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From Bride to Successful Wedding Coordinator

The wedding industry has so much to offer our graduates in terms of career opportunities, and that includes some fabulous roles at Wedding Venues worldwide. Today we catch up with UK Academy student Lindsey Watson who is studying our Diploma in Venue Coordination. Lindsey is a real inspiration; balancing her studies with a busy family and work life, to pursue a career she is truly passionate about.
Lindsey firstly congratulations on your recent appointment as part of the team at Gisborough Hall. Could you tell us a bit more about your job role and what it entails?  
Thank you! I have recently been employed as Gisborough Hall’s Wedding Coordinator. As a Wedding Coordinator in such a successful and busy hotel, no two days are the same. My role¬†is huge and includes showing couples the venue and telling them about all we have to offer, organising and holding Wedding Showcases once a month, working with couples who have booked their wedding at the hotel to make sure their day is perfect – including anything from e-mails to meetings with the couples to help them every step of the way. I’m basically there go-to-gal to answer any questions they may have. Getting married is a big deal and can be daunting at times, but it’s my job to make sure everything runs smoothly.
What made you decide to pursue employment opportunities in the wedding industry? What do you enjoy most about your job? 
Whilst planning my own wedding I was in my element and I thought to myself, ‚ÄúI could definitely make a career out of this!‚ÄĚ And so I started looking into courses that I could complete from home and found the Wedding Planning Academy. I knew I didn’t want to take the ‘own business’ route – I wanted to work within a venue and so I started the Venue Coordination course which covers everything I need to know from showrounds to marketing – which is fab. As I moved forward with my course I knew I’d definitely want a position as a Wedding Coordinator.
I enjoy lots of different aspects of the Wedding Coordinator role but if I had to choose just one – it would have to be seeing the couples on their wedding day – and the day after.¬† Simply because I build a great relationship with all of my couples and I’m super passionate about them and their big day. We may have lots of different weddings a year at the hall, but every single wedding from 30 guests to 300 guests means a lot to me personally and I want them to have the wedding¬†of their¬†dreams. To see the couples having an amazing day and hearing all about it the day after really means the world to me and gives my job real meaning.
You’ve had some great experience meeting and interviewing with various great wedding venues. What is your advice for anyone looking to get employed in the wedding industry? How did you ensure your application stood out and win you the job role?¬†
Look online,¬†e-mail venues in your area, show willing – go out and get some experience but most of all my top tip has to be to show your passion. It’s been a real positive that I’ve heard after the interviews that I’ve had, people see the passion I have for planning weddings.
I genuinely think my cover letter made me stand out from the crowd. A well worded passionate cover letter works wonders – although I didn’t have a great deal¬†of experience I showed willing.¬†¬†I showed¬†my¬†hunger¬†to learn everything I needed to know about the industry. The cover letter got me through the different venue doors for an interview – and in the¬†interview, my willingness and passion didn’t let up.
Prepare for interviews look into the venues achievements, upcoming events that you could potentially help with, what wedding/event packages they offer and what their target market is. This will help you feel more confident that you know the venue and what they may need from you.
You are also a student with us, how do you juggle work, life and study? 
In all honesty, it can be tough at times. I now work 40 hours a week, have two young children and have my Venue Coordination course to complete. It does sound a lot however, I’m doing it not only for me – but for my family.¬†I am so passionate about my job and the Wedding Academy course I make the time to complete the units/assignments. It helps masses that the course has 2 years completion time but has no assignment deadlines to meet so I can work at my own pace.¬†
I love the quote ‘if you really want something you’ll find a way – if not, you’ll find an excuse’ – So I try to live by this and because it’s something I really want I simply find a way!
If you want to find out more about our wedding courses on offer in your region check out your local campus.

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From Bride to Successful Wedding Coordinator

The Spring 2018 Pantone Colour Trend Challenge

Can you believe it’s October already? Before we know it we will be into 2018 and wedding and event designers and stylists around the world will be working the 2018 trends into their client’s special events. October also ushers in an exciting time for us here at Academy HQ as we devote ourselves to the huge task of designing and producing next years International Wedding Trend Report,¬†ready for release January 2018. It is already looking to be our best report yet!
To kick-start this years¬†countdown we are launching our popular Pantone Colour Trend Challenge, in conjunction with the release of the Fashion Colour Trend Report by the global authority on colour.¬†¬†This season’s colours are a gorgeous array of slightly softened primary colours and acid bright hues. Purple tones feature in a big way, as do earthy hues¬†such as brown and deep clay red.
Last years challenge saw heaps of great entries and some absolutely beautiful winning boards, and off the back of this success, this year we decided to open the competition up to everyone. We would love to see how you would translate these colours into a palette for a real wedding or event, by designing your very own inspiration board.
We are so excited to¬†be teaming up with the fabulous Louise Beukes to select this year’s winning boards.¬† With a background in interior design, Louise has been the Editor of award-winning wedding and lifestyle blog¬†B.LOVED¬†for 6 years, sourcing the freshest, most stylish and trend-led inspiration to share with her fashion-conscious brides. During this time, her styling work has been published in the very best bridal publications the world over, positioning her as a forward-thinking, leading authority in the wedding industry.
‚ÄúI am thrilled to have been asked to judge the Academy‚Äôs Pantone Competition for 2017. As a designer, stylist and editor this competition brings together my love of beautiful imagery, design and working with up-and-coming talent in the wedding industry. We‚Äôre looking forward to sharing your inspiration with our brides!‚ÄĚ
Louise’s winning boards will not only be featured on this blog and across our social media, they will be published in a special feature post on her world-renowned B.LOVED blog,¬†and will feature in our 2018 Wedding Trend Report! This is a fantastic opportunity to get your design work in front of her loyal following of style savvy brides and the international wedding industry community.
So I bet you are now wondering how you can enter? Here are all the need-to-know details…
Inspiration Board Requirements:

