Requirements: Chinese wedding etiquette consultants, better known as dai kum po, should be cheerful and positive, and good communicators. You need to be a people person with an outgoing personality. Good Chinese language skills and knowledge of Chinese culture and wedding traditions are definite advantages. Qualifications: Despite the stereotypical image of a traditional dai kum po - a married woman with a big family which symbolises the good fortune she can bring to newly-weds - there is no longer a specific age or marital status requirement. There are also no specific education requirements, but the more schooling you have, the further you are likely to advance. If you're interested in the field, you can attend a training course or start as an apprentice under a dai kum po. They help couples prepare for their big day and host the traditional ceremony. Therefore, they need to have a good knowledge of Chinese traditions and culture. Lo Kan-fong started out as a dai kum po on her own. She now runs a company which employs several other consultants, and conducts training classes for anyone who wants to enter the field. Lo says you need more than just a good knowledge of Chinese traditions and culture to work your way up; strong marketing and management skills can help you to set up a company and expand your business. Thus, the more knowledgeable and better educated you are, the more easily you can manage and upgrade your business in the future. Average salary: Income can be unstable; there is no fixed monthly or weekly salary. Income is mostly based on services and consultations you provide to customers. Historically, Chinese people would get married at harvest time towards the end of the year. In following that tradition, many people these days get married in winter. Income for a dai kum po is higher during the peak season of autumn and winter than during the summer. New consultants usually start by helping friends and family for free to alert people of their services. They usually receive around HK$1,000 lai see from the couple's family. As their reputation grows, consultants can charge HK$1,000 to HK$3,000 for their services. They receive lai see on top of that. Once you are well-established, if you arrange a wedding every Saturday and Sunday, you could earn HK$24,000 a month. Very experienced and reputable dai kum po can charge up to HK$10,000 per client. Work prospects: Like with any self-employed person, you work alone, without the support and safety net of a larger organisation. The flexibility of this profession allows you to have multiple jobs or even continue studying at the same time. Most customers will contact a dai kum po based on a referral or word of mouth. So hard work and good service will bring you more business in the future. It is recommended that you have a stable job when you start out. As your client base grows, you can switch to full-time consulting and eventually set up a company and hire other dai kum po to help you out. Long-term prospects: Once you have a team of consultants, you can focus on training people and managing the company. You can work with education institutes to organise training courses and promote the profession. Where to apply: It is recommended you learn the skills by working as an apprentice for a dai kum po, and offer to help family and friends to gain a reputation and client base. A day at work Dai kum po usually start working with the couple months ahead of the wedding. On wedding day, the dai kum po will arrive at the bride's home early in the morning and wait for the groom to pick up the girl. She will help the couple serve tea to the bride's parents. Then she will accompany them to the groom's house to help them serve tea to his parents. The dai kum po has to organise any traditional ceremonies at the evening banquet. The day ends when the banquet finishes. Working hours can therefore last from 8am until midnight.