Our Wedding Planning Courses – FAQ’s
Now summer is over we are receiving a high quantity of calls regarding our training courses. In some cases students are seeking advice and guidance about choosing the right course for them. Therefore, we hope this answers some of your questions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call me with a new question, I love speaking with those entering this exciting career so don’t be shy pick up the phone on 07939 215 531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have no experience in events; will this course be suitable for me?
Yes definitely, our courses cover all the basics you need to launch your career as a wedding planner, previous students have come from a range of careers including solicitors, nurses and teachers.
Which course is right for you?
This question we are asked a lot, just what course is right for you to take?
Business Practicalities – ideal for those launching as independent wedding planners
Topics covered include:
- Launching & running a small business
- Importance of branding & understanding your niche
- Marketing, PR & advertising for your business
- Skills for success
- Importance of pre launch research
- Understanding your niche
- Services to offer & pricing for profitability
- Preparing for your consultation inc. practical session
- Paint the dream, sell the dream
- Using social media to enhance your profile
Step by Step – ideal for independent planners, venue co-ordinators and those wishing to organise weddings for an external company.
Topics covered include:
- Marriage laws
- Etiquette scenarios
- Sourcing the dream venue
- Sourcing the dream team of suppliers inc. analysis of each category
- Financial planning for your client
- Creating the perfect wedding day schedule
- Your emergency kit
- Organising the ceremony / drink reception / wedding breakfast / evening party
- Destination weddings
- Duties of the wedding party
- Post wedding service
Will I be qualified after attending the course?
You will receive a certificate confirming you have trained with us along with a logo to use on your marketing materials. We strongly feel your journey as a wedding planner begins after you have trained with us, that is why we hold regular workshops and offer mentoring to past students to increase your knowledge. Attending a course and receiving a certificate should not mean you know everything there is to know about weddings which is why we will never use the term “qualified as a wedding planner”.
The role of a wedding planner is an important one and treasured by our couples marrying, but we’re not training to be a doctor or lawyer, there are no requirements to be “qualified” to work as a wedding planner.
Remember the wedding industry is unregulated so before registering and paying for any training qualification, you need to ensure it’s the right course to take. For example you might prefer home learning in which case we can recommend some fabulous online schools to consider. Speak with other wedding planners to get their recommendations about who they trained with or how they started their business.
Ask the wedding planners how clients choose them: do the clients choose them because of being a member of the UKAWP for example, or do they get selected because of a qualification?
Aren’t the UKAWP competitors to my new career?
No, no, no! It is vitally important you view your fellow wedding planners as colleagues not competitors. The tutors are all very different and successful in their respective areas; we don’t view any student or planner as a ‘competitor’. Feedback from students has reiterated the tutors experience as a highlight of the course. You can see some via our Facebook page.
Can I join the UKAWP after the course?
Please do apply for associate membership, all applications are vetted for professionalism and your tutor’s experience of you on the training course will be included in any decision made.
How should I compare your course to others?
We appreciate you may wish to compare courses before choosing the right one for you. A few things you should ask when making enquiries:
- Who wrote the course and is it a US or UK text?
- Who conducts the training and what is their background/experience?
- Can you speak with previous students for feedback?
- When was the course last updated?
I hope this helps but don’t hesitate to call me with further questions on 07939 215 531