Be a Wedding Planner and Make Fairytales Come True

Would you like to know how to become a wedding planner? A recent publication from the U.S. Board of Labor Statistics predicts that the career outlook for wedding planners is good, particularly for those who live in large population centers with plenty of potential clients. Some make it a full time career, while others work at it part time, to supplement their income from another job. Wedding planning can take many forms, from large scale coordination efforts that begin with the engagement party and continue through the honeymoon, to simply handling last minute details, or providing few hours of consultation during the initial planning stages. The job can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful, particularly when clients are anxious about their upcoming wedding.

Although a few wedding planners work for an established wedding planning business, most wedding planners are self-employed, so this career typically comes with all the advantages and challenges of entrepreneurship. On one hand, you can be your own boss, but on the other hand, you don’t have the benefit of an entirely predictable salary, or paid sick days. So learning how to establish and operate a business is an important part of learning how to become a wedding planner.

Although anyone can theoretically become a wedding planner without having any particular qualifications, potential clients will want some kind of evidence that you are likely to do a good job. If they were willing to trust this task to just anyone, after all, they’d probably have hired their unemployed cousin at a bargain rate. You can’t just hang up your shingle and get clients. You need to develop a strategy for how to become a wedding planner. Experience, education, and personal recommendations will all help you to drum up business and inspire confidence.

These days, most people who get into this business take some kind of wedding planner course. These courses tend to be relatively short and focused; they can be completed in a matter of days or weeks. Courses may be offered online, at a college, or some combination of the two. The cost tends to range between a few hundred and a couple thousand U.S. dollars. In wedding planner school, you will usually learn how to put together your portfolio and build your business. Topics such as etiquette, budgeting, scheduling, and honeymoon travel planning are often covered. In other words, you’ll learn about how to become a wedding planner as well as how to plan weddings. At the end of the course, you will typically receive a certificate so that you can call yourself a certified wedding planner. Some wedding planners specialize in certain types of weddings, such as destination weddings, and in some cases, specialty courses on these topics may be offered by schools that teach wedding planning.

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Relevant experience will also help you to impress couples who are considering hiring you, as well as improve the likelihood that you will do a good job. If you have a background in event coordination or hospitality, you’ll have a leg up when you start planning weddings. Some wedding planners work as an assistant or apprentice to an established wedding planner to gain experience before striking out on their own, particularly if all of their working experience is in an unrelated field.

Professional organizations may help wedding planners or event planners in general, to network and improve their skills. They can help a newcomer to figure out how to become a wedding planner and attract business. These organizations often offer their own wedding planning courses, and may hold conferences and meetings to aid their members’ professional development. They may also set standards for business practices, so that their endorsement improves members’ credibility.

In the end, there’s no single right answer to the question of how to become a wedding planner. There are simply a number of common ways for a person to gain the skills, experience, and reputation necessary for success in this industry. Graduating at the top of your wedding planner class won’t necessarily lead to a stellar career. Your business sense and charisma will be key to attracting clients.

Thank You Cards in a Digital Age

Even in this modern age of e-mail and cell phones, there are still some occasions when a paper note is the most polite medium for a message. You wouldn’t text the invitations to a formal wedding, would you? Well, like wedding invitations, thank you cards are also ideally made out of paper. Making the extra effort to write a personal message on a card and place it in the mail shows that you really appreciate a gift or thoughtful gesture. Although some people might not expect thank you cards, if you send them, nobody will be offended. Some people may even be pleasantly surprised, and your grandma won’t have to wonder whether you ever received the gift she mailed.

One challenge that you may face when it comes to sending thank you cards is that you might not have mailing addresses for all of your friends and family. If you have their e-mail addresses, though, you can always request their mailing addresses that way. One “Dear Abby” reader suggested a clever and efficient way to obtain addresses for baby shower thank you cards: Ask each guest to write his or her address on an index card, along with their guess about the baby’s length and weight, so that the person whose guess was the closest can receive a prize. Of course, this also ensures that all the guests can receive thank you cards as well. And once you get their addresses, hang onto them, so you’ll have them in case you need to send any of these people thank you cards for something else in the future.

