|Course Level||Level 4|
|Awarding Body||ABC AWARDS|
|Study Method||Distance Learning|
|Course Duration||260 Recommended Study Hours|
|Entry Requirements||No Entry Requirements|
The role of the professional wedding planner is one of complex challenges, intensive efforts and quite spectacular rewards. Widely recognised as one of the most dynamic, enjoyable and potentially-lucrative event planning specialisms, wedding planning represents a uniquely appealing career area to explore. To master the art of coordinating dozens of equally-crucial elements with flawless precision is to reap the rewards of extraordinary market demand. Whether it’s working for an established wedding planning brand or setting up as a private wedding consultant, those with the required skills, talents and dedication can explore countless outstanding career paths.
This intensive wedding planner certification online, has been designed for those looking to cross the divide between curious newcomer and fully-competent professional. Over the course of 16 in-depth units, candidates gradually explore each and every duty the professional wedding planner fulfils, along with the personal character traits and attitudes required for success. The complexities of the wedding planning process are broken down and dissected one by one, before being explored as a single combinedevent/outcome. Ultimately, candidates discover the key strategies and industry insights required to bring their clients’ dreams to life.
Course content on wedding planner online course, provides a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary wedding planning industry, before outlining a variety of modern wedding types and their key differences. Candidates explore professional wedding budgeting, organisation and layout, venue selection, entertainment, food and beverage provision, transportation and ultimately how to start and manage a private wedding planning business.
This wedding planning course online, is delivered over 16 modules:
Module 1 - Introduction to Wedding Planning
The course begins with a broad overview of the contemporary wedding planning industry as it stands today. Along with exploring the role and responsibilities of the wedding planner, candidates investigate a number of popular wedding traditions and customs – the classic wedding banquet taking primary precedence. International/ethnic wedding ceremonies are also introduced.
Module 2 - Types of Wedding Ceremonies
A variety of different wedding types are outline and explored in Module 2, which guides candidates through the specifics of and differences between destination weddings, civil ceremonies, the classic white wedding and military wedding ceremonies. The advantages and challenges associated with destination weddings are also discussed in-depth.
Module 3 - Wedding Vision
Course content in the third module focuses on establishing wedding vision, outlining how to find out exactly what it is the client wants and expects. Candidates are guided through all core elements of the initial planning process, along with the importance of working in accordance with a wedding checklist.
Module 4 - Wedding Timelines
How to effectively organise and manage scheduling and timelines throughout the wedding ceremony is explored in Module 4, which outlines the importance of flawless timeliness/punctuality. Candidates dissect and analyse a number of wedding timeline samples, in order to gain a clear understanding of how and why time planning is of such importance.
Module 5 - Wedding Budgets
The fifth course module opens candidates up to a series of important wedding budgeting considerations, including both how to accurately forecast wedding costs and making the most of any given budget. A variety of standard and non-standard budget considerations are introduced, along with how to minimise costs when and where possible.
Module 6 - Site Layout
The physical setup and layout of the wedding site itself enter the discussion in Module 6. Several core elements of the wedding checklist are investigated in-depth, along with the most crucial considerations and factors that contribute to effective site/venue layout.
Module 7 - Wedding Attire
Essential male and female clothing considerations are explored in the following course unit, which incorporates a broad overview of popular bridal traditions and the history of modern wedding attire in general. Candidates also explore a series of common clothing challenges, including a number of potential wardrobe malfunctions.
Module 8 - Food & Beverage
The organisation and provision of appropriate food and beverage forms the primary focus of Module 8, guiding candidate thorough sourcing and selecting suppliers, choosing and approving menus, coordination of food and beverage with the general décor or theme, timing of food service and a brief history of the wedding cake.
Module 9 – Photography
Course content in Module 9 introduces wedding photography, incorporating an overview of multiple different wedding photography styles, seeking and securing quality photography services, budgeting considerations, provision of photographs following the wedding and the option of hiring multiple photographers.
Module 10 - Floral Décor
The following module outlines the role of the wedding planner in organising and procuring floral décor for both the wedding itself and the reception. A series of conceptual teachings are introduced, including the selection of appropriate floral themes, styles and colours, along with fresh/synthetic flower types and the arrangement/removal of flowers and centrepieces.
Module 11 – Music
Entertainment and music for the wedding reception and the ceremony itself are explored in-depth in Module 11. Candidates are guided through a wide variety of entertainment options, the advantages and disadvantages of each available option, budgeting considerations and more.
Module 12 – Stationery
Wedding stationary enters the discussion in Unit 12, in which candidates are provided with a comprehensive overview of wedding invitations and invitation types, place settings, menus, popular materials, printing options and all associated timeliness/budgeting considerations.
Module 13 – Transport
The logistics of transporting attendees to and from both the wedding venue and the reception are discussed at length in Unit 13. A series of core concepts and considerations are introduced, including how to choose the right vehicles, inspecting vehicle quality and suitability, asking the right questions when booking vehicles and associated budgeting considerations.
Module 14 - Wedding Day Details
Bridal preparations form the core focus of Unit 14, which centres on the theme of wedding day details. Candidates are guided through a diverse range of important subtopics, including security analysis, risk assessment, contingency planning, the creation of timetables and the provision of hair and makeup services.
Module 15 - Post Wedding Evaluation
The concept of continuous improvement from a business perspective takes precedence in Unit 15, in which candidates learn how to effectively evaluate each wedding after the event and the importance of doing so. Along with exploring effective feedback gathering techniques, candidates discover the value of building and maintaining strong key vendor relationships.
Module 16 - Starting a Wedding Planning Business
Bringing the course to a conclusion, Unit 16 provides candidates with a detailed walk-through of the various stages and essentials for starting and running a successful wedding planning business. The professional structure of the modern wedding planning business is explored, along with effective marketing and promotional techniques, identifying a target audience, the basics of website development and a variety of key licensing/insurance considerations.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that BOLC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by BOLC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.