Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pioneering: The Gatlin Education Services Now Offers Wedding Planning Certification



More and more couples are going for the convenience of hiring wedding planners, which has now become a potential sustainable profession. That is why schools offering wedding planner-coordinator courses are internationally recognized and currently in the rise.

In addressing the demands of the wedding industry, the Gatlin Education Services (GES) ventured on offering a Certified Planning Program for beginners in the field of wedding planning.

GES provides online workforce to various colleges and universities for their career programs. It standardizes the curriculum, instruction, and evaluation across its partner schools. For instance, the Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York provides education on wedding planning online through GES’ Certified Planning Program, but follows the curriculum and instruction method set by GES. While the cost of the program varies since the partner colleges set the prices of the courses they offer.

This program is comprehensive covering all aspects of wedding ranging from a very broad financial and business management to skills on detailed event organizing. There are courses on budgeting, project management, writing business plan, sales and marketing, and public relations, with subjects on vendors and contracts, wedding gown styles and veils, invitations, wedding music selections, wedding etiquette, wedding customs and traditions from over 15 various cultures, and signature wedding design.

Further, the program offers participation of students in an internship through the Wedding Planning Institute (WPI). With a six-month period, the internship is an application of the knowledge gained academically. Sometimes, interns opt to extend the internship program to a year.

The internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experiences in wedding and event planning and build a network of professional wedding planners. It is a learning experience to hone existing skills and create a new one.

It is worth noting that the online instructors hold a Masters Degree in Education and are experienced and expert on the wedding industry from varying specialties and backgrounds. The instructors work closely with the students who are highly encouraged to communicate through email and phone meetings as often as needed during the course. Supplementary resources, support, and networking with people practically around the globe are also possible through online discussion and message boards. This network is further utilized for future purposes.

There are no educational or technical prerequisites of the program. Since it is an online schooling, students need only to access the Internet and are have emailing capabilities. Enrolling to the program might also require installing Windows Vista operating system. The lone required textbook, titled “Professional Wedding Planning,” is provided upon registration.

With broad range of courses being offered, the students are expected to leave GES with an understanding of the role of a professional wedding planner, including basics on wedding industry. They should also be able to create their own business contracts and identify the right method to set-up a wedding planning business with knowledge on organization, project management, and wedding design elements.

They are going to be expert in budget planning, vendor selection, and application of a couple’s ethnic background into the celebration.

Paving The Way For A Successful Wedding Planning



Wedding planning is the most crucial part of any successful wedding. For couples who are planning to get married soon, the best thing that they should focus on as early as now is how to plan for their wedding in a systemized and orderly manner.

Planning a wedding could be easy as 1,2,3 if only you know what are the things that you should prioritize. Here are some tips that would help you get started to that successful wedding planning:

1. Choosing the wedding attire. For most women, weddings are all about gowns. Since this is the case, take time to research on wedding attires and gowns in general. This is crucial because instead of spending so much time in opening one site to another, you can save more time if the site has everything that you need to know.

When researching, make sure that you take note about wedding dress styles available, how to choose a wedding dress for a specific body type, stores that sell quality gowns, price ranges for each wedding dress style or design, and the accessories, jewelry, or shoes that would complement each wedding dress type as well as the hairstyles and make up perfect for the wedding dress you have in mind.

It would also be practical to include a little research about for rent wedding dresses in case you couldn’t find your dream wedding dress on sale. Make sure that you print everything after so you can use it as a guide once you go out for wedding dress shopping.

Aside from conducting research online, you can also browse bridal magazines such as Modern Bride, Brides, and so much more and cut out the photos of the wedding dress that tickle your fancy. You can even bring the entire magazine itself once you decide to visit bridal stores.

2. Look for a nice but cheaper venue. Experts say that it will be better if you have chosen one place where the wedding will be held as well as the reception. But since not all cases allow this, the best alternative that you have is to look for a nice restaurant near the place of the wedding for the reception.

3. Pay attention to the wedding ring. During wedding planning, a considerable amount of time should be given in searching for that perfect diamond wedding ring. This is because it can be stressful and strenuous because there are so many things to consider such as the beauty, shape, size, and cost. The best thing you can do is to trim down these options based on your personal preference and taste.

If you are one of those couples who are planning to buy a diamond wedding ring set for the wedding, it would be best if you find time to research on what is available.

If you are looking for the fastest and easiest way to get information on this, you can browse in the Internet that would lead you to different sites. There are so many pieces of information here but you can never be sure if these are reliable or not.

Modern Wedding Cakes For The Modern Bride



Modern weddings cakes are becoming more common during the receptions of marriage ceremonies. Traditional cakes are usually covered in a thick layer of icing and stacked like a tower. The difficulty in making these delicious desserts comes into play when you consider the physical and structural strength that the cake needs to support any decorations that the couple or wedding planner deems necessary. Of course, in the same way that lacey white dresses aren’t always right for every bride anymore, the standard wedding cake may not be right for every couple.

Cakes nowadays might not even be cakes. They may be made up of tens or hundreds of cupcakes. Themes make a big difference in the cake and its components.Now more than ever, there are a greater number of alternative lifestyles and diets that determine what a person can and cannot eat. This has invariably given birth to a niche that many chefs and bakers have tried to fill. It isn’t traditional, but if it leads to tastier desserts, then all the more power to the bakers out there.

There are, however, some considerations that should be made in order to aid in choosing or creating the perfect cake. Before anything else (especially if the planner or baker isn’t good friends with the bride and groom) they should check if the lovely couple or any of their immediate family is allergic to anything.

