Wedding Consultant Certificate Program by The Wedding Academy
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM (PST)
Orientation: February 26 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ STC Center.
Class Period: March 5, 2013 - May 21, 2013 (12 weeks)
Class Schedule: Every Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Twogether Events (in Walnut)
Before you start, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are you friendly, creative, and energetic?
2. Are you level-headed and cool under pressure?
3. Do you enjoy meeting new people and want to use your personal skills and talents to start a new and fun career doing what you love?
4. Do you like the idea of working for yourself, having the freedom to set your own schedule, and taking on as few or as many jobs as you'd like?
If your answers are "YES", becoming a professional wedding consultant could be a perfect career for you.
Whether you are looking to begin a new and exciting career of independence and gratification, seek or change your employment in the field, or just to earn some extra money in your spare time, training as a wedding consultant can open many opportunities to you.
Who is The Wedding Academy?
The Wedding Academy is the industry leader in education and training for wedding and event professionals. TWA has established an academic network with several wedding and event associations and local communities. Established in 2013 by Sherrien Shui, TWA was founded with the sole purpose of providing wedding consultants an academic career path and confidence for aspiring wedding and social event consultants necessary to enter and excel in the challenging and rewarding field of wedding consulting.
Who is Sherrien Shui?
Sherrien Shui is recognized as one of the Asian American premier wedding planner and a celebrity M.C. at many concerts, large events and weddings. With 20-plus years of experience under the auspices of Twogether Events (www.2-events.com) and Asian American Wedding Professionals Association (www.aawpa.com), her passion for the industry has led her down many paths, including becoming an on-air talent for many regionally syndicated radio television shows.
What does this course offer prospective students?
At The Wedding Academy, we believe the best way for students to learn wedding business is from the actual facetime classroom. Students may attend classes and learn from an established Wedding/Event Planner who has been in business in the local market for a minimum of five years. Our courses are comprehensive “how-to” for the industry, providing real behind-the-scenes footage, photographs and documentation. Instructors will share students an inside look at the business side of wedding planning and design, such as how to plan weddings from scratch, search and interview other vendors, work with other vendors, set up your business, price your services, and conduct sales presentations with clients.
During the course, we invite wedding professionals and local vendors to our classroom and share their experiences and professional knowledge with our students to help them better understanding how to work and communicate with other professionals prior and on the event day. Besides the lecture, we coordinate one-day tours taking students to view unique wedding venues and bridal shows.
Our classes are 100% participatory, with all students partaking in the researching, planning, designing, and coordinating of recipe components. Aspiring instructors will break into teams to create real weddings for real brides and grooms.
Is there an internship or job placement assistance?
Yes and yes! At most of our classes students are actually require to complete up to 100 hours of internship with selected wedding planners or professionals in order to complete the course and receive their certificates.
With our internship program, students receive hands-on training by the professionals, help with some office work and assist at real weddings/events. It enables students to connect the knowledge and skills they have gained from their academics and apply in a work setting, and get an insider's look at different employers. Upon graduation, TWA certified graduates are positioned to join an existing business, participate in non-paid internships, receive job placement assistance, or start their own business.
Is there a career consultation program after the completion of certificate?
Yes. We offer a 3-months career consultation to our certified graduates. Our counselors will have a one-on-one talk with certified graduates to determine if they enjoy working in a specific area of interest within the wedding & event planning industry. So we will be able to refer students to people who are able to hire them.
Could you give me more specific details of Certificate Program for Wedding Consultants?
Our Certificate Program for Wedding Consultants requires 36 hours of lecture in classroom and 100 hours of internship with wedding planners or professionals. In this course, our instructors will teach students everything they need to know to start their own successful wedding business. The instructors will invite real engaged couples to classroom and show them how to conduct interviews and create presentations. We'll cover all aspects of the wedding day, from the wake up calls and the ceremony, to the reception and the after party. Our course also gives detailed information on how to plan wedding activities, such as traditional ceremonies, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners. Students will learn how to structure the entire planning process so that they stay organized and keep track of budgets and deadlines. Our course will also teach students how to register their businesses, and price their jobs, negotiate with vendors, and manage projects and accounts. Students will gain the knowledge and the confidence you need to succeed as a professional wedding consultant.
Are there any class assignments or projects?
Yes, besides reading assignment, students will read bridal magazines, interview wedding vendors and present two presentations during the course.
For the first project, students will meet real brides-to-be and grooms-to-be in class, conduct an interview, prepare a design board based on the information they gathered at the interview, and present the ideas and designs to the couple in class.
The final project is due one month after the end of the course. Based on the assigned topic and partner, students will search, negotiate and communicate with vendors to create their own presentation at our final project day.
What is the tuition?
The full course tuition, including your registration, textbook, online curriculum access, worksheet and contract templates, certification exam fee is $1,095.00. The course is available in English and/or Chinese-Mandarin.
We accept cash, personal check, company check, money order and credit card. Processing fee may be added for all credit card payments.
Please prepare a 22"*18" cork board for class project presentation.
Early Bird Discount: If you completed your registration before February 9, 2013, $100 registration fee is waived.
The Wedding Academy
17360 Colima Road, Box# 123
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
For more information, please go to www.TheWeddingAcademy.net
Course tuition is not refundable. Course attendance may be postponed but must be rescheduled within 12 months or all payment is forfeited. If requested postpone, the student may be required to pay an additional amount if the course tuition has increased. Upon successful completion of your program and full payment of tuition and fees, you will be awarded a certificate. You may request one extension provided that your program is completed within 12 months with $200 extension fee. Job placement is not guaranteed to students upon program completion. We reserve the right to update or substitute course materials and fees. You may be charged for replacement books and/or materials.
The Wedding Academy will provide you with the special training and support you need as you build your wedding consulting skills whether you are looking to begin a new and exciting career of independence and gratification, seek or change your employment in the field. Our experienced instructors will show you how to market your business, price your services, conduct sales presentations with your clients, design and plan weddings from scratch, search and interview other vendors, work with other vendors, and apply for business license and insurance. We also have advanced classes for people who are already in the wedding industry to enhance their marketing and management skills.
For brides-to-be, The Wedding Academy offers bridal workshop to We also coordinate classes such as cooking, floral arrangement, tea ceremony, crafts, skin care, and ballroom dances to prepare you starting your new family.
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