Training Course Topics

Be aware that many other wedding courses indicate that a topic is covered, but then only scratch the surface. Our Version 9 course is 450 A4 pages with an average 435 words per page. No other course in Europe comes close!

UNIT 1: BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE & INDUSTRY INSIGHT

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Essential skills
  • Career benefits
  • WOTS up analysis
  • Working from home
  • Reasons for failure
  • Reasons for success
  • Pros and cons of working for yourself
  • How to begin establishing yourself as a wedding planner
  • Finding jobs as a wedding planner
  • State of modern marriage in the UK
  • Rise in recent marriage rates – an analysis
  • Decline in marriage rates to 2010 – what was to blame?
  • Recent marriage statistics
  • The average cost of a wedding
  • A day in the life of a wedding planner

UNIT 2: INTRODUCTION TO SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS

TOPICS

  • Working from home
  • Guide to setting up your office
  • Wedding planning & design software
  • Importance of choosing a great business name
  • Insurance
  • Managing your time efficiently
  • Moonlighting as a wedding planner
  • Student & Graduate Wedding Planning Services

UNIT 3: WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE 101

TOPICS

  • Meeting and evaluating clients, pt 1
  • Essential questions to ask
  • Sourcing venues and suppliers
  • Databases and file management
  • Step-by-step guide to planning a wedding
  • Wedding Planning Time Line – what to do and when to do it
  • Full coordination services
  • On the day services
  • On The Day schedule – a running order for the wedding day

UNIT 4: LEGAL WEDDING REQUIREMENTS

TOPICS

  • Useful Marriage Resources
  • Who can get married?
  • Who cannot get married?
  • Getting engaged
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Where can a marriage take place
  • How to marry
  • Civil marriage ceremonies
  • Civil ceremony fees
  • Times and dates you can get married
  • Licenced venues / Approved premises
  • Religious marriage ceremonies – England, Wales & N. Ireland
  • Church of England & Church in Wales
  • Cost of wedding ceremony
  • Catholic Church
  • Jewish marriages
  • Muslim, Hindu & Sikh marriages
  • Non-conformist marriages
  • Religious marriage ceremonies – N. Ireland
  • Marrying outside England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Marrying in England or Wales if one partner lives elsewhere
  • Overseas recognition of United Kingdom marriages
  • Marriages by proxy
  • Polygamous marriages
  • Marriages which are not valid
  • Remarriage/second marriage
  • Statutory declaration & contractual words
  • Blessing ceremonies
  • Forced marriages
  • Marriage certificates
  • Register offices – database
  • Marriage in Scotland
  • Getting married overseas
  • Changing names

UNIT 5: CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES

TOPICS

  • Types of wedding venues
  • Style and design
  • Level of formality
  • Guide to finding the right wedding venue
  • Questions to ask the client
  • Questions to ask the venue
  • Sourcing churches, synagogues, mosques and temples
  • Venue inspections and appraisals
  • Factors to consider before booking a venue
  • Venue contracts – reviewing and assessing
  • Sample venue contract
  • Commission
  • Submitting a venue information request – getting information from a venue
  • Formal client venue presentation/proposal – submitting venues to the client
  • Your wedding planning databases
  • Overseas venues (accompanies Weddings Abroad unit)
  • Venue questionnaire
  • Client venue questionnaire

UNIT 6: CATERING

TOPICS

  • The wedding breakfast
  • Wedding catering – primary considerations
  • Catering options
  • Wedding catering 101
  • Sourcing suppliers
  • Questions to ask
  • The food tasting
  • Drinks
  • Corkage

UNIT 7: WEDDING CAKES & CAKE DESIGNERS

TOPICS

  • History & traditions
  • Modern styles and designs
  • Flavours, icings, fillings and colours
  • Alternative wedding cakes
  • Bespoke designs
  • Wedding cakes 101
  • Meetings, tastings and questions to ask
  • Transporting, setting up and cutting the cake
  • Serving and storing

