Here at WedLoft, I’ve connected with hundreds of wedding planners, photographers, invitation designers and other vendors over the years. I’ve learned about their businesses and have interviewed them about how they got into their line of work and why they chose to work in the wedding industry.Many of t... read more

Here at WedLoft, I’ve connected with hundreds of wedding planners, photographers, invitation designers and other vendors over the years. I’ve learned about their businesses and have interviewed them about how they got into their line of work and why they chose to work in the wedding industry.

Many of the fabulous vendors out there actually became wedding vendors and experts after planning their own weddings. This probably doesn’t come as such a surprise to you. From the proposal to the wedding day, brides spend countless hours (for often a year or longer) totally immersed in weddings. Most brides research, plan and sometimes even make all of the elements that come together for a beautiful event.

For those of you who totally love planning your wedding and have thought about pursuing work in the wedding industry after your wedding day, today I’m sharing some tips on how you might get started.

Wedding Vendor
If you’re a bride that has a fabulous sense of style, unique ideas for themes and decor or a skill set that would benefit other brides… you may consider becoming a wedding vendor yourself!

To get started, take advantage of online and local resources. There are many courses and workshops available for becoming an event planner such as the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and The Wedding Planner Book.  There are also classes for jewelry design, calligraphy and other skills that relate to weddings.

You might also hone in on skills you already have. For example, if you have a degree in print or graphic design, becoming an invitation designer might be a great option for you. There are even wedding professionals who got their start by noticing a particular product or service that didn’t exist when planning for their own big day. They were successful by filling a gap or need in the wedding industry.  Is there something you wish you could have had while planning your wedding?  Chances are, other brides are wishing for the same thing!  Bringing a service or product to life may be your money-maker.

From Bride to Wedding Expert

Wedding Blogger
Looking for an option to share your ideas, advice and photos? A blog may be the right fit for you. I know of a number of brides who have started blogs as a way of documenting their own wedding experience. This can be a fun way to see it all come together. Many continue blogging after their wedding, using their experience to help other brides-to-be.

A great example of going from bride to wedding blogger is Tracie from Bridewell Market.  When Wedloft launched in 2009, Tracie was a bride herself.  She joined up with us and blogged here, from a bride’s perspective, for a couple of years.  After that, she started her own wedding blog that has been running since!  Tracie eventually rebranded and now she also sells wedding products in etched wood too!

Wedding Author
Maybe your aim is to share more comprehensive information with brides or other vendors. Writing a book is a totally achievable option. Whether you have a specific wedding story, concept or idea that would appeal to the wedding industry… you can share it with a wide audience by publishing a book!

Writing a book may seem a bit scary but it is absolutely something you can accomplish. You can even do it in a weekend!! I’m serious! There is a fantastic webinar called “How to Write a Bestseller in a Weekend” by Alicia Dunams.

Alicia has helped hundreds of first-time authors write Amazon bestsellers. Her amazing strategies take authors through the process of writing a book from start to finish. Her “get-it-done” approach will walk you through creating an effective title and developing content that highlights you as an expert.

If the idea of writing a book has peaked your interest, you’re in luck! Alicia is offering a free webinar just for you. You can find the webinar details at BestSelllerinaWeekend.com

Best Seller In a Weekend
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Whatever path you choose, start by taking some time to really think about your own strengths and skills. Define what unique products, services or information you can share with brides and couples planning for their weddings and build from there. Good luck!!

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