I chuckled as I read your comment because I'm in fact one of those brides who planned my wedding and loved the whole concept; and started an event planning business. Although, my sister-in-law coordinated. After my wedding I enrolled in QC Event & Wedding Planning and will be certified this month. Previous to my wedding, I coordinated several expos and loved every moment. It is definitely a passion of mines to serve others. I love what I do and believe that brides-to-be should invest in their wedding by hiring an event planner. It make a BIG difference.
I am also a wedding planner and I planned my own wedding but with the help of many of my family members. I don't think I could have taken on the job solo though. For some brides they are overwhelmed and stressed and have no idea where to begin. I currently have a bride who works two jobs and has two children. When we first met she was so overwhelmed and only had 7 months until the wedding and had not even booked a reception site. She tells me I'm a blessing. She feels so much more relaxed now and can enjoy the planning process. I think planners are important to have but if you are on a tight budget and have extra time and family to help you then you may be able to go without one. I do believe every bride should at least have a planner for the day of to run the show.
I absolutely agree interpersonal skills are imperative. I have a BSW degree and counseling clients is something I find myself doing. It's important to have conflict resolution skills because I know for a fact there are always challenges on the horizon.
You don't need to have a degree to mediate. I work in a law firm as well as run my own business and at the end of the day that's completely what I have done all day long, mediate. It's all about your skills. It is important for a planner to be able to assist in resolving issues. There are so many that can arise in planning a wedding. Wedding planning is not something that can be done by a checklist. There are many variables.