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Ideally, thank you cards should address the recipient by name, and include a handwritten sentence or two to acknowledge the specific gift and say something nice about it if possible. E.g. Thank you for the cute pink umbrella. Your timing couldn’t be better; my old one was on its last legs. If you receive a lot of gifts at once, and might have trouble remembering who gave you what, try tucking the gift tag or card into the box or bag with each gift, so that you can make a list later on. Alternately, at parties such as baby showers or wedding showers, you could get a friend to help you by jotting down a list as you go.

When it comes time to select the cards, you can always pick up a box of innocuous thank you cards or blank cards at the nearest drugstore. Stationery stores or greeting card stores will, of course, have a better selection. You may even be able to find wedding thank you cards or baby shower thank you cards in addition to the generic varieties. It is also possible to order personalised thank you cards online. Photo thank you cards are a popular choice for occasions when you need to thank a lot of people who attended the same event. A picture taken at the event can turn thank you cards into keepsakes. Some wedding photographers even include wedding photo thank you cards in their catalog of services. Vendors who sell wedding stationery tend to offer thank you cards (and other items) that match their various styles of wedding invitations, too.


The best time to send thank you cards is as soon as possible. Sometimes, though, life gets hectic. If you have trouble getting cards out in a reasonable time frame, it can help to keep a box of blank thank you cards and a package of stamps on hand, so that you won’t be delayed by the need to run to the store and the post office. For most purposes, sending a thank you card within two weeks of a receiving gift or thoughtful gesture is perfectly reasonable. If you receive gifts at your wedding, though, you can take a little longer – up to a month – to get those thank you cards in the mail. People understand that you probably have a lot of people to thank, and they don’t expect you to spend your honeymoon writing thank you notes.

Practical Advice on Save the Date Magnets for Your Wedding

It can be helpful to tell your friends and family about your upcoming wedding date as soon as you’ve decided for sure when it will be. You may not have the details figured out, and the formal invitations may not be printed yet, but if you at least know the date, it’s good to get that information out so that people can plan their vacations, dental surgery, and so forth, without creating scheduling conflicts. If guests will be traveling a long distance to attend your wedding, having advance notice so that they can make travel arrangements, and get good deals on airfare, is particularly important. For these reasons, it has become common for couples to send out “save the date” cards well in advance of formal invitations.

Gorgeous Magnet from "Fabulous Invites – NYC"

However, if you send the information out months in advance, there is a risk that the card will get lost in a stack of paper somewhere. Save the date magnets are a great solution for this problem. Your future wedding guests can just stick save the date wedding magnets on their refrigerators, and find the information easily when they need it.

So where can you buy personalized save the date magnets? Wedding retailers, both online and off, frequently offer this service. Other online retailers sell magnets in general, and include “save the date” magnets in their catalogues. Typically, you will have a selection of pre-existing templates to choose from, though some vendors will allow you to design the magnets yourself from scratch. Most templates for save the date magnets include at least one picture of the couple, in addition to their names and the upcoming wedding date. It’s also common to include a website address on the magnet, where people can check for more details as you get them figured out.

A magnet will normally be more expensive than a traditional paper “save the date” card. The unit cost of wedding save the date magnets depends on how many you choose to buy; quantity discounts affect the price significantly. The size of the magnet will also be a factor. Roughly, however, prices tend to fall in the range of one or two U.S. dollars per magnet. Some save the date magnets come with envelopes included, but sometimes the envelopes need to be purchased separately, so keep this in mind when comparing prices. When you are considering buying save the date magnets from an online retailer, don’t forget to include shipping charges in your price comparison. If you don’t want to shop for magnets online, you will probably be able to order customized magnets from a large office supply store, such as Staples or OfficeMax. They may be categorized as magnetic business cards, but you will most likely be able to find or supply an appropriate wedding themed design. Since business cards don’t usually come with envelopes, these will need to be purchased separately.

