• Ally Lightfoot

How I Became A Wedding Planner

Whenever I meet new people and tell them that I am a Wedding Planner, their first question is "how did you become a Wedding Planner?" followed quickly by "how old are you?". I am going to answer both of these questions for you now so that you can learn a little bit more about me!

If you are trying to become a Wedding Planner, I hope that my story will inspire you and give you the motivation that you need to just do it!

The Beginning

When I graduated High School, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I did endless personality quizzes that all give me inconsistent results... florist, bartender, architect, doctor... but then one day, I got Wedding Planner. To be honest with you, I didn't even know that Wedding Planning was a real job! I thought that it was made up just for J. Lo. It sounded pretty cool but I was 17 with only retail experience and I had no idea where to start.

Since I had no idea what to do with my life, I decided to go to the University of Alberta to take Philosophy and eventually become a lawyer... a fool proof plan! I hated every minute of it. I knew immediately that it was not for me and began looking for a job.

I ended up working at a restaurant in Edmonton where I became the Events Coordinator. This was when my love for event planning started. Every week I got to work with amazing people to plan and design small scale events. I found a job that I truly enjoyed!

Becoming A Wedding Planner

When I moved back to London, Ontario, I wanted so badly to continue my Event Planning career. When I got here, I quickly realized that Event Planning was a tough job to get in London, especially for a 19 year old. But I never stopped trying! I searched for Event Planning careers until I decided that maybe if I specialized in Wedding Planning, I might have more luck (and I was right)! In November 2014 I became a Certified Wedding Planner through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC)!

Taking the course through WPIC was the best decision I have ever made. I have met some amazing people who all share a common love of wedding planning and extreme organization. Among those people is the Owner of the Wedding Planning company that I worked with before opening up Perfectly Designed Events. I spent three wedding seasons working as her Assistant and Lead Wedding Planner. I had the privilege of being a part of 30+ weddings and I learned so much. I got my first wedding as a Lead Coordinator in August 2015 and the rest is history!

So, how did I become a wedding planner?

I became a wedding planner by working hard, never giving up and educating myself to the best of my ability. Getting into a career like this takes a lot of time and patience as well as the ability to network but it has all been completely worth it!

Age vs. Experience

To answer the second question, how old am I? I am now 24 and I opened Perfectly Designed Events when I was 23.

Yes, I am definitely younger, as far as professional Wedding Planners and business owners go, but I started event planning when I was 18 and I did my first wedding when I was 21. I have now done over 35 weddings and I am in love with this industry.

For all of the young and ambitious people who are reading this, I want you to know that there is no such thing as being to young! Follow your dreams no matter what they are and I know that you'll make it!

The biggest mistake that I've made in this adventure so far is not starting to sooner. When I was a newly certified Wedding Planner at age 21, I thought that I was too young to start a business. I thought that no one would hire me and I was so wrong! If you work hard, you will make it!

I hope that you enjoyed the story of how I got here and I hope that this inspires someone! Do what you love and I promise you will be happy!

Follow me on instagram @perfectlydesignedevents, to learn more about me and what I do. I would love to hear from you. Comment below and let me know what you think!

xo, Ally

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