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Wedding planner

Alternative titles for this job include

Wedding planners help couples organise their wedding.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become

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How to become Wedding planner

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You can take qualifications in a related area that will teach you some of the skills you'll need. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning
  • Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths

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You could do an advanced apprenticeship as an events assistant.

Entry requirements

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 events management company and work your way up, or work at a wedding venue as an in-house wedding co-ordinator.


You could get some work experience with a wedding planner, or organise events like fun days, charity balls or fashion shows for local organisations.

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Direct Application

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
  • marketing
  • public relations

Other Routes

You may find it useful to take a short course in wedding planning. These are offered by several private training organisations.

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Career tips

Many wedding planners have their own blog or website to showcase their work, personality and style.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a wedding planner from the National Association of Professional Wedding Services.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • administration skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • meet couples to discuss their requirements and budget
  • come up with creative ideas and themes
  • advise on wedding customs and etiquette
  • prepare proposals and quotations for the work
  • agree prices with suppliers like florists, photographers, caterers and venues
  • make sure costs stay within budget
  • attend the venue on the day of the wedding to make sure everything goes to plan
  • research new products, services and suppliers
  • market your wedding planning service online

Working environment

You could work from home or in an office.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Events Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,845 a year Annually

Level 3 Event Assistant Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £15,600 a year Annually

Courses In England

Event Planning - Level 2

  • Start date: 16 January 2025
  • Location: Blackpool

Certificate in Event Planning - Floristry (Level 2)

  • Start date: 12 September 2024
  • Location: London

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