In 2011 I opened up my wedding planning company, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, in Jacksonville, FL. Oh, the things I learned in that first year of business. Things that made me wish someone had sat me down and told me what to do and what not to do. Things I don’t want you to experience, and that’s why I wrote this 7-step guide as to how to start a wedding planning business.
Start a Wedding Planning Business in 7 Simple Steps
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While in Jacksonville, I built a reputation for being a reputable wedding consultant, but because my husband is military, we moved to Pensacola in 2013. Not wanting to give up on my dream of being a wedding planner, I set up shop and started on the long road toward establishing my business there. Looking back, it was another amazing learning experience (though a few tears were shed on multiple occasions). Read this little gem I wrote in 2013 if you want to know more about it: Turning Endings Into New Beginnings.
In 2016 we got orders to Norfolk, VA. Ugh, the thought of starting over once again broke my heart. So, instead, I hired consultants to run the areas I was familiar with. This was a whole new type of challenge that I fully embraced. Trusting others to represent your company is no easy feat. And to get my consultants all on the same page, I ended up creating a standardized practice. I produced a four-month training program and taught them the ins and outs of wedding planning. You can now find this same program in the Engaged Wedding Planner Academy.
Having been in the wedding industry for a while now and having to regenerate FDL in three different locations, I have learned a lot about what it takes to start a wedding planning business. In my personal opinion, a lot of newbie planners will jump in not having a clue how to start a company, which, in turn, leads to burned-out planners with unhappy brides.
Inside this road map of suggested steps, I will provide you with ideas, recommendations, and resources to further your knowledge. Some of these companies I am an affiliate with—full disclosure. But I only recommend products I believe in and use myself.
I’m so glad you decided to stop by. By being here, you have made the first real decision to follow your dreams. I love that!