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photo strip design

Speaking of envelopes, save the date magnets may be small, but in the United States, an envelope must be at least 3 ½ by 5 inches in order to be delivered by the postal service. For mailing within Canada, envelopes need to be slightly larger: 3.6 x 5.6 inches. If you live in another country, it’s a good idea to check with your postal service to make sure that the envelopes you choose will be deliverable. Save the date magnets are usually flexible, thin, and light enough that standard letter postage rates will apply. Postage, at least, should be no more expensive than if you were mailing a traditional “save the date” card.

Finally, there are a couple points of etiquette to remember when it comes to save the date magnets: Don’t send one to someone you aren’t sure you’re going to invite. Even if people respond to let you know whether or not they will be able to attend the wedding after they receive your save the date magnets, send them formal invitations anyway, regardless of their response. Second, although it may seem helpful to include wedding gift registry information, it’s almost inevitable that some of your guests will find that tacky. Word of mouth, personal wedding websites, and bridal shower invitations are probably better ways to let people know where you are registered.

Use A Wedding Invitation Kit To Create Unique Invites

For anyone with a creative streak, using a wedding invitation kit to create personalized wedding invitations is not only a pleasure, but is usually cheaper than having bespoke invitations made. Wedding invitations are very personal, and they need to reflect the individuals getting married. It can be hard to find exactly the right option amongst the off the shelf choices offered by shops, making a DIY wedding invitation kit an attractive proposition.

There are two ways to buy a wedding invitation kit. They are available in readymade formats, which include everything needed to make a particular design. Or, they can be made by buying separate items which together can be formed into the chosen design. The advantage of buying separate items is a couple can have free reign over the design of their invitations, rather than be constrained by what comes in a pack.

Most good hobby and craft stores will stock the items needed to make a do it yourself wedding invitation kit. Items vary, but in general the types of things needed are card, decorations, overlays, ribbon or cord, inserts and envelopes. Another option would be to use rubber or clear stamps to decorate the cards. These are available with either motif designs, such as bells or doves, or wording designs, such as “Congratulations.”

It is often better to go for a simple design rather than try to over complicate things. Different colors and textures can be used to create attractive effects, but using too many decorations can leave invitations looking “put together,” rather than elegant. Look for inspiration in wedding magazines, or wedding stationery brochures.

For a truly unique look, couples could try a photo overlay wedding invitation kit. This allows couples to print a photo onto blank card, perhaps an official engagement photo, then have the written details printed onto an overlay sheet. The frosted texture of overlay sheets gives the invitation a romantic quality, which can be heightened by the use of white ribbon to tie the overlay sheet to the photo.

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When using a wedding invitation kit it is important not to spoil the finished look by using a poor quality printer. Hand written invitations look beautiful, but unless they can be done by a calligrapher, the quality can suffer. Printed details are much less likely to contain mistakes, or be unable to be read. Carry out a test of the printer before using it to print the real thing. If the quality is not good enough, the inserts can always be printed separately and added to the invitations.

There are no rules when it comes to using a wedding invitation kit. The beauty of a kit is that it gives free rein to those using it to be as creative as they like. For many this means designing humorous wedding invitations, which feature the hobbies or characteristics of those getting married, or ones to match the theme of the wedding.

Using a wedding invitation kit is perfect for anyone who wants something completely different. Couples with kids could ask them to design the invitations, or perhaps choose the photo if they were going with the photo overlay wedding invitation option. Invitations could be themed for different groups of guests, perhaps with the theme running though into the table layouts at the reception.

Getting married is magical, though sometimes it seems a magic wand it needed in order to for everything to be done as wished by the happy couple. Using a wedding invitation kit is one way to make sure at least one part of the wedding is completely under the bride and grooms control.