OCCUPATION THESAURUS

WEDDING PLANNER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A wedding planner’s job is to take the stress off the engaged couple as much as possible by taking the time to understand the type of wedding they are looking for and the budget for the event, and then bring together options for venues, entertainment, decor, ceremony options, and vendors for the wedding couple to consider. The hundreds of small decisions and pressure to make the day memorable can lead to huge amounts of stress. A planner can help by narrowing the options for the wedding couple in a way that aligns with their vision, making the decision-making process much more manageable.

A wedding planner can use their vendor contacts to find vendors (entertainment, music, caterers, cake decorator, flowers and decor, photos, a videographer, etc.) to make the event not only special, but affordable. They can help out with the delivery and tracking of invitations, offer counsel on the best way to navigate difficult family dynamics (parents who are divorced, feuds in the family,  controlling in-laws, etc.), reserve a venue, manage seating, arrange for tasting or menu viewing with caterers and bakeries, create timelines for the days leading up to the wedding (and the day of), and even help plan the travel afterwards for the honeymoon. On the day of the wedding, a planner will be onsite to ensure the ceremony, photos, and reception all proceed as planned, managing all the moving pieces and taking as much responsibility and stress off the wedding couple and their family as possible, leaving them all to just enjoy the experience. It is the wedding planner’s job to ensure the event is as close to the wedding couple’s wishes as possible, handle any problems as they crop up, and protect the wedding couple from any forces (relatives or otherwise) who seek to interfere or take away from the “specialness” of the big day.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Wedding planners usually take a wedding planning course or diploma program certified by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) that covers all aspects of wedding planning and client relations. In many cases, this course can be taken online over several months.

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