•excellent organisational skills
•good communication and customer care skills
•problem-solving skills and the ability to deal with the unexpected
•excellent attention to detail
•the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
•sales and negotiation skills
•the ability to manage a budget
What you'll do
You day-to-day duties may include:
•meeting couples to discuss their requirements and budget
•coming up with creative ideas and themes
•advising on wedding customs and etiquette
•preparing proposals and quotations for the work
•agreeing prices with suppliers like florists, photographers, caterers and venues
•making sure costs stay within budget
•being at the venue on the day of the wedding to make sure everything goes to plan
•researching new products, services and suppliers
If you’re self-employed, you’ll also spend time doing your accounts and promoting your business.
You’ll often plan more than one wedding at a time.
Starter: £17,000 to £20,000
Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £25,000 or more
If you’re self-employed you may charge a fixed fee, hourly rate, or a percentage of the total wedding cost. Your earnings will depend on the number of customers you can attract and how much you charge.
These figures are a guide.
Working hours, patterns and environment
You’re likely to work long hours, particularly during peak wedding season (May to September). Meetings with couples often take place in the evening and at weekends. On the day of the wedding you may work a 12-hour day, or longer.
You’ll be based in an office or work from home. You’ll also spend time travelling to see clients, suppliers and venues.