A country courthouse wedding has never been more popular; and there are more opportunities to become a country courthouse wedding planner than ever before.
In good and bad times, people always get married.
A simple ceremony in a country courthouse can pay for an elegant, “rustic” reception.
In rural America, many couples turn to a professional to ensure their wedding day is as stress free as possible.
As a country courthouse wedding planner, you can have a rewarding career to use your creativity to organize the happiest day of people’s lives.
As long as you have the desire, you can become the go to person for country courthouse wedding ideas.
No special education or experience is necessary to break into this career and succeed.
If this gig sounds like the career of your dreams, here are ten steps to help you get started:
There are numerous details involved in planning a fabulous country courthouse wedding, from selecting the date to choosing the reception menu. To teach yourself how to become a country courthouse wedding planner, help out with as many weddings as possible, visit bridal shows, read rustic wedding magazines and books, and conduct informational interviews. Talk with clergy of various faiths, recently married brides, and others connected to the wedding business such as florists and caterers in rural areas.
Successful country courthouse wedding planners have a number of traits in common. They are usually creative people with excellent interpersonal skills, and love to plan rustic events. While most of these traits come naturally to many wedding planners, organization is an important skill that some need to develop. To help you stay organized, create timeline schedules and checklists, and use organizational tools such as a day planner, or binder to keep track of all the wedding details and paperwork.
A portfolio is a collection of photographs that show people your skill at planning rustic weddings and receptions. Offer your services to friends and family who are getting married, in exchange for pictures for your portfolio. To show your creativity, you can also include photographs of rustic table settings or room decorations you have created in your home, or pictures from your own country courthouse wedding, if you planned it yourself.
Even if you plan to start your own country courthouse wedding planner business, consider getting a job in the wedding industry first. These positions can be used as a stepping-stone to gain valuable experience and contacts. Wedding coordinators are hired by hotels, country clubs, and churches across the country. Some exciting options include working as a wedding coordinator at an attraction such as luxury rural resorts.
Many job opportunities for bridal consultants are available with companies that supply products and services for weddings including bridal shops, department stores with gift registries, florists, and caterers.
Setting up a country courthouse wedding planner business is similar to starting any home business. You’ll need to handle matters such as deciding whether to incorporate, setting up your office, and developing systems for getting paid.
There are many excellent resources available to help you start your business including the U.S. Small Business Administration in the United States.
Country courthouse wedding planners offer a variety of services and packages based on their specific skills and interests. You might offer complete wedding planning services, wedding day co-ordination only, or consult with brides and grooms who want to plan their own courthouse weddings. Some wedding planners specialize in arranging “destination weddings.”
Vendors are suppliers of any product or service related to weddings, such as limousine companies, musicians, photographers, party supply companies, invitation printers, etc. Vendors can be a valued partner in planning a successful wedding and/or reception.
Supply business cards and brochures to the vendors you work with, and ask them to recommend your services to their customers who are getting married. Other ways to market your services include advertising, networking, and participating in bridal shows, etc.
Once you start getting calls from brides and grooms, arrange a client consultation meeting. Ask questions to find out what type of wedding services they want, their budget, number of guests, etc. At this meeting you will discuss your fees, which might be an hourly rate such as $50.00/hour or a flat fee. Explain how you can help the couple have the worry-free wedding day and reception of their dreams.
Successful wedding planners are always interested in learning new ideas to use with their clients. Consider joining a professional association for wedding planners to keep up with new developments in the industry. Clients will be impressed, especially if the organization certifies you as a professional wedding planner.
Tonza Borden is a 20-year finance and digital marketing expert with a passion for coaching and training. Visit her website at RuralMoney.com for exclusive rural resources and strategies for your financial future. Google+