UNIT 8: FLORISTRY

TOPICS

  • Wedding floristry
  • Selecting a florist
  • Questions to ask
  • Coordinating on the day
  • Flowers by season
  • Popular flowers
  • Sample florist’s quotation

UNIT 9: PHOTOGRAPHY

TOPICS

  • Styles of wedding photography
  • Contemporary wedding photography
  • Guide to sourcing a wedding photographer
  • Questions to ask
  • Drawing up a shortlist
  • Traditional photographic shots
  • Modern photographic shots
  • Photographic techniques
  • Narrative style wedding photography

UNIT 10: VIDEOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY

TOPICS

  • Videographer or cinematographer?
  • Brief history of wedding cinematography
  • Modern wedding cinematography
  • Guide to selecting a cinematographer / film crew
  • Questions to ask
  • Top tips
  • Contemporary techniques

UNIT 11: CEREMONY & RECEPTION MUSIC

TOPICS

CEREMONY MUSIC
  • Ceremony music – achieving the right balance
  • Factors to consider
RELIGIOUS WEDDINGS
  • Church ceremony music
  • Prelude, Processional, Signing of the Register & Recessional
  • Hymns
  • Order of Service
CIVIL WEDDINGS
  • A guide to civil ceremony music
  • Prelude, Processional, Signing of the Register & Recessional
RECEPTION MUSIC
  • Live music
  • Drinks reception music
  • Music during dinner
  • Evening music
  • Live band or DJ?
  • DJs – Factors to consider
  • Live bands – Factors to consider
  • Sourcing musicians
  • Sound & licencing considerations & the Live Music Act 2012
  • Tips for selecting a band or DJ
  • Questions to ask a DJ
  • Standard DJ quotation – what to look for
  • DJ’s sound & lighting
  • The First Dance
  • Popular first dance songs

UNIT 12: ADDITIONAL & ALTERNATIVE WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

TOPICS

  • Wedding entertainment guide
  • Popular entertainment options
  • Alternative entertainment ideas
  • Entertaining children

UNIT 13: WEDDING STYLES & THEMES | COLOUR SCHEMES | MOODBOARDS

TOPICS

WEDDING STYLES
  • Wedding design
  • Styles and themes
  • Alternative styles and themes
  • Factors to consider
  • Guide to styling a wedding
  • Working with a wedding theme
COLOUR SCHEMES
  • Colour schemes and combos
  • Working with a colour scheme
  • Recent popular colour trends
  • Applying colour to a wedding
THE VENUE
  • Interior design guide
  • Venue styling and design ideas and tips
MOOD BOARDS
  • Importance of moodboards
  • Creating and developing moodboards for inspiration
  • Sources of inspiration
  • Utilising creative, professional mood board design software

UNIT 14: VENUE STYLING, DESIGN & DECOR | LIGHTING & SPECIAL EFFECTS

TOPICS

STYLING, DESIGN & DECOR
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Factors to consider when decorating a wedding venue
  • Maximising space
  • Wedding design concepts and principles
  • Primary and secondary focal points
  • Additional styling considerations
  • Essential design and styling tips
  • Specialist event design and hire companies
LIGHTING & SPECIAL EFFECTS
  • Principal lighting considerations
  • Wedding lighting 101
  • Lighting options & special effects
  • Top lighting tips

UNIT 15: WEDDING STATIONERY | GUEST INFORMATION | THE GUEST LIST | GIFT LISTS

TOPICS

WEDDING STATIONERY

  • Sourcing suppliers and stationery
  • Types of wedding stationery
  • Stationery timeline
  • Wording the invitations
  • Invitation inserts
  • Sending invitations
  • Cutting costs
  • Wedding stationery FAQs and tips
  • Managing a wedding stationer

GUEST INFORMATION

  • Guest information cards – what to include
  • Personal wedding websites / wed-sites
  • Sample guest information pages

THE GUEST LIST

  • Managing the guest list

GIFT LIST

  • Traditional gift lists
  • Alternative gift lists
  • Setting up a gift list

UNIT 16: WEDDING DRESS

TOPICS

  • Selecting the wedding dress – factors to consider
  • Styles and shapes
  • Matching body shape to wedding dress
  • Wedding dress trends
  • Wedding dress terminology
  • Shopping for the perfect dress
  • Tracking down a specific dress
  • 120 leading wedding dress designers
  • Trains
  • Veils
  • Wedding dress database

