DUBAI: What do you think it takes to be a wedding planner? Have you been swept away with the romance of the job, based on what you see in the movies; think Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses, and even Martin Short in Father of the Bride? Well, while the end result can certainly be a showstopper for the blissful couple and their guests, the behind the scenes reality is vastly different from that shown on the big screen.
It takes patience, resourcefulness, compassion, immense problem-solving skills, organisation capabilities, and even a little ingenuity on occasions, to ensure you have everything organised. It involves early starts, and late finishes, temper tantrums, missing items, dealing with food allergies, and ensuring that flowers arrive, rings are in place and that everyone has a good time.
Sounds daunting? The Arabian Academy of Wedding & Event Planning ensures you are fully equipped to turn a dream wedding into a reality. The UK-based institute, which opened its regional office in Dubai last year, offers a variety of courses for those aspiring to be wedding planners while also providing experienced professionals an opportunity to gain a certification/diploma.
All courses are provided online and can be completed as per your convenience, with flexible payment plans. The courses are available across UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
Learners can opt for any of the below:
Certificate in Wedding Planning
The checklist even for an intimate wedding is long including flowers, live entertainment, food, transport and ideas for wedding favours. The Certificate in Wedding Planning gives you an in-depth understanding of managing budgets, timelines, checklists and working with different vendors to manage the big day.
Completion time: 12 weeks to 2 years
Course Fees: AED 4250
Diploma in Venue Coordination
One of the most important elements of a wedding – the venue. Whether it’s the sandy shores or a lush golf course, the venue is vital to set a theme along with creating a memorable experience and timeless wedding photos.
The Diploma in Venue Coordination covers areas such as planning and producing weddings along with selling and marketing a wedding venue. This course boosts the confidence of a wedding venue coordinator and is a recognised qualification.
Competion time: 6 months
Course Fees: AED 6300
Diploma in Wedding Planning Styling & Design
Unleash your creativity with the Diploma in Wedding Planning Styling & Design. With this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge required to plan, manage and design weddings. Apart from this, you will also learn to start and manage your own business.
Perfect for those who pay attention to detail, the course entails planning every minute detail including the theme, invitations, flowers, décor, lighting, place cards and menus.
Competion time: 6 months to 2 years
Course Fees: AED 6725
Kylie Carlson, CEO of the Arabian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning and founder of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning, stated: “Dubai and Turkey are popular destinations for luxurious weddings in the Middle East. With our courses, both beginners and professionals will be fully trained to provide their clients with the best possible counsel and service, and in turn organising seamless weddings,”
In addition to the above, The Arabian Wedding & Event Academy offers Diploma in Wedding and Event Planning, Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design and Certificate in Event Planning.