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Weddings for a Living is your go-to, online resource filled with real-life wedding planner experiences and advice about being a professional wedding planner and starting your own wedding planing business.

Listen to audio/podcast episodes, browse through a selection of wedding planner articles and check out the fun wedding planner glossary. From entrepreneurial guidance to basic wedding planner's all here!

You're in the right place

"If you're brand spanking new to the wedding planning industry and desperately trying to figure out how, exactly, you can make money planning weddings, then you're in the right place.  YOU are the person I had in mind when I created Weddings for a Living."

- Debbie Quain, founder

the back story

Weddings For a Living began as a bi-weekly email newsletter for new wedding planners created by Debbie Quain, the owner of a professional wedding planning business.   

Each edition of the email newsletter provided helpful, free advice about how to make a living planning weddings.  The website, became the online home for the newsletter archives.

Beginning in 2008, Debbie launched Confetti, The Wedding Planning Business Talk Show, the very first online talk show for wedding planners, and began broadcasting each episode as a live show to an online audience.  

Although  Confetti was originally launched on a separate website, Debbie eventually moved the Confetti Talk Show episodes (and re-branded the show simply as 'Weddings For a Living') to this website. 

Episode 400 was the final Weddings For a Living talk show episode to be recorded.  🙁

Today, Weddings for a Living is a treasure trove of the information-packed online talk show (podcast) episodes and several of the wedding planner articles from Debbie's original wedding planner email newsletter. 

Frequently asked questions

How can I listen to/download an episode?
Archived show episodes are available on the website.

Each individual episode page includes show notes (i.e. details and links mentioned in an episode) and episode playback options; you can either:

  • Play the episode directly from the episode page,
  • Play the episode in a separate window (the best option if you want to view other pages while you listen), OR
  • Download the episode mp3 file to your device.

Archived episodes of the show are also available on iTunes.

When is the next episode or live show?
Episode 400 was the last episode to be recorded. Currently, there are no immediate plans to record additional episodes (sorry).

Some of the episodes are identified as 'Confetti' episodes. What is 'Confetti'?
Confetti was the name of the flagship LIVE! wedding planning business talk show . Each episode was broadcast live with listeners and viewers (primarily new wedding planners) who actively participated in a live online chat room. This live show format transitioned into an offline format (just me, Debbie, and a microphone). You can listen to the Confetti LIVE! replays here.

I have a question about being a wedding planner, can you help?
The best way to get an answer to your wedding planner question is to send me, Debbie, a message. Simply complete the form on the contact page and I’ll do my best to get you an answer via email.

Debbie, are you actively planning weddings?
Great question! As of 2017, I no longer offer full-service wedding planner services. When it comes to weddings, being a civil celebrant and managing the occasional ‘day-of’ wedding gig is just about all that I have time for.

Why did you start
Weddings For a Living began as a bi-weekly, email newsletter for new and aspiring professional wedding planners – primarily a resource for the students in my class at the Wedding Planning Institute.  The archived editions of the newsletter are the articles found on this website.  A few years later, I launched the first LIVE! online talk show for wedding planners: Confetti. The archived episodes of that talk show are here on this website.

Where's the best place to begin on this website?
Admittedly, there’s a lot of info to work your way through.  And until I complete a ‘Start Here’ guide (coming soon, I promise!), here’s what you can do:

I hope Weddings for a Living provides answers to all your wedding planner questions and needs.  Thanks so much for being here.

- Debbie Quain, founder

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