Congratulations for making it this far in forwarding your future goals! They say the first step is the hardest and you’ve taken that first step.
A little about me, I started designing weddings when I was 26 years old. I’d designed my own wedding and friends began asking me to help them with their own. To many of you, this is a familiar story because it is also your story. My friends began to refer me to their friends and I quickly realized that this is where I belonged.
After the first year, however, I was burned out and ready to quit.
My husband knew my talent and when he saw my frustration, he recommended I take a class on wedding planning. I explained that I already knew how to plan weddings…thus my burn out! He convinced me to go with the purpose of making sure I was doing things right and if nothing else, I would meet other planners and it would be a fun weekend away.
After my first day in class, I was still frustrated but for a different reason. This instructor, who had been planning weddings for over 25 years, wasn’t teaching us anything we couldn’t have found on the internet. The one good thing I did learn from interacting with other wedding planners was that I was doing too much. I thought I was *supposed* to be the last one there mopping at 2 in the morning. No wonder I was at my wit’s end! The $900 I paid back then for this certification class was worth that one tibit of knowledge but I always felt I should have gotten more for my money.
Fastforward about 6 years. I was asked to teach wedding planning for a large certification company and was honored to be asked. I received the teaching material and was excited to see the textbook. Picture a 2-inch thick hardbound book filled with beautiful pictures and lots of neatly aligned text. The designer in me was immediately drawn to the clean lines and pictures of pretty brides so I settled in, ready for a treat. Once I started reading, it was more of a trick.
Once again, I didn’t find clear, cohesive content on how to plan a wedding. There were fancy names for formulas and a whole chapter dedicated to the wedding gown but where were the A-Z steps on how to plan a wedding? Where was the part that told aspiring planners what to look and ask for with each vendor? Where did it talk about floorplans and how many people could fit in a room? It wasn’t there. I told my students to read the book in their spare time and then taught them how to really plan a wedding. Most of them are planners still today and others are successfully employed in the wedding industry in the capacity of banquet managers, venue directors and onsite coordinators.
Needless to say, I no longer teach for that company yet I continue to receive calls from individuals asking me to teach them what I’ve learned through the years. I believe there is a beautiful system about planning and designing a wedding that makes the process enjoyable for us and (mostly) stress-free for the bride. There are a lot of talented people out there who want to help a bride on her big day, they just don’t know where to start.
So I founded Wedding Design Institute.
We want women and men who have seen the wedding planning shows and thought, “I can do that. I want to be that person!” We want people who can comfort a bride when it rains on her wedding day while secretly assembling the masses to transform an inside room to be special and memorable. We want people who can keep the bride’s details together so that she knows that nothing has been missed and can actually relax when her big day arrives. We want people who recognize that the wedding is about the bride but know that just like a play is about the actors, it’s the director…the coordinators, planners and designers…who make it all happen and that makes them happy. We want YOU!
So why Wedding *DESIGN* Institute?
The wedding industry is constantly changing and evolving. Like fashion, what’s in today may be out tomorrow. There are a select number of planners who stay on top of these trends and don’t rely on other vendors to provide clients with what’s new and fresh. We “see” the room in our mind and know what will work for the bride’s vision and what will fall flat. Vendors tell us things like, “No one in this area does weddings and events like your company!” We take pride in knowing the landscape that we see when we look over a beautiful wedding reception is our own handiwork. We are designers. Designers are no different than coordinators or planners except that we retain a bit more control over the outcome because we can’t see ourselves doing anything less.
Many women and men are happy being “weekend warriors”, focusing on the bride’s most important times. These are coordinators. Others like to see things through from beginning to end, keeping all of the details and vendors prioritized and organized. These are planners. Still others want to be a part of as much as possible. These are designers. Whatever your involvement level, Wedding Design Institute wants to help you make your dreams come true.
Through my own experiences, I know what is important in a certification class. I want you to leave my classroom ready to hit the ground running. That's why we offer a mentoring program for 6 months after the class to make sure you don’t hit any snags or get lost in the weeds. We want you to succeed!
Hopefully you’ve looked over the website and feel confident that this is the direction your life should be going. I have never had regret for choosing this career path and I would bet you won't either.
I hope to see you in class soon!