Posted By Danielle L. Vera,
Friday, August 3, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012
As my initial LWPI educational experience comes to a close, I am reflecting upon how this foundation will act as my initial experience for planning someones actual wedding (EEK!). Having planned my own wedding from beginning to end (with no idea what I was doing!) and having gone through this process with Lovegevity, I have a huge appreciation for what planners and coordinators do.
I am an inspired, artistic and individual planner. I know details are the glue to the stories the couples will try to tell and they do make all the difference. Cohesiveness is our greatest challenge and I plan on utilizing Lovegevity and Association of Bridal Consultants educational and informational seminars as a way to hone my skills and craft.
This course has laid the foundation for me to plant my knowledge in new brides and allow them the opportunity to create the wedding of their dreams. My job is to make their vision a reality and knowing my ability to do that through my knowledge of the industry and experiences.
I must let prospective clients know, that although I may not have 5, 10, or 20 years of experience, EVERYONE started somewhere. I can promise them my best, even on a bad day, my full attention and my full dedication to ensuring they are having the time of their life on their wedding day.
And next week when I take my final, I know the education will not end, and neither will the friendships I have made along the way, but I will be on my own and the next grade I get will be from a bride, booking me as her wedding planner.
Danielle Vera Details by Danielle New York, New York
My planning course with LWPI is coming to an end. Overall the experience has been positive. I have been doing events in Texas for over 8 years, but not a lot of weddings. This course has allowed me to spend some times with the business of weddings and remind me how much I enjoy them. The course work really allowed me to focus on getting my client paperwork together and website together. The ability to be able to get feedback from other professionals has also been very helpful. My instructor, Elika, has been very helpful and always made herself available if I ever had any questions.
I won’t deny that participating in an online course isn’t without challenges. There are times when it can take some time to get responses or I have had some confusion with understanding the grading system. Thankfully, Elika and the student forum have been great tools for answering questions. In the grand scheme of things these things are small when I think of the ability to complete this course at my own pace. Since I have my own business and family my time is limited and it would have been extremely difficult to try and take this course on campus. Also, I would happily recommend LWPI to others that may be interested in pursing a career in wedding and event planning.
As newly certified wedding & event planners in the area, creating and expanding a network of vendors and clients is essential for building a good reputation. As a young professional, I have many friends who are creating networks for themselves by connecting to other talented individuals who are gaining speed in the wedding & event planning field. By working closely with makeup artists, hair stylists or photographers you will build a special vendor/vendor bond that will be invaluable as our careers go on. While you must be careful to be 100% sure of another vendor's quality of work before suggesting them, many couples are looking for vendor recommendations during their initial planning consultation and you want to be sure to know how to tackle the situation.
So as you meet new vendors who are experienced and uphold a great quality of work, make sure to grab their business card to add to your database and maintain a professional relationship with them. Remember: As you speak highly of your preferred vendors you also have the possibility of a recommendation coming your way in return.
Posted By Amani Idrees,
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
extremely glad to take this course as I learned a lot and gained knowledge in the wedding and event planning area. I believe that I am naturally gifted
in event planning and this course has greatly sharpened my skills. I recently through a
birthday party for my daughter where the theme of was Tinker Bell. I
decorated the party area with large and small Tinker Bell balloons and I had a
Tinker Bell pinata hanging in the middle of the balloons. I dressed my daughter
in a colorful dress and I took Tinker Bell’s wing from an older custom and let
her wear it. On the wing, I attached some sparkling glitter and some artificial
flowers. Regarding the cake, I customized a Tinker Bell cake as shown in the
picture. The children attending the party were given bags with small toys and
candies. The parents were given a small lantern with a piece of chocolate
attached to it. At the end of the party, the guests were served with juice and
a mix of grilled chicken and beef.
The CWEP course has been instrumental in solidifying my business plans. Although the website is not very user friendly, (Where are our quiz grades? I still can't find them.) the information in the course has been very useful. It has forced me to create my necessary documents, finalize my packages, and network locally. I am excited to be able to tell people I am a Certified Wedding and Events Planner. I look forward to future courses with LWPI!
In preparation for their wedding day, brides make sure they
have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, but
did you ever wonder the significance behind each of those things?
Something Old =
Something New =
Optimism and hope
Something Borrowed =
Happiness shared from happily married couple
Something Blue =
Fidelity, love, purity, fertility
Lucky Sixpence for
her shoe = ensures a life of fortune
Not sure how to incorporate these? For something old, what about a piece of your
mother’s wedding gown wrapped around your bouquet? Or a picture of a lost loved one in a tiny
vintage frame to attach to the bouquet?
Something new could be your wedding band. A borrowed piece of jewelry can satisfy the
something borrowed. For something blue,
brides can wear a blue pair of undergarments, a blue garter or stitch their
wedding date in blue into their gown.
The LWPI Certification Course has been incredibly helpful in prompting me along in setting up my new business as an event & wedding planner, as well as helped me to establish a strong foundation for a successful business! I am seeking an ongoing professional mentor in the Event & Wedding Planning business. I am hopeful to connect with someone that has a thriving business of their own, and is willing to offer feedback, suggestions, regular-on-going check ins, and friendship.
The ideal mentor would be someone who's approach to business and success I can identify with. Someone who actually has time to connect via phone or skype 1-2 times/month (for at least 1/2 hr). Is eager to see me succeed. Can celebrate my successes with me, and offer suggestions when I face challenges. I find that I also really value mentor relationships that are bi-directional.... meaning that my mentor also values my input with their ideas and challenges. We all have amazing perspectives to offer and share with one another.
