While still completing the LWPI certification course I
know what it takes to become a successful wedding planner. This course has been
a wonderful experience. Several of the assignments have been challenging since
I had no knowledge of the industry at all… Thanks to the class, now I feel more
confident with my skills to work efficiently. I have gained priceless
experience and insight to the business over the last year. Currently I am
planning 3 weddings and 5 quinceaneras. My favorite assignment was creating the
design boards. I realize I love design and I may take the Preston Baley class
in the near future
I have learned so much from this wedding planning course and it has really opened my eyes to things I never thought about when planning to run my own business. The advice I've gotten from the powerpoint slides and the book have been so helpful. Although I am still in college I took the assignments as if I was starting up my business. I know in doing that I will already have a head start when I am ready to get my business started. I cant wait to see what the future holds for me and my dreams, but I do know that what I've learned from The Wedding Planning Insitute I will always use the tools I have learned.
I have truly enjoyed this course. It has been difficult to complete all of the assignments as a stay at home mother to an 11 month old and another on the way while my husband was deployed. However, this is my dream and I will do whatever it takes to complete the course.
After completing the LWPI certification course, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and insight on what it takes to start a business and become a successful wedding planner. It was very helpful to get feedback on the assignments I submitted. I will incorporate all the ideas and suggestions given to me in this course as I begin my career as a wedding/event planner. I plan on referring to the resources, templates, and industry guides in the textbook when starting my own business.
Being a student at LWPI has been a great experience. When I decided to
get in the wedding industry, I knew that I needed to a program that
would teach me the ins and outs of the business. LWPI course has taken
me through the steps for a strong foundation to start a business,
planning events for new clients, Wedding Cultures & Traditions,
marketing, and so much more all, of which I enjoyed. Although it was a
bit challenging at times completing the assignments and with the anxiety
having to replace my modem for my computer not once, not twice but
three times in the course of submitting and finishing my assignments. In
addition, with every obstacle, it made me more determined to finish the
The Wedding Planning Institute has prepared me for the
skills and knowledge to help my bride’s with the most important time of
their lives with minimal amount of stress and frustration. The Wedding
Planning Institute has given me the confidence to ensure that memories
that I help create for future events will be creatively memorable.
I have really enjoyed my time learning with the Wedding Planning Institute. It helped me go from all over the place with thoughts and ideas of how to plan a wedding to focusing me and helping me create a checklist of things to do with each of my weddings.
I also loved my instructor. Our class discussions were always full of information and most nights after class I would be up for hours with ideas of what I wanted to do with my business. This is a great launching point for my business and I will check back to make sure I am up to date on all the latest information and trends in the industry.
Posted By Selia Mitchell,
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Half Way There!!!
It has been exciting and fulfilling journey learning through the Wedding Planning Institute Course Online. I have learned so much throughout the past weeks and can’t wait to get finish and complete the final exam for certification. I have assisted as well as planned several events, celebrations, and weddings but was a little nervous about starting my own business called SJM CELEBRATIONS. But this course has given me the knowledge along with the confidence to join more wedding groups in my local area as well as network to generate even more business. My advice for those who are thinking about starting their very own Wedding/ Event Planning Service; is you can do anything you set your mind to, the sky is the limit, research your business, and never stop learning!!! I wish everyone happiness and success for years to come!!!
LWPI has been a good learning experience, along with making a new friend
at my class at Lehman College. The assignments definitely taught me the
ins and out of business and gave me some insightful information that I
will be able to keep close by on my journey of creating the business I
have always dreamed of.
I love what I do... and I hope to only have an even more successful business in the near future!
You can check out my business Taina Events and Design at www.TainaEventsandDesign.com
Posted By Raquel Aguinaga,
Monday, March 7, 2011
Updated: Monday, March 7, 2011
I began the Wedding and Event Planning course in January excited and ready to learn. It has been about 5 weeks and I have gained so much knowledge in the business aspect of wedding planning. I have helped family and friends with their weddings and have organized special events for work and church. This kind of 'hobby' has always been a passion of mine and I hope to make it into a career one day!
This is only to say that I could never imagine that this course would help me so much.
I'm not young, I'm 37 and for many years I'm involved in business, but it has been so good and exciting to learn so many things in such smooth way.. Everything is well done and it is true that when you have finished with the course, you perfectly know how to start this business and the things you have to do in the right consecution even if you have not any kind of experience in wedding field.
