There’s nothing quite like a wedding celebration. What bride (and groom) doesn’t want her wedding to be the most magical and unforgettable day of her life? The skill is turning that fantasy into a reality, right down to the cutting of the cake. If you can see yourself planning glamorous weddings for love-struck couples nationwide, our Wedding Planning Diploma was made for you!
Planning a wedding is much more than fancy ice sculptures, multi-layered cakes, and big-band music. It’s the day little girls wait for. Where love triumphs, blossoms and comes together in holy matrimony. Hyper-personalised weddings have become a thing in 2018. Couples like to be different or unique. And the average cost of traditional weddings are at an all-time high (£30,355 according to Bridebook’s National Wedding Survey 2018). Meaning there’s no better time to start planning weddings than today.
With our Wedding Planning Diploma, you’ll discover everything you need to organise the perfect day. We’ll take you on a journey through the life of a wedding planner, exploring characteristics of the role. You’ll learn about venues, catering, and what to expect when hiring a photographer. Of course, there’s the nitty-gritty too: finances, setting up a business, and the ceremony itself.
In today’s competitive market, a diploma is becoming necessary for aspiring wedding planners. Imagine approaching couples already prepared. What about already knowing how much time, dedication, effort is needed to succeed? And, of course, knowing all about negotiating with supplier. Get your qualification and endorsement as a professional with this course and make today your big day!
NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.
Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months. However, additional hours may be required for reading, writing and research.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
Our Wedding Planning Diploma is paper-based, meaning you’ll receive all the necessary materials you need to complete the diploma in your course pack. However, we do recommend doing additional research around your course. There are plenty of resources out there to find, from books in a library to online research, videos, e-books and quizzes to aid your development.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.
In the first unit, you’ll learn about the role of a wedding planner. You’ll explore the history of marriage and general wedding trends. You’ll also study code of ethics and key competencies of a wedding planner.
In this unit, you’ll consider client relationships before, during and after the wedding ceremony. You’ll learn the significance of meeting schedules, ideas generation, budget preparation, and action plans. You’ll also look at post-wedding feedback, managing conflict, and building relationships with clients.
This unit explores the administrative and financial sides of wedding planning. You’ll learn to prepare your own task lists and action plans, looking at budgets and planner fees. You’ll think about contracts and agreements between suppliers and couples you work with. Finally, you’ll look at working schedules, invoicing and payments.
Discover how to theme a wedding. You’ll discover four key areas of a themed wedding: Stationary, Flowers, Music and Food. You’ll look at seasonal themes, the role of florists, as well as locating and using suppliers of party equipment.
Recognise the importance of the law of marriage and civil partnerships. In addition, you’ll learn about legal documentation, the ceremony itself and legalities of marriage abroad. You’ll also consider wedding vows, the sharing of rings, and renewing wedding vows.
In the sixth unit, you’ll be looking at various types of venues. You’ll gain insight into the law applicable to licensed venues, overnight accommodation and hiring marquees. You’ll also learn about conducting site visits and showing couples around sites to highlight elements they’ve asked for at their wedding.
This unit covers aspects of venue catering vs outsourcing caterers, and the reception drinks and canapés. You’ll look at quantities guidelines in relation to purchasing food, looking at areas such as the breakfast and evening buffet. You’ll also ponder the running order of the wedding reception, dietary requirements, as well as all factors regarding wedding cakes: flavours, design, payment and logistics. Finally, you’ll learn about toasting, and alcohol and corkage.
Acquire knowledge of print and websites to inform guests. You’ll look at guest lists, the importance of setting a date, as well as aspects relating to wedding invitations and receiving replies. You’ll learn about forms of address, enclosures with invitations, order of service, thank you letters and seating plans.
Gain insight into entertainment and speeches at weddings. You’ll discover elements of the customary first dance, music during the wedding, including requirements for musicians, and current entertainment trends.
The tenth unit focuses on modes of transport to and from the ceremony for parties, such as the bride, groom, ushers, and bridesmaids. You’ll look valid transport and international travelling considerations.
Familiarise yourself with the importance of photographing the couple, ceremony and the day itself. You’ll look at specific questions to ask potential photographers. You’ll also look at various formats, such as videography and webcams, as well as photo booths, video diaries, social media and other trends.
On completing this unit, you’ll know all about bridal party attire. You’ll be looking at key accoutrements, such as the bridal dress, veils and head dress pieces. You’ll also consider the attire of the groom, as well as others in the bridal party. Finally, you’ll think about health and beauty arrangements.
This unit covers other essential wedding requirements, such as proposal planning. You’ll also recognise facets of hen and stag dos, including invite lists, planning activities, confirming bookings and collecting monies. Finally, you’ll look at gift lists and traditions, as well as children at weddings.
The final unit discusses the required information needed to set up and market your business, such as insurance, memberships to associations, networking, websites, basic marketing, gathering contracts and relationship building.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.
We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.
You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.
No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.
No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).
I planned my own wedding and know now why so many people have a planner – with my experience I hope to be able to go on and help others. This course is great, I’m really passionate about doing it and leaving the job I don’t really enjoy. It isn’t easy though, you have to be motivated and have a will to succeed – and not watch Coronation Street when you are meant to be studying. It helps that I am genuinely interested in this subject and want to make it work for me going forward.
It was interesting, fun and most of all I felt a feeling of success and contentment upon completion.
Both me and my Mom are studying wedding planning, we are hopefully going to set up a business summer next year organising everyone’s big day. It’s been lovely studying with someone, it keeps me motivated when sometimes I don’t feel like it but I love the fact I don’t have to leave my house to do it – the course (in my opinion) is easy to follow, broken down into manageable units.
I received excellent support and guidance from Oxbridge Home Learning. They were extremely helpful and the course taught me in a way that I could understand. Im hopefully now going to get a placement with a wedding planning company and hopefully once i have gained some on the job experience start up my own company. I have no hesitations in recommending this college or course to anyone, id like to give a special mention to my student advisor whom i initially spoke with and have spoke with several times since – Kate, thank you for your help and guidance and good luck with your course too.
I work within an events team in a highly desirable wedding venue in Brighton I am looking to branch out into wedding planning for the venue and with this course, I think I am going to be successful at it. Learnt so much already, its a really good basis and would recommend anyone looking to get into wedding planning to enrol.