AP are one of the longest established wedding planning course providers in the UK, training students in the art since 2007 and planning weddings since 2004!
We pride ourselves on delivering what many in the industry see as the most extensive training program available, covering jut about every conceivable aspect of designing, planning and managing a client’s (or your own!) wedding from scratch. We also teach you how to set up and run your own wedding and event planning business.
Although we focus on weddings, the training equips you with the knowledge, confidence and skills to plan a variety of special events such as children’s parties, birthdays, anniversaries and bar/bat mitzvahs. And even plain old conferences and corporate events because let’s face it, if you can plan an event as complex and intense as a wedding you can plan practically any other event imaginable!
Which Course Should I Enrol On?
We recommend all students enrol on our First Class program but there are alternatives if you prefer:
- First Class Advanced Certification (highly recommended)
- Advanced Certification (less extensive, graduate in a few months)
- Short Course Certification (perfect for those in a rush!)
For a side-by-side comparison of the 3 courses CLICK HERE.
The First Class Advanced course is designed to be completed within 9 months, but you can take up to 18 months if you wish. And if you find you subsequently need an extension, the option is there.
Most students hold down permanent jobs and study in their free time. Complete 1 unit a week and you will graduate in approximately 9 months.
The Advanced course has less coursework and should take approximately 4-6 months to complete, but you can take up to 12 months if you wish. Again, if you need more time the option is available.
Whereas the Short-Course is assessed by a short Q&A test and can be completed in 2-3 months. It is aimed at students in a rush to complete the training, brides looking for professional guidance and advice when planning their own wedding or experienced planners wishing to enhance their skills.
The level and grade of certificates naturally vary depending on your chosen course.
The syllabus is outlined in detail here: TOPICS.
TIP: Carefully compare our program to any other you can find. Unfortunately, some course providers suggest that a topic is covered, but then only scratch the surface (note, that’s according to a regular flow of disappointed students who come to us after enrolling elsewhere). To date (November 2018) no other course providers clarify the actual depth of their courses. Our First Class V10 course is 212,000 words, 475 A4 pages with an average 450 words per page. It’s a truly mammoth resource, developed over 15 years. No other wedding course in the UK comes close!
Some Notable & Award-Winning Graduates
We have a track-record of producing some exceptional wedding & event planners and have picked out a selection below. If you wish to speak to any of them let us know and we will formally introduce you, but please don’t contact them ‘out of the blue’ – they are busy people. Likewise, if you want to speak to any current students just let us know.
Melanie, Cranberry Blue – www.cranberryblueweddings.co.uk/ – multi-award-winning and one of the UK’s most recognisable planners!
Lisa, Carmela Weddings – www.carmelaweddings.co.uk/ & www.planningredefined.co.uk – recent graduate well on way to establishing herself.
Mary, Mary Cushen Weddings – www.marycushenweddingplanner.co.uk – a rising talent and one to watch out for!
Rianna, Mango Pie – www.mango-pie.com/
Rachel, Bijou Venues – www.bijouweddingvenues.co.uk/
Pauline, Clerkenwell Green – www.clerkenwellgreen.com/
Ciara, Mosimanns – www.mosimann.com
Ben, Peyton and Byrne – www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk
Yvonne, Ambience Venue Styling – www.ambiencevenuestyling.com
Kerry, Teokath London – www.teokath.co.uk
Nadine, Bovingdons – www.bovingdons.co.uk
Olga, Flower Station – www.flowerstation.co.uk
Nikki, Bermuda Bride – www.bermudabride.com
Maria, Kensington Roof Gardens – www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens
Sarah, Pronuptia Paris – www.pronuptia.com
Katie, Upper Street Events – www.upperstreetevents.co.uk
Candy, Rhubarb Events – www.rhubarb.co.uk
Kelly, National Trust Morden Hall – www.mordenhall.com
Theressa, Hariindah – www.hariindah.com
Sylvia, Levy/Compass Group – www.levyrestaurants.co.uk
Petra, Bellus Events – www.bellusevents.com
Elvira, Garden Museum – www.gardenmuseum.org.uk
Nic, Beautiful World Tents – www.beautifulworldtents.co.uk
Kelly, Sporting Ideas Events – www.sportingideas.com
Emma, Grovesnor House Hotel – www.marriott.com/
Inma, Paris Berlin Weddings – www.parisberlinbodas.com
Steph, Monet Events – www.monetevents.co.uk
Jen, Planned2Perfection – www.planned2perfection.co.uk
Victoria, Event Travel Mgmt – www.traveletm.com/
Victoria, Without A Hitch – www.withoutahitch.co.uk/
Marketa, Wedding Design Cz – www.weddingdesign.cz
Nicola, Lower Grenofen – www.lowergrenofen.co.uk
Hector, Boda Tip – www.bodas.com.mx/
Nic, Helms Briscoe – www.helmsbriscoe.com
Kelly, Warren House – www.warrenhouse.com
Lynda, Hia Magazine – www.hiamag.com
Helena, Canizaro House – www.hotelduvin.com/locations/wimbledon
In a student survey, 100% would recommend our courses to others and 91% said tutorial feedback was excellent. And many of our students tell us they choose our course after evaluating all the other courses out there. We suggest you do the same!
