TRAINING SYLLABUS

Be aware that many other wedding courses indicate that a topic is covered, but then only scratch the surface. Our First-Class Advanced Course comprises all the units listed below. At more than 450 A4 pages and an average 435 words per page, it's an immense wedding planning resource to have at your finger tips.

The Advanced & Shorter Courses naturally comprise fewer units - see Academy page for precise details.

TOPICS
  • Introduction to the world of wedding (& special event) planning
  • Important & essential skills
  • Examining weddings, events and special events
  • Wedding Planner, Events Planner & Special Events Planner – fundamentally the same
  • WOTS up analysis
  • Introduction to setting up your business
  • How to succeed as a wedding planner… and how to fail!
  • 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
  • Establishing yourself in the industry
  • Modern marriage in the UK – an analysis
  • Recent marriage statistics
  • The average cost of a wedding
TOPICS
  • Working from home
  • Setting up your office
  • Hardware & wedding planning software
  • Managing your time efficiently
  • Choosing a great business name
  • Insurance
  • Moonlighting as a wedding planner
  • Getting work experience
TOPICS
  • Getting organised
  • Managing potential client enquiries
  • Essential & supplementary questions to ask a potential client
  • How long does it take to plan a wedding?
  • How much should I charge?
  • Drawing up a contract
  • On The Day schedule – a running order for the wedding day
  • Full coordination services – the tasks involved
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
  • Marriage in Scotland
  • Register offices – database
  • Marriage in Scotland
  • Getting married overseas
  • Changing names
TOPICS
  • Styling and design – creating and maintaining a vision
  • Types of wedding venues
  • Levels of formality
  • Client venue questionnaire – questions to ask the client
  • Assessing the clients venue requirements
  • Important venue search considerations
  • Essential questions to ask a venue
  • Venue information request
  • Sample venue questionnaire – email
  • Shortlisting venues
  • Viewing venues
  • Formal client venue presentations and proposals
  • Venue contracts, terms and conditions
  • Sample venue contract
  • Importance of venue and catering commissions
  • Wedding planning databases
  • Sourcing churches, synagogues, mosques and temples
  • Marquees
  • Overseas venues (accompanies Weddings Abroad unit)
TOPICS
  • Importance of the wedding breakfast
  • Recommended caterers (+ other recommended suppliers lists)
  • Guide to sourcing suppliers – How to source a first class caterer / or pretty much any other supplier for that matter!
  • Introduction to wedding catering – your preliminary considerations
  • Wedding catering 101
  • Questions to ask a caterer
  • Formats
  • Themes
  • Drinks
  • Corkage – let’s do the maths
  • Bottle counts
  • The food tasting
TOPICS
  • History & traditions
  • Modern styles and designs
  • Flavours, icings, fillings and colours
  • Bespoke designs
  • Alternative wedding cakes
  • Meetings, tastings and questions to ask
  • Transporting, setting up and cutting the cake
  • Serving and storing
TOPICS
  • Popular styles of wedding floristry
  • Vintage roses
  • Bridal bouquets
  • Alternative bridal bouquets
  • Importance of matching the bouquet with the dress
  • Main floral requirements and considerations
  • Selecting a florist
  • Questions to ask a florist
  • Coordinating the floral arrangements on the day
  • Review of the most romantic wedding flowers
  • Flowers by season
  • Popular wedding flowers
  • Sample florist’s quotation
TOPICS
  • Main types of wedding photography
  • Additional genres of wedding photography
  • Identifying & shortlisting photographers
  • Top tips for assessing a photographer
  • Questions to ask a photographer
  • Traditional shots
  • Contemporary shots
  • Contemporary wedding photographic techniques
TOPICS
  • Brief history of wedding videography
  • Introduction to modern wedding videography / cinematography
  • Videographer, cinematographer or film maker?
  • Modern styles of wedding videography / cinematography
  • How many cameras and operatives to use
  • Advice on selecting a videographer/cinematographer
  • Essential questions to ask
  • Additional considerations
  • HD or 4K?
  • Importance of sound
  • Contemporary ways to film a wedding – steadicams/drones/time-lapse
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
IDEAL CLASSICAL SOUND COMBINATIONS
  • Wake up! It doesn’t have to be a string quartet
RECEPTION MUSIC
  • Live music
  • Drinks reception music
  • Music during dinner
  • Evening music
  • Live band or DJ?
  • Typical musicians fees
  • DJs – Factors to consider
  • Live bands – Factors to consider
  • Sourcing musicians
  • Sound & licencing considerations & the Live Music Act 2012
  • Important points
  • Questions to ask a DJ
  • Standard DJ quotation – what to look for
  • DJ’s sound & lighting
  • The First Dance
  • Popular first dance songs
TOPICS
  • Popular entertainment options
  • When to entertain
  • Alternative entertainment ideas
  • Wedding entertainment guide
  • Wedding entertainment costs
  • Entertaining children
TOPICS
WEDDING STYLES
  • Popular wedding styles and themes
