Lots of women (and a fair amount of men, too) have dreamt about their big day since they were children. Who will attend, what they’ll wear, the epic party they’ll throw after the ceremony, and even the flowers that will adorn the church. With this in mind, being a wedding planner is a huge honour – but also a huge responsibility! So, if you’d love a career helping couples plan the happiest day of their lives, then your clients will want to see that you’ve gone through the necessary training; that’s where our Wedding Planning Diploma comes in.
What you’ll learn in this online wedding planner course
Over fifteen modules, you’ll run through absolutely everything you need to know to become a top-notch wedding planner. You’ll study for your wedding planning diploma completely online using our award-winning learning platform.
You’ll learn how to form a great working relationship with clients, how to deal with admin and finance and create a magical theme for the big day that the happy couple will love.
You’ll discover how to help a couple put together a guest list, create save-the-date cards and invitations, and much more! Crucially, this wedding planner course will also teach you how to set up and market your very own wedding planning business.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - The Role of a Wedding Planner
You’ll begin by learning a little about the history of marriage, along with general wedding trends and an examination of the wedding market in the UK. You’ll also study the key competencies every wedding planner needs, as well as the wedding planner code of ethics.
Unit 2 - Client Relationships
Managing relationships as a wedding planner can be tricky; there’s the nervous introductory meeting to get through, an action plan to come up with, and professional boundaries to navigate. In this unit, you’ll cover all this, as well as how to manage conflicts as and when they arise, and what you should do after the wedding is over.
Unit 3 - Wedding Planner Administration and Finance
There’s a lot of admin tasks involved in being a wedding planner, and it’s also essential that you stay on top of finances. In unit three, you’ll look at how to prepare task lists and action plans, how to come up with (and stick to!) a budget, manage contracts, come up with a working schedule, and deal with invoices and payments.
Unit 4 - Theming
Picking the right theme can make or break a wedding. In this unit, you’ll take a look at seasonal themes, how to deal with florists, as well as locate other key supplies you might need.
Unit 5 - The Ceremony
As a wedding planner, it’s vital that you have a detailed understanding of marriage and civil partnership in the UK, so you can answer any questions your clients pose. In unit five, you’ll look at the rules and regulations that govern both types of ceremony, the types of legal documentation you need at the registry office, the legalities of marrying abroad, and more.
Unit 6 - Venues
Of course, one of your many duties will be helping the happy couple to choose the right venue, as well as organising accommodation for guests. In this unit, you’ll look at different types of venues, how to choose one, laws and regulations you’ll need to be aware of, how to hire a marquee, and more.
Unit 7 - Food and Beverage
Throughout your career as a wedding planner, you’ll get to know caterers very well. In the meantime, this module will cover reception drinks and canapes, inside and outside catering, and guides to serving quantities. You’ll also take a look at the wedding breakfast, evening buffet, the wedding cake, and more.
Unit 8 - Print and Websites
Time to go through the rest of your checklist! Invitations, replies, orders of service, seating plans, and much more – you’ll cover it in unit eight.
Unit 9 - Entertainment and Speeches
Navigating your way between traditions and styles can be tricky, especially when it comes to wedding entertainment, when preferences are constantly changing. In this unit, you’ll go over some current trends to help you give advice to couples, how to organise musicians, bands and DJs, and more.
Unit 10 - Transportation
Any decent wedding planner will tell you not to underestimate the task of organising transportation – when done properly no one will notice, when done badly it will be what a couple and their guests will talk about for weeks after the wedding. In this unit, you’ll cover the different kids of transport, parties you need to consider, and making arrangements for international guests.
Unit 11 - Photography
Second only to the venue, the photography of the day is a big priority for the couple on their wedding day. It’s a record of everything that happened and a reminder of what a beautiful day they had and who they shared it with. In this unit, we’ll run through everything you need to know about photographers, videographers, photo booths and other trends, social media, and all the other details you’ll need to consider as a successful wedding planner.
Unit 12 - Bridal Party Attire
Bridal attire will vary greatly depending on each couple’s heritage and tradition, but there will always be similar considerations you need to take into account, and you’ll cover them all in unit twelve.
Unit 13 - Additional Wedding Requirements
From proposal planning, stag and hen do’s, gift lists, and keeping children entertained, unit thirteen will focus on some of the finer details you’ll need to consider as a wedding planner.
Unit 14 - Setting up and Marketing Your Business
By now, you’ll have gained all the practical and theoretical information you need, and be ready to think about setting up your own business! In the final unit, we’ll cover insurance, networking, professional body membership, marketing, and relationship building.
At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE customised qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. Read more about NCFE.
How is this course assessed or examined?
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.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.