Maybe you love weddings, and maybe you don't. But either way, there are billions of dollars being made every year in the wedding industry (yes that's billions, with a B!). Wouldn't you like a cut of that?
Even if you're not a member of the elite directory of professional wedding services, that's okay! There are still plenty of ways you can earn money in the industry.
Consider these seven nontraditional gigs for wedding lovers.
1. Professional Brides Maid
Some women find themselves in need of a bridesmaid for many different reasons. Maybe they had a falling out with the one they chose, or the person they thought would be great at it just isn't up to the task. That's where a professional bridesmaid comes in.
What does a professional bridesmaid do?
A professional bridesmaid will handle anything the bride needs to be done, from planning bridal showers to organizing gift registries, and much more. You can offer a broad range of services from helping with the planning online to attending the wedding in person.
Professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz earns up to $1,000 a day helping take the stress off of brides so they can enjoy their big day. You can visit her website, Bridesmaids for Hire to learn more.
2. Wedding Writer
Alicia Ostarello and Angie Sommer founded Vow Muse. They have taken their love of weddings and writing to a whole new level by creating custom-written, unique, inspired wedding vows, ceremonies, and speeches. Their services range from custom wedding vows to speeches for the bridesmaid, groomsmen, mother, and father of the bride. Their prices start at $250 and can run into the thousands.
If you're a writer, you could do something similar. By creating a website and packaging your services accordingly, becoming a wedding writer could be a dream that you turn into a reality.
3. Honeymoon Travel Planner
There are people out there who create personalized, well-planned honeymoons catered to fit the bride and groom's desires, budget, and specific requirements.
The folks over at Bliss Honeymoons & Destination Weddings are licensed travel agents, but don't let that scare you out of this potential gig if you love weddings and want to help make people happy.
You can still save the bride and groom tons of time (something that they're likely short on right now) by doing customized research and helping them plan their perfect trip online. Once you've done the heavy lifting, send them over to your favorite travel agent to get it all booked up, or they can request that you handle all the booking details for them.
4. Professional Wedding Date
You'd be surprised how many people are in need of a date for a wedding they have to attend. (Hey, people are busy these days!) By joining a site like Rent a Friend, you can offer your companion services, or set up a website and market your business yourself through word of mouth.
Think that's weird? Check out more things you can rent for money here.
5. Wedding Invitation Designer
If you think you have to be a professional designer to create beautiful, custom wedding invitations I hate to break it to you, but you're absolutely wrong!
Nikki Shilling over at MBA Sahm does just that, and she does it on Zazzle, a marketplace where you can create all kinds of fun products! Read more about exactly how she does it (and how you can too) here.
You can also use sites like Zazzle to create specialty t-shirts for the bride, groom, and the entire wedding party. Read this post to learn more.
6. Bridal/Bachelor Party Planner
Often the Maid of Honor and Best Man are in charge of this task, but sometimes they could use a little help. If you're a genius at party planning, this could be a no-brainer way for you to merge it with your love of weddings. From finding the location, hiring the entertainment, choosing the right caterer (or serving the right food), sending out the invitations, and more, there are infinite possibilities and ways you can help the soon-to-be happy couple in this line of work. If you have awesome research and people skills, this could be the perfect gig for you.
7. Wedding Blogger
If you love writing and weddings, this could be your money-making ticket! As a wedding blogger, you can write about everything from finding the right flowers, music, and food to how to plan your dream wedding and even honeymoon. There is so much subject matter here that you'd never run out of things to write about. As your site gains popularity and traffic, you can earn income through ads, sponsored posts, and by becoming an affiliate of all those companies and products you're already writing about.
If you need more info on how to set up a blog, check out our free step-by-step tutorial.
I hope these seven nontraditional gigs for wedding lovers have given you some good ideas that will have you on your way to creating the business of your dreams. Best of luck!