UNIT 17: TRANSPORTATION

TOPICS

  • Guide to organising transportation for the Wedding Party and guests
  • Types and styles of wedding transportation
  • Questions to ask
  • Tips
  • Sample transportation questionnaire

UNIT 18: WEDDING RINGS & ENGAGEMENT RINGS

TOPICS

  • Primary factors to consider
  • Popular metals
  • Diamonds and other stones
  • Shopping for and ordering the rings
  • Engagement rings
  • The Best man’s role

UNIT 19: GROOMS ATTIRE | EMERGENCY KIT | CHILDREN

TOPICS

  • The engagement
  • Groom’s attire
  • Bride & groom gift ideas
  • Bridal emergency kit
  • Children’s requirements (accompanies additional Unit)

UNIT 20: STAG & HEN WEEKENDS

TOPICS

  • Guidelines & top tips for planning a hen/stag event
  • Useful resources
  • Stag & hen party specialists
  • Popular destinations
  • Popular stag activities
  • Popular hen party ideas
  • Alternative stag and hen activities

UNIT 21: THE HONEYMOON

TOPICS

  • How to choose a honeymoon specialist
  • Honeymoon destination guide
  • Honeymoon checklist
  • Upgrades!

UNIT 22: DESTINATION WEDDINGS

TOPICS

  • Factors to consider when planning a destination wedding
  • Essential guide to finding the best local wedding venues, services and suppliers
  • Identifying the ideal destination
  • Budgetary considerations
  • Legal requirements for destination weddings
  • Guide to getting married in Italy
  • Factors for the client to consider
  • Overseas destinations
  • Destination wedding top tips
  • Using a local wedding planner or rep

UNIT 27: THE BUDGET & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

TOPICS

  • Managing supplier’s invoices
  • Overseas client budget management
  • Setting a budget
  • Software to use when managing the budget
  • Financial Budget Planner & Calculator
  • Sourcing and booking venues and suppliers
  • Breaking down the budget – How much does that cost?
  • The art of negotiating
  • Attaining discounts or complimentary services via networking
  • Importance of asserting yourself

UNIT 26: MEETING POTENTIAL CLIENTS | FULL COORDINATION SERVICES

TOPICS

  • Charging for your time
  • Preparing for meetings with potential clients
  • Meeting locations
  • Undertaking a formal client consultation
  • Communication skills
  • Essential guide to meeting potential clients
  • Client consultation questionnaire – comprehensive questions to ask
  • Client consultation venue questionnaire – venue related questions to ask
  • Client character assessment
  • Drawing up a quotation
  • How long does it take to plan a wedding (recap)
  • Your duties to the client
  • Full coordination service – what it entails

UNIT 25: THE WEDDING DAY

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Importance of a walk-through
  • Tasks to undertake during the final week
  • Rehearsals
  • On the day
  • Itineraries & order of events
  • Speeches, toasts and cake cutting
  • Managing delays
  • Back up plans
  • Post wedding tasks and analysis
  • Importance of references

UNIT 24: WEDDING ETIQUETTE

TOPICS

  • Newspaper announcements
  • Financing the wedding
  • Managing the guest list
  • Children
  • Traditional English wedding format
  • At the Ceremony
  • At the Reception
  • Toastmaster
  • Seating plan
  • Top table
  • Receiving line & seating order
  • Speeches and toasts
  • Cake cutting
  • First dance
  • Bouquet toss
  • Bride and groom depart

UNIT 23: WEDDING PARTY & SUPPLIER RESPONSIBILITIES

TOPICS

  • Bride and Groom
  • Mother of the Bride
  • Mother of the Groom
  • Chief Bridesmaid & Best Man
  • Bridesmaids & Ushers
  • Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
  • Father of the Bride
  • Celebrant & Registrar
  • Toastmaster
  • Wedding services & suppliers

