Research has shown me that many newer wedding planner struggle with starting a business. The mind set of not knowing where to start has proven to delay a wedding planner’s launch date somewhere between three to eight months. They spend many months researching, second guessing themselves and feeling discouraged before making a half-hearted attempt at wedding planning. If this is you currently- I’m here to inspire you and to help get you motivated.
Wedding Planning Business
Today I’m introducing Rachel. She is an aspiring wedding planner with her heart set on starting a wedding planning business of her very own. We’ll be following Rachel’s journey though the Wedding Business Builder course as she makes her way through the course curriculum.
So where do you start when asked to write about yourself? Well, I should probably start here, I’m Rachel, an ambitious, conscientious and energetic person who lives in a little village called West Butterwick with my partner, John, and our two dogs, Frank and Dotty. I love the outdoors and spend a lot of time camping, hiking and have recently taken up running. I’ve been on Furlough since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic and during the thought provoking and uncertain time of lockdown I also turned 30. This combined with plenty of reflection time to evaluate has spurred me on to follow my dreams and start my own business as a Wedding Planner, it’s time to put myself first. I have an extensive background in sales and one of my key strengths is building rapport with people which I’m sure will help along the way.
Why I want to start a wedding planning business
I want to start my own wedding planner business because I love the concept of taking some initial ideas from a couple and making it a reality with them at the center. I can already imagine myself sat down on the initial client meeting, gaining an understanding of their vision and then coming back to them with a proposal that makes them smile from ear to ear. I love a challenge and what can be better than giving the happy couple the day that they always dreamt of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives? I would literally make their dream come true and that thought alone fills me with happiness and contentment. I love to do things for other people and I can’t see a better way of doing it.
Finding my Passion
Aside from this, I want to build a career for myself that I’m passionate about, something I enjoy doing every day and don’t see as a chore, I’m not work-shy and am happy to put the effort in. I’ve always had an interest in weddings and often think of new ideas or research the latest wedding trends, even as a teenager I’d find myself doing this without realizing. I used to think I was crazy but now I know it was my destiny. This is a perfect choice for me, I can combine my love for meeting new people, building relationships, being creative and giving something back to others together. What a thrill that is!
Wedding Planning Business Experience
At present, I have no professional experience as a Wedding Planner, however I’m often the ‘go to’ person in my friends circle when they are running short of inspiration and subsequently lots of my ideas have featured on their wedding days. I’ve often been told that I’d make an amazing planner and I’ve finally found the confidence to go for it. At last, I can put my ever-growing collection of Pinterest boards featuring various wedding ideas and styles to use… Wohoo! Whilst I have no professional experience in weddings specifically, I have however arranged several corporate events during other jobs which have been successful so some of these skills I’m sure will come in handy.
Questions I Ask Myself
Of course, the enthusiasm and excitement of my new adventure does not come without fear. “Will I be successful? Why would people choose to go with me? Where do I start? How do I get clients? Will I let people down?” are a few of the thoughts that run through my mind daily. My main fear is actually around organizing my first styled shoot, I’m nervous to approach a venue and photographer and ask for their assistance when I can’t tell them I have ever planned a wedding before, how do I fill them with confidence that I know what I’m doing? Do I know what I am doing? I’ve been reading the blogs from The Engaged Wedding Academy around styled shoots and have written a list of the key things to remember. I know I just need to bite the bullet and ring my choice venue and ask, what’s the worst that can happen?
Enrolling in the Wedding Business Builder
I’m really excited to start this course, I don’t think I’d have had the belief that I could pursue my dream if I hadn’t come across the website for The Engaged Wedding Academy, every question I have I can see a blog is available or the topic is covered in the course overview. I’m hoping that the course will give me the confidence to push forward and put myself out there and become available for new clients to get in touch. I’m sure there are key areas of this career choice that I’ll have forgotten or maybe won’t have even crossed my mind yet and it is important for me to do it properly, a couples big day isn’t something you can mess up and apologize for, so gaining the knowledge around the regulations and requirements of a wedding planning business is key, I’m sure I’ll get this from the course. Wish me luck!
I’m Rachel, an ambitious, conscientious and energetic person who lives in a little village called West Butterwick with my partner, John, and our two dogs, Frank and Dotty. I want to start my own wedding planner business because I love the concept of taking some initial ideas from a couple and making it a reality with them at the center. Follow my journey as I go through the Wedding Business Builder Course.