The fanciest modern wedding cakes won’t do a lick of good if they cause the groom to break out in hives. Allergies are popping out by the barrelful, and it pays to be careful. Some allergic reactions can be particularly dramatic and even require hospitalization. That would obviously be a massive problem in the middle of a wedding! A little precaution can go a long way.

Modern wedding cakes are becoming increasingly common, but mental blocks are still an issue. Much like picking the right dress or the appropriate decoration, it’s something that can be resolved by looking into the theme of the wedding. If the couple wants a sci-fi wedding, they will probably play up the decorations with a Star Wars or Star Trek motif.

The cake could be shaped like one of the many ships or futuristic tools present in many of those science fiction works. If the couples interested in sports most modern wedding cakes would possess a motif closely related to the sport in question, such as a cake with boxing glove shaped cupcakes and basketball shaped or detailed cookies.

Food is a good way to get people in a celebrating mood and during a wedding the cake is usually the centerpiece of the reception – aside from the newlyweds of course. Hungry people are rarely up for joyous shouting or anything remotely enjoyable. Just like the theme of the marriage ceremony, the bride’s dress, its vital part of making sure that a wedding is a memorable success. Keep that in mind when you’re looking through modern wedding cakes that you can use as it will help you pick the very best.

Wedding Photographs – Professional Or Amateur?



So many traditions have built up around the institution of marriage, some of which are more comprehensible than others. One of the more reasonable ones is the importance of wedding photos, an issue which leads many people to debate whether there is a justification for spending big money on a wedding photographer when just about every person there will be armed with a camera. Most people decide that it is entirely justifiable, and point to the importance of having souvenirs from the day. If it seems to you that having a husband or a wife would be the only souvenir you need, then that is fine – but not everyone agrees.

The thing that matters most about photographs is that they really capture the occasion – the people, the clothes, the flowers and the rest of it. If you have a keen photographer in the family (on either side), then you may see fit to give them a bit of cash for the privilege of them taking your official wedding photographs. If you want the photographs to be presented in a certain way, though, it is often easier (if more expensive) to get them done professionally. They will be bound in a personalized wedding album and will be of a high quality, but it will cost money.

It is worth bearing in mind that perhaps no other photographs you will ever appear in will mean as much to you as these ones – so you do want to be able to look at them without cringing. If you have the money to spend, a professional is usually worth the cost.

That’s The Dress! I Must Have It!



People who are getting married can be excused somewhat if they get a little bit over-excited and lose a little of their sense of perspective when it comes to the trappings and fripperies of a wedding ceremony. Exhibit A for the defense is the wedding dress. Probably all of us can think of one dress that we have seen worn to a wedding inspiring us to think “just what is she wearing?”. If the bride likes it, however, then it is her choice, it is her day. If it makes her look like a pavlova, then at least it is her choice to look like a pavlova.

The question which arises as often as the “What does she look like?” debate is to do with money. “She paid how much?” is something that we have probably all asked, usually at the top of our voice and with an incredulous expression upon our face. Yes, people spend a lot of money on getting the right dress. They will be looking at these photographs for the rest of their lives, after all. If they instinctively feel that it was the wrong dress, it could be nagging them for fifty years or more.

If there is an accusation to be leveled, then it should not be at the bride nor at the groom, but at an industry which all too often tells you that you must look a certain way and spend a certain amount to have the wedding you really want. In the end, the decision lies with you, and nobody has any right to deny you your special moment.

The Financial Pitfalls Of Wedding Planning



A common complaint from couples planning a wedding is how much everything costs. It is entirely understandable that this should be the case – many of the things that one buys for a wedding are available at a much lower price until such time as you include the word “wedding”, at which point the price climbs steeply. Judging that a couple getting married will spend more because it is intended to be their only wedding in a lifetime, people very cynically expect them to pay higher, and in many cases absurd, prices.

One example of this would surely be the cake. Although intricate, a wedding cake does not really contain any ingredients which justify the price many bakers place on it. In fact, if the cake was sculpted out of roast pheasant, iced with caviar and topped with platinum likenesses of the bride and groom, it would still struggle to justify the price that some people end up paying. A wedding dress or suit, too, will magically triple in price the moment the possibility that it will be worn to a ceremony arises.

This is why it is important to be hard-nosed in negotiations in the run-up to your wedding. You should not be expected to spend so much, given that you are making plans for a life together – this is money which would be better spent on household necessities. Of course a bit of pageantry is fine – but don’t let yourself be mugged just because you are planning a special day.

Stags And Hens And The Things To Look Out For



Couples who are about to get married do tend to follow the traditions of the concept more or less to the letter. Very often, this means that on the eve of the wedding the happy couple will, separately, go for a night out with their friends, generally those friends of the same sex. For the groom-to-be this is a “stag” night, while for his prospective spouse it is called a “hen” night. As different creatures as stags and wildfowl may be, the nights that bear their names are broadly similar. Alcohol is taken, frequently a stripper is invited, and a hangover on the most important day of your life is almost inevitable.

The stag or hen night is trumpeted as the individual’s “last night of freedom”. This in itself is a description which is losing some of its relevance, as usually the couple involved will have been living together for some time. Just what level of freedom they have prior to and including this “last night” is an issue for their own consideration, but it is wise not to test the elasticity of the description too far. If you spent your last night as a technically single guy or girl with a stripper, the excuse of tradition would be unlikely to spare you a very angry revelation later on.

That said, there is nothing wrong with a stag or hen night per se. Things do become more serious after you have been married, and those who have not had a final night of independent fun prior to this often regret it. Just make sure you are in a fit state to show up at the ceremony the following day.

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