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**Reasonable standard of literacy**
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Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter!
Probably the best career opportunity in the last 20 years”. This is how a leading employment consultancy recently described the marketplace for Wedding and Event Planners in the UK.
Because there are more parties and events happening today than ever before. The increasingly sophisticated public expect them to be more polished, better organised and more exciting. In short they want more “bang for their buck”.
Weddings are seriously big business today; the industry itself is worth over £4 billion per year. The average couple take around 250 hours to plan their dream day, and the average wedding in the UK costs between £15,000 and £20,000. More and more couples are turning to wedding planners to help them put together their dream day as people find they have less and less free time. Plus the geographical spread of families make it more difficult for “mum and dad” to take it on.
Professional Wedding Planners have become very popular in the USA, and as with most things American, are now finding their way across the “pond”. The time to get involved in this lucrative business is now, before it really takes off and competition becomes fierce.
Want to get involved with planning weddings or managing events? If you’re a “Party Animal” and a good organiser who can keep their head while all around are losing theirs, then this may be for you. If you love working with people and enjoy the adrenaline-rush of seeing a plan you’ve devised being successfully carried out, it could even set you up with a new career . . . .
One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.
You’ll receive access to our Online Student Community where you’ll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.
A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.
You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.
This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.
Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.
The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.
Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!
Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduce
1.1 What is a Wedding Planner?
1.2 What is an Events Manager?
1.3 Who needs them?
1.4 What skills and attributes do they need?
1.5 What Wedding Planning and Events Management have in common.
Budgets and Finance
2.1 What to charge
2.2 Establishing Budgets
3.1 How to Deal with Enquiries
3.2 Your Clients – The Happy Couple
3.3 The Wedding Ceremony
3.4 The Reception
3.5 The Party
3.6 Themed Events
4.1 Your Clients – The Decision-Makers
4.2 Corporate Events
4.3 Setting up Conferences
4.4 Larger Events
4.5 Family and Social Events
5.1 Venue Selection
6.1 Managing the Budget
6.2 Managing the Venue
6.3 Managing and Coordinating Suppliers and Contractors
7.1 Agreeing the Food and Cuisine
7.2 Considering Non-Standard Diners
7.3 Available Facilities and Utilities
7.5 Table Planning
7.6 Drinks and Bar Facilities
7.7 Stock Control
7.8 The Effects of Alcohol
Music and Entertainment
8.1 Live Music? DJ?, Both?
8.2 Agreeing the Entertainment Timetable
8.3 Booking Bands and Artists
8.4 Technical Requirements
Legal and Compliance Issues
9.1 Health and Safety
9.2 Licenses and Permits
9.3 Liability Issues and Insurance
Marketing Your Business
Useful Forms and Planning Tools
A.1 Fee Planning
A.2 Budget Planning – Cocktail Party Example
A.3 Wedding Planning Overview
A.4 Event Planning Aide Memoire
A.5 Event Scope and Specification
This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.
Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.
Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.
Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.
This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.
Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!
Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.
No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme
The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.
Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.
You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.
You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.
Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.
Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.
Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.
All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.
A wedding planner mainly helps couples to design and plan their wedding, usually from start to finish. Wedding planners have good communication skills as well as being able to organise sufficiently with good problem solving skills. Wedding planners may not be responsible for entire wedding days but for small parts of it.
I did not decide to become a wedding planner until I was 24 years of age. I had always enjoyed arranging nights out with my friends, weekends away where I wanted to make people happy. I would always have a strict itinerary. One of my friends had asked me to be a bridesmaid at her wedding and wanted me to be involved with much of the planning. I already enjoyed organising different occasions, but this was something I had really taken interest in. I then decided I was going to take up on the idea of becoming a wedding planner.
Wedding planners need to be creative and have different themes for different couple’s needs. On a day to day basis wedding planners may be required to meet different couples to discuss their wedding ideas and budgets. You may have to meet (and research) with different caterers, florists or designers to discuss prices. You would also be required to be present on the day of weddings to ensure the day runs smoothly.
There are no set qualifications needed to become a wedding planner. Experience is usually gained from other areas of employment to help people become a Wedding planner. Many people decide to become Wedding planners is they have worked in catering/event management or if they have been involved in a family member or friend’s wedding planning. If you are thinking about becoming a wedding planner it may be wise to be involved in organising local charity events and to take a short course in Wedding planning which can be done through private companies.
Starting salary with wedding planning business – £16,000- £20,000
Experienced planners – £25,000+
Those who are self-employed Wedding Planners can charge different rates, this may be a fixed or hourly rate. It will different between different planners.
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