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Schedule & Courses

Courses are held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm.

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this program has been rescheduled for fall 2017 in SAN MARCOS



Overview of the
Wedding Planning Industry
fall 2017 San Marcos CSUSM at Temecula Course Registration
Career Development and
Culture & Traditions
fall 2017 San Marcos CSUSM at Temecula Course Registration
Project Management and
Contracts & Liability
fall 2017 San Marcos CSUSM at Temecula Course Registration
Site Selection and
Destination Weddings
fall 2017 San Marcos Pala Mesa Resort &
CSUSM at Temecula
Course Registration
Entertainment and
Food & Beverage
fall 2017 San Marcos Temeka Hills &
CSUSM at Temecula
Course Registration
Rentals and
Design & Décor
fall 2017 San Marcos Allie's Party Rentals &
Soiree Floral Shop
Course Registration
Photography &
fall 2017 San Marcos CSUSM at Temecula Course Registration
Lights, Camera, Action! fall 2017 San Marcos Europa Village &
CSUSM at Temecula
Course Registration
Project Porfolio Presentations fall 2017 San Marcos CSUSM at Temecula Course Registration

Program Registration

Entire certificate $1341*, or individual courses $149* each
*Includes course materials.
*CSUSM alumni & students receive a 15% savings. Call to register and receive your savings!
*WIOA and MyCAA funding approved

Overview of the Wedding Planning Industry

This introductory class will look at this exciting industry’s past, present and future growth. You will learn about the different types of wedding planners and the services they provide as well as the key skills successful planners need to have. Begin to explore how your own unique skills and interests can differentiate you from other planners. You will hone in on the communication skills that you absolutely must have to work with your clients and vendors, and experience how social media, branding and marketing are key to distinguishing you as a preferred planner of choice.

Instructors:  Annette Nielsen & Gerald Nielsen

Career Development and Culture & Traditions

Whether this is a new career choice or you are an established planner, analyzing your skills and defining your career goals will be key to your success. You will learn why your professional image is not only related to your appearance but how your resume, social media presence, interviewing skills and networking ability are all key to your success as a planner of choice.

Instructor:  Annette Nielsen & Yesika Lavyn-Grose

Project Management and Contracts & Liability

Details, timelines and deliverables don’t identify and manage themselves and one missed step or expense can be the difference between your client having the wedding of their dreams or a day filled with additional anxiety. This class will cover the various details you need to discuss and decide with your client, before you begin planning. Then, learn why every contract is different and the negotiation skills needed for each. You will learn what can be negotiated and not only understand the legal jargon but how to write your own clauses if needed. Insurance options will vary depending upon your vendor and client. Learn what you need to have in place to protect both you and your clients.

Instructor:  Annette Nielsen

Special thanks to our guest speaker, Marie Wood, Esq.

Site Selection and Destination Weddings

The wedding venue and location are two major considerations in which a planner’s knowledge will be key to ensuring that all guests can be accommodated while staying within the clients’ budget. Learn why a SWOT analysis is key to pre-qualifying and selecting the appropriate venue as well as what you need to know to help your client plan a hassle free destination wedding.

Instructor: Luciana Nicholl

Special thanks to our Offsite classroom hosts and facilitators, Luciana Nicholl, Wedding Director & Briana Gesswein, Wedding Services Manager for Pala Mesa Resort

Entertainment and Food & Beverage

Learn why and how making the best food and entertainment selections will make your clients’ wedding even more memorable. Discuss the different methods of working with onsite catering staff and external caterers as well as how to help select the most appropriate menu and beverage selections to match your guests’ dietary needs. Learn how to source the best entertainment options including music, sound, lighting and much more.

Instructors:  Mark Davies, Sterling Productions and Rachel Rola, As You Like it Catering

Design & Decor

This class will cover the nuances of selecting and working with onsite venue staff or rental companies to create a magical space for your event. Learn the hidden costs and details of decorating interior and exterior spaces, offsite venue logistics including permitting and weather considerations and how color and overall themes are incorporated and selected.

Instructors:  Gloria Gomez, Allie's Party Rentals and Jennifer Paulson, Soiree Events Design

Photography & Videography

Preserving your special day for years to come (or sharing instantly with those who cannot attend) is as important as creating the details of the day. Technology and social platforms used to capture and share these images are continuously changing. Learn how to select the best supplier and package to accommodate your clients’ expectations and budget.

Instructors:  Randy Green, RK Green Studios and Mark Lehman, The Emotion Picture Studio

Lights, Camera, Action!

Learn how to bring the planning to action! This class will be an interactive roll playing format to provide you wiht the realistic challenges that a wedding planner deals with. This will help you to better understand how to run with wedding rehearsal along with how to handle any wedding day glitches.

Instructors: Annette Nielsen

Project Portfolio Presentations

In addition to completing all eight classes, students will be required to apply their new knowledge by developing a client proposal, event portfolio and presentation.

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