Real Wedding Planners Speak Up and Answer The Bride's question

Now that you have the motivation to be an Event Planner, it's time to move on to the next steps of Being a Real Wedding Planner.  I believe the only real advice you will get about being a Wedding Planner is get advice from actually Wedding Planners.

Meet Krystal, they call her happy Krystal
photo credit: Inspire Smart Success, Krystal Phillips

Where does your creativity come from?
My creative inspiration comes from everything.  Examples are my family, my friends, my clients who bring their ideals to me, magazines, movies, and of course shopping.

How did you get your start?
After, spending so much time planning events for family, friends, and being a bridesmaid I found that this was a passion for me.  I began primarily kids events, showers, and other social celebrations. Then I merged fully into weddings. I stay motivated, because I honestly love what I do.  Waking up and doing what I love is enough to keep me going.  The best advise I can give someone just starting is stick to your guns.  Don't ever under sell or under cut to just get business that may not define your brand down the road.  Everything that is cheap isn't always good.  Read more on Krystal or book her as your Wedding Planner at  Inspire Smart Success

Kelly Fowler, with Just Save The Date
Photo Credit: Inspire Smart Success Kelly Fowler, with Just Save The Date
What is the best advice for those just starting out in the Wedding Planner industry
Don't give up!  Just keep swimming.  Take every opportunity that comes your way in the beginning like volunteer, internship, job shadow, network and do whatever you can to learn the business.  Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people. Learn everything you can from people in the business and don't be afraid to ask for help.  This was a leap of faith for me.  I was scarred and afraid when I started, but after being pushed a little, I leaped and never looked back.

How has being a Real Wedding Planner change your life
I am pretty humble.  One of the things I am most proud of is seeing my business grown by 200% in a year.  I went from nothing to 3 weddings my first year in 2011, then 11 weddings my second year in 2012, to 38 weddings in 2013, and 31 weddings in 2014.  I have 35 booked for 2015 and have booked 5 for 2016.

Read: Motivation to Work At Home as a Event Planner
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.  Sometimes, all it takes is a little thinking outside of the box and a little perspective.
It's time to schedule appointments and meet with clients.  Remember you are the professional and your job is to assist the bride and groom by researching their ideas before their big day.

Some things you should keep in mind is to, remember you are the expert, you can't let the couples see you sweat.  Answering questions, dealing with family management ( high strong in-laws ), and mapping out a plan will be in your favor once the couple sees that you can handle it some of their woes. 

Speaking from my own personal experience, I wish I would have done more research before planning my wedding.  I honestly thought I could plan a cheap, but elegant wedding for $5,000.  However, that was not the case.  I didn't think about wedding bands, the wedding ring, bridal pictures, save the date cards, handing out professional invites, the cost of my tiara, my veil, I had to have real flowers as my boutique being that I got married in a rose center (this was very costly and considering I wanted Hydrians - they weren't really in season), and I could go on and on, but I just want you to know that planning for this special day is hard work. 

I kind of wish I would have hired a wedding planner, but being that I started with a $5,000 budget, I'm sure hiring one was out of the question.  I really believe the best advice anyone could have given me before I started planning for my wedding is do your research.  Below are few good Q & A's to get you started...

What is one wedding planning mistake couples often make?
Not being realistic about their budget (lol, this was my first mistake).  Weddings can be extremely expensive and most couples don't know how much things actually cost.  Before setting your budget, take some time to educate yourselves by talking to your friends who have recently got married or a planner who can talk to you about average costs.  Read more

This sign is a great statement piece for the entrance to any bridal shower or bachelorette party.  The sign is also great to use as a photo prop with the bride to be.  This wood sign is 24X36 and can be customized to any size...Read more
What you'll need: Hershey's Kisses, Mason Jars, pretty ribbon, sparkly scrapbook paper for the lids.  Get more instructions @ The  Frugal Girls
#Not Hiring Professional Vendor(s)
Taking on too much and trying to do it all themselves.  There are professional vendors that do these tasks full time for a reason. 

My Online Wedding Help says: When it comes to budgeting, you have to be honest with yourself and with your fiancé about how much time you both need to truly save for and plan for the wedding of your dreams.

#Venue Coordinator Versus Wedding Planner
Many clients have a misconception of what a venue coordinator does versus a wedding planner.  A venue coordinator is not responsible for your other vendors like floral deliveries, décor setup, DJ, and so on.  Having a wedding planner who works for you, helps orchestrate the grand scheme of things to lessen the stress, make sound decisions on your behalf, and combine all the elements together.  Read more
When booking the venue for your wedding you are entering into a business agreement.  While the person you are working with is not likely to be deceptive, they are in business to make a profit.  Read now before you sign on the dotted line.

#Start Your DIY or Personal Touch Ideas Early
A lot of couples have wonderful ideas, but they wait too late for the decorating and details until later on in their engagement.  This is even more stressful if they plan on doing a lot of DIY or personal touches.  For a lot of people getting organized and planning isn't their strong suit, so hiring a planner will really take a lot of the pressure off.  Read more
Doing fewer. really add flares to you big day.  We all can't be like the fabulous Beyonce
#You Under-estimate Cost Related Items
When couples make decision before consulting their wedding planner, they may make the mistake of underestimated anything that is wedding related.  Read more

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#Doing fewer FAB ideas can still have a big impact
Brides today are caught in the illusion with wedding pictures.  Pinterest, wedding books, or wedding shows can give hundreds of ideas to couples about their big day, but all that detail most of the time is not necessary.  A good wedding planner will help their client focus on what is most important in couple's vision.  Read more
Wedding DIY Ideal: I've got a crush on you
#Don't Jump Ahead, Enjoy Every Moment
Couples jump ahead of themselves and try to plan everything as quickly as possible.  Enjoy the process and taking things slowly is the number one way of ensuring that your life doesn't become wedding engulfed.  ( This is probably the best advice a planner could give you.)

2014 Celebrity Weddings
Kim and Kanye West
Photo Source: ABC News Go
Here's a good wedding picture ideal from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on Wedding day May 24, 2014 wearing matching leather jackets

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