If you have an eye for detail and a passion for weddings, you can become part of an exciting profession by attending this program geared towards training the Wedding planner/Consultant. The course prepares students for an entry-level career as Wedding Planner/consultant and is ideal for persons who are planning their own wedding.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
Life as a wedding planner/consultant; job skills; different types of wedding elements; the four phases of the planning process; pros and cons of owning your own business; keys to a successful business.
General planning for weddings, skills and qualities of a consultant/wedding planner; aspects of networking; phone and email etiquette; techniques for a client-centered business.
Order of religious wedding ceremonies; religious and cultural traditions surrounding a wedding; special circumstance weddings; directing a wedding rehearsal; pros and cons of reception sites; seating arrangements for ceremonies and receptions; traditional components of a reception.
Wedding expense responsibilities; guest lists; wedding invitations and announcements; tasks assigned to members of the wedding party; rules for pre-wedding parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners; writing and sending thank-you notes; planning remarriages and vow renewals.
Establishing yourself as a professional; charging clients and collecting payments; bookkeeping and business files; recordkeeping; assembling a planning team; working with suppliers; basic marketing concepts; conducting market research.
Tradition and protocol of wedding gifts; selecting music for a ceremony; selecting a florist; traditional bouquet shapes and styles; proper attire for formality and time of day; catering services; wedding cake options; selecting a photographer or videographer.
Starting a business; elements of a business plan; mission statements; startup expenses.
Conducting a Site Inspection.
Identifying the protocol for military weddings; finding sources of information on Victorian and Renaissance weddings; understanding the background of ethnic and military customs; gay marriages and unions.
Advertising; how much to charge; developing a contract; understanding why brides buy; keeping clients; dealing with dissatisfied brides; vendors.
Determining how much to charge; fee structures; analyzing costs to reduce spending; negotiating fees with prospective clients; handling mistakes in bids; making agreements; increasing your income.
Developing a marketing plan with the right mix of media; print advertising; Web sites; blogs; online networking; video and other media.
Initial planning considerations; choosing the right expo for you; developing and designing a booth; marketing your participation; selling at a booth; following up on contacts.
Pros and cons of a home-based business; planning your office; time management; organization; establishing a work-life balance.
|Wednesday||05:00 pm to 08:00 pm||6 weeks||18 hours||$1,200.00||Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton|
|Session||Start Date||End Date|
|Session 1||Wednesday, February 20, 2019||Wednesday, March 27, 2019|
|Session 2||Wednesday, May 1, 2019||Wednesday, June 12, 2019|
|Session 3||Wednesday, July 17, 2019||Wednesday, August 21, 2019|
|Session 4||Wednesday, September 25, 2019||Wednesday, October 30, 2019|
|Session 5||Wednesday, December 4, 2019||Wednesday, January 22, 2020|
The course combines a number of teaching techniques including lectures, guest lectures by persons who specify in the various areas of wedding planning stages, class discussions, group work assignments, oral presentations, role playing, evaluations of actual real life events and projects.
Each student will be required to plan a wedding (either real wedding/demo wedding or work with an actual wedding planner). This includes determining a theme, setting objectives, briefing couple and other related parties, developing a checklist, project management, outsourcing of caterers, decorators, entertainment, venue, bar and other necessities, budgeting, evaluation strengths, weaknesses, potential risks and contingencies' in planning for the wedding.
Each student will be required to deliver oral presentations as part of this class.
Upon commencement of this class students will be required to form groups to research and complete group work in wedding planning and consultancy and this will further help to develop their team working capabilities as more than likely every wedding planner is required to have a team to successfully plan and execute any wedding or event. Students will be evaluated on the basis of content and individual presentation and performance of the group.
Each student will be required to plan a wedding (real wedding or Demo) from start to end and prepare a presentation.
Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton
Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton is a professional production coordinator, with experience in film, theatre and events management. Because she works in the television and film industry, she has a unique ability to construct and facilitate organized teams, interface with public agencies, and network with key stakeholders.
Ms. Wills-Caton holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management and is pursuing her masters in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling. She volunteers at several Non-Government Organizations in relation to mental illness and substance abuse and is often facilitating workshops in communication, events management and counseling skills.
Ms. Wills-Caton is an advocate for social change and is working towards the development of mental health awareness campaigns and to provide training for companies and families affected by mental health issues. She currently manages a mental health page on facebook (Trinidad and Tobago Mental Health Awareness) and will be producing mental health short films in the near future.
Mr. Matthew Christian
Note: These will be provided to all registered students by the lecturer.
Fees can be paid via credit card, linx or cheque at CTS College.
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