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Hospitality, Travel & Creative Program ►Wedding Consultant Entrepreneur Certificate Program




This training program combines a two course training track:

  • Wedding Consultant
  • Start Your Own Business

It's the most important day in many couples' lives and everything needs to be perfect. With weddings becoming larger, costlier and more complex, more than two thirds of engaged couples are turning to professional wedding consultants for help. Learn how to combine your creative vision with their individual preferences to create the wedding of their dreams. Discover the newest wedding trends and find out how to be the first to adopt these new trends.


The Job Outlook

Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't collect information on wedding planners, it predicted that there are many opportunities for individuals in this profession because approximately ten percent of engaged couples work with a planner. Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is expected to grow 44 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and organizations become increasingly international, meetings and conventions are expected to become even more important. For many of these organizations, meetings are the only time they can bring their members together.


Wedding Consultant 180 Hours

It's the most important day in many couples' lives and everything needs to be perfect. With weddings becoming larger, costlier and more complex, more than two thirds of engaged couples are turning to professional wedding consultants for help. Learn how to combine your creative vision with their individual preferences to create the wedding of their dreams. Discover the newest wedding trends and find out how to be the first to adopt these new trends.

Drawing on wedding traditions and customs from around the world, this course includes real-world information on:

  • Vows, from the traditional to the creative
  • Rituals, former variety of traditions
  • Toasts, from the classic to advice on writing your own
  • Readings, spanning various customs and heritages
  • Music, from classical to popular

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify techniques for planning a wedding ceremony
  • Comprehend the role of wedding vows and traditions
  • Identify the elements involved in the wedding consulting business
  • Identify techniques for marketing and determining fees and services
  • Define basic wedding elements the wedding consult must consider

Start Your Own Business 225 Hours

Have you ever eaten a Mrs. Fields cookie? Used an Apple computer? Listened to a hip-hop CD? Entrepreneurs brought these products to your world. People that start their own businesses and work for themselves are called entrepreneurs. For an entrepreneur the sky is the limit as far as earnings and potential success. An entrepreneur is someone who has recognized an opportunity to start a business that other people may not have noticed. Entrepreneurs can shape and create an opportunity where others see little or nothing -- or see it too early or too late. Our Start Your Own Business class will help you create the business you want. Throughout this course you will be working on your business plan and creating a quick comprehensive overview of the elements you want in your new business.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define entrepreneurship
  • Recall the steps for developing a business plan
  • Identify methods for forming a financing strategy
  • Recognize the fundamentals of commercial law
  • Distinguish between potential strategies for growing your business


Wedding Consultant Module 1

The Ceremony Planner

  • Setting the Tone for the Wedding
  • Taking Charge of the Wedding
  • Choosing an Officiant
  • Deciding Who will Participate
  • Planning the Ceremony Location
  • The Wedding Program
  • The Wedding Rehearsal
  • The Ceremony Text
  • Incorporating Personal Beliefs
  • Checklists and Worksheets

Wedding Consultant Module 2

Wedding Vows and Traditions

  • Traditional Religious Vows
  • Interfaith and Nondenominational Vows
  • Civil Vows
  • Writing Your Own Vows
  • Traditional & Nontraditional Readings
  • Exchanging Ring Ceremonies
  • Unifying Rituals
  • Programs and Quotes
  • Selecting the Music
  • Speeches and Toasts

Wedding Consultant Module 3

The Wedding Consultant Business

  • Characteristics of a Successful Bridal Consultant
  • The Role of the Consultant
  • Wedding Day Duties
  • Consulting Services and Fees
  • Developing Your Market
  • Writing a Mission Statement
  • Building the Foundations of Your Business
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Legal Issues
  • The Cost of Doing Business
  • Developing a Vendor Network
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Using the Internet
  • Tracking Your Finances

Wedding Consultant Module 4

The Portable Wedding Consultant

  • Accessories, Attendants, Attire
  • The Ceremony Itself
  • Divorced parents
  • Finances, Flowers, Guest Lists
  • Invitations, Honeymoon
  • Kids at Weddings
  • Music and Photography
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Rehearsals, Gifts, the Reception
  • Showers, Rings, Thank You Notes
  • Traditions, Transportation
  • Tuxedos, Wedding Gowns
  • Videography
  • Wedding Cakes

Start Your Own Business Module 1

Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship

  • Defining Entrepreneurship
  • Free-Enterprise System
  • What is a Small Business?
  • Paths to Enterprise Ownership
  • Benefits and Costs of Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Lean Startup Methodology
  • What is a Business Plan?
  • Business Plan Components

Start Your Own Business Module 2

Creating Business and Exploring Your Market

  • What Defines a Business?
  • Business Opportunity Decision Process
  • Your Competitive Advantage
  • Determining the Value of a Business
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Customer Research
  • Segment and Industry Research
  • Market Positioning

Start Your Own Business Module 3

Marketing Mix and Smart Selling

  • The Marketing Mix
  • Product, Price, Place, Promotion
  • Advertising and Sales Promotion
  • PublicityPotential
  • Developing a Marketing Plan
  • Sales Call
  • Creating a Sales Force
  • Customer Relationship Management Systems

Start Your Own Business Module 4

Costs and Financial Statements

  • Start-Up Investmen
  • Estimate Value
  • Fixed and Variable Costs
  • Calculating Critical Costs
  • Income Statements
  • The Balance Sheet
  • Financial Ratio Analysi
  • Balance Sheet Analysis

Start Your Own Business Module 5

Cash Flow, Taxes, and Financing Strategies

  • Cash Flow
  • Working Capital Cycle
  • Using a Cash Flow Statemen
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Gifts and Grants
  • Debit and Equity Financing
  • Investing

Start Your Own Business Module 6

Legal Issues and Operating for Success

  • Business Legal Structures
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Protecting Tangible Assets
  • Licenses, Permits, and Certificates
  • Production-Distribution Chain
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Defining Quality

Start Your Own Business Module 7

Management, Leadership, Financing, Licensing

  • The Entrepreneur as Leader
  • Business Managemen
  • Creating and Managing Organizational Culture
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics
  • Focus Your Brand
  • Harvesting and Exiting Option
  • Creating Wealth by Selling a Profitable Busines

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Certification

Upon successful completion of our Wedding Consultant course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Wedding Planning Professional (CWPP).

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