If you were married in a major metropolitan area within the last 15 years, my bet is that you attended at least one wedding faire. You know, those neues where you bop from booth to booth, meeting potential photographers and videographers, listening to chamber music, seeing a bridal fashion show, and taste-testing delish gourmet cakes.
The wedding industry is a multi-billion-dollar deal, with the average American wedding running up between $20,000 – $30,000. And when you’re dropping the equivalent of a down payment on a house, you want everything to be perfect — from the cocktail napkins to the favors to the rose in the limo driver’s lapel. That’s why wedding vendors spend tons of money to exhibit their wares at these faires. And the last thing they want to do is look like a home-grown, bargain-basement affair.
This is where you come in. Photographers aside (because they typically have their own albums), many of these vendors ARE home-grown affairs and don’t know how to market themselves properly. Imagine their relief when you show up, telling them you’ll create a gorgeous scrapbook of their flowers or veils or favors or limos — a work of art that even the most discerning bride will fall head-over-heels for!
Basically, that’s the scoop — they give you photos of their wares (or you arrange to photograph them for an added fee, of course), and you create a professional portfolio. And everyone, including Bridezilla, is happy.
Best for: Scrapbookers who can create cohesive albums, with large-photo pages where the image is the focus.
Drawbacks: Your creativity must take backstage to the client’s needs.
Earning potential: Depends on number of pages and number of photos on the page, but I’d ballpark $100-$200 for a 20-page album, plus expenses.
Suggestions: Create a sample album, then attend a wedding faire or two and hand out business cards.
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P.S. If you liked this series, you may want to check out the class I taught at True Scrap II in October on making money from your scrapbooking. It’s available here.