Yes, you read me right; MAKE money, not SAVE money.
You can earn money by planning your own wedding.
In fact, you could earn more than your wedding actually costs!
How about that? You could technically have your dream wedding…for free!
This sounds too good to be true, and, even though it’s not quite as easy as I’ve made it sound so far, it’s not a total lie.
Here’s the idea: Planning a wedding is a skill. There are plenty of wedding planners who will charge hundreds or thousands of pounds to take control and organise your special day. They do an amazing job and they’re able to do an amazing job because they have the experience, knowledge and the contacts to make your wedding day awesome.
They’re worth every penny.
If you can’t afford a wedding planner though, or you’re one of those brides that really does want to plan their own wedding day, you’ll have to start from the beginning.
And this is a good thing.
Even if you’ve never planned a wedding, party or event before, the process of planning your own wedding will give you your very own collection of skills, knowledge and contacts.
Along the way, you’ll make mistakes, hit roadblocks and have problems.
And then you’ll fix them.
After you’ve planned your own wedding, you’ll have a wedding planning file the size, and weight, of the average house brick – a folder stuffed full of ideas and information, ideas, tips and tricks that other brides would kill for (OK, maybe not kill for, but definitely maim).
Why don’t you sell, hire, loan or teach that information to other new brides?
There’s a big belief in that, to sell information, you have to be an expert. That you have to be THE expert; the one at the top of the tree, but this simply isn’t true.
You have information that would be of value to someone else; another bride planning her own wedding for the first time.
Sure, you may not have as much information as a seasoned wedding planner, but that’s why they charge the prices they do: because they have MORE value.
Value isn’t black or white; it’s a sliding scale.
The more value you can offer people, the more you can charge for it.
If you have a little bit of value and information, you can charge a little bit of money for it.
As a magician who performs at weddings, my value is in making your day as stress free as possible. I entertain your guests, so you don’t have to.
If I say that I’ll do card tricks for your wedding guests for an hour, that has value, but if I say that I’ll be entertaining your guests throughout the entire photo period – from after the ceremony until they are called through for the wedding breakfast, that may be of more value. If I then add things in like special tricks for the bride and groom, booking contracts, so that you can relax knowing the date is secure, Insurance etc., then I’m adding even more value, so in theory I can charge even more.
If you’ve planned your own wedding, you could write an e-book of all the processes you went through and how you would do it all again.
The value would be in the answers to all those questions new brides and grooms are presently struggling with, or are not yet aware of:
- What did you find useful?
- How did you approach suppliers?
- What order did you book the services in?
- What were the main problems you had and, more importantly, how did you solve them?
- What have I forgotten?
- How can I keep kids entertained?
- Should we invite HER?
- What’s the easiest way to do the table plan?
- What did you do well?
- What would you do differently?
If you’re not up to writing an e-book, why not be a Professional Bride Consultant?
You could set yourself with a profile on some of the freelance sites, offering advice regarding various aspects of the wedding planning process, or run occasional webinars, telling your story and the lessons you’ve learned.
Or, why not start a blog, giving a new tip every week. Or blog on other wedding sites? Or how about a podcast?
You don’t even need to have been married to make use of this idea!
If you’re “always the bridesmaid, but never the bride”, as the saying goes, this can work for you too. Jen Glantz made a significant amount of money being a professional bridesmaid, offering a range of services, ranging from consulting on the wedding planning to actually being there to walk you down the aisle!
So, why not?
Money is what’s given in exchange for value. The more value you can give, the more money you should receive, but you don’t need to wait until you’ve got everything in place and won the wedding planner Olympic gold medal (I’m pretty sure that isn’t a real thing) before you can start giving people value.
It starts with being a little bit better, or knowing a tiny bit more, than someone else, and, if you’ve successfully planned your own wedding and survived, you’re way ahead of that.