My Experience with LWPI has been great. I planned my own wedding last year and i loved doing it so i decided to go for it and try to do it as a career. When i first singed up and started working on assignments things were a little confusing with how to submit assignments and then came the projects and it got confusing but i was able to get back on track once i had talked with my Online Mentor. She has been awesome with this whole process for me. She made it alot easier to understand what to do on the assignments that i was having trouble on. I like being able to do things online and not have to go into a classroom to do this. I now have to take my final and i cant wait to start using everything i learned in this course to expand my business. I will definitely let people now how great this course is!
Posted By Erin Wessel,
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I am not one of those girls who grew up planning every detail of her future wedding. I was sort of a tomboy and I spent more time planning daring adventures in the jungle than anything else. As such, when I came to this class I had more of other types of event planning in mind and I wasn't sure what to expect from the wedding side of things and was even a little apprehensive.
I was pleasantly surprised, however, with the depth of knowledge this class provided on the subject and I have to say I have gained a new appreciation for wedding planning as a profession and as an expression of creativity. I was also pleased to find out that weddings could be combined with my childhood dreams of jungle safaris either through destination weddings or through a themed wedding. I had no idea how inclusive this event could be and it is nice to know that planners are excited to go above and beyond to incorporate the interests of all their clients. It has made me rethink my plans for what type of events to include in my business and weddings might just have to make an appearance in a big way after all.
I love wedding planning, just so into it. But really don't know how to get start, recommended by one of my friends about this course, it's really helpful, give the general idea about the wedding planning industry,and help me to understand what role is the wedding planner, and i gonna use the skill learnt here, to assist my own wedding in oct. Thanks
I just have to say, it has been a blast being a part of Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute! I have learned so much and have enjoyed working with the professors and students as I get through these assignments. I would definitely recommend this website for people who want to follow in my footsteps of wanting to become a certified wedding and event planner! I will be certified before I know it and I can't wait!
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!