  • Alternative styles and themes
  • Designing & researching a wedding theme
  • Developing a wedding theme
  • Wedding theme ideas
COLOUR SCHEMES
  • Colour scheme combinations
  • Developing a colour scheme
  • Forecasting future colour trends
  • Pantone’s Spring 2018 top 12 colours – London Fashion Week
  • Top colour schemes
  • Top colour combinations
  • Applying a colour scheme 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
  • Mood board design software
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
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
  • Essential & useful guest information
  • Personal wedding websites
  • Sample guest information pages
THE GUEST LIST
  • Managing the guest list
GIFT LIST
  • Should you include one?
  • Traditional gift lists
  • Alternative gift lists
  • Setting up a gift list
TOPICS
  • Selecting the wedding dress – factors to considerations
  • Wedding dress silhouettes
  • Matching body shape with wedding dress style
  • Wedding dress trends
  • Wedding dress terminology
  • Agony and ecstasy of choosing a wedding dress
  • 120 leading wedding dress designers
  • Trains
  • Veils
  • Shopping for the perfect dress
  • Tracking down a specific dress
  • Dress designer database
TOPICS
  • Guide to organising transportation for the Wedding Party and guests
  • Forms of bridal transport
  • Tips for selecting the right service
  • Styles and types of wedding transportation
  • Questions to ask a car company
  • Sample transportation questionnaire
  • Booking the transportation
  • Delegating responsibility
TOPICS
  • History of the wedding ring
  • Factors to consider
  • Popular metals
  • Wedding and engagement ring customs
  • Ordering the rings
  • Diamonds
  • Engagement rings
  • The Best man’s role
TOPICS
  • Groom’s attire
  • Tie knots
  • Ultimate bridal emergency kit
  • Emergency top tips
  • Children’s requirements
  • The engagement
  • Bride & groom gift ideas
TOPICS
  • Guidelines & top tips for planning a hen/stag event
  • Stag & hen party specialists
  • Popular destinations
  • Popular stag activities
  • Popular hen party ideas
  • Alternative stag and hen activities
  • Useful resources
TOPICS
  • How to choose a honeymoon specialist
  • Honeymoon destinations and best times to travel
  • Honeymoon checklist – essential items easily forgotten and useful ones seldom considered
  • Top tips to ensure a safe and hassle-free honeymoon
  • Negotiating prices and attaining upgrades
TOPICS
  • Why get married abroad?
  • Popular overseas wedding destinations
  • Factors to consider when planning a destination wedding
  • Importance of using a local wedding planner or rep
  • Guide to finding the best local wedding venues, services and suppliers
  • Overseas destinations offering the best (& worst!) value for money in 2018
  • Legal requirements for destination weddings
  • Guide to getting married in Italy
  • Factors for the client to consider
  • Celebrity wedding destinations
  • Destination wedding top tips
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
TOPICS
  • Newspaper announcements
  • Financing the wedding
  • Managing the guest list
  • Children
  • Wording the invitations
  • 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
TOPICS
  • Physical analysis and mental visualisation
  • The importance of a wedding walk-through
  • Tasks to undertake during the final week
  • Rehearsals
  • The day before
  • Wet weather plans
  • The Wedding Day
  • Order of events
  • On the day itinerary
  • Speeches, toasts and cutting the cake
  • Managing delays
  • Back up plans
  • Post wedding tasks and analysis
TOPICS
PREPARING FOR THE MEETING
  • Preparing for a client consultation
  • Meeting locations
  • Undertaking a formal client meeting
  • Importance of communication skills
  • Tips on how to communicate with a potential client
QUESTIONS TO ASK
  • Essential questions to ask at consultation
  • Comprehensive Client Consultation questionnaire
  • Comprehensive Venue Search questionnaire
  • Client character assessment
  • How and when to ask about the budget
  • Incompatible clients
  • Assessing your performance at the meeting
DRAWING UP A QUOTE
  • Wedding planning quotation
FULL COORDINATION SERVICES
  • Full coordination services – your typical tasks and services
TOPICS
  • Establishing a budget
  • Managing the client’s budget
  • Useful software and files to use
  • Breaking down the budget – How much does that cost?
  • Negotiating, cutting costs and keeping people happy!
  • The art of negotiating
  • Importance of asserting yourself
TOPICS
  • How to get your first few clients
  • Printed materials: Brochures, leaflets, posters, business cards and advertisements
  • 42 top marketing tips for wedding planners
  • The importance of your website
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Modern marketing techniques and the value of social media
  • 130 top wedding blogs and websites for advertising
TOPICS
  • Setting up a new business
  • Legal status options
  • The business plan
  • Fees and charging for your services
  • Important accounting, tax and banking considerations
  • Legal issues and insurance
  • The contractual agreement
TOPICS
  • Wedding traditions, superstitions and customs
TOPICS
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