Wedding Planners

Often known as Bridal or Wedding Consultants, Wedding Planners are responsible for supporting clients in the preparation of marriages or special wedding events. They discuss wedding logistics with customers, negotiate vendor contracts, and ensure that wedding day events run smoothly.

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Maria Railwaywala

10 years of industry experience

Having been an integral part of high profile events and weddings such as the Ambanis, Rosy Blue India, Kilachand, YPO among others, Maria is an experienced event manager specialising in social events and weddings. Currently a freelance consultant, Maria has previously worked as a Hospitality Consultant for various major companies.

KEY SKILLS

  • Patience 

  • Negotiation

  • Organization 

  • Time management 

  • Networking 

  • Attention to detail

  • Teamwork

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Communication

  • Work well under pressure

  • Calm 

  • Charming

  • Resourceful

  • Dedicated

  • Aesthetics

PROS

  • You can be your own boss and dictate the hours 

  • There's always free food 

  • It involves travelling and seing wonderful locations

  • Wedding planning is a growing field

  • The stories you hear can almost make you weep with joy

  • There’s very little training required

CONS

  • The hours are long and irregular

  • There’s intense competition

  • Wedding planning is a high-pressure atmosphere

  • Wedding planners have a lot of responsibility

  • Keeping everyone happy can be a real task, common ground is tough to reach

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Weddings

  • Marriage

  • Freelancer

  • Agencies

  • Functions

  • You like to liaise with clients to identify their needs and understand their personal vision

  • You know how to design a tailormade wedding plan within the couple’s budget

  • Nobody can beat you at negotiating a price

  • You multitask like a pro

  • Your problem solving skills are creative and always effective

  • You are always up to date with emerging trends in the industry

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Interesting Facts about the career


  • It might surprise you to know that most wedding planners only manage 8-10 weddings per year. Let’s do some maths: multiply 8 x 150 hours = 1,200 hours. Assuming you will take four weeks as holiday per year that’s 25 hours per week organising client weddings. The rest of the working week is spent ‘running your business’ (marketing, accounts, PR, admin). So, a wedding planner needs to make sure she/he is earning enough from those 8-10 weddings per year to cover their wage, tax, and business running costs as a minimum.

  • The role of a wedding planner is 80 per cent administrative. About 150 hours are needed to organise a client’s wedding ensuring all key suppliers have been booked and within the clients budget.

  • Planning someone else’s wedding is very different to planning your own, mostly because people have such different tastes. Can you deal with that? You need to view the wedding design objectively; does the design suit the personality of the couple? Your job is to make the couple’s dream wedding materialise, it should match their vision perfectly.

  • You are your brand. Clients hire a planner because they like the person behind the brand. A good planner has the ability to relax a couple within minutes. If you’re shy, timid and lack confidence this isn’t the career for you.




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