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Glossary of Wedding Styling Terms

Any ‘newbie’ to any industry will tell you that there is nothing like a conversation peppered with ‘industry terminology’ to make you feel like a complete fish out of water and it is no different when it comes to Weddings. I will also put my hand up and say that I still hear words I am not familiar with when ‘working’ a wedding or event. So today’s Glossary of Wedding Styling terms and words is for all of us. But I must add a Caveat; this is by no means an exhaustive list of Wedding Styling terms. We could fill a dictionary with words and phrases associated with Weddings.  What we have here is the beginning of a comprehensive list and we encourage you to build upon it (especially if you are one of our wedding styling students).

Wedding Styling Terms
Colour Palette:  A range of colours grouped together in a colour scheme and chosen because they complement one another.
Mood Board:  An arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc. intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.
Tablescape:  A table arrangement or centrepiece. This term is most often used when referring to the arranging (styling) of multiple elements on the table.
Centrepiece:  On the table, a centrepiece is a central object which serves a decorative purpose.
Escort Cards:  Printed cards that inform guests of what table they’ll be seated at. They are typically displayed as guests enter the reception, or at cocktail hour.
Place Cards:  Printed cards that are placed at each guest’s seat at the table they are sitting at. The Place Cards are one of the elements within the Tablescape.
Charger:  A large decorative plate that is placed under the actual dinner plate. The Charger is for looks only and helps to add colour and texture to a place setting.
Flatware:  Relatively flat items of crockery, such as plates and used for eating off.
Linens:  Linens are the cloths used to cover tables and they come in a range of colours, patterns and materials.
Chairs:  Yes chairs! There are quite a number of different styles of chairs used for weddings. These are a few of our favourites;
Chiavari – A faux bamboo style that is quite elegant
Ghost – A modern looking chair made of acrylic or lucite often clear but comes in a range of tinted colours too.
Bentwood – A popular option associated with laid-back, effortless elegance.
Cross-back  – A Tuscan-style chair with a natural wood finish and a signature cross-back design. Think rustic elegance.

Wedding Styles: You will often hear Wedding Professionals referring to styles of weddings, here are just some of the styles of weddings that are popular with couples (but there are so many more so do some research to discover all of the different styles of weddings you can create for a couple);
Romantic – A wedding featuring an enchanted, vibe. Think soft and floaty.
Eclectic – A mix of different styles and colours and not tied to just one aesthetic.
Retro – Inspired by the past, often the 1950s or 1960s.
Art Deco – Inspired by the 1920s era of The Great Gatsby.
Whimsical  – Full of fanciful and charming details.
Minimalist – Clean, architectural lines with little to no embellishment.
Natural/Organic/Boho – Includes lots of details that are found in nature such as wood, stones, antlers, branches, greenery, and more.
Lighting Lingo:  Lighting can be used to great effect when styling a wedding, here are some of the key terms you should know;
Pin Spot – A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, for example, a centrepiece, wedding cake, dance floor.
Color Wash – A blanket of coloured light covering an entire area to create a mood or change the look of built-in décor.
Gobos – Circular stencils that are put over a light to project a design or pattern onto a wall, ceiling or floor. Monograms are an example of popular gobo designs.
LED –  (light-emitting diode).  LED lights use much less electricity than regular incandescent lightbulbs. They can also be wireless, which makes them even more discreet. LEDs are great for colour changes and vibrant hues.
String lighting – This comes in lots of lengths and styles and can be used to great effect. But whilst string light can be a budget alternative stringing them up can be timely (think Christmas lights).
We teach students the ins and outs of Wedding Styling in our Certificate in Wedding Styling. Contact a campus near you to find out more.
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Get Your Styled Shoot Published With This Guide

This month’s freebie is designed for all of you who would like to plan and execute a Styled Shoot that will be featured in a wedding magazine or blog.  Whilst there are a lot of reasons to do a Styled Shoot (branding your wedding business for one), having a Styled Shoot published is great for your business and your career.  But just executing a good looking shoot doesn’t guarantee that your shoot will be picked up by your Publisher of choice.
To help you get your Styled Shoot published we have put together a handy guide, featuring our tips for giving your next Styled Shoot the best possible chance of being published.
Download this free guide here.
We would like to thank Arabian Academy student Rania of The Day Events for letting us use her images within our Guide.  To see more of Rania’s stunning work follow her on Instagram.
Our courses teach you everything you need to know about working in weddings and launching and growing a successful business and you don’t need any prior experience or knowledge to take them.  To learn more about your options for study with us, visit the International Academy and select a campus near you to speak to one our friendly Course Advisors about your Wedding or Event career.
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How Do I Become A Wedding Stylist

