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18.6 LWPI Blog Contribution

Posted By Lizbette Montalvo, Friday, March 30, 2012

I liked this course and the fact that we went to some events and had the opportunity to have speakers in the classroom, ask questions about their specialties (photographer, Florist, web design, etc.) has help me on the start of my business and making decisions a little easier for me. 

Thank you to Sophie Lai.

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18.6 Preston Bailey Blog

Posted By Kelley Atkinson, Monday, March 26, 2012
http://blog.prestonbailey.com/2012/03/22/what-does-it-mean-to-be-creative/#comment-11353

I recently commented on Preston Bailey's blog regarding creativity.  I think creativity for all wedding planners is different.  The world around us molds and our personal styles can also influence a bride and the style or design she chooses her wedding day to look like.  As a planner, I certainly put my bride's wishes and wants first, but I am always up to the challenge to help any bride with any budget.

 How are some ways you have creatively helped a bride while planning her wedding?

 -  Kelley Atkinson

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LWPI course

Posted By Shareena S. Al Khemairi, Sunday, March 25, 2012
Updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hello Everybody,

I have learned alot in this course...which make me really know many things...am really happy to attend this course. I got many ideas and new information i didnt think about them before..

Tags:  certification@weddingplanninginstitute.com  LWPI graduate  LWPI instructor  wedding  wedding planner  wedding planners  Wedding Planning Course 

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The Bridal Experience

Posted By Rachel A. Garcia, Saturday, March 24, 2012

I am taking the Lovegevity course at the same time that I am planning my own wedding. I have had some great experiences with vendors and some not so great ones. One of the best experiences I have had is at Nordstrom. Nordstrom has launched what there are calling their "Wedding Suite." They are carrying beautiful gowns to fit every budget. The women and men that work at the Wedding Suite are an amazing example of what customer service is all about. They are kind, respectful, intuitive, and knowledgable. 

I believe that all brides want to work with vendors and planners who are going to treat them like royalty. The bridal experience should be one of ease and the "good kind" of excitement. I would encourage anyone who has a Nordstrom in their area to visit the Wedding Suite (keep in mind not all Nordstrom's doors have the Wedding Suite) and talk with the manager of that Wedding Suite to ask about their customer service philosophy and training. I believe that it translates well into being a planner!      

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absolute events - Dubai

Posted By Laila Bin Shabib, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

absolute events and consultancy is an event company based in Dubai.Below is a link to our blog, to keep our clients informed about our ideas and posts.

 http://www.absoluteprecision.blogspot.com 

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18.6

Posted By Anna Morawski, Monday, March 19, 2012

I am currently working at the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, Fl. This setting was designed for a corporate event that we had a few weeks ago.

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18.6 Blog-Bridal Shower

Posted By Courtnay McManus, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I think the most important thing is to always incorporate the couple's personality and taste into the planning.  Sometimes its tough to set aside your own tastes when planning someone else's special event.  The bridal shower is very important to kick off the festivites and excitement.  This bride specifically wanted a Luau themed party, I made this decoration and tags for their spread.  We also hired a hula dancer to teach all of the girls the hula.  It was a lot of fun, and certainly a unique and memorable experience for all the attendents.

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Chapter 18.6

Posted By Karen Potter, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I am so glad that I took this course, I thought that I already knew a lot since I have worked in the industry but the truth is that I learned a lot of valuable information. The business side of it is very important and made me aware of everything that is needed to be successful. I have put more work into my recent weddings but it has made if more organized and the couples have been very happy with my work.

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Ch. 18 Assignment 6 - Vendors

Posted By lara kern, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Updated: Saturday, March 10, 2012
One thing that the Lovegevity course has hammered home over and over again is the importance of vendors and their role in your business. Shortly after starting this course I began working with an event planner who is expanding her business to include a wedding division.She stressed the same point. Vendors will make or break you, choose wisely. As much as this theory is common sense, it was driven home for me even before I considered this career change. Last year when I was planning my own wedding I was exceedingly lucky to work with the vendors that I did. There are few choices in my home town (you would think that there would be more as Santa Fe, NM is one of the top destination wedding and event locations in the United State), but choices are limited if you want reputable people. The two that made the biggest impression were our florist and cake designer. Their knowledge and experience puts them above all others in town. Their dedication and fabulous personalities make them an absolute pleasure to work with. I have included photos of their designs.  The horror stories of vendor mishaps that I have heard after joining the business has made me very grateful that we had the vendors we did. Having a strong knowledge of your preferred vendors and a strong working relationship is invaluable in this business. Choosing them wisely, building a strong working relationship and keeping that relationship through your own dedication, reliability and working personality will make your own job that much easier and enjoyable. 

