94: How to Become a Certified Wedding Planner with Krisy Thomas
How to Start a Wedding Planning Business
Ready to start your own wedding planning business? Great! In today's podcast episode we're breaking down the exact steps you can take to not only start our own planning business, but also how you can become a Certified Wedding Planner to differentiate yourself and rise above the competition.
My podcast guest today is Krisy Thomas from Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning.
During our time together on the show, Krisy teaches us the step-by-step process she took herself through to become a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society.
When she made the decision to start her wedding planning business Krisy was dedicated to treating it like a real business. She immediately sought out industry education and learned that you could become a Certified Wedding Planner.
After extensive research into what it really meant to be a Certified Wedding Planner Krisy knew it would give her the confidence she needed as a new business owner and help her serve her clients well. She found The Bridal Society and enrolled in the Certified Wedding Planner Program.
Not only did that one move give Krisy the confidence and knowledge she was hoping for, it did a lot more than that.
Just one year after becoming a wedding planner Krisy was able to leave her job at a local bank to work full-time as a wedding planner.
She credits much of her success in that first year to being one of the only certified wedding planners in her area which made her stand out from her competition and immediately instilled a level of trust in her from her clients.
In today’s episode, Krisy is sharing her journey from start to today and how you can become a Certified Planner too!
More about Krisy:
Krisy is the Owner and Lead Senior Certified Wedding Planner of Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning. She is extremely passionate about celebrating one of life's most anticipated occasions. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication, she moved to the "Music City", Nashville. She discovered her talents while planning her own wedding. With the help of her creative mother, Krisy decided she wanted to help other brides have the wedding day of their dreams and Southern Sparkle was formed. Southern Sparkle serves Nashville, Memphis & Jackson, Tennessee.
Krisy is the Executive Member Support Manager for The Bridal Society, the nations leading wedding certification company. She also serves as the Continuing Education Instructor. Southern Sparkle’s work has been featured in wedding publications and blogs such as Better Homes & Gardens, MidSouth Bride, MOD Weddings, Classic Bride, Ruffled Blog, The Wedding Playbook, Inspired by This, Nashville Bride Guide, Black Southern Belle & Southern Bride. The Southern Sparkle Team has been awarded Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice award for three years in a row and was awarded the 2018 Brand It Well Award by The Planner’s Suite Conference. Southern Sparkle was also named one of the Best Event Planners in Nashville by The Nashville Scene. Krisy was nationally recognized as the 2016 Wedding Planner of the Year and earned the 2017 Exceptional Achievement Award by The Bridal Society.
When she isn’t planning weddings, Krisy enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and their two children. Fur baby - Savannah and two year old son, Cortland. She has a love for The Golden Girls, college football & all things sparkle of course!
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