UNIT 28: MARKETING

TOPICS

  • Attracting new clients
  • Popular forms of marketing
  • Printed and magazine advertising
  • Online advertising
  • Essential guide to modern marketing and the value of social media
  • Importance of a website
  • Increasing your exposure
  • Search Engine Optimisation – importance of SEO
  • Aside – Email scams

UNIT 29: SETTING UP THE BUSINESS 101 | CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS

TOPICS

  • Setting up a new business
  • Legal status options
  • Guide to drawing up your business plan
  • Fees and charging for your services
  • Important accounting, tax and banking considerations
  • Legal issues and insurance
  • The contractual agreement

UNIT 30: TRADITIONS

TOPICS

  • Wedding traditions, superstitions and customs

UNIT 31: DATABASE OF WEDDING VENUES, SERVICES, SUPPLIERS AND RESOURCES

THE WEDDING PLANNER’S GO-TO FILES

Comprehensive Database of First Class Wedding Venues, Services & Suppliers At Your Finger Tips

SECTION ONE
  • A selection of essential wedding venues, services and supplier resources
SECTION TWO
  • Venues – England & Wales
  • Venues – UK
  • Venues – London
  • Bridal Dress Designers
  • Bridal Dress Stores – London
  • Photographers
  • Videographers & Cinematographers
  • Caterers
  • Cake Designers
  • Florists – London
  • Stationery – Letterpress
  • Stationery – General Wedding
  • Transportation
  • Bands, Musicians, Entertainers and Entertainment Agencies
  • Grooms Attire
  • Bridesmaids Dresses

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Training Course Topics

Be aware that many other wedding courses indicate that a topic is covered, but then only scratch the surface. Our Version 9 course is 450 A4 pages with an average 435 words per page. No other course in Europe comes close!

UNIT 1: BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE & INDUSTRY INSIGHT

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Essential skills
  • Career benefits
  • WOTS up analysis
  • Working from home
  • Reasons for failure
  • Reasons for success
  • Pros and cons of working for yourself
  • How to become a wedding planner
  • Finding jobs as a wedding planner
  • A day in the life of a wedding planner
  • State of modern marriage in the UK
  • Rise in recent marriage rates – an analysis
  • The average cost of a wedding
  • Decline in marriage rates to 2010 – who or what was to blame
  • Recent marriage statistics

UNIT 2: SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS

TOPICS

  • Working from home
  • Guide to setting up your office
  • Wedding planning & design software
  • Managing your time efficiently
  • Tips on choosing a great business name
  • Logos
  • Insurance
  • Moonlighting as a wedding planner
  • Student & Graduate Wedding Planning Services

UNIT 3: WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE 101

TOPICS

  • Essential wedding planning skills
  • Administrative and organisational skills
  • Improving your skills
  • Wedding planning software, part 2
  • Wedding Planning Time Line – what to do and when to do it
  • On The Day schedule – a running order for the wedding day
  • Venue and supplier databases
  • Step-by-step guide to planning a wedding
  • Full coordination services – the tasks involved
  • Introduction to meeting and evaluating potential clients
  • Essential questions to ask potential clients
  • Primary factors to consider when planning a wedding
  • When and how to ask about the budget and why you need to do this

UNIT 4: LEGAL WEDDING REQUIREMENTS

TOPICS

  • Useful Marriage Resources
  • Who can get married?
  • Who cannot get married?
  • Getting engaged
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Where can a marriage take place
  • How to marry
  • Civil marriage ceremonies
  • Civil ceremony fees
  • Times and dates you can get married
  • Licenced venues / Approved premises
  • Religious marriage ceremonies – England, Wales & N. Ireland
  • Church of England & Church in Wales
  • Cost of wedding ceremony
  • Catholic Church
  • Jewish marriages
  • Muslim, Hindu & Sikh marriages
  • Non-conformist marriages
  • Religious marriage ceremonies – N. Ireland
  • Marrying outside England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Marrying in England or Wales if one partner lives elsewhere
  • Overseas recognition of United Kingdom marriages
  • Marriages by proxy
  • Polygamous marriages
  • Marriages which are not valid
  • Remarriage/second marriage
  • Statutory declaration & contractual words
  • Blessing ceremonies
  • Forced marriages
  • Marriage certificates
  • Register offices – database
  • Marriage in Scotland
  • Getting married overseas
  • Changing names

