I’m going to go all mushy on you today and confess that I like weddings. Love them, in fact. Growing up, I remember my mom had a subscription to a bridal magazine, and they have these yearly special editions that are around four inches thick, chock-full of glamorous shoots of wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses, luxury items for that special day, and ads upon glossy ads of jewelry, shoes, makeup, veils, accessories, and other wedding day accoutrements. I was hooked on those issues and would hoard them and cut up the pages to turn into bridal pegs for my own wedding one day.
Well, I got married years ago, but it was far cry from my pre-teen wedding collage. It was a simple ceremony, one I really enjoyed and found memorable because it was an intimate event filled with people and things I love. However, I must admit to still wanting to do a “collage” of other weddings - from simple to grand - based on my own childhood fantasies of how weddings should look, feel, and even smell and taste like!
Now that I’m a certified WAHM with the freedom to do what I want on my own time, I’ve been seriously thinking about embarking on some wedding projects. It’s a billion-dollar industry, after all, with over 6000 weddings being performed per day! It only makes sense to combine my passion for anything wedding-related, with my passion for making money from home. So I thought of five income-generating gigs I can do for weddings, and today I will share them with you.
1) Be a wedding blogger
I put this item up on the list first because I already do writing and guest blogging. However, as I’m not entirely sure yet if I have what it takes to go full-time on a wedding-themed blog, I personally would try to integrate the wedding stuff into my already set-up blog, but with a sub-category (maybe a June wedding month special?) so I can still have lots of space and time to write about it.
You can set up an affiliate blog dealing with all things that have to do with a wedding, including recommendations about where to buy what. You can also do honest reviews on bridal accessories, venues, catering, and other wedding details, then become an Amazon Associate so you can cash in on referral links if people go for your recommendations.
2) Design wedding invitations
Even if you think you aren’t the most creative person in the world, you can still design wedding invitations, thanks to a host of tools and resources now available for practically everything and everyone. For instance, social media sites like Pinterest are a treasure trove of wedding inspiration, and one I like to use because it reminds me of my own juvenile bridal peg-board (albeit a more sophisticated and grown-up version). And when it comes to designing, Zazzle is a great resource, and also one of my personal faves. They have awesome-looking templates for just about any theme or motif you can think of, from nautical to classic, but still with enough room to customize so that your client can feel unique and extra-special on their big day.
3) Plan parties (for both the bride and the groom!)
Now this is something I can definitely do, having planned parties for my friends, from bridal showers to baby showers, through to kiddie pool parties and just about any celebration in-between. And I’ve done them for free, too! I really don’t mind doing those unpaid, because they’re a labor of love for family and friends.
But this one requires some serious planning on both sides of the wedding party - for the bride and the groom - and so I must charge accordingly. I know I don’t have to be the maid of honor (or the groom’s man lol) to be able to contribute to a successful bridal or bachelor party. For instance, I can help with finding the best venue, catering, invitations, entertainment, and making people RSVP in secret (many of these things are supposed to be surprise events). I can help plan out a budget for these showers, and then source all that’s needed to put it together beautifully.
4) Be someone’s plus-one
I’ve been secretly toying with this idea because I know of so many people who have declined wedding invitations because they didn’t want to appear “empty-handed” on the event, especially if the reception invite indicates “we’ve reserved two seats for you!” I talked it over with my husband - my plans of being a professional plus-one, that is. At first, he laughed, until I showed him the Rent a Friend website. It’s not as ridiculous as it initially seems, to which he agreed. The site even details what the “Friend” can be rented out for: “attend a social event, wedding, or party with you. Hire someone to introduce you to new people, or someone to go to a movie or a restaurant with.” It’s harmless, it’s fun, and you can earn money for it just by pretending to be someone’s date!
5) Help organize the big day
...and then I put this one last on the list because I don’t want to launch a career haphazardly without any prior experience. I know I may have the kind of experience that’s great for smaller events like showers and kids’ parties, but a wedding is different. It’s special. Almost all wedding coordinators and planners I know have gotten training and certification for them to get to where they are, and they’re taken seriously for that. As for myself, I’m thinking of enrolling in a wedding planner certificate course once I get my ducks in a row. I want to be able to help people have the best wedding day and to do that, I will need professional training and tools.
In the meantime, I can just observe how my pro friends do it, pick up some lessons along the way, and contribute in any way I can to make a wedding special (such as performing the rest of the tips I put above).
I had someone plan my own wedding for me, and it turned out great. Now, I want to return the favor to others who might need help getting their own special day organized, and this list will hopefully be a good resource for those thinking of doing the same thing.
Are you married, and did someone plan your wedding and other details for you? Do you think there’s a career in wedding events planning or even blogging for you? Tell us what you think!