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18.6 - Elegant Design

Posted By Darletta Logan, Friday, March 9, 2012

I became interested in Wedding/Event Planning after my daughter and I designed my engagement party. I have always loved a good party and enjoy watching people mingle and make meaningful connections. My experience with Lovegevity has been GREAT! The course offers a lot of information that can be used to help grow a thriving business that will help others create lasting memories. Since I have taken this course, I have become energized and excited to work with others to help them realize their dream wedding or successful event. I have attached some pics of a photo shoot I did to showcase some of my design ideas. Thanks Lovegevity for inspiring me to be more creative!

                                                                                                                                                   Darletta

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The Environmental Wedding- Assignment 18-6

Posted By Aisha Sherbiny, Thursday, March 8, 2012
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2012

I haven't started my business yet, but I plan on decorating a table for the couples to see when they visit my business. I'll change the theme periodically.

I'd like very much to plan outdoor wedding parties and use plants, fruits and vegetables for decoration. If possible, I'll try to limit the use of paper as much as I can.

Outdoor events don't need lights if they're done during the day and they also need little decoration since the nature will take care of that part.

I'll definitely use a theme based on my clients' preference.

I'll suggest that the favors will be given with the invitation cards to make sure that each person gets his gift.

I just learned about the fake cake today and I believe that it can save the couple some money. I haven't seen it before, but it is an option and it's up to the bride to take it or not.

My only concern about outdoor events is keeping the food clean and I have to find a way to keep bugs, birds and animals away from food.

I also plan to enroll for the environmental wedding planning class because this is what I care about.

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The Beginning (CWEP 18.6)

Posted By Bridget Farry, Sunday, March 4, 2012
Lovegevity's Certified Wedding and Event Planning course was an excellent class! It challenged me in many ways and I have learned a great deal about the wedding and event planning industry. This course was my first step into the realm of wedding and event planning and provided me with a great deal of insight into the many elements of the field. I am glad I chose to have a hard copy of the book--it will be a great reference in the future. Thank you to my professors for their support! 

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Preston Bailey Weekend in Vegas

Posted By Shirley B. Robinson, Monday, February 27, 2012
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012
Meeting Preston Bailey and his awesome team in Las Vegas for the Conference was such an experience. Thanks to LWPI for making it happen. The people in the class were amazing. You also learn a whole lot from people around the world who share the same passion for design.

Tags:  Floral designs  Internship  Las Vegas  Preston Bailey  Preston Bailey Signature Design Course 

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Chapter 18.6

Posted By Zainat Alshetaiwi, Sunday, February 19, 2012
Wow, I cannot believe this course is almost over. Looking back, I realize how much I have learned over the last few months.  I have always dreamed of owning my own business and I love working with people; I am truly excited to start the next chapter of my career. I plan on moving overseas in the summer and I am sure that all the knowledge I have learned will help me achieve all my goals. I already have friends asking me for advice and help in planning their own events- from small dinner parties, to baby showers, to engagement parties, etc. Thanks to LWPI for all the information and thanks to the instructors for their feedback and support!!

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Candle escort table

Posted By Lindsay Veremis, Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wow, how quickly times flies.  It seems I just began the Certified Wedding Planner course and now its almost complete. I've learned quite a bit and have been able to apply some of those skills to my own wedding, I'm getting married in August.  Here is a picture of a escort card table arrangement I made for a bride obsessed with mercury glass and silver.  She was a friend and on a tight budget so we scoured thrift shops and St. Vincent DePaul to snag most of the items you see for less than $2.  It will have a great look once it's glowing, don't you think?

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Chapter 18 Objective 6

Posted By Rebecca Alvarez, Thursday, February 9, 2012
This wonderful journey to becoming a Certified Wedding and Event Planner is going to be coming to an end very soon.  I have really enjoyed all of the challenges that the assignments have brought and I feel that I have learned the skills that are needed to be sucessful with my future career.  This course has also armed me with the skills to plan an amazing wedding for my cousin this summer and I can't wait.

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Chapter 18.6

Posted By Maureen Pinckney, Wednesday, February 1, 2012
This is a a dress I chose for a  bride who want a strong a line dress with slight crystal for a outside venue .

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Unforgettable Experience

Posted By Brittany L. Cooper, Sunday, January 29, 2012
Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012
This course has truly been an eye opener. I had no idea that the passion I had for the wedding and event industry could grow to be so much more. I've been working with wedding planners for the past 5 years now, and enrolled in this course to better myself and my education. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned so many beneficial concepts and tools that I know I will use in the future.

This year, I was fortunate enough to meet Preston Bailey at a special VIP event held in Virginia Beach. He spoke about his work and the lessons he has learned along the way. He even signed my book! It was such an honor to meet him and I plan to enroll in his design course once I finish my CWEP course.

I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone looking to further their career in the field and gain valuable information to help them become a better planner.

Warm Regards,

Brittany Cooper

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Assignment 18.6

Posted By Jennifer R. Hanson, Sunday, January 29, 2012
Taking this class has been an amazing experience. Wedding and Event planning is something I've always wanted to do with my life and now, thanks to this class, I'm able to make this my career. Working in the floral and the catering industry already, taking this class has given me the opportunity to expand my talents and learn many things I hadn't even considered. On my way to a rewarding career in Wedding and Event planning!

