How to Set Fees As a Bridal Consultant

by Christina Caldwell

Bridal consultants are responsible for helping brides, and those who are active in the wedding planning process select the right vendors, stay within a set budget, and reduce some of the stress that comes with planning a wedding. There are several opportunities for those interested in becoming bridal consultants to begin working with a company or to start their own bridal consulting business.

Know Your Area

Are you in an affluent part of town? What does a typical wedding look like and cost in the city where you live? What are your competitors charging clients? These are all some of the questions you should ask yourself when determining the fees to charge potential clients. If you don't know the right facts, you could risk charging too little when people would be willing to pay more. You can go on to local competitors' websites or call them and ask for rates.

Who Do You Want

Would you rather work with upper crust brides or do you prefer working with a smaller budget? Picking the types of brides that you want to work with the most is a major key in selecting the fees you should be charging. For instance, if you set your rates too high then you may risk losing out on lower-maintenance brides, who may be easier to work with. On the reverse side, if you set your rates too low, some big-budget brides may feel you aren't equipped to handle their demands.


How many years have you been in the bridal consultant business? If you answered zero, then you may want to start small. Having only a little experience does not mean you should work for free or for pennies though. As a certified bridal consultant, you should be earning a livable wage no matter your years in the field. Once you gain enough experience to have a hefty portfolio to show clients, then you can begin charging higher rates.

Operating Expense

Do you have rental space for your business? Do you have to travel extensively to meet vendors and clients? You have to keep your operating costs in mind when setting fess. It may seem as though you are charging a reasonable amount to clients to earn a decent salary. However, when you include how much money you need to pay in overhead costs for assistants, utilities, rent, and other related expenses, you may discover that you aren't charging nearly enough.

About the Author

Christina Caldwell is a contributor for online publications such as Women's eNews and Little Pink Book. Her work has also been featured in the popular U.K. magazine "Black Heritage Today." Caldwell holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and communications.

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