Have you ever coordinated a friend or relative's wedding and thought to yourself, "I wish I could do this for a living!" Or you may already be in the event planning business and just want to expand your business to cover weddings. If you are savvy and well organized, then one career path you might want to consider is becoming a wedding coordinator.

The first question you may be wondering to yourself is "Is there really enough demand for wedding planners?" Saving money is a critical skill for wedding planning. An experienced wedding coordinator can for example, save a a lot of money on flowers or favors by negotiating with vendors. Many folks are too busy with work and doing other things to plan the wedding without outside assistance. You have the ability to assisist them with more important projects such as selecting their wedding site to the smaller tasks like picking their wedding favors. Wedding coordinators also develop event planning abilities that give them the ability to plan a variety of events. This gives you the potential to expand your business to include assisting with bridal parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, and corporate events.

Knowing that wedding coordinators are in demand, you may ask yourself, "Do I have what it takes to be a wedding planner?" Here are a few questions you should ask yourself: Do you like people? Are you organized? Attentive to detail? Creative? Patient? If so, you are on your way to becoming a good planner. A successful wedding coordinator is all of these and more. You must also be skilled at locating the best vendors and negotiating discounts. If sales, bookkeeping and overall financial management is not your thing, you might want to consider seeking a mentor or outsourcing to someone to assist you.

Next, ask yourself, "Do I have sufficient cash to get started?". When initiating a business, it is wise to have at least one year or two worth of savings just in case it takes awhile to get things going. You may need to volunteer or find a mentor at the beginning so make sure that you have enough cash on hand to survive for weeks when you won't get paid in cash but in experience. Training also can cost anywhere from $500-1,000 depending on where you go. Additionally, research on the Internet, read books on the subject and network with other people to figure out how much you need to save.

Now that you know you have what it takes to be a wedding planner, the next steps include getting educated and/or experience in this area. Look for books, courses, and information on business and marketing in general. You should also contact wedding vendors such as flower shops, caterers or even other wedding planning companies and ask if you can work for them so that you can learn the business. Go to any wedding events and trade shows and be sure to have some business cards ready. Think about all the marketing opportunities and consider possibilities like networking, forming partnerships with vendors, and word of mouth. Network with marketing professionals as well as to help you form ideas on wedding planning and promotion.

Inform friends and family that you are interested in becoming a wedding consultant and offer to assist them with anything event related. If you are currently working full-time, offer to organize your office parties and corporate outings. Remember, any experience you get planning an event helps. Be sure to document all the work that you performed to successfully organize the event. This will help potential prospects get a good idea of your abilities. Acquiring experience in event planning is a wonderful way to network, learn about wedding planning and is a big move in the right direction to becoming a successful wedding coordinator.