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Wedding Planning

Course CodeBTR104
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Understand the essentials of being a wedding planner!

Take the next step to help others make the big leap!

Take a step in the right direction for your new career as a wedding planner with our 100 hour wedding planning course. Once you have mastered the fundamentals, you can have the confidence to organise and plan weddings. Your clients will be relieved to have the stress of planning a wedding in your very capable hands with your effective planning, organisational and people skills. This can lead to a very rewarding career. 

A wedding planner will have a range of tasks from hiring the band, talking to the photographer, finding a caterer, getting low prices for things and above all be VERY well organised.  They are normally self employed and understand all aspects of the wedding industry. Continually cultivating a network of contacts within that industry is also a vital task. Don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with the wedding industry, or for that matter, basic business practices, this course will help you with the ground work..

Enrol now to be part of this special course for your wedding planning career!

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Nature and scope of Wedding Planning
    • Skills a Wedding Photographer needs
    • Getting Started in the Industry
    • Types of Ceremonies
    • Traditional Christian Weddings; parts of a service, participants and their roles
    • Muslim Ceremony; Nikah
    • Jewish Wedding
    • Buddhist Weddings
    • Pagan Weddings
    • Legalities in different countries; including Australia, UK and USA
    • Inter Country Weddings
  2. Planning
    • Setting the date
    • Suggested Plans
    • Themed Weddings
    • Renewal of Vows
    • Inviting Children
  3. Managing People
    • Wedding Planners Role
    • Managing the Mother of the Groom
    • Managing the Mother of the Bride
    • Chief Bridesmaid or Maid of Honour
    • Best Man
    • Conflict situations associated with Weddings
    • Dealing with Advice from too many people
    • How to deal with a Bridezilla
    • Psychological stress on the Bride
    • Cancellations
    • Conflict Handling Techniques
    • Anger
    • Expressing Anger
    • Strategies for Anger Management
  4. Managing Locations
    • Factors to consider with choosing a Venue
    • Locations on a Budget
    • Table Plans
    • Developing a Check list for Wedding Photos
    • The Photo Shoot
  5. Managing the Programme
    • Transport Arrangements
    • At the Reception
    • The Receiving Line
    • The Reception
    • After the Meal
    • Cutting the Cake
    • The Party
    • Leaving the Reception
    • Customs
  6. Other Issues
    • Coordinating service providers and sub contractors: Photography, Video, Flowers, Clothing, The Beautician, Printers, etc.
    • The Wedding Cake
    • Stationary; Save the date announcements, Wedding Invitations
    • Buying the Wedding Dress
    • Flowers
    • Wedding Photography
    • Videos
    • Gift Registry
    • Thank You Notes
    • Beautician and Hairdressers
  7. Managing the Client
    • Interviewing a Client
    • Establishing a Contract
    • Cancelations
    • Setting a Budget
    • Managing a Budget
  8. Managing the Wedding Day
    • Guidelines
    • Planning for Contingencies.
    • Calling off a Wedding
  9. Operating a Wedding Business
    • Marketing and Publicity
    • Networking
    • Developing and promoting a web site
    • Advertising
    • What Fee to Charge
    • Bookkeeping and Financial Management
    • Planning

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Describe the nature and scope of wedding planning and the wedding industry.
  • Present a client with options and facilitate key decision making for a wedding.
  • Explain how to handle different personalities and the roles of different members of the bridal party.
  • Select and manage the use of appropriate locations for and associated with a wedding
  • Develop a programme or schedule of activities and events associated with a wedding.
  • Manage events within the time constraints of the established schedule.
  • Effectively control events on the day of a wedding.
  • Improve your ability to communicate with, and assist the people who have employed you to manage a wedding; to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Prepare to manage a wedding day, planning for all foreseeable and significant contingencies.
  • Establish and run a viable wedding planning service

What skills does a wedding planner require?

