If you love weddings, these jobs could be your perfect match
Looking to commit to a steady line of work? Wedding industry jobs just might have you saying, “I do.”
Wedding season is in full swing, and that means a whole lot of betrothed couples are scurrying around to finalize arrangements for their big day. Want to share in their bliss? You could if you worked for a company that caters to the behemoth that is the wedding industry. And considering just how many wedding jobs are out there, odds are good that you'll find your match.
The U.S. wedding market includes more than 334,000 businesses, employs more than 1 million people, and is projected to generate around $76 billion in 2019, according to an IBISWorld report. Wedding costs have increased like gangbusters in the past few years; in 2017, couples were spending an average of $27,000 on their big day, but that number has grown to $44,000 in 2018, according to the Brides 2018 American Wedding Study.
Check out these careers that can benefit from wedding-season spending, including 2019 median salaries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the happy couple hears wedding bells, you hear the sweet sounds of a cash register—cha-ching!
What you’d do: A wedding planner’s duties vary, from finding a venue for the ceremony to making sure the wedding party is dressed and ready on the big day. Typically, planners are responsible for creating a theme, decorating, dealing with vendors, finding a caterer and planning the music. From major decisions and negotiations to tiny details, a planner can take some of the stress off of the couple’s shoulders.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is typically required. Experience in the hospitality industry may be expected for some positions. View a sample resume for an event coordinator.
What you’d make: $49,370 per year
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What you’d do: Florists create the bridal bouquet, lapel flowers, centerpieces and other floral decorations. They choose proper seasonal flowers, colors and styles, and some deliver and set up flower arrangements on the big day.
What you’d need: A high-school degree or equivalency, and some on-the-job training.
What you’d make: $27,200 per year
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What you’d do: Hairstylists make sure the bridal party’s ’dos are wedding-ready. The planning starts well ahead of the ceremony, cutting and coloring hair and doing trial styles. It’s not just the bridal party that’s serviced; mothers of the bride and groom, the groom himself and his entourage may also be on the hairstylist’s list of clients.
What you’d need: Hairstylists and barbers require graduation from a state-approved barber program, followed by passing a licensure exam. View a sample resume for a hairstylist.
What you’d make: $24,830 per year
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What you’d do: The DJ is a driving force of the reception, introducing the wedding party, making announcements for food and directing activities such as the first dance and the bouquet toss. DJs work with the couple ahead of time to choose the music and plan the timing of events, and they can entice a quiet crowd to get on their feet and boogie.
What you’d need: There are no formal education or training requirements, but this role emphasizes communication and interpersonal skills, and can require the ability to read the mood of a gathering. Comfort with technology and being a center of attention is likely to be an emphasis as well.
What you’d make: $30,080 per year
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What you’d do: Caterers plan and serve the multi-course menu with the couple, provide the table settings and additional staff that hustle to get all the courses in front of the guests in a timely fashion. Many caterers also provide beverage and bar service, as well.
What you’d need: A high-school degree and experience in the food-service industry. Post-high-school education—such as college or culinary school—may be expected.
What you’d make: $54,240 per year
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What you’d do: The days of a simple white cake with a plastic bride and groom on top are dwindling, as wedding cakes have become lavish productions that incorporate flowers, colors and themes to match the wedding decor. The cake decorator is responsible for meeting the couple’s requirements, from flavors to appearance.
What you’d need: Formal education usually takes a backseat to on-the-job experience for bakers, but apprenticeship programs and technical or culinary school can help.
What you’d make: $26,520 per year
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What you’d do: From ballroom dancing to choreographed routines, couples can find lessons that will help them impress the crowd for their first dance. Dance instructors recommend start lessons months ahead of time, but can also provide last-minute refreshers for those who don’t want to stumble.
What you’d need: There are generally no explicit education requirements, but years of training and practice are likely to be expected.
What you’d make: $19.15 per hour
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Photographer and videographer
What you’d do: As the photographer, you’re responsible for capturing the ceremony and party, both in posed shots of groups and individuals—as well as the happy couple, naturally—and candid moments. You’re responsible for scouting the perfect backgrounds at the locations where the ceremony and party will be held. Videographers record the ceremony and party, and edit the footage to help tell the story behind the best moments of the big day. View a sample resume for a photographer.
What you’d need: Photographers and videographers are expected to have a few years’ experience shooting and editing weddings.
What you’d make: Photographer: $34,000 per year; videographer: $58,990 per year
What you’d do: Before the wedding party poses for all those pictures, they plant themselves in front of a makeup artist to get them camera-ready. Like hairstylists, makeup artists perform trial runs to ensure the bride and her crew are happy with the plans.
What you’d need: Professional makeup artists require graduation from a state-approved cosmetology program, followed by passing a licensure exam. View a sample resume for a makeup artist.
What you’d make: $59,300 per year
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What you’d do: Chauffeur the bridal party to and from the ceremony and reception—usually in an ultra-luxe ride.
What you’d need: A special driver’s license, namely CDL, PPA and/or TLC, and clean driving record.
What you’d make: $25,980 per year
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