Bridal Consultant Job Description

A bridal consultant description involves helping a couple plan a wedding. Also known as a wedding planner, the consultant has a wide array of responsibilities related to the process of planning a wedding.

Position Description

A bridal consultant performs tasks that help a couple turn their wedding vision into a reality.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Bridal Consultant

  • Helps the couple find an appropriate venue for the wedding.
  • Assists in organizing a guest list.
  • Recommends and helps book a band or other entertainment.
  • Assists in the selection of a caterer and reception menu.
  • Recommends and helps select a florist.
  • Makes recommendations associated with decorations as well as the layout of the wedding and reception area.
  • Helps with the organization of the rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid teas and other parties.
  • Keeps the couple on track in regards to the budget and informs them if they are going over budget.
  • Keeps the couple informed of the progress of the wedding planning.
  • Obtains a signed contract from the couple for consultant services.
  • Reviews vendor contracts before the signs them.
  • Organizes a wedding day timeline and keeps the events on track.
  • Coordinates the arrival of the various vendor, such as florists and caterers with the venue management.
  • Informs the couple about current wedding trends.
  • Makes sure all venue d?cor matches wedding colors.
  • Assists with selecting invitations and having them mailed on time.
  • Assists in the selection of bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen’s attire, groom’s tuxedo and bridal gown.
  • Suggests gifts or favors for the bridal party.
  • Helps design tables, lighting and other aesthetic details.
  • Makes suggestions for music selections and musicians.
  • Makes sure the wedding party is in the right place at the right time.
  • Directs the wedding rehearsal.
  • Directs the wedding.
  • Deals effectively with unruly guests or “wedding crashers.”
  • Ensures that the venue is left clean and in good condition.
  • Collects wedding gifts or personal items left at the venue and makes sure they get to the couple.
  • Returns all rental items after the wedding.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have excellent communication skills.
  • Must have superior organizational skills.
  • Must be extremely detailed oriented.
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure and in highly stressful situations.
  • Must be an effective time manager.
  • Must be good at multi-tasking.
  • Must be an active listener.
  • Must have good critical thinking skills.
  • Must have excellent decision making abilities.
  • Must have good computer and math skills.

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma.
  • Event planning classes.
  • Registered Bridal Consultant designation.
  • Previous work experience with an event planning company.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising or Business.
  • Experience in retail sales.
  • On the job training.
  • Membership in National Association of Wedding Planners.

Work Environment

  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to work well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be willing to work long and odd hours.
  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Time is spent mostly in smoke-free environments.

Salary

  • Average salaries range from $30,000 to $40,000.
  • Salaries for business owners or high end bridal consultants can exceed $100,000.

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