UNIT 5: CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES

TOPICS

  • Types of wedding venue
  • Wedding venue styling considerations
  • Level of formality
  • Essential guide to finding the right wedding venue
  • Questions to ask the client
  • Additional factors to consider sourcing a venue
  • Sourcing churches, synagogues, mosques and temples
  • Identifying the venue – Essential questions to ask a wedding venue
  • Viewing venues
  • Factors to consider before booking a venue
  • Venue contracts – reviewing and assessing
  • Sample venue contract
  • Commission
  • Submitting a venue information request – getting information from a venue
  • Sample venue questionnaire
  • Client venue questionnaire – identifying a client’s requirements
  • Formal client venue presentation/proposal – submitting venues to the client
  • Your wedding planning databases
  • Overseas venues (accompanies Weddings Abroad unit)

UNIT 6: CATERING

TOPICS

  • Importance of the wedding breakfast
  • Recommended caterers & recommended suppliers lists
  • Step-by-step guide to sourcing suppliers and services
  • Introduction to wedding catering – your preliminary considerations
  • Wedding catering 101
  • Questions to ask a caterer
  • The food tasting
  • Seated service or hot buffet
  • Themes
  • Drinks
  • Corkage

UNIT 7: WEDDING CAKES & CAKE DESIGNERS

TOPICS

  • History & traditions
  • Wedding cakes 101
  • Wedding cake styles
  • Flavours, icings, fillings and colours
  • Alternative wedding cakes
  • Bespoke wedding cakes
  • Meeting the cake designer & tastings
  • Bespoke wedding cakes
  • Calculating the correct cake size
  • Tips
  • Transporting, setting up and cutting the cake
  • Serving the cake
  • Storing the cake

UNIT 8: FLORISTRY

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Decorating factors to consider
  • Selecting a florist
  • Questions to ask a florist
  • Essential floral requirements for a wedding
  • Coordinating the floral decorations on the day
  • Flowers by season
  • Popular wedding flowers
  • Sample florist’s quotation

UNIT 9: PHOTOGRAPHY

TOPICS

  • Primary styles of wedding photography
  • Contemporary styles of photography
  • The formal shots
  • Guide to sourcing a wedding photographer
  • Questions to ask a photographer
  • Drawing up a shortlist for the client
  • Traditional photographic shots
  • Modern photographic shots
  • Contemporary wedding photography techniques
  • Narrative style wedding photography

UNIT 10: VIDEOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY

TOPICS

  • Brief history of wedding videography
  • Introduction to modern wedding videography
  • Modern styles of wedding videography
  • Videographer or cinematographer
  • How many cameras and operatives to use
  • Advice on selecting a videographer / film crew
  • Questions to ask a videographer
  • Top tips
  • Contemporary ways to film a wedding – steadicams/drones/time-lapse

UNIT 11: CEREMONY & RECEPTION MUSIC

TOPICS

CEREMONY MUSIC
  • Ceremony music – achieving the right balance
  • Factors to consider
RELIGIOUS WEDDINGS
  • Church ceremony music
  • Prelude, Processional, Signing of the Register & Recessional
  • Hymns
  • Order of Service
CIVIL WEDDINGS
  • A guide to civil ceremony music
  • Prelude, Processional, Signing of the Register & Recessional
RECEPTION MUSIC
  • Live music
  • Drinks reception music
  • Music during dinner
  • Evening music
  • Live band or DJ?
  • DJs – Factors to consider
  • Live bands – Factors to consider
  • Sourcing musicians
  • Sound & licencing considerations & the Live Music Act 2012
  • Tips for selecting a band or DJ
  • Questions to ask a DJ
  • Standard DJ quotation – what to look for
  • DJ’s sound & lighting
  • The First Dance
  • Popular first dance songs 2015-2016

