Getting into the wedding planning business can be rough. One of the most asked questions in our Facebook Group is, “How do I get started?” Is this you? Do you have this same question? My number one go-to answer is try assisting first. This is a great way to gain experience and it will put those aspirations to the test.
Wedding Planner Assistant
But where and how do you get started with assisting a wedding planner? Great question, and I have the answer inside the Assistant Wedding Planner Certificate course. Today, though, I’m sharing Liz’s story. She took the course because she wanted to get a better understanding of how to use an event planner intern on the day of a wedding. Here is her experience.
Can you describe your role?
My name is Elizabeth DeLorge. I am a partner in a new business with great timing. We were opening our Wedding planning business and then within a 2-week period the world shut down for Covid 19. My best friend had opened up a small venue for weekend visitors and parties. We had decided to start offering Micro Weddings and Receptions packages to anyone wanting a smaller celebration.
What challenges were you experiencing prior to taking the wedding planner assistant course?
Both of us are experienced in Party Planning and so it seemed very natural to move into weddings. What we lacked was the knowledge of what it would take to add a person and what they would do to help us. We were both teachers, so we are very organized and wanted to make sure every box was ticked. Our problem was what directions do we give to a person that would make them useful to us? We have had people in the past who were not what we needed. They would wait to be told every move to make. On a wedding day, this is not helpful. Taking the time to direct them all day is time we could use elsewhere. Because of these things, I decided to take the Assistant Wedding Planner Certificate course.
Can you describe the process which we took your business through?
One of my favorite things about this course is the Wedding Day Timelines. Valerie Pritt creates a timeline of the wedding party and festivities on one side, and on the other side she creates a timeline for the Assistant Wedding Planner. It is a great visual and really lets you have a good idea of what an event planner intern should be doing at all times of the day from wedding to cleaning up.
What benefits have you experienced from taking this course?
This course gave me the golden ticket on what type of person to hire. How to manage an assistant. What needed to be in writing for them before they started. What rules they needed to abide by like social media, talking with people, and drinking. I now feel ready to find that person, and feel confident that I can give them instruction, allow them to make decisions that work, and not stress about their part of the wedding day.
Would you recommend this course to a friend?
Yes! The Assistant Wedding Planner Certificate course gives you detailed information so as a wedding planner, you know that your wedding planner assistant can be successful. The best part is she gives you tips and tidbits to help you have a successful event. From what to wear to tips on seating guests that arrive late. This class was a great help to my wedding planning business.
Heartland Weddings and Events was created by two retired teachers who love to plan. Their mission was to partner with a venue and offer one stop micro weddings. Their services are included in the Venue packages as all in, Month of or just Day-of Coordinator. Branching out to do more is definitely in Heartland Weddings’ future.