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What is a Certified Wedding Planner

A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client’s wedding. Weddings are significant events in people’s lives and as such, couples are often willing to spend considerable amount of money to ensure that their weddings are well-organized. Wedding planners are often used by couples who work long hours and have little spare time available for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers.

Professional wedding planners are based worldwide but the industry is the largest in the USA, India, western Europe and China.[1][2] Various wedding planning courses are available to those who wish to pursue the career.[3] Planners generally charge either a percentage of the total wedding cost, or a flat fee.[4][5]

Planners are also popular with couples planning a destination wedding, where the documentation and paperwork can be complicated. Any country where a wedding is held requires different procedures depending on the nationality of each the bride and the groom. For instance, US citizens marrying in Italy require a Nulla Osta (affidavit sworn in front of the US consulate in Italy), plus an Atto Notorio (sworn in front of the Italian consulate in the US or at a court in Italy), and legalization of the above.

Some countries instead have agreements and the couple can get their No Impediment forms from their local registrar and have it translated by the consulate in the country of the wedding. A local wedding planner can take care of the different procedures.

 

What Does A Wedding Do ?

Setting up a realistic wedding budget

Devising a wedding master plan that maps out all the little details, from ceremony music to favors

Showing you the best and most original locations in the area, considering your wedding size, budget, and vision

Finding the top florists, photographers, caterers, bands, DJs and other vendors in your price range

Cutting you choice deals: Consultants bring volume to favored vendors, so often the vendors will reciprocate by slashing prices or throwing in extras

Reading over all your vendor contracts to make sure everything is there, correct, and in accordance with your best interests and negotiations any amendments on your behalf

Creating a day-of (or weekend-of) timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process — vendors, members of the wedding party, you, and your families — when to do what

Handling the invitations, from the wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing, as well as tracking RSVP s

Counseling you on proper etiquette as well as what’s hot on the wedding front

Managing the wedding day: supervising vendors, setup, and delivery; handling emergencies; and soothing nerves

Serving as your spokesperson, conveying your every whim and desire to vendors or family members when you just can’t deal with doing it yourself

Helping to plan and book your honeymoon (yep — most planners will handle your travel plans too!content goes here.and negotiations any amendments on your behalf

Creating a day-of (or weekend-of) timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process — vendors, members of the wedding party, you, and your families — when to do what

Handling the invitations, from the wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing, as well as tracking RSVP s

Counseling you on proper etiquette as well as what’s hot on the wedding front

Managing the wedding day: supervising vendors, setup, and delivery; handling emergencies; and soothing nerves

Serving as your spokesperson, conveying your every whim and desire to vendors or family members when you just can’t deal with doing it yourself

Helping to plan and book your honeymoon. 

How Do I Get Certified ?

Wedding planner training courses can take anywhere from a day to a few months to complete. Planners who complete training courses and want to become certified may take several months to plan enough weddings to qualify for certification.


Average Salary Of A Wedding Planner

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $60,000 and as low as $27,000, the majority of Wedding Planner salaries currently range between $30,000 (25th percentile) to $46,500 (75th percentile) across the United States.

The average pay range for a Wedding Planner varies little (about $16,500), which suggests that regardless of location, there are not many opportunities for increased pay or advancement, even with several years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Wedding Planner job market in both Hampton, GA and the surrounding area is very active. People working as a Wedding Planner in your area are making on average $36,441 per year or $4,282 (11%) less than the national average annual salary of $40,723. Georgia ranks number 42 out of 50 states nationwide for Wedding Planner salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Wedding Planner jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.


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