Wedding and Party Consultants

From directing the bride to the best dress shops and cake decorators to pinning on the corsages the day of the wedding, wedding and party consultants, sometimes called event professionals and wedding and party planners, assist in the planning of weddings, receptions, and other large celebrations and events. By and large, most consultants deal in weddings. These consultants generally have home-based businesses, but spend a great deal of time visiting vendors and reception and wedding sites.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Event Professionals, Wedding and Party Planners
Duties Plan weddings, receptions, and other large celebrations and events
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Any previous planning experience, such as work as an event planner or caterer
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant With a Large Clientele
  • Experienced Wedding and Party Consultant
  • Entry-Level Wedding and Party Consultant
  • Event Coordinator or Planner