Weddings can be one of the most significant events in our lives. High profile planners like Preston Bailey and David Tutera have earned accolades and admiration for their work with celebrities and the rich and famous, but they represent just a small part of the thousands of hard working professionals in all corners of the world. We polled our events faculty to see what they thought were the most common misconceptions about the profession.
1. Being a Wedding Planner is easy—Like any other job you have to put in your 10,000 hours to be an expert (see: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, an insightful text about what it takes to succeed). You need skills such as organization, creativity, negotiation, budgeting and time management, and most important you have to be a great listener and have a good understanding of people and personalities. Having great people skills is the key to your success – Annette Babich, Adjunct Instructor, teaches The Art of Wedding Planning, which is being offered this fall on Wednesday evenings.
2. All Event Planners are the Same—Wedding Planning is a distinct specialty niche among the Planning community – Corporate, Association, Social, Medical, Pharma, Retail etc. are all individual planning niches that require knowledge of the respective industries and government regulations, etc. What seems ‘easy’ is wisdom of experience – Dianne Devitt, Adjunct Associate Professor, teaches Creating Sensational Venues: Design and Décor which is being offered this fall on Saturday mornings.
3. Wedding planners are not gofers but rather professionals in the business of making a bride’s dream come to life on time, on task, and on budget. They are managers, therapists, producers, and coaches. They bring organization, class, and professionalism to a wedding because of their experience – Ron Naples, Adjunct Associate Professor, is teaching Budgeting and Financial Management and The Art of Negotiation this fall.
Whether you want to start your career in events or add to your existing portfolio, the Tisch Center offers a variety of noncredit programs to suit your needs, including The Art of Wedding Planning!
Registration is still open for the fall semester. To learn more about the Tisch Center’s noncredit programs, please feel free to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 212-998-9100. You may also visit our website.