“How Much Can You Earn as a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator in Australia? “
“Watch the Video Above to Discover The Average Salary of a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator in Australia”
As a Wedding Professional and course Director of La Mode College, I get a lot of budding wedding planners ask me about the potential salary you can earn as a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator. So in the video above I have given you a break down of potential salary being employed by a wedding venue, as well as if you were self employed, working with your own independent clients.
Wedding Coordinator Salary at a Wedding Venue
The common salary of a full time wedding coordinator at a larger wedding venue is around $60,000 per year. This all depends on the size of the wedding venue, and the amount of weddings they have each year. The more responsibility you have as a wedding coordinator, and the more weddings you are looking after, the higher the salary. If you are at a smaller venue, or work in a country town, your salary may be calculated at an hourly rate. Hourly rates as an employee can be from $25 – $35 per hour depending on experience.
Larger wedding venues where there is multiple weddings per week that require a whole team to run the events may require a Weddings and Events Team Manager. This would attract a higher salary of around $80,000 +.
Salary can also depend on the state that you live in, and city vs smaller town.
Average Salary Metro City: $60,000
Average Salary Smaller City: $45,000- $55,000
Average Wedding / Events Manager Salary: $80,000
Independent Wedding Planner Salary
If you are self employed in the wedding industry working as a wedding planner, your salary would be based on the amount of clients you have, and your average invoice per client.
Here are three main ways wedding planners charge:
1. As a percentage of the wedding budget
2. Commissions and referral fees from other wedding suppliers
3. Set package prices with set rates and responsibilities.
If the wedding planner is working for a percentage of the wedding budget, the most common percentage is 10%. So if the overall wedding budget was $35,000 the wedding planner fee would be $3,500.
Wedding planners can add to their potential income by referal commissions. Some wedding suppliers may agree to lower their prices for some wedding planners, giving the bride a better price, and also allowing the wedding planner to earn a referral fee. Wedding suppliers will do this in order to get regular work with the wedding planner. It also saves the supplier time in client meetings, as the wedding planner will be liasing most of the details.
Another popular way wedding planners charge is through their own packaged pricing system. Wedding planners will create their own ‘packaged service’ with a list of services they will provide and responsibilities for a set price. This makes it clear to the bride what they will get from the wedding planning service within a set budget.
The starting prices of most wedding wedding packages can be from around $990 for on the day wedding coordination service, to $3,500 upwards, depending on the amount of time the wedding planner will spend planning, and her responsibility.
Wedding Decorator/ Wedding Stylist Salary
Wedding Decorators and Stylists will work on set packages as well as custom quotes. If a Wedding Planner is working with their own clients, they will get paid per wedding that they do.
Wedding Planning Stylists and Decorators if employed can earn anywhere from $20- $30 per hour depending on skill and experience.
Mid Range Wedding Ceremony Styling Invoice: $500-$1500 (80 guests, mid-range budget)
Average Wedding Reception Styling Invoice: $1800- $2500 (80 guests, mid-range budget)
High Range Wedding Ceremony Styling Invoice: $ 1500- $3,500 (100 + guests, high-range budget)
High Range Wedding Reception Styling Invoice: $4,500- $8,000 (100 + guests, high-range budget)
* Another factor to consider is the amount of fresh flowers. If the client requires more fresh florals, the invoice price can increase dramatically.
I hope that you find this useful!
Do you have questions about salary or how much to charge? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Have you found a different type of client that has booked a wedding planning service? Comment in the box below! We’d love to hear about it!
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