To be successful at wedding planning, you need to consider the following questions:

  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Do you enjoy planning big parties?
  • Are you a good negotiator?
  • Are you good at networking?
  • Are you a good facilitator?
  • Are you good at money management?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Are you friendly and outgoing?
  • Can you calm frazzled nerves?
  • Do you know about flowers, colours, cutlery? (or can you find out about them?).
  • Are you flexible?
  • Are you able to work at weekends and evenings?
  • Are you disciplined enough to work in your own home and organise yourself?
  • Can you do more than one thing at once?
  • Do you know about wedding traditions?
  • Can you keep ahead of wedding trends – keeping up to date with bridal magazines etc?
  • Are you well organised?
  • Do you have good fashion sense?
  • Can you help create that dream wedding?

The wedding planner will have a range of tasks from hiring the band, talking to the photographer, finding a caterer, getting low prices for things and above all be VERY well organised.

The wedding planner needs to be able to stay calm when everyone around is not. 

Don’t worry if you don’t know all of the above NOW, that’s why you are doing the course.



It is important to plan a timetable for the day, which can be customised for each individual situation.  The following guidelines can be used to prepare this plan:

  • Three to four hours before the ceremony – the mother, bride and attendants begin their make up, hair, and dressing.
  • Two hours prior to the ceremony – the florist should arrive with bouquets and corsages. The groom, attendants and his parents will arrive at the ceremony location. Photographs will be taken during this time as guests also start to arrive.
  • One hour prior to ceremony – more wedding photos. The bride and bridesmaids will freshen up make up etc.
  • Forty five minutes prior to the ceremony - The usher will begin to be certain of seating arrangements. The minister will be paid etc.
  • Thirty minutes before the ceremony – The organist will begin the prelude message. The ushers will begin to escort guests to their seat.
  • Ten minutes before the ceremony – the final “once over” for the ceremony.
  • Five minutes prior to the ceremony - the usher or groom will take the groom’s mother to her seat. The groom’s father follows. Then there will be the seating of the bride’s mother, and then father.
  • Ceremony – as the bride enters the church or location, music will usually start playing.
  • The actual progress of the ceremony will depend on the type of wedding – Church, Jewish, traditional Christian ceremony etc.

Wedding Planner’s Survival Kit

What’s that old saying?  (Murphy’s law)  What can go wrong, will go wrong.

When organising a wedding, you need to be prepared for anything.

When going to the wedding, ensure that you have all the information you need, phone numbers, contact details, arrival times and so on of everyone involved in arranging this marriage – florists, priests, imams etc. This might seem a bit extreme, but what would you do if an hour before the wedding the florist hasn’t turned up.  It may be something simple, her van has broken down and she’s nearly there, it could be worse. But if you know the situation, you can come up with a solution or plan of action.
Also carry with you some essentials in a kit, just in case:

  • Small mirror
  • Make up kit
  • Deodorant
  • Nail glue
  • Hair spray
  • Tampons or sanitary towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Pain killers
  • Extra tights
  • Hair pins
  • Curling tongs or straighteners
  • Clear nail polish
  • Tissues
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Polish remover
  • Needle and thread
  • Velcro for coming down hems
  • Breath mints
  • Scotch tape or Sellotape
  • Floral wire
  • Bandaids


Why study this course?

If you have ever been involved in planning a wedding, you will know just how much is involved. There are so many things to think about in the planning of a wedding. Everyone thinks of the components that need planning such decorations, food, transport... but it is not a simple feat. This course will teach you how to effectively plan; how to plan according to budgets and constraints; how to better communicate the planning process; and how to plan for the unexpected.

Study this short Wedding Planning course if you want to create a business in helping others successfully plan their big day; or to personally assist you if you are planning your own wedding or helping a friend or relative plan theirs.



Meet some of our academics

Denise Hodges Promotions Manager for ABC retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint). Over 20 years varied experienced in business and marketing. More recently Denise studied naturopathy to share her passion for health and wellness. Denise has an Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip. Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing).
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

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