Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Plan and schedule a wedding.
2. Analyze elements of a well-planned wedding.
3. Evaluate clients' needs in planning a wedding.
4. Summarize a bridal consultant's job.
5. Locate resources (own community) for wedding sites and apparel.
6. Create a file of wedding-related businesses.
7. Summarize appropriate wedding etiquette.
8. Develop a 6-month wedding plan.
I. Planning Guide
A. Types of weddings:
1. Large, formal, church wedding with a large reception at a country club, hotel, or home
2. Formal, semiformal, or informal church or chapel wedding with a small home or club reception with only families and intimate friends
3. Small wedding in church, club, or home with a few friends and family members followed by a reception for a larger group
4. The garden, home, or club wedding followed by a reception for everyone
5. The small chapel wedding without reception
6. The military wedding at a chapel on the army post or navy base, followed by a reception at home or at the officer's club
7. Other, less traditional settings
B. Setting your style
1. Invitations, announcements, and stationery
2. Timelines for mailings
3. Proper method of addressing mailings (etiquette)
C. Bridal party
1. Number and type of participants
b. Flower girls
c. Junior bridesmaids
d. Ring bearer
f. Best man
2. General responsibilities of the bride's attendants and ushers
3. Responsibility for giving the bride away
D. Responsibilities of the bride's family
E. Responsibilities of the groom's family
F. Wedding gifts
1. Selection of bedroom linens
2. Selection of dinnerware
3. Selection of silver or flatware
4. Selection of glassware
5. Selection of other items, miscellaneous
6. Registering at stores
7. Displaying gifts
8. Thank-you notes
9. Returning gifts
10. Gifts for wedding attendants
11. Bride and groom gifts to each other
G. Wedding ceremony
b. Processional and recessional
c. During the ceremony
d. Reception music
e. Vocalist or none
2. Recording the wedding
H. Wedding day
1. Receiving line
2. Reception details
3. Wedding breakfast or dinner
5. Dancing and music
7. Seating arrangements
10. Saying farewells
I. Procedures for guests
1. Acceptance of wedding invitations
2. Formal regrets
3. Informal acceptance and regrets
4. Sending wedding gifts
5. Shower gifts
6. Receiving line procedures
A. Bridal salons
D. Formal wear rentals
F. Wedding sites and locations
G. Bridal consultants
III. Wedding Plan Calendar
How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget. Warner, Diane. Betterway Books, 2002.
Easy Wedding Planning Plus. Lluch, Elizabeth. Wedding Solutions, 2004.
Instructor generated materials.