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What does that look like?…Where do I begin?” I took a page from Steven Covey’s 7 Habits I had read and applied one of the rules…”Begin With the End.” I started to wonder, what would success look like once I achieved it?
I wrote down the first thing that came to mind:
“I want to do, whatever I want to do, the moment I want to do it.”
Next, ”what industry should I work in?” I thought about my current job in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and knew I had no passion for my current job. I knew I had to make a change to save my dream before it was too late.
Then I thought about my passion for beautiful things, for love and relationships, family, and celebrating life. I thought about what was most important to me and the struggles I had at the time.
I wanted to be a better mom, wife, and role model. I needed to find a way to blend my passion with my work and work around my most important priorities, which were my family and the time we spend together.
“I knew I couldn’t be the only person who felt this way.”
I set out to create a company that would help others, like me, to pursue their passion and start a business in an industry that is ever changing, beautiful, happy and provides the flexibility and fun to keep priorities first.
Today, Lovegevity’s community of Alumni graduate from over 2200 colleges and universities and span across 166 countries in over 1600 cities worldwide. Lovegevity graduates are in business for themselves but not by themselves. Our community continues to grow everyday with amazing, smart, creative entrepreneurs ready to build their own lifestyle brand and successful business.
Being the go-to leader in event planning and have hundreds (or thousands) of customers and brides thanking you for helping them plan the day they've always dreamed of.
Blowing the cap off of your income goals and having a limitless income potential.
Finally being able to take amazing vacations, pay off your debt, and spend more time with your friends and family while working in career you love.
Making great money for your talents and creativity and finally find passion and meaning in your work and life.
When you see events in magazines or on television, or when you attend your friends’ and family’s events, do you wish you could help them organize it?
Do you enjoy everything about design and love putting together gorgeous tables for your family and friends? Do you stand gaping in front of flowers, and do colors make you scream with joy? Some wedding planners are not designers, and so they hire designers to help them with this part of the job. You do need to have an artistic inclination so you can at least contribute to style choices.
Are your home and work environments organized and clean? Do you have folders for everything? Wedding planners need to be extremely organized because you’ll be dealing with lots of details. You should know how to prioritize your tasks.
Do you have a take-charge attitude, enjoy giving direction and have excellent management skills? When you’re running an event, you’ll be in charge of managing vendors and staff and also need to be able to interact professionally with hosts and guests.
No one can stop you but you. No one is standing in your way but you. Talking about the future doesn't make it happen, only action. Procrastination kills dreams and time is so precious to waste. I often say, we can always make more money, but we can never make more time...
We all tend to let self doubt and negative thoughts hold us back. While the motto to pursue your passion is popular, doing so is hard work. And if your passion is not profitable to support you then it's a hobby not a career.
The reality is anyone who wants a better life needs to take action. Take steps that will improve your skills, knowledge, and opportunities. Change your mindset to create your own future. Too many people, wait for someone to give them a break or chance, but there is no control over waiting for someone else and hope is not a strategy.
You are unstoppable. You just need to believe it.
You’re already planning events for friends and family.
Friends and family always come to you for help when they're planning their next event or wedding.
You love the idea of being your own boss & owning your own event planning company.
You're a true entrprenuer at heart. You don't enjoy your current job/career and know you deserve a better lifestyle for you and your family.
You dream of the idea to plan weddings and events for a living.
Maybe you just got married or are planning your own wedding and have fallen in love with the industry.
LOVEGEVITY | CWEP ALUMNI
LOVEGEVITY | CWEP ALUMNI
LOVEGEVITY | CWEP ALUMNI
LOVEGEVITY | CWEP ALUMNI
LOVEGEVITY | INSTRUCTOR, CWEP ALUMNI
LOVEGEVITY | CWEP ALUMNI
The Certified Wedding & Event Planning program will take you step by step on how to start your wedding planning business, from no experience to launching your business in just 12 weeks.
Learn how to turn your passion and creativity into a career and life you love. Learn how to land big clients and charge for your talents. Find purpose in your work, and finally free yourself from the 9-5 job you've always felt never expressed the true you.
Founded with the sole purpose of providing aspiring wedding professionals with the best possible education.
1. Do what you love, love what you do, and help others do the same.
2. Find purpose through our passion and put priorities first.
3. Align with like-minded people, with a love for helping others.
"Lovegevity's CWEP course has definitely exceeding my expectations! Even with experience coordinating weddings, I found so much value in this course. This course helped me gain confidence in my pricing and in offering full service planning. They also provided several helpful tips in marketing and growing my business. Highly recommended!"
JADE PRECIADO | CWEP Graduate
"I am so impressed with the information and level of service provided from Lovegevity. I researched tons of schools and even paid for a less expensive program only to find that it was a waste of time and money. Lovegevity gives you everything you need to succeed in this industry and more and they really care. The learning environment is fun, material is far from boring and the internship program is unbelievable. I feel that nothing can stop me from achieving my goal thanks to Lovegevity!"
DIANE ROGERS | CWEP Graduate
"I have truly enjoyed taking the CWEP class, I have learned more about the business side of the industry. The class has been very fast paced learning, so much information in a short time. I wish the class was longer, but I definitely feel confident in the knowledge that I have received from the course. My instructor was very good at making sure we had understanding in building our business. She also showed that she cared about our personal growth in the industry, by dealing with our fears we may have in starting the business. The Online video discussions are great I am glad to hear information on marketing and style shooting and vendor relationships. I am very happy that i took this course. "
KHALIAH APPLE TERRY | CWEP Graduate
"I talked myself out of taking this class for about a year and a half before I finally decided to do it. I'm so grateful that I conquered some fear and took this step! Randy is a great instructor and I've enjoyed learning from him. The text book and online library have been incredible resources that I'll continue to draw from for years to come. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone!"
