How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Wedding Consultant and Planning Business: With Companion CD-ROM

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Weddings are big business. The Association of Bridal Consultants estimates that consumers spend a whopping $46 billion on their weddings every year. Today's bride is spending more money than ever before to ensure that her wedding day the single most important day of her life is planned to perfection. Once reserved only for the very rich, today's brides and grooms-to-be, often busy with dual careers yet wanting to make their wedding uniquely personal, are turning to consultants for help to help save time, money, ...

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Overview

Weddings are big business. The Association of Bridal Consultants estimates that consumers spend a whopping $46 billion on their weddings every year. Today's bride is spending more money than ever before to ensure that her wedding day the single most important day of her life is planned to perfection. Once reserved only for the very rich, today's brides and grooms-to-be, often busy with dual careers yet wanting to make their wedding uniquely personal, are turning to consultants for help to help save time, money, and considerable stress planning a wedding.

A wedding consulting and planning career makes an ideal home based or part-time business. All you need is a calendar, a good organizer, a desire to succeed, and the tips for success in this book. A consultant's primary function is to help a couple learn, implement, and manage all the necessary tasks required to host a successful wedding event. Here is the manual you need to cash in on this highly profitable segment of the service industry.

Creating a dream wedding requires imagination and energy, a concern for detail, and a love of organization to make certain that things run smoothly.

You will help couples decide on a budget and help them stick to it. You will also help them select the wedding dress, set trial hair and make-up appointments, confirm wedding day appointments, prepare and confirm wedding reception toasts or speeches; update life, house, and car insurance policies; complete change of name and change of address paperwork; open joint bank account (if desired), determine who will return groom's formal attire, location, caterer, entertainment, wedding cake, and "going away" wardrobe. You will learn how to prepare for and run a successful wedding including determining realistic costs, helping with the guest list, setting the wedding date, organizing the wedding ceremony and the reception, acquiring bridesmaids' and groom's attire, ordering invitations and other stationery, and dealing with the gifts and "thank-you" messages.

This new book is a comprehensive and detailed study of the business side of the wedding planning and consulting. If you enjoy meeting people and planning parties, this may be the perfect business for you, but keep in mind this business looks easy, but as with any business, looks can be deceiving.   The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version.  It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at sales@atlantic-pub.com

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601381149
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/2008
  • Series: How to Open and Operate A ... Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 705,552
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Now THAT'S a lot of great information.

    This book goes so incredibly in depth as to what you need to do in order to be a successful wedding consultant that when I was finished reading it I felt like I had just finished up a business textbook. I liked how this book went through absolutely everything you night need to know, whether it's when to file taxes or how to deal with an angry bride hurling insults. I think this is the perfect book for anyone who is considering getting into the wedding business.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

    Detailed advice on how to be a success in this exciting career

    Do you cry at every wedding? Can¿t wait until the next fancy invitation shows up in your mailbox? If that sounds like you, then maybe you should consider starting a wedding business. John Peragine, Jr. shows you step by step how to start up and run a successful wedding consultant and planning business. <BR/><BR/>Peragine teaches basic business principles and shows how to make good money making others¿ dreams come true. Learn what it takes to succeed in this rewarding and satisfying field. Although the business is exciting and fun, Peragine is realistic telling the reader that success lays in hard work, long hours and strong commitment to excellence. <BR/><BR/>Creative marketing ideas along with detailed organizational advice really help both novices and seasoned consultants to improve their business plan. This guide is packed with useful information. Sample letters, press releases, and contract agreements add huge value to this book. Don¿t open a wedding business before you thoroughly study this resource.<BR/><BR/>**** (4 out of 5 star rating)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Great information on Running This Business Venture

    How to Open and Operate a Wedding Planning Business was very well organized and easy to read. The sections were broken down from writing a business plan, the importance of marketing, business law, and what kind of individual based on their personality is likely to succeed in the business. The information was very easy to read, honest, and to the point, focusing on the ins and outs of opening and creating a successful wedding planning business. There were several case studies that describe the success or downfall of specific wedding planning organizations and planning opportunities. After reading the book, I felt I had a great amount of knowledge about how to successfully plan, open, operate, and create a thriving business starting from writing a business plan, to successfully financing my business and reaching all of my goals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Super Book for anyone getting married

