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Launch Your Wedding Industry Career with Hands-On Internships

The hardest part about accomplishing any goal is getting started – especially if your dream is breaking into the highly competitive (and lucrative!) wedding industry. If you love the energy of nuptials and weddings, then there’s no better way to get started than with a hands-on internship.

Not only will you gain valuable experience for your resume and portfolio, but an internship can give you a preview of what it’s like to actually work in the wedding industry. You’ll also get the opportunity to be exposed to numerous kinds of wedding industry jobs so you can figure out which direction you’d like to go in.

Here are some tips to consider when seeking out an internship:

Tip #1: Volunteer

Do you have a family member or friend who’s planning a wedding? Volunteer to help out. If they’ve already contacted vendors, ask around to see if the vendors are accepting interns or would be open to you shadowing them while they work.

Tip #2: Do Your Research

Before you jump the broom into the wedding industry, take a deep look inside and ask what kind of skills and experiences you already have that can transfer over to the wedding industry.

If you’re great at organization, planning is a good way to go. If you love to cook, catering may be another option. Look for local companies and vendors (and the kind of jobs they offer) to determine where to start.

Tip #3: Don’t Give Up

Those working in the wedding industry are busy trying to make their clients’ lives and weddings easier (and magical!) – so you should think of doing the same when trying to secure an internship. How can you position yourself as an asset to their business?

Tip #4: Get Certified in the Industry

If you’re having a tough time getting your foot in the door with internships, a great way to make your portfolio stand out is through industry-recognized certifications.

At the Wedding Planning Institute, you can get certified in a specific area and add to your experience with supplemental training and hands-on workshops. Whether your goal is to be a planner, a florist or a caterer, there’s a workshop or certification that can give you exactly what you need to get your wedding career off the ground.

Find a certification that can help you land a coveted hands-on internship in the wedding industry.


Get the information, certification, and experience you need to launch a successful career in the wedding industry that can take you to any destination in the world. Join our Free Destination wedding planning workshop!


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