The wedding industry is largely unregulated. Anybody can wake up one morning, decide they want to be a wedding blogger, planner, make-up artist or florist and start their own business. Websites are easy to come by, with many new businesses beginning with just a Facebook page or a Twitter account, decide to be a Sole Trader and you’re up and running! But where does experience come in to the equation?
Personally as well as being experienced I am qualified (Dip. EMWP), but I completed this as a distance learning course alongside running my business, in fact I don’t think I could have completed the course prior to running the business as a lot of it was assignment based. Sometimes however experience counts for more. In an ideal world all suppliers would be very experienced and have the qualifications to back that up. But asking someone who has always been in the business to then go and study for some kind of entry level NVQ is just insulting surely?
As long as the suppliers you choose are either qualified on paper or by experience you shouldn’t run into any problems, but one other fact to consider is insurance. All suppliers should carry their own liability insurance, and be happy to provide proof of it when asked. Anyone not willing to prove they are insured should not be touched with a barge pole!