If you’re thinking of becoming a wedding planner, then you’re one of many, as it’s a dynamic, people-oriented role that commands a salary of upwards of $54,000 per year - according to statistics. But is it for you? Do you have the necessary personal characteristics?
The skills and knowledge can be learnt in wedding planner certification courses, but you need to be the right type of person to excel in the position. To help you determine whether it’s for you, we now look at some of the personal traits you’ll need and why. So, let’s dive in.
You’ll need to be... Highly Organised
As you’ll quickly learn when taking a wedding planner course, the organisation is one of the most important characteristics you’ll need. You’ll need to keep track of a wide range of things like vendor service dates and payments, client appointments and a range of other factors that are too numerous to mention here.
Wedding Planner: Very Creative
Prospective brides these days are all over the latest trends because of social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, and understandably, they want theirs to be unique to them. This means you’ll have to have a creative side to be able to come up with fresh ideas that your clients will love.
Wedding Planner: Great at Communicating
What a wedding planner course won’t be able to give you is great communication skills, as you either have them, or you don’t. However, if you want to do well in the role, you’ll need to be a great communicator, as you’ll need to liaise with all parties, friends, and family during the planning process.
Wedding Planner: Good at Budgeting
Most often, your clients aren’t going to have a handle on what everything costs; however, they will have a budget that you’ll need to stick to. Having good budgeting skills will allow you to allocate funds where they’re needed the most so that the bride and groom get their perfect day, and it’s your job to keep expectations realistic.
Wedding Planner: Good at Negotiating
One of the reasons why wedding planners are hired in the first place is their ability to negotiate prices and contracts on behalf of their clients. You’ll use your industry contacts to find the best suppliers at prices that will make the budget go further, so your negotiating skills will be tested.
Wedding Planner: Calm Under Pressure
The skills learnt in wedding event management courses will take you so far as a wedding planner, but you’ll also be leaning on your ability to remain calm on the big day. It’s one full of positive emotions. However, there’s lots of anxiety, too, so being able to remain level-headed when your clients aren’t is vital.
As we can see, it’s a demanding role that offers much in terms of job satisfaction and salary, so it’s up to you to decide if it’s a position you’d like to train for. If you decide it is, the easiest and least stressful way is by using online wedding planner course options from OCA.
Our online training is cost-effective and affordable and created in conjunction with industry experts. Our Wedding Planner Course is just one example of what we mean, and you can find out more about this and all of our CPD-accredited, industry-approved services by visiting us online at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to talk to us directly about your training needs, give us a call at 1300 611 404 and we’ll do our best to find the perfect solution.