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The Academy Google Hangouts are a chance for our students to chat with a tutor live on air and give a great insight into what life is like as an Academy student. It is great publicity for our students and a chance to talk about what it is they are trying to achieve, their business, or their job in the events industry.

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The Business of Weddings Podcast Show

The Business of Weddings Podcast show is available on iTunes and is hosted by several of the staff at the Academy. Each podcast brings you an up close and personal interview with a different expert within the wedding and event industry to help you learn from those already out there enjoying success.

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Weddings in Melbourne – A Field Trip

You asked for it and we are delivering, a special field trip in Melbourne celebrating some of Melbourne’s fabulous Venues and Wedding locations and taking in the experience of One Fine Day.
This tour is ideal for anyone wanting to gain some practical experience of conducting Site Inspections for Weddings, learn more about Garden Weddings and explore One Fine Day with us. This field trip has been organised for our Students and Graduates, but anyone considering study with the Academy, who would like to meet us, is welcome to join us for Cocktails.  Please phone 1300 854 200 to register your interest as a non-Student.
Your host is Christine Ligthart – Director of Education for the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning and Academy Tutor. Christine is also the Director of I Do Crew and Co-Founder of Styled Images.

Day 1 – Friday 5th May
Our afternoon commences with a tour of one of Melbourne’s newest and most sophisticated Wedding & Event Venues, the Glasshouse. We then walk across to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens where Garden Wedding experts Denise and Peter of the Wedding Zone, will be our guides. In this session you will have an opportunity to view the Gardens through the eyes of two people who have been working within them as Wedding professionals for years.  You will also have the opportunity to ask lots of questions to extend your understanding of the rules and restrictions of working in the Gardens and the tricks of the trade, to ensure smooth bump in’s and outs and weddings that go off, without a hitch and comply to council regulations.
From the Gardens we will board our bus for the short trip to the Atlantic Group at Dockside, where we will explore 4 of their iconic and extremely popular event spaces; Peninsula, Maia, Sumac and Sketch. During our Bus Trip we will share a glass of bubbly and divulge our tips for doing Site Inspections, so that when we arrive, you are ready to walk into the Venue with the eyes of a Wedding Planner and actually carry out a Site Inspection yourself.
The afternoon will include with cocktails (venue you to be confirmed).  Students and Graduates not able to attend the field trip, are welcome to join us for cocktails.
Day 1 Schedule
12.15 pm   Meet at the Glasshouse for a 12.30pm start.  Please review this map for location/parking.
  1.15 pm   Short walk to the Gardens
  1.30 pm   Wedding Garden Experts Denise and Pete share their secrets/Gardens Bus Tour
  2.45 pm   Travel to the Atlantic Group by Bus, past Gardens House
  3.30 pm   Explore the 4 Atlantic Group Event Spaces
  4.30 pm   Cocktails – venue to be announced
*We will assist with coordinating transport back to Olympic Park for anyone with a car parked there.
The cost of this event is $45+ GST.  To register Email Christine.  Number are strictly limited for the Venue Tours to 10.
Day 2 – Saturday 6th May
On Saturday the Academy will be heading to One Fine Day Melbourne.  Entry to this event is at your own cost and you can purchase your tickets here.  We will be meeting Students and Graduates at the entry at 10am and conducting a walking tour through One Fine Day for approx. 60 minutes; so we can explore together. You are then welcome to enjoy the Fair at your leisure.  Please RSVP to join the walking tour.
Students/Graduates who would like to gain work experience at the Fair are invited to apply to work behind the scenes of the Runway Shows.  For more information about this experience contact me.
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Weddings in Melbourne – A Field Trip

Monday Motivation – Take Time to Chill

Here at the Academy we often talk about the importance of hard work, striving for your goals and managing your time. But it is equally important to take much needed breaks and take time out from work or study to relax and recuperate. It is important to strike some form of work-life balance that works for you to keep your mind, body and soul healthy, thus making the work you do do more focussed and productive. So today we want you to look at your schedule and ensure you take time to chill; whether it is starting the day with an invigorating workout, ending it with some meditation or just taking out 20 minutes to walk the dog. You will find that when you sit down at your desk you will be more refreshed and motivated to get working.
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Monday Motivation – Take Time to Chill

Running a Wedding and Events Design Studio

In this week’s student interview I sat down with Sydney based student Aileen Hookins who recently graduated from the Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design from our Australian Academy Campus.
Aileen is incredibly focused and organised and I could certainly learn a thing or two from her in that respect. She is also incredibly motivated and has already launched a business called Carmel loves Frank that is doing really well. She is busy and has plenty of work coming in through the door.
To find out how Aileen managed a young family alongside studying her diploma and launching a new business you need to watch the video below. To follow Aileen on social media you can use the links below:


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Running a Wedding and Events Design Studio

Learning to be a Wedding and Event Planner with the Academy

Are you thinking about a career in the wedding and event industry? Does the idea of planning, styling and designing weddings excite you? If so then you might want to consider taking an internationally and industry recognised course to learn the foundations of the job.
Here at the Academy we have trained over 2000 students worldwide and they all had different ambitions and career aspirations. At the end of last year we invited four of our UK based students into the studio for a day of filming. These days are always good fun and it is a chance to watch the course material being filmed live and also to ask questions and pick the brains of the team at the Academy.
In the video below our lead tutor Zoe Mckeown, Advisory Board Member Pamella Dunn and yours truly (Kylie Carlson) sat down with our guest students and answered their burning questions about how to be successful in the industry, launch a new business and get that all important work experience.

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Learning to be a Wedding and Event Planner with the Academy


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