Being a wedding planner is an event management job with a difference. You organize the joyous event, and sometimes get to toast the happy couple with bubbly too.
You’re not alone in finding the job exciting and fun, stimulating, and satisfying. So if you’re applying for a new position, you need to do everything possible to make your resume stand out. We’ve developed a guide and a full resume sample just for you.
Resume objective for a wedding planner
If you’re wondering whether a resume objective is really necessary for a wedding planner, think about whether a short, snappy description of what you can take to the party, literally, will help you get the job.
A business hiring someone to do wedding planning will be looking for very specific strengths, and the resume objective is a great place to highlight these.
You don’t have to include an objective, but we think it’s a good idea.
Monster, undoubtedly one of the best recruitment agencies, believes in the value of a formal objective statement, particularly if you are an entry-level worker or are changing your career.
If you have loads of experience as a wedding planner, you might prefer to rely on a strong career summary to draw attention to your suitability.
Either way, there are descriptive terms and adjectives that draw attention to required qualities.
After surveying dozens of job advertisements for wedding planners, we identified a pattern in terms of what potential employers are looking for. Examples include creativity, originality, and proactiveness. Also, being detail-orientated, having excellent communication skills, and a strong vendor network, integrity, and humor.
Be sure to use strong qualities to make your objective shine.
Experienced wedding planner with excellent communication skills. Superior attention to detail. Warm and friendly with a sense of humor. Thoughtful and willing to go the extra mile. Creative menus. Works within budgets. Happy to work on the day of the wedding.
Resume skills for wedding planners
Planning weddings is a niche within the event planning industry, and in general terms, the skills required are similar, if not the same. In fact, many of the jobs advertised for wedding planners are not limited to weddings.
ZipRecruiter, another leading recruitment site, has analyzed the top skills and qualifications that employers are looking for. Even though they specify the title of Event Planner, these are totally relevant for wedding planners. You could use these as keywords to find the right position.
The term “event planning” ranks tops with “event marketing” and “public relations”. Other vital skills that employers want are event promotions, customer relationship management, hospitality, event coordination, secretarial skills, sales and marketing, and customer retention.
According to ZipRecruiter, wedding planners applying for jobs list some of these skills but often add vendor management, catering experience, social media, fundraising, budget management, and invoicing.
Time management, basic Microsoft Office, and project management software skills like Basecamp are also valued.
We had a look at some of the jobs on offer to see for ourselves what employers are looking for. We have based the sample skills list below on a specific job opportunity for a commission-based wedding planner in Pennsylvania.
Customer relationship management | Client care | Verbal and written communication skills | Friendly, patient, and understanding | Flexible | Good time management | Infectious humor | Integrity and honesty | MO & Basecamp
Wedding planner work experience
Lots of people set out to plan weddings for people for a fee. Many don’t even have a formal business. But if you are looking for a job as a wedding planner you’ll likely be looking for a position with an established business, possibly an events or catering company.
Maybe you’ve been working for yourself until now, creating memorable wedding events for friends and family. They’ve been paying you, but it’s time to take your career to a new level.
Whatever you have done until now, it’s important to include the experience you have had until now in your resume.
Some companies offer internships and even if you have done unpaid internships, unless you have a substantial work history to boost your resume, add these to your experience. You can even add free wedding planning projects you have done for friends and family if you need to.
If you are changing direction, you can add other jobs as long as they are relevant to wedding planning.
Maybe you worked as a bartender, or you’ve done some catering, or have dealt with vendors in a completely different industry. Add this work experience to bolster your image as a great wedding planner.
Sample Work Experience
The Wedding Inn
Wedding Planner, 2018 – 2019
Prepared advertising material. Priced out events and responded to emails and phone inquiries. Managed timelines for all weddings. Managed events on the day, including weekend weddings.
- Created a new brochure for the company
- Participated in four bridal expos
- Worked with the catering team and helped to upgrade menus options
- Was part of the team that increased the events in 2019 to 60 vs 35 in 2018
Wedding Planner, 2015 – 2017
Met with clients to discuss all the elements of their weddings from schedules and floor plans to menus, equipment, and other required services. Responsible for follow up with these clients.
- Made more money on a commission basis than many other wedding planners in other companies
- Handled all the paperwork required for every single event
- Embraced the company’s values 100%: integrity, quality, teamwork, humor, and growth
- Completed the company’s training prior to my first event in 2015
Remote Luxury Wedding Planning Intern, 2020
Researched vendors for clients during the planning phases of weddings. Obtained price quotations from florists, caterers, hotels and resorts, restaurants, and photographers. Worked closely with the company principal.
- Worked about 20 hours every week for academic credit hours
- Learned Basecamp for project management
- Sent out thousands of emails including proposals and contracts on behalf of the business
- Received a glowing written reference that highlights my professional strengths
Wedding planner education
You don’t need a formal education to become a wedding planner, but there are courses you can do that will help promote your career, even if you already have some experience.
If you want to work for an events company or a business that specializes in wedding planning, some kind of qualification is going to help you get the job.
The American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (AACWP), has been a key training provider since 2007. Not only do they provide in-depth training courses, but they also offer training mentorships, continuing education, and certification opportunities.