If you, or someone you know is interested in this kind of professional relationship, please contact me. I am eager to build an alliance with a successful event planner/business owner that sees the value in sharing inspiration and on-going reflective and evaluative feedback.
Here's a fun baby shower I did recently in Indiana. For sweets, there were the ooh so popular home-made fudge cake pops mixed with the more traditional vanilla and chocolate cupcakes that were topped with coconut shavings. For entertainment, there were games such as Guess the Due Date and Don't Say Baby! And between the beautiful weather and the lovely pool, guests signed blue birds with well wishes to hang on the tree. The 3-layer diaper cake was used as a centerpiece and decorated the table. It was easy to make and makes a wonderful gift too!
Posted By Sally Gray,
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012
For my final presentation I really wanted to do something different for Preston.
I felt it was important to show case something that we created from scratch, bringing in the dynamics of a group of talented people and allowing us to show the entire process from the begininning to end. (and like anything, nothing goes as planned)!
The attached picture is of a wedding reception that I did. The bride and groom colors were gold, burnt orange and green, and they were looking for a simple decor. The table decor includes white table clothes with burnt orange runners and a glass vase filled with clear marbles and gold, burnt orange and green flower arrangements.
I absolutely loved participating in the Wedding Planning Institute. This experience was very rewarding and something I can use as I continue in my position as Event Manager at my church. This experience will also be valuable to me as I move towards working independently to plan and coordinate events in the near future.
The LWPI course has been challenging, time consuming but also a lot of fun. I have learned so much and feel confident going forward with my career as a wedding planner. This fall I will be handling the Day Of services for my daughter’s friend. So I will be busy planning, with the bride, the itinerary and I will especially enjoy putting together a thoughtful and creative wedding day survival kit. I have read a lot of tips and unique items to include in different blogs and articles. Weddingelegant.com has a good list to start with.
Here is a wedding that I did in Florida that had an antique feel to it. The vendors that I worked with really made the difference. Everything ran smoothly with very few bumps along the way. I have come to believe that you should always expect at least one thing unexpected to happen. Having an "emergency" kit such as the one that LWPI lists is very helpful.
This has been by far the most fun and interesting course I have ever took. I have learned so much and I do think I'm ready to start on my own. The assignments felt a bit overwhelming at first but then I realized it was important things I needed to complete even if it wasn't for an assignment in order to get my business going. I planned a small baby shower which I displayed a picture of the small favor boxes. I look forward to successfully planning and decorating more weddings and events, thanks to Lovegevity's course.
When deciding to further my education in Wedding planning, I thought to myself what else could there possibly be left to learn, but little did I know there was A LOT more to learn! Over the period of this course, I was able to not only learn new facts and terms, but also was able to put myself in the position of being a wedding planner through the assignments. The assignments gave me the opportunity to reach out to local vendors and event planners to gather information and connect on a professional level. As this course has come to an end, I feel more confident and more prepared to get out there and continue my wedding planning journey. I now know there is never an ending point to learning new information, and because of that, I will continue to take in as much information as possible about weddings and be open to whatever comes my way!
Posted By Tiffany Rooks,
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
This is my last assignment before finishing this course so I guess I saved the best for last! I thought I knew everything there was to know about weddings after being a bridesmaid 6 times but after taking this course I realized there are so many more details to everything than I even realized. Over the time of taking this course I have been grateful enough to be able to participate in helping plan 4 weddings already. I graciously offered to plan to them all for free to gain hands on experience and it was something I highly recommend anyone else do if they are able to. Having the knowledge I learned from this course really helped me show off my wedding planning skills and even better, I was able to network with more brides to be who have agreed to help me plan their upcoming 2013 weddings. I feel more confident after taking this course and now feel as though I can be an official business who profits from planning weddings!
Taking this course online through Wedding Planning Institute
has been a great experience. I learned a lot about wedding and event planning
business. I am so pleased with this course because material was taught in a lot
of detail and my instructors were just great. I can’t to design a wedding and
please my future clients. This is a great program. It takes you through a step
by step process which I love and it made me confident that I was getting the
right education. I am so happy to finishing this course and can’t wait to have
the certificate in my hand.
I took the LWPI Certification
course through Austin Community College in Austin, TX. I can't express
how wonderful the material was, and our teacher did a great job. I highly
recommend taking the course in a classroom setting. It is very beneficial
to hear classmates talk about their opinions and experience in planning.
Seeing and critiquing each other's projects was also so helpful, and I
know I could not have learned as much had I not been around these amazing
girls. Thank you for developing a quality program. I look forward
to finishing soon, and getting my certification in the mail!
Posted By Alexandra Stein,
Monday, May 21, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012
A few weeks ago, I entered a wedding design contest on a whim. The challenge was to design a Hunger Games themed wedding concept and design board. Similar to the book, there were twelve "districts", or design categories, and each of the twelve competitors was assigned a district.
I was assigned District 8 - Linens. The minute I saw the word, "linens", I panicked. How was I going to illustrate my design concept using linens as my central element? Funnily enough, I ended up really enjoying the challenge and learned a lot more about linens than I had known before.
The experience gave me the opportunity to realize, firsthand, the difficulties of creating a clear and concise design board that appropriately fits a very narrow design concept, while adhering to constraints. It's definitely a technique that needs practice!