EMILY REED STANFIELD | CWEP Graduate
-Cho Phillips Founder | CEO, Lovegevity, Inc.
LWPI’s program is recognized all over the world as the industry standard and is the only program offered by over 2200 Accredited Colleges and Universities. Our students get the education, support, tools, networking, experience, and internships to launch a successful career. You are not left to figure it out on your own. For example, our students have interned with David Tutera, Preston Bailey, Kevin Lee, Lisa Vanderpump, and many other industry professionals to create their portfolio of work and launch a career in wedding and event planning. You can read over 1800 testimonials from graduates and students on our public blog. Students share their work and their experience taking the program. None of them have felt the program didn’t exceed their expectations.
Do you provide internships?
Internships are available to all current students and alumni members. We have several to choose from throughout the year, and as an active member, you can apply for as many as you’d like! From bridal shows, to fashion shows, to charity events, to galas, to working side by side event planners and assisting with actual weddings. Our students have interned with David Tutera, Preston Bailey, Kevin Lee, Lisa Vanderpump, and many other industry professionals to create their portfolio of work and launch a career in wedding and event planning.Our internships typically fall on weekends and last 1-4 days long.
Whats the difference between Event Planning vs. Event Design?
The main differences between event planning and event design is that a planner focuses more on the event management side of things and the designer is focused solely on visuals. A lot of event planners end up hiring a team of designers. The planner meets with the client and maps out the entire event, i.e. invitations, timelines, booking vendors, fittings, tastings, etc. They gather the information from the client, i.e. colors, expectations, size of the wedding, budget, theme ideas, etc. The planner then contacts the designer and tells them their guidelines, i.e. “my clients colors are pink and white, she loves gold, the venue we’re using is the ballroom at Marriott, her budget for the design services is $4,000, her and her husband met at the movies so they want to implement elements of film into the design, she only wants white and pink roses as her flowers, etc.”
At that point, the designer and his/her team come up with the design based on the size of the room and the client’s needs. They create blueprints and sketches (or computer designs) of the room. They choose the types of tables, dinnerware, flatware, linens, lighting, colors, flowers, etc to meet the needs of the client. Then, they present their designs to the client and the planner for feedback. The designers are the creative ones that help bring everything to life.
Many planners will offer both the planning services and the design services but will have their own team of designers because it is not a one-person job.
How long does the program take to finish?
The program was designed to take about 8-12 weeks or 340 hours of study to complete but you’re given up to 6 months to finish at your own pace.
What is the difference between taking the course online or through a college?
You will receive the same degree of education when taking the course online or at a college of your choice. Taking the course at the college is best for those who prefer a classroom environment and enjoy face-to-face instruction, given at the same time each week. Online students have the flexibility of taking the course at their own pace, and meeting face-to-face at scheduled times using video conferencing. All students have the same requirements.
How does the course work?
The course is a combination of interactive learning online with reading, videos, quizzes, assignments, projects, as well as live class discussions and live webinars. There is also an exam. The community offers live video conference discussions on various topics with a variety of industry guest speakers and wedding planning mentors who actively work in the industry. If you miss a live discussion they are recorded and uploaded to the video library so you can view it at anytime. The course also supplies you with hundreds of templates you can download and repurpose with your own brand/logo. Including contracts, pricing models, business plan, etc. The best program for you is the one that matches your goals, not the cheapest cost. Be sure to identify why you are becoming certified and make sure whatever program you choose will help you get there. We would love to welcome you to our program and community.
Where can I go to find a job as a wedding & event planner?
All LWPI students and graduates qualify for an internship as part of the CWEP program and master class students and graduates qualify to work with Lovegevity on local events in their market.
How much do wedding planners typically make?
An event planners income can vary by many factors including location, experience, services provided, and how much your clients are willing to pay.
The average planner makes about 15% – 20% of the cost of each wedding (when you offer full service) i.e. you would make roughly $4,500 for a full service, $30,000 wedding. Once you gain more experience and are more established, you can start charging closer to 25% – 30%. Many planners offer additional services like design, floral, invitations, hair, makeup, etc that add to their overall salary, along with day-of and partial planning packages. The number of weddings/ other events you do per year also plays a huge factor. Location is very important. The amount of hours you are willing to work also plays a part. The CWEP course will teach you to research the logistics of your area to help you map out your business plan. You will need to gather information like the average cost of a wedding in your area, the average number of weddings per year in your area, the number of other wedding planners in your area, etc. This will help you determine how many events you will need to plan to make the salary you want to make. Remember, if it’s your business, you are the one who determines your worth.
CWEP vs. Master Class Program
The Certified Wedding & Event Planning course is only 1 of several courses that make up the Master Class Program.
The Master Class Program is our most comprehensive program consisting of all of our courses in one program. It is encouraged for those who are interested in more than just Event Planning but wish to incorporate all aspects and services into their event planning business.
We will often have graduates of CWEP return to enroll into the Master Class Program to continue thier education and grow their business.
There is an application and interview process to be accepted into the Master Class Program.
How long is the certification valid?
Certification is renewed every 5 years. Our students maintain access to course curriculum as we update industry best practices, trends, and feedback from the field every year for our Alumni members.
I’m an international student, can I still enroll in your program?
Yes. LWPI students enroll from all over the world.
Do you offer Financial Assistance?
You can apply directly with our Financial Aid partners; Cengage/Ed2Go or World Education.