Wedding planners oversee nearly every aspect of wedding day festivities to create an unforgettable celebration for their clients.
It sounds dreamy — but it’s really hard work.
It takes intensive planning, organization, scheduling and coordination to pull off a major live event with dozens — if not hundreds — of guests.
There’s no specific path to become a wedding planner and no formal education is required. Networking and hands-on experience are key.
Ready to dive in and learn more about how to become a wedding planner?
In this guide, we explain what a wedding planner does, their average salary and how to get started in this fast-paced industry.
How Much Does a Wedding Planner Make?
The national average salary for a wedding planner is around $41,500 to $44,500 a year, or about $3,262 per wedding.
Indeed estimates the average hourly rate around $15.45 an hour.
Here are some annual salary ranges wedding planners can expect, according to experts:
- As a side gig: $5,000 – $10,000
- As an experienced full-time planner in a major city: $75,000-$200,000
- As a full-time planner in a rural area: $25,000-$75,000
Your specific wedding planner salary depends largely on your location, training, experience and if you work independently or for an agency.
Angelina Colhouer of The Apostolic Wife got started by planning and designing her own wedding. When she was new to the business, Colhouer determined her rates by speaking with established wedding planners in her area.
They charged $3,000 to $5,000 per wedding, so she decided to charge $2,000 for her first one.
Once she had a few weddings under her belt, she charged $2,500.
What Does a Wedding Planner Do? Roles and Responsibilities
If you work as a wedding planner, no two days are the same. Flexibility is key.
Wedding planner job duties often include:
- Answering calls and emails from clients
- Negotiating and securing contracts with vendors
- Creating wedding day timelines
- Hiring a caterer
- Finding a…