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ok so here's the skinny...

i'm thinking about saying bye bye to corporate america and taking the leap into starting my own business...

and wouldnt you know it - i love event planning, and all the research and interviewing that goes on behind the scenes!!! i'm a ball-buster when i negotiate in my job now, so i can take said ball-busting into working with vendors; i've always been the one to put together the shindig and more and more, i spend more time on planning boards helping other brides look for that perfect butter yellow bm dress than i do doing my normal job.. ok maybe not - but i'm slowly being drawn into the "helping people" part of wedding planning...

i dont know if this is just a phase, but i have been burning out at my "day job" for about a year now...

maybe this is more about being unhappy at what i do??? i dont know i'm confused...
Posted on April 24, 2008 at 7:44 am
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beatie
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I think a lot of us have been there. Even before I got engaged, I considered making a career out of wedding and/or event planning. It's making the switch from a guaranteed income to an iffy one that scares me most. Like you, I get a lot of pleasure out of helping other's with dilemma's, answering questions, etc. Now, will I ever make the jump? Or am I too comfortable where I am, even though I'm not totally loving my career now? Who knows. I told myself to wait until the wedding is over to see if this is just a situational love or if it's the real thing. Besides, planning a wedding while at the same time making a career switch? Too much stress for me! :)
Posted on April 24, 2008 at 7:47 am
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TG i'm not the only one "loving" my current career choice...

thanks for being honest!! i thuoght i was the only one in this sitch ;)
Posted on April 24, 2008 at 8:04 am
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you know, you could try doing one a whole one for a friend (after yours of course) and see how you really like it. You could "shadow" a planner and see how they do things from start to finish... and then consider doing it part-time till you decide if this is what you really want. This way, you're not investing too much time or money into an unsure thing. :)
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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when i first got engaged, the idea of starting my own business as a wedding planner was entertained. i'd be on the message boards 24-7... almost a little obsessed, and i plan events as part of my current job so it was a natural thought.

2 months into planning my own wedding, the idea started losing luster. do i really want to deal with bridezillas? and in general, event planning is VERY labor intensive and doesn't really make the big bucks until you've got YEARS under your belt. in my research, it said that wedding planners don't start seeing a profit until their 2nd or 3rd year into business. and even then, it's somewhat minimal.

hope that helps! try googling "wedding planning career" for feedback from wedding planners who've made it in the business.
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm
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If you are really interested in doing it what about consulting/planning part time since it is in most demand on the weekends and see if you like it before taking a huge leap..Then as you build up and you see work coming in then quit the day job... Just a thought :)
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm
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i just sent away for course materials from abc - so we'll see how taking the course and the tests changes my mjind or not..

http://www.bridalassn.com/

i've also left messages for site coordinators at a few wineries in the local area to "intern" on weekends to see if this is what i want to do...

i know for me - it's not going to be about the money - i'd rather leave my almost 6 figures but be happy instead of dreading going in to the office...

but you all are right - i'm totally going to tread lightly until i am for sure this is what i want to do...
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm
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No, you are definitely not the only one not loving their career. Did you see the Oprah episode with Marcus Buckingham? It was very inspiring. He has a whole course you can do online if you're interested in a career change. So many women in unsatisfying careers, including me. I plan on making a change after the wedding too. So, you are in good company. Keep us posted on the winery thing. That sounds cool. I'm with you. It's not about the money. Follow your bliss!
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm
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i guess many of us are feeling trapped in staying at our current jobs b/c of the wedding. good luck to you both!
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm
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Oh I can totally feel you on this one. It is very tempting to up and leave. However, it's always important to do research. I've considered alerting friends who would let me try it out for a party or something and maybe even posting on craigslist. It would even be wise to ask to shadow someone with the same job.

HTH.
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm
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the DOC that i was interested in was just starting out, too. i know she posted on CL, offering her services to the first 10 brides who responded - FREE, just to build experience.
Posted on April 29, 2008 at 8:15 pm
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I came from a seriously "ball busting" career (haha I loved that term) before. I stopped working, primarily because I could but also because I was getting burned out. I do think that if financially you are able (from your own resources or by soon to be combining incomes) its definitely worth considering something entrepreneurial. If you are financially able, don't think you need to have something set up if you're going to leave. I'm thinking about going back to my "ball busting" career after taking a couple years off but in a slightly different vein, using my own capital and working for myself.

I absolutely thought about event planning because I love to throw parties, I've pulled off many a 100-300 person party in NYC by myself and handled some of the vendors and things going terribly wrong (i.e. hired security guard company carrying the WRONG list and turning my guests away... yes I was very annoyed). Basically weddings are easy, (just comparing it to being a surgeon or the like) and that being said as careers go, this one doesn't have any barriers to entry. There are a lot of event planners out there and honestly not a lot of people with the financial situation to hire one.

I have a good friend who is a professional event planner in NYC, she works at one of the best firms. She does the big galas and occasionally her team will take on the really really lavish weddings. She offered to do mine at a discount but when I went to talk to her I realized they specialized in the million dollar weddings - SO NOT what we're doing on a budget! I asked her about event planning and right now they're not doing well because some of the firms that were their biggest clients are having financial trouble (cough bear stearns, cough) and when those firms are firing highly paid employees, even if those highly paid newly fired employees that can technically afford a lavish planner, they are not going to because its just not rational. Tightening the belts if you will.

I have found from reading wedding blogs and forums that if you hit lower or middle market you may have an opportunity because some people are dead set on having a planner. But realize that a lot of these people will have small budgets or will be financing things. Just brace yourself. You may also want to talk to loridecter because she is specializing in budget weddings, her emphasis is on doing many weddings a year and helping people on a budget.
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