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ADVANCED DIPLOMA

IN

PROFESSIONAL

WEDDING PLANNING

INTERNATIONALLY AND INDUSTRY RECOGNISED

Endorsed by the UK's Leading Technical Education Awarding Body - Training Qualifications UK

This six-month programme is unique and exclusive - there is quite simply nothing like it in the world, providing the most competitive edge for entry into working with bespoke, luxury weddings and social events.  With extensive face-to-face classes in London, your course offers luxury event planning practice and extensive practical wedding industry experience from the world's leading wedding industry educators. You'll be immersed in London's wedding society, attending exclusive wedding industry events and symposiums, mixing with and learning from London's leading wedding planners.

KEY COURSE DETAILS

START DATES & DURATION

30 September 2024

29 September 2025

6 Months

Applications close 2-months prior to course commencement or when classes fill.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

UK & International Students
Minimum Age:18 

 

Competent English Language Skills

High School Certificate, or 2 A-Levels (Pass Grade), or Level 3 Vocational or Technical Diploma (e.g. BTEC), or Baccalaureate or GCSEs or Equivalent 

COURSE FEES

Total Fees: £9,250
​Deposit: £500

 

 

Fees are subject to change.

ACCREDITATION

Internationally & Industry Recognised

Endorsed by the UK's Leading Technical Education Awarding Body 

Training Qualifications UK

IDEAL FOR

Career Changers looking for the most competitive edge towards launching their own business or finding work in the luxury wedding and

social events industry

 

Graduates wanting to add a specialism to their existing qualification with practical experience

 

Gap Year Students who want to learn new skills and achieve a qualification during their gap year

Junior Planners who wish to gain a qualification, and benefit from learning structured planning methods & approaches

International applicants wanting to add British experience and certification to their CV or portfolio

FACE - TO - FACE TRAINING

With so much of our lives now spent online, our full-time students prefer an 'in-real life' learning experience.

 

That's why our full-time courses offer extensive hands-on, face-to-face

training and experiential learning classes and activities in London.

VIRTUAL TUTORIAL SUPPORT AND ONLINE LEARNING

Your face-to-face training is supported by virtual tutorials that allow us to bring in expertise and guest speakers from around the world! And we utilise online learning content to enrich and supplement your learning experience.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment varies per unit and elective, but generally, apart from knowledge based online quizzes and short online tests, your assessment will take the form of assignments, reports, portfolios, practical and observations. 

HIGHLY PRACTICAL

The wedding and event industry is highly practical - and so are our full-time courses! Vocational Education is all about learning by doing and our programmes are designed around experiential learning principles.

COURSE STRUCTURE

CORE WEDDING
PROGRAMME

9 Modules

Endorsed by Training Qualifications UK

SPECIALIST
ELECTIVES

Three Electives

Tailor your programme to suit your interests, learning and career goals with specialist electives

ONE-TO-ONE
MENTORING

To ensure you receive personalised care when it comes to exploring and deciding on future career paths, you'll have a dedicated Mentor. They will meet with you monthly to focus on your specific professional and career development needs, interests and goals. 

PRACTICAL 
TRAINING

Extensive practical training

supports and reinforces theory

 

We love to get hands-on in our own venues and with our industry partners.

Whether it's attending a wedding industry event to build product knowledge or learning how to plan style shoots, we think the more practical the better!

PLAN & DELIVER
A LIVE LUXURY EVENT

Your class will plan, deliver and evaluate a live wedding industry focused luxury event.

 

Because we believe the best way to learn how to plan is to do it!

INDUSTRY
PRACTICE

60 hours Wedding Industry Practice

Flexible options are available within a range of wedding and event industry organisations 

COURSE CONTENT

Tailor your programme to suit your personal learning and career goals by choosing three specialist electives.

