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