Haha, yes! I would love so many parts of being a wedding planner or coordinator, but I also hate customer service tbh, so I would never actually want to work in the wedding industry. 🤣 Bridesmaid for hire also sounds fun!
I have thought about this so much! I LOVE weddings. I love the clothing, I love the decor, I love the flowers, the idea of having a design brief and putting together something beautiful to perfectly fit a specific vision. I love wedding photos, the reason the event is happening (because people love each other and want to become a family together). I love the traditions, and the happy emotions associated with the day. I love parties and an excuse to get everyone you care about together in one room and have a meal and a bottle of wine with them. I love it ALL!
And in fact, when I went dress shopping for myself and for my sister, the assistants asked me if I wanted a job, since I could describe all the fabrics and silhouettes etc!
Buuuuut... as Heather said, I know from personal experience that customer service is quite possibly one of the least pleasant jobs ever, and I can only imagine that couples getting married would have to be above the average in terms of wild and crazy in that department (although I hope my fiance and I are not!)
So, I don't really know that I would want to work in that industry, or what I'd do. I will say though, that I would make an absolute ballin' bridesmaid for hire.
I used to work as an event planner and coordinator and I enjoyed it a lot as i love to plan and organize things. It has made planning my own wedding a lot easier for sure BUT event planing is demanding. Working weekends, late nights and sometimes holidays is HARD but it really is rewarding and fun if those things don’t bother you!
I did! After my wedding, I worked a weekend job in a bridal shop for a few months until I found a full-time job. So fun helping brides find their dream dress! Wow, it’s a lot of work and not huge pay. I gained even more respect for bridal stylists! ♥️
It's like... someone that does all the things a bridesmaid would do, but for money!
So, ensures you have a tissue, that you reapply lipstick, that your dress is all smoothed out, that you've eaten, who folds up your veil and puts it away for you after the ceremony, sneaks you something to eat during your couple photos or grabs you and the groom champagne, who tells you when you're running behind schedule, rounds up your group photo people and wrangles that chatty uncle to ensure things get done on time.
Basically someone who handles a bunch of little things in the background so you can enjoy the day.
Irony: everyone thought our wedding was AMAZING, that it was a miracle we planned it in 7 1/2 months (less, if you count that DH was sick for a month, and later, me for nearly a week), and that I kept my cool (mostly), throughout. People are still saying it was a great wedding.
One of the very few things I've ever liked about wedding planning/wedding industry was... WW forums.
My mom worked at a bridal salon since before I was born, I would spend my nights when I was little at their warehouse, where they would dry clean and ship out all the Tuxedo's as I got older, she went on to work at the retail store, where they did Wedding Dress's, Bridesmaid Dresses and Tux Rentals and she eventually went on to own the store.
I grew up in the most fun place in the world (at least in my eyes) I worked there starting when I was 13 with little odd jobs, put back the dresses after future brides tried them on, organizing the shoe room. My plan was always to go to school for a Business Degree and eventually take over what was now the family business. Sadly my mom lost the business in 2014 (owner of the building was the daughter of the man my mom bought the business from, and she was a piece of work and took the building right out from under us and we couldn't afford another store front at the time)
I would still LOVE to go back to working in a bridal store, even part time. It's where I feel most at ease lol
I was actually just approached on Monday about possibly working as a wedding coordinator for a local venue! I meet with them next week to discuss what the position would entail. And I’m not sure how I feel about it yet- part of me thinks it would be amazing, and part of me thinks it might be a nightmare! LOL
My husband is a wedding videographer. I worked with him for five years (I no longer do, I got a new job two years ago, but I am still available if no other assistants in his roster are.) I have to admit that working with my spouse was a lot of fun, and I probably enjoyed it mostly for that reason. Being spouses filming people becoming spouses was pretty cool.
And funny enough, one of the things that made him become a videographer was our biggest regret from our wedding - that we didn't get a video. I used to hear him tell brides at shows, "make sure you get a videographer, even if it isn't me. I didn't when I got married, and I wish I had."
I will say that it had its ups and downs. Of course, we usually weren't exposed to the months-long madness of weddings (like a planner or coordinator would be). But I do have some nightmare bride stories.
I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it if it wasn't with my husband.
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It’s mostly about listening to what the bride wants and learning about the shop’s inventory. The shop should give you some training on what looks good on different body types, and how to choose dresses if a bride is indecisive. I even teared up with a few of my brides! Amazing experience. ♥️
Working as a venue coordinator for a zoo was honestly my dream job, and I'd go back to it in a heartbeat now if they could afford me.
Unfortunately for my location, the pay just wasn't worth the long hours and work I was doing. I would work Tuesday-Saturday (and really any day I had an event) to keep up regular communications with couples I was working with (along with corporate groups who were renting out spaces), and Fridays I would be there till late in the evenings if couples came in and were doing a rehearsal. I was a pushover and usually let them come in the night before to decorate when it was available. Saturdays I would be there at 8a to start getting the rooms ready (lights on, ac adjusted those sorts of things) and I would be there until 11p/12a if I didn't have to reset the room for an event the next day.
I was also the only person in our events department, so I did it all. The first meeting with clients, the contact throughout, and then the actual physical work of setting-up the space with tables and chairs and tearing it all down at the end of the night. Plus we escorted our couples around the park for photo ops and acted as crowd control because we were an active zoo.
My bf (now FH) lived 2 hours away, so I only got to see him on weekends when I either didn't have a wedding, or if I drove up Saturday nights when I finished up. It took a mental toll eventually and I stepped away to a venue that had more support in the form of a sales team and set-up crew.
I did all of this for $10 an hour for almost 2 years, and when I approached my boss about receiving more pay it was like pulling teeth.
I've thought about getting back into it as a DOC but not a full on planner, because from what I've seen most brides really like to DIY it here in the mid-west and can't justify paying for someone to help them plan.
It's a super fun industry to work in when you get to work with someone from start to finish in their planning, but boy it can sure be exhausting.
I kind of do lol. One of my friends MIL is an event manager for a wedding venue. They were new and needed staff, so I started working there SUPER part time to help her out. I really love it. It was supposed to be something I did for just a few months, but I’ve now been doing it for over a year. It is fun to see everyone’s different wedding styles, and seeing all of the beautiful gowns.