Unit 1. The Wedding Industry

About the Wedding Industry

  • Wedding industry associations

  • Trends in the wedding industry

  • Industry working conditions and work ethics

  • The role of a wedding planner and services provided

  • Aptitude for wedding planning

  • Developing and updating knowledge and skills

  • Opportunities to work in the wedding industry

    • Sourcing opportunities

    • CV and online profiles

    • Interviews

The Wedding

  • Components of a wedding - the wedding day and pre and post wedding events

  • Order of the day

  • Traditions and etiquette

  • About ceremonies

  • About receptions

  • Multicultural wedding practices

 

Unit 2. Wedding Planning and Coordination

Wedding Planning

  • Developing and monitoring wedding budgets

  • Wedding planning tools - technology, timelines and checklists

  • Managing guest lists, seating plans, invitations and RSVPs

  • Participating in, and conducting, tastings

  • Planning the ceremony

  • Planning the reception

  • Wedding day scheduling

  • Contingency planning

Wedding Coordination

  • Pre-wedding day activities

  • Wedding day activities

  • Post wedding activities

Event Production for Wedding Planners 

  • Introduction to audio and sound options

  • Introduction to lighting and vision system options

  • Introduction to staging and dramatic effects

Health and Safety and Risk Assessments

  • Why you need to know about assessing risk

  • Identifying risks

  • Preparing a risk assessment

  • Workplace health and safety for weddings

  • The impact of Covid – what’s changed, preparing for change

Relationship Management

  • Effective communication

  • Establishing boundaries

  • Working with clients

  • Approaches to resolving conflict

 

Unit 3. Venues and Vendors

Coordinating Wedding Venues

  • Venue selection criteria

  • Conducting research

  • Attending venue viewings

  • Conducting venue viewings

  • Room and table lay-outs

  • Outdoor locations

Coordinating Wedding Services

  • Catering 

  • Wedding cakes

  • Music and entertainment

  • Florists

  • Designers and decor

  • Photographers and videographers

  • Cars and transport

  • Accommodation

  • Wedding party attire

  • Production

  • Jewellery

  • Hair and make-up

Venue and Vendor Contracting

  • What do you need to know about contract law

  • What should you check for when reading contracts

  • About insurance – who covers what

 

Unit 4. Wedding Theming and Design

Principles of Design

  • Design principles and concepts

  • Design tools

  • Operational design, theming and staging

Inspiration and design 

  • Where to find inspiration

  • Translating ideas into reality

  • Creating a unique experience

  • Weaving traditions, influences and preferences into a wedding

  • Imagery and ideas

Mood Boards and their purpose

  • Choosing a format and tools to create mood boards

  • Creating a theme, choosing colours and imagery

  • Creativity exercise - creating mood board for three venues/clients

  • Working with trends, working with tradition

  • Creating themes to suit client preferences and personality

Unit 5. Sales and Marketing for Wedding Planners

Marketing for Wedding Planners 

  • Preparing a marketing plan for your wedding planning business

  • Researching the wedding industry market (collect, organise and analyse data)

  • Identifying and understanding your competition

  • Developing and describing your wedding product or service

  • Creating a mission statement

  • Common marketing strategies

  • Pricing, positioning and branding – how can you apply them to your wedding planning business, service or product?

  • Establishing quantifiable marketing goals

  • Monitoring the results of your marketing

Branding and Promotions

  • Use of social media

  • Branding

  • How to promote yourself

  • Advertising

  • Your website

Selling Skills

  • Building a client profile

  • Selling techniques

Client Consultation

  • The ideal client

  • Consultation - refining format and questioning

  • Practice consultations

 

Unit 6. Wedding Business Management

Starting your Business

  • Working for yourself

  • Start-up advice

  • Managing your business

Business Planning for Wedding Planners

  • Review your business

  • Constructing a business plan

  • Future proofing your business

 

Unit 7. Wedding Planning Specialist

Arranging a Styled Shoot

  • Preparation

  • Bringing together a team

    • Agreeing common goals

    • Identifying and clarifying roles

  • Creating a vision

  • Team Briefings and communicating your vision to the team

  • Creating a budget for your shoot

  • Identifying and securing your location

  • Sourcing and choosing models

  • The day of the shoot – activities and responsibilities

  • Getting your shoot published and promoted

  • Maximising the content created by your shoot

The Luxury Market

  • VIP and celebrity clients

  • Lavish/luxury wedding themes

  • Meeting luxury market client expectations

  • Attention to detail

  • Sourcing and working with luxury market venues and vendors

  • Working with larger budgets

Micro or Intimate Weddings

  • What is a micro wedding?

