In today’s era, weddings are a huge deal and definitely one of the biggest sectors in the world. If you calculate the average amount an individual spends on their big day, it is over £20,000. The brides and grooms hire an entire army of wedding planners to make sure that their wedding goes smoothly.
The wedding businesses across the UK have an altogether turnover of over £24.2 billion. It is no surprise that most of the wedding businesses are nothing but a collaboration of several small businesses from make-up artists, caterers, invitation designers and many more. The list really does feel endless, especially when you’re the one footing the bill!
Many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking for wedding business ideas. This article provides you with five trending wedding businesses across the UK that young entrepreneurs can take up.
1: Wedding Caterers
People across the UK are adapting the new culture of informal weddings. This means, the three course sit-down meal provided by the venue is no longer mandatory. Although people may want to stick to a formal wedding breakfast, an evening meal during the reception is more of a low-key.
In other words, the brides and grooms often opt for picnic-style meals or street food meals. So if you think you have the culinary skills that could impress thousands, we suggest you to offer an on-site barbeque service for weddings or a pop-up street food stalls. Some of the simple on-site catering ideas also include cream tea services, ice cream vans for the children or even a fresh candyfloss stall.
If you worried about the seed investment for starting your catering business, we suggest you to look for property finance service offer by alternative finance firms. As the name suggests, property finance is a secured business loan that uses your property as collaterals and allows your business to borrow the money it needs.
2: Wedding Florists
Wedding are a good way of making money for people who are self-employed florists or love gardening. Couples usually spend a lot on bouquets, buttonholes and floral decorations for their big day.
So if you decide to become a professional wedding florist, then you need to start by setting up a website that portrays your skills. You can also make use of the social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram to reach your target audience. You start off by decorating few of your friend’s weddings at a low-cost. It not only gives you a chance to practice your skills but also provide you with some beautiful photographs for your website and social media accounts.
Remember, your clients will provide you with the theme for their wedding and the idea of what they want it to look like. Ultimately, it is you who have to be creative and use your floral expertise to bring their idea into reality.
3: Wedding Photographers
Although the marrying couples want a budget-friendly wedding, most of them are determined to have a wedding photographer to record their big day. For you to get the job as a wedding photographer, you firstly need a portfolio that proves you are eligible to shoot an entire wedding. You start build your portfolio by shooting your friend’s big day or can also start by assisting a more established wedding photographer on his sites.
The couple would want to meet you before the actual day so that they get to know you and help you through the wedding and explain you what they want. Additionally, you can also offer an engagement shoot in your package giving you the chance to enhance your creative skills before the wedding.
Just remember, most couple love to have candid clicks of them and the guests than the posed pictures.
4: Wedding Musicians
If music is your passion and you want to make a living out of it, then marketing yourself in the wedding business can be a good way to start off. Starting with string quartet for the arriving guests and then changing into a rock and roll band at the reception, you think you can handle it all?
As a wedding musician, you have to be responsive to what the happy couple wants. So before the big day, meet them and decide upon a list of songs to play at the wedding. Most importantly, be professional and punctual.
Speak to the venue in-charge about the set-up, stage, sound system and your other requirements so that you will know what all to carry otherwise.
5: Wedding Hairdressers and Make-up Artists
Brides usually opt for a professional hairdresser and make-up artist for their wedding. Also, many others pay for their bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party to get ready.
As a professional wedding hairdresser and make-up artist, it is expected of you to travel wherever the bride is (be it her home, the hotel room or the wedding venue). Ideally, it is recommended to book a trial makeover weeks before the actual wedding, so the bride knows exactly how she will look on her big day.
If you think you can handle the pressure of getting the bride ready for her special day, then go ahead with this profession. If you do not have experience in everything, then you can team up with other professionals so that together, you can offer a complete bridal package.