I'm really happy to have taken this beatiful and so interesting course and I'm sure that when I will set up and start with my business I will take another one of design..
The wee hours of the morning are fast approaching and I have just completed my final assignment! Woo hoo! During our very first class, our instructor had several of her past students in attendance to give us some insight as to what was to come. While all enjoyed different aspects of the class, they were all in agreement that there was "a lot of homework” and boy, they were not kidding! So, to all future and just starting students, I can only pass along the same advice as was given to us…keep up with the assignments.
I currently work as the Event Sales Director for a local country club and am involved in the wedding day coordinating, especially when a professional wedding planner is not involved. While I do not aspire to become a Wedding Planner at this point in my life, this class has been intensely enlightening and our instructor extremely helpful.
I wish everyone the best of luck with the course and in their event planning careers! Now on to the exam!
This is a great course. I appreciate the fact that not only did I learn about wedding an event planning, I also learned alot about the business part of it. this course has helped me out tremendously. I look forward to taking other classes LWPI offers
My wedding planning class is coming to a close and I must
admit I wish it included a period of time for an apprenticeship. Our classroom
work was mostly about meeting different venders and venues, which was great
fun; but I wish I had more experience actually coordinating and directing a
wedding so I could feelmore confident
with my first client to be.
I found the LWPI book and the online course to be revealing,
instructive and an excellent and useful source of information. My difficulty
was in not being sure of what was expected from me for some of the assignments.
Some of the them were simple while others were quite a huge undertaking, for
example the media kit and the web site. I wish I was more proficient on the
computer to have done a more professional job.
Another aspect I would’ve liked a little more information on
is how to start up on becoming a vender in some of the things talked about to
expand our business, but this class is a great class for showing you how to
take matters into your own hands, research and make it happen. I guess that’s
really what this class is all about, bringing people together who have this in
common-making things happen. As a matter of fact that’s one of my favorite
quotes, and when my ten year old son is on the football field, I’m the mom
yelling out to the team "MAKE TI HAPPEN” so guys, lets all-make it Happen and
good luck to you all!
I have always had a passion for events and designing in many aspects; clothes, home interior, events and weddings. I took this course on a whim of wanting to do something that is going to "make me happy." My now fiance (we just got engaged YAY), kept pushing me to do something that "I want to do." He has always been supportive, so naturally when I randomly said, "I want to be an event planner!" His response was, let's get you certified. I did some research on how to be certified and found out true and true that Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) was the way to go.
I started the course within two months, and loved every minute I spent in class and on our 'field trips.' Michelle Bromley, the course instructor at ACC was such a big help. She generally cared about all of our interests and was encouraging to each individual in the area she thought we would make good contribution to in the industry. I actually miss meeting with our class and sharing ideas with all of my classmates.
I have been equipped with all of the information needed to start my event planning business, and am eagerly awaiting for the right moment to make my mark on the diverse Austin event industry scene. Although I feel ready to start my business with great success, I am still pursuing every angle of the steps needed to do so. I want everything to be as flawless and seamless as possible.
Moving to a city where you know no one, and making a decision to open a business where networking is everything, is quite the hill to climb right away. My background and experience in Las Vegas will surely prove to be a big help during this time. I love to network and meet new people. Getting my name out there and causing a 'hype' for my business to start is currently a work in progress.
Oh and might I remind you... I've got a wedding of my own to plan! I'll be my own 'bride-zilla' and go OCD on myself! =) I did make some really great friends in class while taking this course, so maybe a 'Day Of' planner will be just the service I'll need. =)
My experience with the LWPI course has been extremely insightful
and eye opening. While I originally enrolled in the course because I
have a passion for weddings and organization, this course introduced me
to so many aspects involved in planning an event that I never really
I loved the assignments that made us create a budget and weddings
as if we were working with a real client and also all the book
recommendations throughout the course. I think I bought all of them!! I
loved this course and am hoping to enroll in Preston Bailey’s course
I can't believe I am nearly done with this course!
I have been very blessed by all of the education opportunities provided by this course. I learned so much going through each chapter and especially working through all of the assignments.
I took this class as an introduction into the wedding/event planning field, and honestly didn't expect to get as much out of it as I did. I definitely think you will get as much out of this course as you put it. You can glide through some of the assignments ant learn a lot, but if you really put all your effort into the assignments you will be much more prepared and set-up for your career outside of the class. I did have my struggles throughout the course though. I am currently finishing up my undergrad with a double major and looking into going into the wedding/event planning field. This course has been really challenging for me to fit into my schedule and complete all of the requirements in the 6 month time limit.
