The Best US Cities to Open a Wedding Planning Business

Are you a hopeless romantic that loves planning? Have you always dreamed of owning your own creative business? Wedding planning might be the career for you!

The wedding planner’s job is, above of all things, this very simple task: keep the bride sane. In addition to that, wedding planners will budget, schedule, and manage the wedding itself. It is important to note, though, that if you plan on starting your own wedding planning business, it is a business, and businesses requires marketing. Wedding planners must be acutely aware of trends, be communicative, and be creative, but more than that, they need to be able to write content to help promote their business. For example, a blog about wedding day jitters or floral arrangements might attract a new bride to your website, and if she is interested, she might contact you to help her plan her big day!

Nevertheless, the modern bride has more to worry about than ever, so the market for wedding planners is high—especially in big cities where there are so many options and so little time. Check out my three top cities to jump-start your new wedding planner business!

Boston, Massachusetts

Steeped in beautiful history, Boston remains a staple for weddings. A beautiful and romantic place to tie the knot, it is also home to Boston University, attracting both new and old graduates to the city to say, “I do.” So, why not start your business in Boston?

San Francisco, CA

In Victoria Begin’s blog, Pointers for Planners, she notes that San Francisco “attracts career-driven millennials and entrepreneurs,” but she goes on to point out that “[San Francisco] also boasts one of the highest salaries for event & wedding planners.” Naturally, these young go-getters are single to mingle and commit, so why not try your hand with this booming market?

Chicago, Illinois

With a large population of 2.7 million, the Windy City is a viable option for a wedding planner—not to mention a lucrative one. Chicago continues to attract fortune 500 companies as well as startup entrepreneurs because of it’s amazing variety and versatility, so it’s a great place to start your business. Additionally, Chicago is the sixth best city for wedding planners. In fact, the Chicago Tribune pointed out in a 2016 article that Chicago is the second most expensive place to get married as reported by a survey on The Knot. So, why not try your hand at this wedding-loving market?

Bonus Option: New York, New York

New York tops everyone’s list. It is overpopulated, overpriced, and absolutely wonderful, so if you’re ambitious and want to break into a crowded yet bustling market, try NYC!

These rising cities are just three of the abundant options to start your new wedding planning business, so if you’re serious, research, research, research, and hopefully soon you’ll be on your way to a successful startup. Improve your chances by working with business professionals, where you can get consultation, analysis, and strategy for your future business.


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