Starting Your Event Planning Career
As the demand for meetings, events, and weddings grow, so does the need for professional and experienced planners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for event planners are projected to grow more than 10% by 2026.
Is a career in event planning right for you?
There’s more to being an event planner than making a guest list and finding a good caterer. Event and wedding planning is a full-time job that requires extremely organized and passionate individuals who are able to see the big picture while picking through a thousand little details. It’s not a job for everyone! But if you have the right personality, it can be your dream career!
You’ll thrive as a professional event planner if you:
Enjoy meeting new people
Have excellent organizational skills
Enjoy planning and working with numbers
Are creative and enjoy keeping up with trends
Love to take on new challenges
Can follow through with your work
“After planning my wedding I knew this is what I wanted to do. I enrolled in the QC Event and Wedding Planning course to earn my certificate. A year and half later I’ve planned two weddings and three more are in the queue. To see my dreams come full circle has been surreal.”
—Marie Luciano, IEWP and owner of Littles n’ Lace Events
Choose from a number of career opportunities in the event and wedding planning industry:
Start an event and wedding planning business. Be your own boss!
Plan meetings, fundraisers and industry events for corporate event planning clients
Work as an in-house planner for companies and organizations
Become a destination wedding planner and travel as you work
Work with high-profile clients planning luxury events
Style weddings and events with professional event décor
Plan live events in various industries, such as music festivals and sports games
“I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with amazing and talented people in our industry and the chance to work in completely different and unique wedding locations and venues. From a converted country convent to a glamorous city venue, beach locations, and historic homes and gardens—every day is different.”
—Michelle Panton, IWPP and owner of Belle Weddings and Events
Your Event Planner Salary
For skilled event planners, the average salary and income is increasing worldwide. With high demand for professional event planning services, planners have great earning potential in the industry!
According to the US Department of Labor and the Government of Canada Job Bank, North American planners can expect to earn on average $22-23 per hour or approximately $45,000 per year. Your earning potential increases as you gain experience in the industry!1, 2
MyFuture, an Australian job outlook resource, reports that Australian planners make around $52,676 annually.3
UK’s National Career Service suggests that entry level planners may start at salaries of £17,000 to £21,000 but these salaries will increase with a few years of experience to £25,000 to £40,000!4
Ready to start earning an event planner’s salary? Begin your journey with QC’s event certification classes!
“Amore Events is really taking off and I couldn’t be more proud! One thing that I would really love to do sometime in the future is open up a wedding venue.”
—Cody Grannis, IEWP and owner of Amore Events
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