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Wedding and Event Planner Course

Wedding and Event Planner

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Wedding and Event Planning to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be awarded the Level 3 ABC externally validated Certificate*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

With this course you will learn how to plan memorable weddings, special anniversaries and corporate or fund-raising events from start to finish, adding touches of magic to transform any occasion into an outstanding event. You will learn to understand the importance of organisation and how to carry out an event within the client’s budget and to his individual specification.

Additionally you will be given guidelines for setting up your own planning business, with plentiful and diverse case studies, helpful hints on project management, dealing successfully with clients, money matters and health and safety, to mention a few. Meanwhile, assignments will help you create a professional portfolio and build your network of useful contacts.


  • Lesson One
    • Initial Considerations of Event Planning
      • Being an Event Planner:  What is Involved
      • The Time Frame for Planning
      • Establishing the Budget with Clients
      • Setting Your Fee
      • Preparing to Plan
  • Lesson Two
    • Creating the Theme and Style of an Event
      • How ‘Theme’ Differs From ‘Style’
      • Taking the Number of Guests into Account
      • Wedding Themes
      • Christmas and Winter Weddings
      • Easter and Spring Weddings
      • Summer Weddings
      • Halloween and Autumn Weddings
      • Types of Wedding Ceremonies
  • Lesson Three
    • Choosing a Venue
      • Discussing Venue Choice with Clients
      • The Client’s Home as a Venue
      • Hotels
      • Public Houses
      • Local Halls/ Community Centres
      • Hiring a Marquee
      • Hiring a Castle or Stately Home
      • Other Unusual Venues
      • Local Places of Interest
      • Carrying out Research on Venues
  • Lesson Four
    • The Catering – Food and Drink for Weddings
      • The Importance of Feeding Guests Well
      • Outdoor Wedding Receptions
      • Indoor Wedding Receptions
      • Setting the Time of the Meals
      • Providing Drinks at Weddings
      • Special Dietary Considerations
      • The Wedding Cake
      • Creating Seating and Table Plans
  • Lesson Five
    • Arranging Wedding Transport
      • The Importance of Accurate Research
      • Deciding on a Mode of Transport for Guests
      • Stag and Hen Parties Abroad and at Home
      • Transport for Wedding Ceremonies
      • Unusual Modes of Transportation
      • Timing Journeys
      • Sample Checklist for Wedding Transport
  • Lesson Six
    • Preserving the Memories:  Wedding Photography and Videography
      • The Potential Costs of Recording an Event
      • Styling – Formal or Informal
      • Helping Out the Professional Photographer
      • Creating a Shot List
      • Planning the Recording of Events
      • Digital Slideshows
      • Laws and Restrictions
      • Wedding DVDs
      • Guests Collecting Pictures
      • Bridal Hair and Make-up
  • Lesson Seven
    • Wedding Traditions
      • “Something old… ”
      • Other Representations of Good Luck
      • After the Ceremony
      • The Speeches
      • Helping with Speechwriting
      • Cutting the Wedding Cake
      • Background Music
      • The First Dance
      • Further Entertainment
      • Throwing of the Bride’s Bouquet
      • The Honeymoon
  • Lesson Eight
    • The Finishing Touches
      • Decorating the Venue with Flowers
      • Colour Schemes
      • Lighting
      • Table Decoration
      • Favours
      • Wedding Stationery
      • The Invitation
      • Order of Service
      • Table Stationery
      • Thank You Cards or Letters
      • Guest Books
      • Stationery Checklist
  • Lesson Nine
    • Wedding Planning Case Studies
      • Case Study One
      • Case Study Two
      • Case Study Three
      • Summary
  • Lesson Ten
    • Planning Hints, Tips and Things to Avoid
      • Setting a Date
      • Working Within a Time Frame
      • Payments and Commission
      • Wedding Rehearsals
      • Weddings Abroad and Between People of Different Nationalities
      • Super-Planning!
      • Some Common Planning Errors – A Few Things to Avoid
  • Lesson Eleven
    • Planning a Fund-Raising Event
      • Beat ‘Charity Burnout’
      • Sponsored and Non-Sponsored Activities
      • Sales and Auctions
      • Setting Up an Event Plan
      • The Venue
      • The Budget
      • The Catering
      • Transport
      • Publicity
      • Sponsorship
      • Equipment
      • Following Up the Event
      • A Few Ideas for your Fund-raising Events
  • Lesson Twelve
    • Planning Seminars, Training Events and Other Business Events
      • Seminars and Conferences
      • Training Events
      • How to Create a Training Event Timetable
      • Business Receptions
      • Promotional Events
      • Team Building Events
      • Creating an Overall Event Plan
      • Budgeting for Your Event
      • Catering and Venues for Corporate Events
      • Planning Transport for Seminars, Conferences, Training and Other Events
      • Entertainment
      • Equipment and Materials
      • Promoting a New Business
      • Working Online
  • Lesson Thirteen
    • Planning Parties for Children and Adults
      • A Good Party for Everyone
      • Children’s Birthday Parties
      • Venues, Entertainment and Transport
      • Decorating for Children’s Parties
      • Catering for Children’s Parties
      • Photographs
      • Party Bags
      • Parties for Adults
      • Dinner Parties
      • Dress Codes
      • Schedules for Planning Parties
  • Lesson Fourteen
    • Event Case Studies
      • Case Study One – The Christmas House Party
      • Case Study Two – The Party Challenge
      • Case Study Three – The Baby Shower
  • Lesson Fifteen
    • Becoming a Professional Planner
      • Income and Income Tax
      • Running your Business from Home or an Office
      • Promoting your Business
      • How to Deal with Clients – Honing your Interpersonal Skills
      • Presenting a Professional Appearance
      • Obtaining Insurance
      • Risk Awareness and Assessment

No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 11 monthly instalments of £30
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £400 £380 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

*ABC registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

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