Also, many of the assignments, like the vendor lists and insurance estimates, etc, i found especially difficult because i didn't have the authority or credit as a student without my own business. Many vendors and businesses would not help me with any information for the assignments because I was not currently in business and therefore the assignments became difficult and strenuous.
I also wish I had the ability to see the assignments I had submitted and which had been graded in one particular location on the site because I am doing this purely online. That part had be frustrating at times, waiting to hear if they were submitted and if they were completed in the way that was expected. I'm extremely close to the end of my course and finishing submitting everything, hoping it all works out.
However, you learn the most from the things that are the most difficult and I'm excited to be finishing this course and going into the next steps in my career! For all those of you that are jsut starting or still struggling/working through the course, keep it up! You can make it! And we will all benefit in the end from the knowledge and skills gained here. Goodluck everyone!
MY EXPERIENCE WITH WPI HAS BEEN CHALLENGING,EXCITING AND REWARDING. WHAT HAD MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED ME TO TAKE THE COURSE ON WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING WAS MY DEDICATION TO EXCELLENCE AND THE NEED TO OBTAIN AN ABSOLUTE KNOWLEDGE AND PROFESSIONALISM. ALTHOUGH IT WAS A STRUGGLE AT FIRST DOING AND SUBMITTING,CALLING AND VISITING VENDORS AND ESTABLISHMENTS, AND JOGGLING BETWEEN FAMILY,WORK,, NOT TO MENTION MY COMPUTER BROKE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL. YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE MY ANXIETY AND PANIC THE WHOLE TIME THINKING I LOST ALL THE DATA ON MY FILE WAS THE MOST STRESSFUL TIME DURING THIS COURSE. BUT , GOD IS GOOD BECAUSE THROUGH IT ALL EVERYTHING IS INTACT (EXCEPT ME AT ONE POINT)AND ABLE TO CONTINUE THIS COURSE. THERE WERE ASSIGNMENTS THAT HAD BROUGHT SMILES,TEARS OF JOY,MEMORIES AND SO MUCH IDEAS IN ME AND MADE ME REALIZE,"VANGIE, THIS IS WHAT YOU LOVE ,THIS WHO YOU ARE, YOU ARE VERY GOOD AT THIS...THIS IS IT! IT'S YOUR TIME AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN". NOW, I AM ALMOST DONE WITH THE COURSE,AND THE KNOWLEDGE LEARNED FROM STARTING TO RUNNING THIS INDUSTRY WILL BETTER PREPARE ME TO FACE ANY CHALLENGE AND OFFER THE BEST SERVICES TO COUPLES /PEOPLE THAT WILL SEEK MY EXPERTISE IN THIS FIELD. THANK YOU LWPI FOR SUCH RUNNING A INFORMATIVE ,COURSE. MORE POWER.
Baking cakes and cupcakes are some of my passion and presentation for me is very important. Because a nicely presented product makes it more appealing and it captures curiosity and attention. I baked the cupcakes and made the wrapper myself with the help of my sister-in-law for her daughter's dedication.
* Just one more day until Preston Bailey's Midtown Class starts! Have you registered? Do it today! Preston will demonstrate how you can plan and execute an event that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
* The LWPI Blog is going strong today with a guest post from instructor Shafonne Myers, who writes about the most important part of wedding planning: THE BUDGET.
* And last but not least, the January 2011 LWPI newsletter went out a few days ago. Did you get your copy? Sign up here!
Ms. Mortimer finished the course by presenting a site visit of one of
her favorite venues, Nicotra’s Ballroom at the Hilton. "This part of the
course is extremely important and the students really see the inner
workings of a facility that can handle any and every event. Nicotra’s
Ballroom is an excellent choice because the staff is extremely dedicated
and goes over and beyond what is the norm at other locations,” she
Be on the lookout for more information about Mortimer and her class at Wagner College, which is in the New York metropolitan area. Best wishes to her new grads!
Interested in what goes on in an LWPI certified wedding and event planner class? For one thing, Lovegevity and its instructors encourages all students to get out in the community to not only spread the name of their business but to give back, too.