* Click here to read some reviews on the Hot Courses website *
UPDATE 31/01/18 – Unfortunately all our reviews on the Hotcourses website have been removed because we no longer advertise with them! However we do have screenshots of them, but in a rather ugly .pdf format. Happy to send them out though, please email us. Alternatively, check out our Student Comments page, link is above. And if you wish to contact any of those featured let us know.
Typical Student Comment: “ …I googled wedding planning courses, researched via forums, social media and websites. I also reviewed countless courses before considering your course to be the best by far!” (contact details on request)
How to Enrol
Card Payments: Just click ENROL and follow the steps.
Bank Transfers: Contact us for bank details.
Instalment Plans: See Instalment FAQ below.
Student work placements arise throughout the year and include shadowing opportunities, on-site assistant coordinator roles and assisting us during busy periods as required (eg venue/supplier searches etc).
Positions also arise via our Student & Graduate Coordinator scheme (previously known as our Bride on a Budget service), whereby we match a strong student or graduate with a suitable couple requiring assistance with their wedding/civil partnership – from Full Coordination to On The Day coordination, venue and supplier searches, design and styling, advice on trends etc.
And many of our students independently succeed in finding placements with local venues and with other planners, often on strength of the fact that they are enrolled with us!
Certification, Recognition & Accreditation
Absolute Perfection is registered with the UK Government Department of Education’s Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) – our UKPRN is 10019838.
Our First Class Advanced course is benchmarked minimum Level 4 on the UK Government’s Qualifications and Credit Framework.
Our Advanced course is benchmarked between Level 3 & Level 4 on the UK Government’s Qualifications and Credit Framework.
Our Short-Course program is benchmarked between Level 2 & Level 3 on the UK Government’s National Qualifications and Credit Framework.
Naturally all our courses are recognised and respected throughout the wedding industry and by relevant employers here in the UK and overseas.
They are also approved by The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP). The UKAWP is the UK’s leading body that focuses on raising standards and promoting professionalism within the wedding planning industry.
They are also referenced and referred to by the UK Government’s National Careers Service & Careers Wales.
Instalment Plan Now Available
You can now pay for the First Class & Advanced courses in 3, 6 or 9 monthly instalments. There is an administration charge applicable to instalment plan enrolments.
FIRST CLASS ADVANCED (bank transfer/standing order)
3 Month Plan = deposit of £376.66 then 2 monthly instalments of £316.66. Total cost: £1009.99 (includes admin fee of £60.00)
6 Month Plan = deposit of £258.33 then 5 monthly instalments of £158.33. Total cost: £1049.99 (includes admin fee of £100.00)
9 Month Plan = deposit of £255.55 then 8 monthly instalments of £105.55. Total cost: £1099.99 (includes admin fee of £150.00)
ADVANCED (bank transfer/standing order)
3 Month Plan = deposit of £276.66 then 2 monthly instalments of £216.66. Total cost: £709.99 (includes admin fee of £60.00)
6 Month Plan = deposit of £208.33 then 5 monthly instalments of £108.33. Total cost: £749.99 (includes admin fee of £100.00)
9 Month Plan = deposit of £222.22 then 8 monthly instalments of £72.22. Total cost: £799.99 (includes admin fee of £150.00)
Cards +3.4%. Contact us for further details.
We offer an APWA Certification or Advanced Certification in Wedding Planning, Design & Management. There are 3 classes to choose from:
First Class Advanced Certification: £949.99 by bank transfer | £981.26 by card
Advanced Certification: £649.99 by bank transfer | £672.08 by card
Short-Course Certification: £449.99 by bank transfer | £464.99 by card
Contact us for bank details. Cards incur 3.4% paypal handling fees.
Instalment plans also available. Admin fees apply.
It is a little-known fact that you will learn more in home study course than any classroom based course you find. They do after all take longer to complete. But they also cost less due to lower overheads! Read on…
Designed to offer you maximum flexibility, our courses are therefore tutor-led, distance learning programs. This means you can STUDY FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF YOUR OWN PERSONAL TUTOR! You can also fit your studies around your individual lifestyle.
