Wedding planners help couples organise their wedding. They will discuss their requirements and budget, come up with creative ideas and themes, advise on wedding customs and etiquette and preparing proposals and quotations for the work.
You can get into this job through:
You can take qualifications in a related area that will teach you some of the skills you'll need. Courses include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality
- Level 3 Certificate in Travel and Tourism
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Travel and Tourism/ Hospitality:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You could do an advanced apprenticeship as an events assistant.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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You could start as an administrator or assistant for an event management company and work your way up, or work at a wedding venue as an in-house wedding co-ordinator.
You can apply directly if you've got experience and skills from organising your own wedding, or the weddings of family and friends. Experience from other jobs would also be useful, including:
- event management
- hospitality and catering
- project management
- public relations
You may find it useful to take a short course in wedding planning. These are offered by several private training organisations.
Many wedding planners have their own blog or website to showcase their work, personality and style.
You could get some work experience with a wedding planner, or organise events like fun days, charity balls or fashion shows for local charities.
You can find out more about becoming a wedding planner from UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and National Association of Professional Wedding Services.
Career Path and Progression
You could set up your own wedding planning consultancy or event management company.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Hotel receptionist
- Personal assistant
- Conference and exhibition manager
- Events manager
- Excellent organisational and planning
- time management skills
- attention to detail
- good at problem solving
- strong team
- working skills
- able to manage a budget
- a flexible approach
- good communication skills
£17,000 to £25,000