Students at Cowley College in Wichita, Kansas, recently held a fall festival for local kids. Check out more about it here. It's a great way to put your LWPI skills to practical use, and what's better than charity work?
Wouldn’t you love to create a signature party that is the talk of the
town? Whether you’re starting an events business or looking to spice up
your own parties, Preston Bailey will demonstrate how you can plan and execute an event that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Preston produces special events ranging from simple
parties to extravagant weddings and "velvet rope” parties for
- How he built his business from a florist to a celebrity event designer
- The three pillars of his business
- The design process- from initial client meeting to the actual event date
- How to choose a theme and carry it through the entire event
- How to create a signature look
- How to transform spaces into unique event settings
As I near the end of this course, my excitement of a dream actually coming to fruition is throught the roof! I have learned so much from the course, things that I was not aware of and some new ideas to enhance the whole event experience! I am so excited to begin my business with the information and data gathered. This course has given me the ability to start out with a vast amount of the forms, data, and background material needed for the events. I hope to contribute to the site or spread the word to interested people about how wonderful the course is! Kudos to the developers of this course and good luck to everyone!
wedding and event planners it is our duty to give the utmost attention
and care to our clients to ensure that their wedding or event is
flawless and impeccable. But what most planners don’t think about is our
duty to give back to our communities.
As we embark on the upcoming year, I encourage everyone to take a
step in the philanthropic direction. We as planners should add
philanthropy to our quarterly or annual marketing calendars. Trust me, I
know it is hard to do, especially with the cost of running your
business and then trying to gain business. What planners don’t
understand, however, is that giving back to our communities is a great
way to help the community as well as help your business. There are tons
of ways for your business to give. Here are just a few:
A. Sponsor free wedding-planning classes
Engaged couples are always looking for ways to learn how to plan their
own wedding to save money. This is a great group to help because you can
help them plan their wedding at no cost and offer discounts if they
decide to use your day-of coordination services.
B. Sponsor an engaged couple and help them plan their wedding for free
Sponsoring an engaged couple is a great way to give back to the
community as well as give your business some exposure. This is a great
opportunity for your business to partner with fellow wedding-industry
professionals, possibly with the hope of them working with you in the
future, or just to build your vendor database. Often times these types
of events can generate huge media options. So if you decide to do this
make sure and get the word out to the media ASAP. You never know, once
they get wind of it you could gain some great sponsors.
C. Offer your services to nonprofit organizations
This is my favorite one because it offers the opportunity to meet people
outside of the wedding industry. Donating your time and services to a
nonprofit organization will help spread the word about your business,
all the while helping a great cause and lending a hand. I volunteer as
the marketing director for an organization that helps Multiple Sclerosis
patients, and it’s great.
Be sure to visit Shafonne’s website, follow her on Twitter, and read more about her in this LWPI Instructor Spotlight. Lovegevity is excited to welcome Shafonne to the blog! Check here for more exciting news about her partnership with LWPI.
Myers is living her dream by helping others realize their dreams. While
attending Mary Baldwin College she coordinated all social events on
campus through her direction of the Baldwin Program Board. That
experience helped her further develop the leadership, creative and
organizational skills she brings to her clients as well as to her
Since graduating from MBC, Shafonne founded and is president of Making Your Event Special,
a top wedding and event consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia, and now
Indianapolis, Indiana. Continuing her tradition of bringing people
together, she organizes socials and workshops to provide couples with
tips and tricks to help plan their weddings as well as wedding and event
planners looking for continuing education. She also offers
consultations to couples and aspiring wedding and event planners through
face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails and Twitter.
As a Certified Wedding Planner and instructor for Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute,
Shafonne tells her students and future planners to "Just get out there
and live your dream”. In addition to her expertise, warm and bubbly
personality, and meticulous attention to detail, she also offers
internships to graduates of the program and helps any way she can to
ensure their success.
"So often students come through the program and doubt themselves, not
thinking that they can make it. It is hard, and it will be tough, but I
reassure them that if they got this far, then it is meant to be,” she
Shafonne and her staff at Making Your Event Special
pride themselves on providing superb customer service as well as
helping the community and future wedding planners achieve their goals.
She is the author of several articles on wedding planning, which have
been featured in many local and national wedding-industry publications,
and runs her own wedding blog, Divas and Weddings.
She loves sharing her knowledge as well as providing real-life
experience with her students, with the hopes that they will accomplish
their dreams as she did.