Price: £495 or 4 month payment plan available (click here for more details)
Format: E Learning
Qualification: Certificate in Wedding Planning
Award: NVQ Level 3 Equivalent
Study Time: 250 Hours with up to two years to complete. (Course extensions are available for a small fee)
Requirements: No Entry Requirements
Our Certificate in Wedding Planning is a fully interactive course which uses podcasts, videos, PDF's and Elearning material covering all elements from understanding the history of the wedding industry to the latest trends and processes in planning. Your course will include 4 assignments based on an authentic wedding brief. These assignments will lead you through every stage of planning a wedding. You will be expected to treat your tutor as your bridal client and the assignment you submit as your proposal. There will also be a short unit project at the end of each unit to make sure you have understood the unit and are able to apply it to your work.
Effectively you are building yourself a portfolio as you make your way through the course, allowing you to hit the ground running upon graduation. Included as part of your course material is a 3 Month license to 3D Event Designer software. This will be a great tool for you to use when you've completed your course and start working in the industry. It can also be used throughout the course so you are familiar with it upon graduating.
Tell us what course you completed/are completing and why you chose this course?
I am currently studying for a Certificate in Wedding Planning. I chose this course because I have a passion for all things wedding! I plucked up the courage to sign up for this certificate on the basis that I will see where it takes me.
What was it about the Academy that made you choose to study with us?
I work full time within the automotive industry and at times can involve a lot of travel. I needed an online course that was flexible to suit me, without the pressure of deadlines. Online courses can seem like you’re on your own, but the Academy offers your own personal tutor, which is a great benefit when I am in need of help!
What have you enjoyed most about your experience of studying with the Academy?
Each assignment I complete gives me another boost of confidence towards achieving my goal. I have been able to apply various aspects of the course to my full time job with noticeable improvements in my performance in terms of thinking outside of the box.
Have your goals changed during the course of your studies?
Before I signed up to the course I thought being a wedding planner was an unrealistic dream; however my views have changed and the world is your oyster if you want it to be.
What do you intend to do after the course?
I am hoping to have all the fundamentals in place ready to hit the ground running! During the course I have labelled my business name Lisa Marie Weddings and am in the process of building a website to support it. How has the course prepared you for taking the next step?
Since it will take some time to become established within the industry as a wedding planner, I was hungry for my own business as quickly as possible. Starting this course gave me the boost I needed to start up my own venture and can now proudly share with you I have my own Candy Buffet business called Norfolk Candy Buffet (www.norfolkcandybuffet.co.uk) I look at this as a stepping stone towards achieving my ultimate goal as a wedding planner. Norfolk Candy Buffet has created a window of opportunity for me not only to gain a better understanding of the industry itself, but to also indentify key players and good contacts in advance of completing this course. This alone has made me realise how close and quickly dreams could turn into reality.
Tell us about your business.
Norfolk Candy Buffet was established in October 2012. I am using a number of online platforms to promote the business including my website www.norfolkcandybuffet.co.uk, a facebook page www.facebook.com/norfolkcandybuffet, a twitter account www.twitter.com/norfolkcandyb and a number of wedding sites. I have discussed a number of business opportunities with key suppliers including a chartered boat and one of my main competitors. I am in the process of having a candy cart made to really stand out from my competitors. I have exhibited at a number of wedding shows, which have helped me gain awareness in the industry and more importantly bookings! On top of that I am constantly on the look out for new trends and opportunities.
What would you say to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in Wedding and Event Planning?
Bite the bullet and go for it. Dreams are for living and are reached outside of our comfort zone.
Would you recommend the Academy to others and why?
Yes. The course helps you realise more than you could have imagined. It has improved my confidence in my own ability helping me to discover my true potential.
For a sneak peek at one of the units from the Certificate in Wedding Planning you need to click on the image below. This will launch our E Learning software. To view you need to use the Firefox Browser as it is not compatible with Apple Safari. You can also use Internet Explorer.
This excerpt is taken from Unit 4 - Developing a Wedding Theme and is a small sample of what is included within this unit.
Many Academy students like to work at their own pace at a time and place that suits them. However, there are also many students who have a set time period that is much shorter with a goal of launching their business within the next 4-6 months. This type of study requires more structure and guidance from our tutors, which is why we have launched our Fast Track Flexible Study Program.
To enrol on the Fast Track Flexible Study Program all you need to do is click the Fast Track option on the enrolment form, and we will do the rest. To choose your Course and enrol click here. Alternatively if you want to find out more about how Fast Track can work for you speak to our Course Consultant, Zoe McKeown, on 0845 313 6023