UNIT 12: ADDITIONAL & ALTERNATIVE WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

TOPICS

  • Popular entertainment options
  • When to entertain
  • Alternative entertainment ideas
  • Wedding entertainment guide
  • Wedding entertainment costs
  • Entertaining children

UNIT 13: WEDDING STYLES & THEMES | COLOUR SCHEMES | MOODBOARDS

TOPICS

WEDDING STYLES
  • Popular wedding styles and themes
  • Alternative wedding styles and themes
  • Designing & styling a wedding
  • Working with a wedding theme
COLOUR SCHEMES
  • Colour schemes and combinations
  • Working with a colour scheme
  • Recent popular colour trends
  • Adding colour to a wedding
THE VENUE
  • Interior design – working with what you’ve got
  • Venue styling and design ideas
  • Applying a colour scheme to a wedding venue
MOOD BOARDS
  • Importance of moodboards
  • Creating and developing moodboards for inspiration
  • Sources of inspiration
  • Utilising creative, professional mood board design software

UNIT 14: VENUE STYLING, DESIGN & DECOR | LIGHTING & SPECIAL EFFECTS

TOPICS

STYLING, DESIGN & DECOR
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Factors to consider when decorating a wedding venue
  • Maximising space
  • Wedding design concepts and principles
  • Primary and secondary focal points
  • Additional styling considerations
  • Essential design and styling tips
  • Specialist event design and hire companies
LIGHTING & SPECIAL EFFECTS
  • Principal lighting considerations
  • Wedding lighting 101
  • Lighting options & special effects
  • Top lighting tips

UNIT 15: WEDDING STATIONERY | GUEST INFORMATION | THE GUEST LIST | GIFT LISTS

TOPICS

WEDDING STATIONERY

  • Managing a wedding stationer
  • Steps to take when sourcing stationery
  • Types of wedding stationery
  • Stationery timeline
  • Tips for choosing stationery
  • Wording the invitations
  • Invitation inserts
  • Sending invitations
  • Cutting costs
  • Wedding stationery FAQs

GUEST INFORMATION

  • Guest information cards – what to include
  • Personal wedding websites / wed-sites
  • Sample guest information pages

THE GUEST LIST

  • Managing the guest list

GIFT LIST

  • Should you include one?
  • Alternative gift lists
  • Traditional gift lists
  • Setting up a gift list

UNIT 16: WEDDING DRESS

TOPICS

  • Selecting the wedding dress – factors to considerations
  • The styles and shapes to choose from
  • Matching body shape to wedding dress
  • Wedding dress trends
  • Wedding dress terminology
  • 120 leading wedding dress designers
  • Trains
  • Veils
  • Shopping for the perfect dress
  • Tracking down a specific dress
  • Wedding dress database

UNIT 17: TRANSPORTATION

TOPICS

  • Guide to organising transportation for the Wedding Party and guests
  • Types and styles of wedding transportation
  • Tips for selecting the right transport company
  • Questions to ask a car company
  • Sample transportation questionnaire
  • Booking the transportation

UNIT 18: WEDDING RINGS & ENGAGEMENT RINGS

TOPICS

  • Primary factors to consider
  • Popular metals
  • Diamonds and other stones
  • Ordering the rings
  • Engagement rings
  • The Best man’s role
  • Wedding and engagement ring customs

UNIT 19: GROOMS ATTIRE | EMERGENCY KIT | CHILDREN

TOPICS

  • The engagement
  • Groom’s attire
  • Bride & groom gift ideas
  • Bridal emergency kit
  • Children’s requirements (accompanies additional Unit)

UNIT 20: STAG & HEN WEEKENDS

TOPICS

  • Guidelines & top tips for planning a hen/stag event
  • Useful resources
  • Stag & hen party specialists
  • Popular destinations
  • Popular stag activities
  • Popular hen party ideas
  • Alternative stag and hen activities