Spread over 30 extensive Units, each topic is both examined in depth and clearly explained in lay-mans terms. At the end of each unit there are one or two questions and an assignment to complete. Should you find that you require assistance from your tutor at any stage, he or she is always available to promptly answer your questions and deal with your enquiries.
The course is supplied electronically and all the materials are yours to keep! This format provides us with the unique ability to update, develop, revise and refine the courses on a regular basis. It also enables us to provide students with free updates and upgrades whilst they are studying with us – there have been 7 major upgrades since April 2008 and 3 minor ones!
For your convenience and our swift processing your work is expected to be completed submitted for review via email.
Upon completion of your training you will have graduated from the Absolute Perfection Wedding Academy having attained a Certification, Advanced Certification or First Class Advanced Certification in Wedding Planning, Design & Management.
You will be graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION in your appropriate class and receive 2 certificates: one for your office and one for your website.
Wedding Planning Software
Unlike some other course providers, we don’t bundle cheap wedding planning software with our course materials, despite being offered financial incentives to do so! Instead, as you can see we have negotiated some exceptional deals for our students on a range of leading software titles! Including:
- 50% Off Ido Wedding & Event Professional – the worlds best wedding planning software program (we know, we have trialled them all!)
- 65% off Sample Board – it’s a great online, digital mood board creator
- Free trial plus discount on the highly regarded Events Clique’s 3D Event Designer software.
And for those on a budget we also provide you with a range of useful files and templates to show you how to use your own software (such as MS Office) to set up and run your business and manage each client (eg, client presentation files, databases, spread sheets, timetables, schedules, RSVPs, seating plans, floor plansetc.
No previous experience required other than a keen interest in the industry. The type of people who enrol with us include…
- People who are methodical, creative and possess an eye for detail
- People who are ready to run their own business
- People who have planned their own weddings and now wish to build a career within the wedding industry
- Professionals such as venue managers wishing to offer an in-house wedding planning service
- In-house event planning staff looking to develop their own knowledge, skills and services
- Wedding services such as florists who wish to offer additional aspects to their service
- Brides-to-be who want some low cost professional guidance on how to organise their own wedding
Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of the courses are to introduce you to the complex role of the wedding planner and provide you with the required knowledge, understanding, skills, tools and insight to help you to develop and ultimately succeed as a professional consultant.
Why No Classroom Courses?
It’s a plain and simple fact that you will learn far less about wedding planning in any classroom course than you would in an advanced home study course such as ours.
Moreover, if we were to deliver our First Class Advanced Certification in a classroom environment, on top of coursework you would have to spend iro 30 full days in the classroom over a 12 month period. Not only would the cost soar to £3-4k (which itself is too small a market for us) but we would also have to commit to a timetable of fixed dates and that’s just not feasible with weddings to plan.
Why do we Offer Courses and Train our Competitors?
Aside from the fact it’s a natural progression for established businesses in any industry to offer training courses – it’s also down to the basic principles of supply and demand.
In the years before we designed our first course back in 2007, we were inundated with enquiries from people wanting to know the best and/or easiest route into wedding planning. Most had no experience so we simply advised them to undertake a course that was run by a competitor at the time.
If the truth be known, we thought they were mad training potential competitors. However, we soon realised that there were lots of people determined to break into the industry. And that there was a market for wedding planning courses! So if they were going to do a course, they might as well do ours! Pure and simple business sense.
Some Impartial Advice Before Choosing A Course
Our students often inform us that they choose us because we cover the widest range of topics in the most detail. When selecting a course start by comparing contents and structure. Next, find out how up-to-date it is. Some are 3 or more years out of date – that’s a long, long time in this fast moving industry.
Then decide which format to opt for – class room or home study? Classroom based courses are certainly beneficial for some students but it is a fact that home study courses cover a wider variety of topics in greater depth. They do after all, take longer to complete.
We also suggest you ask about the tutors: Are they full time tutors? If so, why have they stopped planning weddings? Our tutors are Full Coordination Wedding Planners – they tutor instead of work with partial coordination clients or work with OTD clients.
Finally, ask the provider whether the course was written for the American, Australian or the UK market. Most distance learning courses were written for the American or Australian markets and imported here to be resold. They simply do not compare to courses written specifically for the UK market, despite what you might otherwise be told…
27 November 2017 – Version 10 Out Now!
Version 10 is the result of an intensive 2 month review in which we have entirely updated, refined and enhanced our training program in order to bring you what we believe are the most up-to-date, advanced and informative training courses available today!
Want To Know How To Become A Wedding Planner?
Take a look at the following article on our blog: HOW TO BECOME A WEDDING PLANNER on our blog. It offers a wealth of useful information and guidance for anyone aspiring to become a wedding planner.