By Nancy Tucker; Certified Wedding Coordinator & Wedding Planner, Former President and Founder of: Coordinators Corner:Professional Wedding Planners Forum and Online Community and fabjob.com on How to Become a Wedding Planner
First, a brief description of what a wedding planner is, and does.
A wedding planner, otherwise known as wedding coordinator or bridal consultant, assists brides in all aspects of planning their weddings. They provide advice and assistance with aquiring attire, invitations, decorations, music, food, and other aspects of the wedding. Many wedding planners own their own company and some even have a staff. Consultants working for bridal shops, catering facilities or department stores may be called bridal consultants, but brides should ask what exactly it is that these consultants will supply. Not all wedding planners are alike.
Currently, there are no specific educational requirements to become a wedding consultant, however, there are courses one can take to become a certified bridal consultant. Correspondence schools offer courses in bridal and gift consulting. Many get on the job training by working for an already established wedding planner or an experienced consultant. When interviewing a prospective wedding planner ask lots of questions to be sure they know their stuff.
So, why do I need a planner? In a word, stress! Almost every bride today has had a vision of their wedding day since childhood. She sees only the beauty and the glamour of being “Queen for a Day” in her vision.
Unfortunately, to get to all of the beauty of a perfect wedding day, it takes between 100 and 200 hours of planning. Once realized, this is when the panic sets in and the dynamics change greatly.