Wedding Planner Mentor

Q: How Do I Find a Wedding Planner Mentor? – WFAL383

In the wedding industry it can sometimes seem like the best information is hidden; almost like a secret society.

Many new and soon-to-be wedding planners actively look for a mentor whom they can reach out to for guidance and help in launching and starting a wedding planning business.  And maybe you’ve gone this route, too.

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A mentor is described as someone with experience who guides and advises another. The ideal mentor is someone who truly wants to help you grow as a professional wedding planner.

The person on the receiving end of this advice and guidance is known as a protégé or mentee (isn't that a strange word?).

A Few Mentor Pointers…

  • Working with a mentor is a private 1-on-1 relationship.
  • It's possible to have more than one mentor. Maybe one person is in the wedding industry and the other person is not.
  • Are you a person who is truly willing to take advice and also willing to withstand criticism? Remember, it's your mentor's role to point out where you're going wrong.
  • Looking for a mentor is similar to dating. There has to be chemistry. Do you both click?
  • Be prepared to lay out what you're looking for and hoping to accomplish from a wedding planner mentor.  What are your goals?  Be very specific.  This way your mentor can determine beforehand whether or not your timeline is in synch with theirs.
  • Mentors aren't limited to a certain radius from your home base.  And, don't expect local and experienced wedding planners to welcome the idea of mentoring you with open arms!
  • Mentors don't always have to have more experience than you (although most do).  If someone else has traits that you currently don't possess but need, even with limited experience in the wedding planning industry, this person may be the ideal person to guide you (i.e. mentor you)

And, Do you Even Need a Mentor?!

Alternatives to a wedding planner mentor include:

  • An informal board of advisers.  Schedule a group session with a 4 or 5 people, with varied backgrounds, who sincerely want to help you.

Arrange to meet, maybe, each quarter.  Provide lunch or dinner and share the same things I mentioned earlier, your goals.

  • An accountability or mastermind group.  Similar to the informal board of directors except in this instance you get to take turns being a mentor, too.  You're receiving and also providing advice to each member of the group – basically trading ideas.

Each person is allotted a certain amount of time to share while the others in the group listen and then provide advice. Knowing that you have to ‘present' to your accountability group usually pushes you into first gear.

Whether you opt for a board of advisers or you form an accountability group, select individuals who display traits that you admire and possibly aspire to have yourself.

Put it Out There!

Let family and friends know that you're looking for a wedding planner mentor and break things down by being specific.

Once you find a mentor, be ready to implement what's been suggested to you.  Not implementing any ideas made by your mentor is a HUGE waste of their time!  Remember you came to this person for 1-on-1 advice.  Mind your manners and whatever you do, don’t take this person for granted.

Mentoring shouldn’t be an indefinite commitment. Decide on the duration for the mentoring sessions.  90 days of mentoring is fair, perhaps, meeting twice a month.

If your mentor request results in a ‘no',  don't use that as an indicator to stop asking. Keep going!

Just know that if you're unable to find a wedding planner mentor, you may need to pay for coaching and consulting, instead.  If someone offers guidance for a fee and this is a person you believe you NEED to communicate with, see if paying for consulting and/or coaching might be an option.

HAPPY PLANNING!

 

This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. Hi Debbie!

    I cannot believe the timing of this podcast on mentoring. I have now been in business for about 4 years and have been part of your Confetti community off/on. This year I hit a road block. I opted to pay for a coach. We start this month! I have been following her for about a year and feel like we would really click, and after our skype consultation I knew we would work well together! You are absolutely correct in that communicating your specific goals are very important. Not only for obvious reasons to achieve those goals, but to help reaffirm your focus and direction with owning your own business.
    I love the different options mentioned during this podcast with mentoring, accountability groups, and paid coaching. Insightful, helpful, and encouraging! Thank you for always being generous and offering a no-nonsense approach to this business! Happy Weddings to you!

    XO,
    Diana

    1. Hello Diana,

      Good for you for taking the next step with coaching. I hope the sessions help move you forward with your wedding business. Thanks so much for the great feedback.

      — Debbie 🙂

  2. Debbie I loved this….I took notes. I am starting all over again, so this helped me alot. I am hoping that I can find a great mentor.

    1. Hello Carla,

      I’m glad that this helped. Good luck and Keep Going!! 🙂

      — Debbie