Home-Based Wedding Business: Wedding Consultant

June 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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Share your passion for love and become a wedding consultant, a type of planning professional who helps direct the strategy, preparation and management of weddings. As a home-based wedding consultant much of your work will involve a variety of locations and traveling outside the home from cake tastings to ceremonies. Enjoy helping couples as they prepare for one of the most special days of their lives. Read on to learn more about a home-based career as a wedding consultant.

Do You Have What It Takes?

No formal education or certification is required to become a wedding planner. Taking classes or obtaining a degree in business management, hospitality and tourism or marketing may prove helpful. Gain experience as an intern or assistant to an established wedding consultant. As a wedding planner you will be required to work many weekends and nights along with long hours that are often physically and mentally demanding. Desirable qualities include being a people-person, multi-tasker, highly organized; thrive while working under pressure, problem-solver and patient.

Make a Business Plan

Take the time to set goals and map the direction of your home-based wedding consultant business by creating a business plan. This important document will help you get started with goals and directions for your home-based business. Consult with the US Small Business Administration on the web or locally if you need help with questions about writing a business plan.

Establish Your Home Office

Designate a specific area of your home as your office space, this goes a long way in helping maintain a balance between home and work life. Furnish your office with basic necessities such as desk, chair, computer, printer and internet.

Rates and Contracts

Create your price list and contract agreements for customers. Check out the rates of competitors in your area and make your rates competitive. Contracts are the legal agreements used between yourself and client for business purposes. Attain the services of an attorney if you should need assistance regarding contracts.

Create a Vendor Network

Make connections with wedding vendors to create a network of go-to business services for your wedding planning business. Schedule meetings with vendors in your area for the purpose of introducing yourself and learn more about their services or products. Attending a bridal show is a great place to network with wedding vendors.

Promote Yourself!

Spread the word about your home-based wedding consultant business. Get business cards, build a website, create a social media presence, advertise in bridal magazines or attend community functions. Ask clients to write testimonials and act as referrals. Strive to always be proactive in your marketing and promotional efforts.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

Request Exhibitor Information Here

 

References

SBA.gov: Home-Based Businesses

Library of Congress: Wedding Industry Research

Starting and Managing a Business: US Small Business Administration

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