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Start Off Your New Life With a Rush

Posted By Joshua Hitsman, Saturday, January 28, 2012

I was sitting with the Maid of Honor for a friend's wedding and we were chatting about what she wanted to do for the Bride's Bachelorette party. She had nailed down that Taverna Opa in Orlando,  FL is a fun place to go and has amazing Greek food. After bouncing a few ideas back and forth I threw out the idea to play on the Greek theme and turn the bride's party into a Sorority bash that is exclusive to friends and family.


The details of it I fleshed out are below. It was quite the evening to remember.


Anticipation: Invite sent as if the attendees would be rushing a Greek Serority (of Bride’s initials).

Arrival: Guests are brought into the frat house (MOH) & given paperwork to fill out while enjoying Greek style appetizers, drinks, and the bride’s signature drink. (Get to know you puzzles)

Atmosphere: Upon completion of paperwork guests are given Greek shirts & take the oath. A limo to Taverna Opa will await them to take the party to dinner while music plays and drink abound.

Amusement: In the limo, guests are given curses as a hazing to enact during dinner (random toasts to the bride, phrases to proclaim, and ways to eat food). After dinner, drinks and the limo ride back to the Sorority house, wedding/engagement/greek stye movies will be shown into the night.

Appetite: Taverna Opa has many packages ranging from individual entrees and drinks to family style Greek food for everybody to share and plenty of Greek Ouzo.

Appreciation: Guests can take home their hurricane glasses and tshirts to wear at further social get-togethers.

 

***Vendors: A1 Elite Transportation.  Greek101.com.  Harry & David.  Publix.  Kinkos.  Tavern Opa.

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Just the beginning

Posted By April Cabanas, Thursday, January 26, 2012
I am just finishing up with my courses and I am just amazed at what I have learned so far. I have enjoyed every minute of learning and want to learn more. My brain is exspanding with ideas and cant even write it on paper :). This summer i am going to be planning my first wedding and i am so excited! I am really going to but my learing to use and do the best i possibly can.

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On My Way!!! (18.6)

Posted By Stacey M. Simmons, Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Taking the CWEP online course to recieve my Wedding and Event Planing Certification has been great.  I have gained a true working knowledge of having a Wedding and Event Planning business.  I will be taking my final exam soon and am on my way to becoming a certified event planner and owner of my own business.  I made the right choice when I decided to get my certification with LWPI!  So excited about the future!!!

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What (or who) inspired me to be a wedding planner/designer

Posted By Lisa Chandler, Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My 20 and 13 year old daughters begged me to watch a new show with them because they said I would LOVE it! So I sat with them for what I didn't realize at the time was a life-changing experience. The show we watched was, "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera." It happened to be a marathon so I sat there all day watching. As I watched him turn lack-luster wedding plans into jawdropping events, I knew thats what I should be doing. I have an arts background...I have been a successful muralist, have written, directed, and designed sets and costumes for 4 successful plays. 

Though I have done all of those things my first priority was as homemaker. Which is a good thing because it allowed me the flexibility to develop my skills and talents in many different areas. As I watched David, I realized that since my children are older, there's no reason why I can't follow my dreams of doing something great! Within a week I signed up to take the wedding planning and event certification course.Its been uphill from there.  I suppose my reputation surpassed me because as soon as people got wind that I was going into the wedding industry...everyone I knew (and some I didn't) who had children getting married started calling wanting me to design their kids' wedding.  

Let me backtrack a little...in March 2011 (about 2 months after watching MFW for the first time), I learned that David T. would be appearing at a bridal show nearly 2 hours away from my home. I decided to take the trip in hopes of getting the chance just to say thank you to him. I contacted the shows director and explained my reason for wanting to meet David. She was so touched that she contacted his assistant and arranged a private meeting for me to get the chance to chat with David. He was truly touched as well, but not nearly as much as I was, at his example of kindness, caring and generosity. He really is a genuinely nice guy.

Wedding design/planning will allow me to utilize all of the skills I've acquired over the years to bring joy into the lives of others. I strongly believe that those of us who have such gifts should use them to the best of our ability because we never know who we may inspire in the process-just as David unknowingly inspired me.

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NH Lake wedding

Posted By Sherri Collis (Veit), Saturday, January 21, 2012
This was a beautiful September wedding in the Lakes Region of NH and the weather was perfect. It was a shining example of how an economical budget can still result in an incredible day. Although the pictures can't do the day justice, I hope you enjoy!

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NH Lake wedding

Posted By Sherri Collis (Veit), Saturday, January 21, 2012
This was a beautiful September wedding in the Lakes Region of NH. The day was perfect and the entire day was incredible. This was proof a low budget wedding can be an elegant affair. The pictures don't do it justice, but enjoy!!!

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