How to become a wedding planner
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- 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
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
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
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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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.
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