    The creator of this book has successfully created a lesson plan for those who want to start a wedding planning business. It has all of the information needed in addition to the pros and cons of starting a business in this field. Adding the history of the fashion industry is a nice touch to a very sophisticated publication. The information provided takes the reader step by step through the process of starting a wedding planning business. It is an easy to read and easy to follow guide and provides charts and guides to make the whole process easier

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    An All-In-One Solution

    This book has absolutely everything you need to get started in the wedding consultant & planning field. I absolutely loved how interactive it was! With charts, quizzes, and sample forms this book helped me get a better picture of what was involved. It covered everything from choosing the company name and developing a business plan to putting together my first events! Best of all, it was easy to read ¿ just like talking to a friend who had already been through this process and was now guiding me! Everything was laid out in a conversational style with plenty of samples and case studies to help me really understand the information. Peragine has such great tips for starting a business, I would definitely recommend his book to anyone who was interested in starting their own service industry business, even if it wasn¿t wedding related!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

    Very Useful Book

    I would rate How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Wedding Consultant and Planning Business a five. It was extremely encouraging to people who are interested in getting into the business of wedding planning. However, it also asked readers to be realistic about their expectations for the business. The book gave plenty of tips for getting started and gave web sites to visit for more networking information and references. The financial sections were a great eyeopener and greatly needed. Also, the little extra tidbits of information and tips on things like having a sense of humor with the process and handling difficult brides are very useful. These extras could be referred to by anyone whether they are just starting out or having been in business for a couple years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    A Must-Read Before Launching Your Business

    The rather lengthy title seems like a mouthful, but it does aptly describe the information you'll find within the ten chapters. Also included are helpful appendixes that are critical to those in the wedding planning business. Within the appendix section, you'll discover a list of wedding shows held in states throughout the U.S., seating plans and sample menus. Planning even a simple wedding can be a vexing task to a bride and groom, and many are turning to wedding consultants to help them avoid the stress that comes with planning and organizing their dream day. It's a solid business idea for the motivated person. The addition of photographs, charts and sample contracts or documents helps keep the reader from being bogged down in information. Rather than throwing a bunch of information out there, the author uses real charts and documents to back up his information. These eye-catching images keep the reader's interest from start to finish. The book opens with a list of qualities that a person needs to succeed in the wedding planning business, a quiz to see if you have what it takes and a list of contacts that are critical to the business. From there he covers many important topics, you shouldn't pick and choose what you read because every page is packed with crucial tips. You'll learn how to design your own Web site, even using free online software to help cut business costs! He covers funding your business venture, expenses you should expect and marketing tips. If you are going to be requesting a business loan, you'll need a business plan. Peragine's guide includes business plan samples to get you started. Chapters also cover taxes, tax paperwork and insurance plans and coverage. You'll find tips and recommended programs for becoming a certified wedding consultant. Towards the end of the book, the author includes 'Case Studies' where established wedding consulting business owners share tips and advice. Owning your own business also comes with challenges. John Peragine's business guide is critical because it covers more than planning a wedding. He covers the more important aspects of insurance, taxes and financial planning. While many dream of being their own boss, they often overlook these troublesome business matters that are essential to running a successful business. To me, this is what makes his guide stand out. 'How-to' books are often filled with details on a specified business, but items like taxes and insurance coverage are glossed over. Not here! The author does cover these items thoroughly ensuring that those interested in the career are definitely prepared for all aspects of their new business. If a career in wedding planning appeals to you, start by reading John Paregine's business guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    A reviewer

    In this well-organized and well-researched book, Mr. Peragine lays the groundwork for anyone thinking of becoming a wedding planner. It is a comprehensive and insightful guide that gives practical hints on how to start the business. The writing is clear, and he covers all bases beginning with the personality required to become a wedding planner as well as how to actually run the business. He provides some tricks of the trade including how to obtain start up capital if you have bad credit. He even provides worksheets, sample press releases and web sites to get the beginner started. My only criticism of the book is that on some topics such as what it takes to become a wedding planner, he gets repetitious. In addition, some humorous examples of wedding plans gone awry might have made it more entertaining. Otherwise, it is a must read for any wedding-planner- to-be.

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