Inspiration boards must be created in Canva:
Click on create a design – then select the free Instagram post template – from the left toolbar select elements – from the top row select grids – pick any grid with 5 or more image spaces –¬† the layout is completely up to you – upload your images and drag and drop them into your board.
All boards must include a title with “Pantone” followed by the colour name. To add a title select Text from the left menu – click add heading – use the font Playfair Display and font size of 36.
Please only use one Pantone colour per board and only select colours from the Top 12 Palette.
You must include a swatch of the Pantone Colour as one of the images on the board.
Boards must be downloaded as a JPEG or PNG file.

Submitting Entries:

All entries should be posted on Instagram or Facebook.
You MUST tag @WeddingAcademyLive and use the hashtag #Pantone2018ColourChallenge
All images must be credited ‚Äď Format to be used: Image Credit: PHOTOGRAPHER/ BUSINESS NAME found via WEBSITE. (For more on the subject read this blog post from¬†Rock N Roll Bride‚Äôs Green Room)¬† You can also watch our Academy TV video on¬†Finding Images for your Business.
You can submit as many entries as you wish, do a board for each of the 12 colours if you’re up for the challenge!
Deadline for entries is midnight on the 18th October 2017. On the 20th October, we will announce 3 finalists for each colour with the final winners announced on Friday the 27th October.

So get inspired and get creating! We can’t wait to see your entry!
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The Spring 2018 Pantone Colour Trend Challenge

Become an Accredited Wedding Stylist in 12 Weeks

Do you LOVE spending hours pouring over the gorgeous details of wedding inspiration shoots and beautiful real weddings?
Are you possibly just a little bit Pinterest obsessed? Are your boards overflowing with your favourite wedding styles, themes, colours and decor ideas?
Well, you are not alone. I couldn’t tell you how many beautifully curated wedding inspiration feeds I follow on Instagram or how many hours I spend a week pinning wedding design ideas. Perhaps like me, you are a creative, visual person with an eye for design and you crave a way to use this in your day to day life? If the answer is a resounding YES then it might be time to consider a career change and become a Wedding Stylist.
This year I made the jump from a reasonably successful fashion career, to currently studying and planning the launch of my Wedding Design & Styling business. I’m also incredibly lucky that¬†whilst I make this exciting new career transition, I get to work for the Academy and thus immerse myself in the wedding world.
So what does a Wedding Stylist actually do? Find out from wedding inspiration leader, B.Loved blogger and pro stylist Louise Beukes..

Does this sound like your dream career? Well, we can help you get the training you will need to make this a reality. Our new Certificate in Wedding Styling has been designed to help you become an accredited Wedding Stylist in as little as 12 weeks:

We will show you how to take your inspiration and creativity and channel it into the design of a wedding.
You will learn how to take the briefest of ideas and turn it into a concept by using design tools such as mood boards, colour swatches, fabric samples and flower charts.
You will graduate knowing how to design a table from the bottom up and how to layout and structure each element on it.
We cover the production and logistics of styling a wedding so you can understand how to produce your wedding flawlessly.
Finally, you will be shown how to communicate your design to your clients and produce the perfect client proposal.

Is this all starting to sound exciting? Then you can find out more by reading up on the course which is currently available through our UK and Australian campuses. Want to chat to us further about the course and opportunities? Then you can contact our course consultants Zoe (UK) and Christine (AU), who will be more than happy to help.
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Help! I’m A Newly-Wed Addicted to Wedding Inspiration

Are you a newly-wed still pouring over wedding inspiration? ¬†Are you hiding your addiction from your spouse, friends, family, and work-mates (yes we know you are doing this whilst you should be working and as your partner sleeps beside you)? It’s OK, you are not alone. In fact, a growing number of our Students are just like you.
Why do Brides and Grooms want to be Wedding Planners?
I believe it has a lot to do with the shift away from cookie-cutter weddings, to personalised and unique celebrations of a couple’s story and style. ¬†As weddings become more bespoke, people like you are discovering a way to express their creativity, skills and experience in ways they never knew possible – planning and designing weddings.
Could I be a Wedding Planner?
If you loved planning (or styling) your own Wedding and find yourself missing it, becoming a Wedding Planner (or Wedding Stylist) is something you should at least consider.  Think about it, a Wedding is essentially a project, that you manage from start to finish; from concept development to building and managing a team (your suppliers and vendors) to handling all of the associated Admin (checklists, run-sheets, budgets, contracts), to executing it all on the day. The idea of doing all of that drives many couples crazy and that is why they hire a Wedding professional.  But if you are a Bride or Groom who thrived on juggling all of that with getting married, then chances are, you would make one hell of a Wedding Planner.
How do I become a Wedding Planner?
Planning your own wedding is a good way to gauge if you enjoy planning weddings, but it doesn’t make you a Wedding Planner. In many ways, as a Bride or Groom, you were¬†the ideal client; you love everything you suggest and even when you don’t, you are not offended. Planning someone else’s wedding takes a range of different skills and knowledge and that is where taking a course can really help. ¬†Becoming Accredited will also demonstrate to your future clients that you are a professional, not just a bride or groom who enjoyed planning their own wedding.
Talk to one of our Course Advisors about turning your passion for weddings into a career you love. Use the links below to book a Course Consultation with your local campus.
    
 

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