  • Working with smaller budgets

  • Creating impactful intimate wedding settings and experiences

  • Identifying must haves

  • Ensuring the venue/location compliments the wedding size and theme

Destination Weddings

  • Specialising in destination weddings

  • The research

  • Need to knows about destination wedding planning – venues, suppliers and top tips

  • The destination wedding planning process

  • Researching and marketing your destination/s

Honeymoon Planning

  • Working within your expertise – working with travel agents

  • Planning wedding night accommodation – local and transport link locations

  • Traditional honeymoon destinations

  • Current destination trends

  • Planning your couple’s departure

 

Unit 8. Social Event & Party Planning

  • What are social events

  • Who are your potential clients

  • Planning baby showers, baby reveals and christenings

  • Planning parties for children and teenagers

  • Planning anniversaries and birthdays

  • Planning proposals, hen/stag parties

  • Planning street parties and garden parties

  • Planning charity events and fundraisers

 

Unit 9. Professional Wedding and Event Practice

Skills Application

  • Live Event Delivery (Practical)

  • Wedding & Event Industry Placement (60 hours)

Experiential Planning Exercises

  • Planning and budgeting for six wedding scenarios

  • Day of the wedding – planning and responding for six scenarios

The Advanced Diploma in Professional Wedding Planning (L4) is an Endorsed Course by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK). An Endorsed Course is a course of learning which TQUK has evaluated and endorsed as a suitable and beneficial learning platform for learners. When TQUK endorses a course of learning, they are declaring that they have confidence in our ability to develop and deliver quality courses in our areas of expertise.  The TQUK endorsement status shows that we are consistently meeting the high standards that TQUK demand from their Recognised Centres in delivering a high quality learning experience for the learner which provides them with the necessary skills and knowledge in a particular subject area.
 

  • Awarded By: The Event School London Ltd

  • Endorsed by: Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)

  • Click here  to learn more about Training Qualifications UK

Key Course Details
Course Structure
Course Content

Unlock Your Luxury Wedding & Event Planning Potential

With Extensive Practical, Excursions, Networking & Industry Events

During your course your class will plan, deliver and evaluate a luxury live event with a wedding industry focus. You'll gain valuable hands-on-experience planning an event from start-to-finish. Plus you'll visit multiple wedding venues, wedding fairs, registries and exclusive wedding networking events and symposiums, ensuring you gain exposure to a range of wedding, event and venue types to enhance your CV and portfolio.

Experiential Learning

Pay as You Go with Affordable Payment Plans

Payment plans for UK students

GAIN REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE

In addition to the wedding and event practice included in your programme, we'll share a range of additional and optional opportunities (voluntary and paid) to enhance your experience or to earn as you learn. 

Earn While You Learn

INDUSTRY EVENTS
& NETWORKING

Our management and teaching team are well connected in the wedding industry and we offer students regular opportunities to meet and mix with wedding and event industry professionals. 

While some of these opportunities are facilitated in our virtual world, many of the events take place in London - developing our students social and personal development, as well as professional networking and communication skills. Ideal attributes to support your competitiveness in the job market.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
PAID WORK IN WEDDINGS & EVENTS*

Work in weddings and events. Students have access to our online "Opportunities Board" where we post part-time opportunities for paid work during the course, and full-time opportunities for post course employment. 

We also offer guidance and mentoring during tutorials on CV preparation, LinkedIn profiles, 

job search and interview skills. 

*Paid work opportunities for UK Students

VOLUNTEERING
& WORK EXPERIENCE

Gaining hands-on experience and exposure to industry ways of working is one of the benefits of studying in London.

 

We share industry experience opportunities with our students including:

 - work experience

 - volunteering

 - internships

 - workplace observation

- workplace shadowing

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THE PRACTICALITIES

The Practicalities
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COURSE VENUES

Venues on the

ExCeL London Campus

Royal Docks, E16 1XL

Closest Station: Custom House

On the Elizabeth Line or DLR

TERMS & BREAKS

Our 6-month programme is made up of two terms and

one term break.

Start in September

Term Break at Christmas

Finish in March

ATTENDANCE PATTERNS

In-person classes and activities are generally scheduled three days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

 

NB. Some activities and excursions are on alternative days. Your timetable will provide these dates.

Face-to-Face Classes are supported by:

+ Virtual Tutorials

+ Online Units

+ Group Project Work

+ Excursions & Site Tours 

+ Trade Shows & Showcases

+ Networking

+ One-to-One Mentoring

+ Practical

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