. You will need to know networking, how to handle consultations, and every component of an event. The main difference is that again, most people want a wedding they can customize– so professionals will work closely with specific couples for a long time.
Wedding planners often find their own niche, so they can stand out among the competition. This includes planning events like luxury destination weddings, themed weddings, or planning for LGBT clients. Specializing your craft can be a great way to attract the kind of clients you want to work with.
Though weddings fall under a specific category of event, wedding planners go through a more specialized process to hone their craft. They work closely with the bride and the groom to ensure their satisfaction. After all, it is supposed to be the happiest day of your life!
If you want someone you can trust to plan your special day, you should consider hiring a planner. They’re also ideal if you need to put something together last-minute, or if you’re not great at organizing things yourself. They’re also perfect if you need to plan multiple events and produce entertainment in addition to the wedding, If you have the right budget, try hiring one for your wedding.