Midlife Career Change – 5 Tips For Reinventing Yourself As a Top Wedding Planner

When you saw Jennifer Lopez in the movie “The Wedding Planner”, did it make you believe you have to be a young woman to be a wedding planner? You don’t. New wedding planners aren’t all young women and men in their 20’s and early 30’s who just entered the workforce. Some had long careers in other fields, then started a wedding planning business part time and grew it into a full time business. Others got “downsized” and decided to start a business doing something they love rather than work for someone else.
Here are 5 tips for successfully starting a wedding planning business at midlife:
1) Prepare yourself for a different work atmosphere
Having your own business is not the same as working for someone else, I know this from personal experience. You no longer have access to the funds, the staff, or the knowledge of other employees, there is only you. You will have to hire the help you need, such as a bookkeeper or a computer support person, and you may need to learn to do things you have never done before, like marketing. So think about what your life would be like if you were on your own. Most people love it.
2) Get out and meet other entrepreneurs
Learn what it is like be a business owner from other entrepreneurs. Find out how they manage their time and balance their home and work lives. When you have your own business, you are able to plan your own schedule but not everyone thrives in this environment, make sure this is for you.
3) Research what wedding planners do
Read books, talk to experienced planners of every age. If you have been working eight to five, Monday through Friday, you need to be prepared to work nights, weekends and long hours, standing on your feet, in order to plan weddings. By talking to experienced professionals, you’ll find out what it is really like to be a wedding planner.
4) Assess your skills
Wedding planning involves strong skills in organizing and planning, facilitating, managing, scheduling, creating budgets, and much more. You may already have developed these skills in your previous career. You also need to be creative and have a real desire to work closely with couples on their wedding, one of the most important events of their lives.
5) Get Experience
If you don’t have much experience in wedding planning, you may need to work without pay or for very low pay as an intern for an experienced planner before you go out on your own. You can also gain experience working with other wedding professionals, such as florists, caterers, and photographers, and planning weddings and other events for family members and friends.

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