UNIT 21: THE HONEYMOON

TOPICS

  • How to choose a honeymoon specialist
  • Honeymoon destinations and best times to travel
  • Comprehensive checklist of things to do and items to take
  • Top tips to ensure a safe and hassle-free honeymoon
  • Top tips for getting a free upgrade

UNIT 22: DESTINATION WEDDINGS

TOPICS

  • Factors to consider when planning a destination wedding
  • Importance of using a local wedding planner
  • Essential guide to finding the best local wedding venues, services and suppliers
  • Identifying the ideal destination
  • Budgetary considerations
  • Legal requirements for destination weddings
  • Guide to getting married in Italy
  • Factors for the client to consider
  • Popular overseas destinations
  • Where the celebrities got married
  • Destination wedding top tips

UNIT 27: THE BUDGET & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

TOPICS

  • Managing supplier’s invoices
  • Overseas client budget management
  • Setting a budget
  • Software to use when managing the budget
  • Financial Budget Planner & Calculator
  • Sourcing and booking venues and suppliers
  • Breaking down the budget – How much does that cost?
  • The art of negotiating
  • Attaining discounts or complimentary services via networking
  • Importance of asserting yourself

UNIT 26: MEETING POTENTIAL CLIENTS | FULL COORDINATION SERVICES

TOPICS

  • Charging for your time
  • Preparing for meetings with potential clients
  • Meeting locations
  • Undertaking a formal client consultation
  • Communication skills
  • Essential guide to meeting potential clients
  • Client consultation questionnaire – comprehensive questions to ask
  • Client consultation venue questionnaire – venue related questions to ask
  • Client character assessment
  • Drawing up a quotation
  • How long does it take to plan a wedding (recap)
  • Your duties to the client
  • Full coordination service – what it entails

UNIT 25: THE WEDDING DAY

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Importance of a walk-through
  • Tasks to undertake during the final week
  • Rehearsals
  • On the day
  • Itineraries & order of events
  • Speeches, toasts and cake cutting
  • Managing delays
  • Back up plans
  • Post wedding tasks and analysis
  • Importance of references

UNIT 24: WEDDING ETIQUETTE

TOPICS

  • Newspaper announcements
  • Financing the wedding
  • Managing the guest list
  • Children
  • Traditional English wedding format
  • At the Ceremony
  • At the Reception
  • Toastmaster
  • Seating plan
  • Top table
  • Receiving line & seating order
  • Speeches and toasts
  • Cake cutting
  • First dance
  • Bouquet toss
  • Bride and groom depart

UNIT 23: WEDDING PARTY & SUPPLIER RESPONSIBILITIES

TOPICS

  • Bride and Groom
  • Mother of the Bride
  • Mother of the Groom
  • Chief Bridesmaid & Best Man
  • Bridesmaids & Ushers
  • Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
  • Father of the Bride
  • Celebrant & Registrar
  • Toastmaster
  • Wedding services & suppliers

UNIT 28: MARKETING

TOPICS

  • Attracting new clients
  • Popular forms of marketing
  • Printed and magazine advertising
  • Online advertising
  • Essential guide to modern marketing and the value of social media
  • Importance of a website
  • Increasing your exposure
  • Search Engine Optimisation – importance of SEO
  • Aside – Email scams

UNIT 29: SETTING UP A BUSINESS 101 | CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Setting up a new business
  • Legal status options
  • Guide to drawing up your business plan
  • Fees and charging for your services
  • Important accounting, tax and banking considerations
  • Credit control
  • Legal issues and insurance
  • The contractual agreement

UNIT 30: TRADITIONS

TOPICS

  • Wedding traditions, superstitions and customs

UNIT 31: DATABASE OF WEDDING VENUES, SERVICES, SUPPLIERS AND RESOURCES

THE WEDDING PLANNER’S GO-TO FILES

Comprehensive Database of First Class Wedding Venues, Services & Suppliers At Your Finger Tips

SECTION ONE
  • A selection of essential wedding venues, services and supplier resources
SECTION TWO
  • Venues – England & Wales
  • Venues – UK
  • Venues – London
  • Bridal Dress Designers
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