How to Become a Wedding Planner? [Infographic]

Wedding planners help walk couples through the biggest day of their lives. From the time a bride says “yes” to a groom’s wedding proposal until after the last bottle of champagne is popped, a good wedding planner will work tirelessly to ensure the big day is a total success. That could include everything from arranging wedding photography and food to scrutinizing fabric swatches and finding a last minute solution for a lost earring or missing best man.

While some married couples pop into the local justice of the peace or head to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding, there are plenty of brides and grooms who pull out all the stops to ensure their wedding day is a day they—and their guests—will never forget. And they’re spending money to make it happen. According to a survey by and Wedding, the average wedding budget in 2011 was $27,021.

Wedding planners must expect the best but be prepared for the worst. Most likely things will go smoothly during a couple’s big day, but during those times when they don’t, wedding planners are kind of like triage surgeons and airline pilots rolled into one. They are there to ensure a smooth ride but when things go off course, they need to be able to assess and fix any unplanned situations that arise. Of course they aren’t engaged in a life-or-death struggle, but try telling that to an anxious bride.

Learn more about what it takes to become a wedding planner in our infographic.

How to Become a Wedding Planner
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