Would you like to become a wedding planner?

Due to the number of inquiries from people considering wedding planning as a career, Wendee has produced an apprenticeship program.  The three-day Custom Weddings of Colorado curriculum consists of the following:

Day One: In office training with Wendee learning the ins and outs of the wedding business. She will teach you what you need to know from site and vendor selection, to timelines for the wedding week.  You’ll discover how Wendee meticulously organizes each wedding from start to finish.  You'll get experience calling and investigating other industry professionals (photographers, florists, etc.) to gain knowledge on their industries.  Day one lasts approximately 7 hours. 

Day Two: You will help Wendee prepare for a wedding.  You will go onsite to an actual rehearsal with a client. You will shadow Wendee as she runs a rehearsal and prepares the wedding party for the big day.  Day two lasts approximately 5 hours.

Day Three:  You will assisting at a wedding:  morning preparation, bridal getting ready hours, set-up, and sending the couple off into the sunset.  At the end of the day, you will receive electronic business templates & forms on CD-ROM.  You will also receive a letter of recommendation, pending performance, highlighting your skills as a novice and professional wedding coordinator.  Approximately 10 hours.

If you would like to learn more about this program, email Wendee.  Please attach a resume and brief cover letter.  Three-Day Apprenticeship Program costs $900.  You must supply your own cellular phone and transportation.  In the email subject line, please let me know you would like to participate in the 3-day Apprenticeship Program so that I can distinguish you from the onslaught of employment/job inquiry emails.

Re: Employment/Job Seekers

Please note, I only book clients that I can service myself.  I only hire day-of assistants who have prior experience in the event industry (catering, photography, locations, etc.).  Since I have several highly qualified assistants, currently I am not hiring. 

If you are interested in getting into this industry, I recommend membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants and the International Special Events Society.  If you have absolutely no prior experience and this is a career change for you, then I recommend you gain experience FIRST before exploring a wedding planner as a career ~ this is so you can learn first before going off on your own.  It WILL save you time, money and headaches.  You can gain industry experience by working at an event facility, conference center, large-scale hotel with banquet space, a caterer, or decor company (tip: save LOTs of money to start your business).