The AACWP promotes the idea that wedding planning must be done by professionals who are trained and certified. It also promotes the need for ongoing education as well as networking amongst certified wedding planners.
There are courses available from various colleges and schools that are certified by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC).
There are also programs that result in diplomas as well as online courses that produce certificates to prove you have studied and passed the relevant exams.
Wedding Planner Diploma, 2018
ABC Certified Wedding Planner Diploma, 2018 (three-month course)
There is a myriad of courses that a wedding planner could take to widen their field of knowledge. These range from perfecting Microsoft Office skills to flower arranging and fashion courses to learn about style and color.
Even basic wedding planning courses that teach a bit of everything from menus to music could prove to be rewarding. They would certainly add credibility to a wedding planner resume.
Sometimes employers demand specific skills, like knowledge of Basecamp, which is project management software, although this isn’t a common requirement. There are other possibilities too, like Planning Pod for managing the event and Social Tables, a collaborative platform that can also be helpful.
There are a variety of online courses available for Basecamp, including some that are instructor-led.
Social Tables is usually taught in a classroom environment.
- MO with a focus on Word and Excel
You might not be required to be certified to get a job as a wedding planner, but if you are certified you are already ahead of the game.
The American Association of Certified Wedding Planners provides resources as well as support and networking opportunities for wedding planners. The Association also offers professional development opportunities and both certification and continuing education, and has a strict code of ethics.
Established in 2007, the Association has three levels of membership: Trained Wedding Planner (TWP) and then two certified levels, Certified Wedding Planner and Certified Master Wedding Planner. It is the only professional organization that offers membership to trained or certified wedding planners in the US.
To be certified, wedding planners need to have successfully completed an approved educational program and planned and directed at least three weddings in two years. Successful mentorship involving two weddings with a certified wedding planner is also required.
The ABC also offers a professional certification that is highly regarded in the industry. It’s a self-paced, home-study program that takes three to six months to complete.
Shari Johns, president of the AACW, warns wedding planners not to be conned into online certifications promising a “quick path to the profession.”
- AACWP Certified Wedding Planner
- AACWP Certified Master Wedding Planner
- ABC Certified Wedding Planner
Complete wedding planner resume sample
We looked at a series of wedding planner resumes and job posts while researching this article, and chose a stand-out job post for you to see. We have used it to show you how to craft a compelling resume for the position.
As you will notice, the job is for the position of Sales and Events Manager, but three years of wedding planning and three years of event management are required. As we said earlier, wedding planner jobs are often combined with other event-related positions.
Thorough knowledge of event management is vital including the ability to supply inventory and coordinate food and beverage orders.
Communication skills as well as planning and organizational skills are also very important.
Experienced wedding planner and events manager. Motivated salesperson able to work within tight budgets. Accomplished digital marketer. Creative, with the drive to succeed. Ready to commit to the company long-term.
Organizing and planning | Verbal and written communication | Good listener | Problem solver | Networking | Negotiating and budgeting | Flexible and easy-going | Integrity and determination | MO & Basecamp
Wedding Planner, 2016 – 2019
Coordinated weddings from initial client meetings through the entire process. Conducted site inspections, held menu tastings, created floor plans and presentations. Liaised with vendors.
- Introduced social media marketing and started a company blog
- Created more than 100 wedding menus
- Took charge of all the budgets for the weddings I planned
- Managed rehearsals for all the weddings I planned and organized
Special Wedding Events
Freelance Wedding Planner, 2014 – 2015
Planned weddings and organized every aspect from decor and table settings to food and beverage. Handled all the budgeting within the client’s parameters.
- Planned and organized 16 weddings from scratch
- Dealt with clients without supervision
- Didn’t miss a single deadline
- Won the company’s annual Spirit of Hospitality award for 2013
- AACWP Certified Wedding Planner
- ABC Certified Wedding Planner
New York Institute of Art & Design
ABC Certified Professional Wedding Planner, 2013
When you write your resume you need to show that you fit the skills and experience needed for the specific job you are applying for.
- The strengths and qualities required from a wedding planner range from happy creativity to hard-work budgeting and organization. Show you can offer a good balance.
- Most event companies that take on wedding planners are looking for people with experience rather than degrees and diplomas. However, certifications will stand you in good stead.
- The AACW has a wealth of resources that you can draw from. Consider their training courses and continuing education opportunities. These will always enhance a wedding planner’s resume.
Tips from Experts
“Wedding planning needs to be done by trained and certified professionals.” – Shari Johns, President of the AACW
“A wedding planner can act as a trusted advisor on everything wedding related and provide a shoulder to lean on.” – Shannon Kennedy, Kennedy Event Planning
“The majority of wedding planning tasks aren’t glamorous but the end result is beautiful and worth all of the hard work. Take any and every opportunity to be around weddings just to absorb how things work. Network and even cold call for opportunities.” – Ellie Lucash, a wedding planner for Kimpton Hotels in Boston
We encourage you to use the information provided in this article to craft a resume worthy of the education, skills, and experience you have to offer anyone looking for a wedding planner. Even if you have a resume that you’ve previously used to get a job in the industry, tailor this one to match the job you are punting for.
Get it right and you’ll be cracking open a bottle of bubbly and toasting a new job!