This list is meant to make sure you go into this career prepared about what to expect.
When deciding if you want to be a wedding coordinator here are some things you should consider:
Q: How much time are you willing to work and dedicate to getting your business going?
Q: If you are young and single, are you willing to give up your week-ends and possibly evenings?
Q: If you are young, married or thinking about having a family, you may want to put your plans, of becoming a wedding coordinator, on hold until your children are old enough so if necessary you can be away from them? This doesn’t mean that you can’s start working towards this as a goal by getting, it just means that you may not want to actively do weddings until later
Q: If you are married, does your husband support you in this endeavor? How will he feel if you have to be out of town for one or two nights?
Q: If you are younger, age may be a bit of a problem. This is only because brides are older (mine average 25-48) and are more apt to hire someone who is older and has life experience that will fit into the wedding planning process. Age does have it’s benefits in the career path, especially if you are working with a bride who may need a surrogate mother at times.
Q: Do you have the start up capital to finance your business? You need to have the capital to set up an office, as well as start up advertising.
Q: Are you organized? Can you handle more than one project at a time?
Q: Can you LISTEN to a bride and go with her ideas without interjecting your own, even if you don’t agree with her?
Q: Can you calmly handle a crisis? For example, the limo doesn’t show at the hotel to pick up the bride and her attendants or at the ceremony site to transport the bride and groom. What would you do?
Q: Can you listen to a bride and not give advice? Are you a good sounding board?
Q: How well can you work with someone else? You will need an assistant. (Sometimes it works best not to go into business with your best friend. My husband has been my assistant for many years and it has been very rewarding.)
Q: Being a wedding coordinator is not the glamorous job you see portrayed in the movies. Weddings can be fun and extremely rewarding. However, they are a lot of work and can be very tiring. (I wore my pedometer to a wedding and found I walked over 8 miles that day!) You will be on your feet for anywhere from 10-14 hours on the day of the wedding. Forget the heels! Opt instead for a good pair of athletic shoes.
Q: What is your opinion of serving others? (I don’t mean becoming a servant!) This is very much a service career. If you don’t want to do things for the bride, then this may not be the job for you. If the bride needs to have a swatch of fabric taken to the florist, are you willing to do it?
Q: Are you willing to work full time, and then some, for part-time pay? Do you have a financial back up for the “down times”? It may take you several years to get really established.? Can you set boundaries with your family and friends about your work hours? Can you set boundaries, if necessary, with your brides?
If you need to save to set up your company, start putting the pieces in place so when you are ready to make the move, it will be a smooth transition to a very rewarding career.
If you’ve honestly answered these questions and have made the decision and commitment to make this your career, then Welcome to the Art of Wedding Coordination! Take a look at what you’ll learn…