Gone are the days when only celebrities and the wealthy hired a Wedding Stylist.  The trend for personalised weddings has seen more and more couples choosing the include a Wedding Stylist in their wedding day dream team.  But you might be wondering, how do I become a Wedding Stylist?
But First, What Does A Wedding Stylist Do?
The line between Stylist and Planner can be blurry (and you can be both) there is a distinct difference.  Whilst the Planner oversees the wedding as a whole, the Stylist is focused on the aesthetics; they set the scene and provide a polished visual backdrop for the wedding.

The things a Stylist does includes;

Consulting with the couple to discuss their wedding day vision
Designing a personal style for the day; from ceremony, to lighting, florals decor, decor and furniture etc.
Putting together an inventory for everything needed to execute the design and source items/provide items from their own hire range
Being there on the day (or the day before) to set up and pack-down

The great news for anyone with an interest in working with a couple on the look and feel of their day, is that the trend towards more personalised weddings with unique details, is driving up the demand for Wedding Stylists and that is why we have recently launched the Certificate in Wedding Styling.

How Do I Become A Wedding Stylist?
Whilst you may have many of the skills you need to be a great Stylist (you can paint, hammer, sew, match colours and create a great party theme), there is more you need to know in order to turn your passion into a profession. The Certificate in Wedding Stylist will teach you;

How to take your inspiration and creativity and channel it into the design of a wedding
How to use design tools such as mood boards, colour swatches, fabric samples and flower charts
To design a table from the bottom up + how to layout and structure each element on it
To produce your wedding flawlessly considering production & logistics
How to communicate your design to your clients and produce the perfect client proposal

And as with all of our courses we are focused on providing real world, practical knowledge and this is especially important when it comes to Wedding Styling. Within the course you will find video tutorials you can replay over and over again.  We are also continually updating the content in this course to reflect changing trends and will soon add 4 new Tablescape Video Tutorials, covering 4 different looks;
Marble and Copper
Blue and White

Black with gold accents

This exciting courses is being offered by our Australian and UK campuses currently and will be offered in 2018 by our other campuses.  To find out more and enquire for current enrolments select a campus via the links below.

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How I Became A Wedding Professional Online

Even in today’s digital world we know that there are still many of you who have never studied online before and if that is the case you may be wondering if you can actually become an event, or wedding professional online.  Whilst I can tell you about all of the benefits of online study (the flexibility to set your own study schedule being a huge one), I thought it might be fun to show you and I have asked two of our students to help me.  So without further ado, let’s meet Georgina and Sasha who are going to tell you how online study helped them succeed as wedding professionals.
Georgina is a student of our UK Campus and she is also the Founder of her own business; Champagne and Sparkles, which is based just outside of London in the UK.  Georgina plans, manages and delivers dream events; whether that is the wedding dreams are made of, a corporate event to inspire, or an unforgettable party.  She offers services from full planning to on the day help and everything in between and loves being part of the creative process to help bring ideas to life, and best of all, to create lasting memories for her clients and their guests.

How did the course help Georgina to become a Wedding Professional?
Georgina: I have just a couple of assignments to complete in my course which is the Diploma in Wedding & Event Planning.  I have some events experience, working for an event production company early in my career, but the only wedding knowledge I had was from planning my own wedding.  The course has really helped me understand the industry, and the differences between planning corporate events and weddings.
What does Georgina like about online study and how did it help her to become a Wedding Planner?
I love the flexibility and pace of online study; you can move through the units as quickly as you like, but also take your time on content that might require more time to take in.  I also like how you can go back and review previous content as a reference; this has really helped me when putting together client proposals.  I have discovered that I am very passionate about the wedding industry and that is thanks to the content of the course.  It delves into such detail that I really feel prepared to be able to confidently deliver what my clients are looking for.
Sasha is a student from our Australian Campus and she is the founder of Cinta Weddings.  Cinta Weddings create memorable destination experiences where the bride can be peaceful and present. Through their bespoke packages Cinta Weddings tailor to suit their client’s needs and requirements to make their dream a reality.

How did the course help Sasha to become a Wedding Planner?
I have many years on the job training, however this course helped me cement my Certifications and develop my skills to further my array of products and services offered in my business.  In additional the assignments taught me to plan ahead and develop some extreme time management skills with working full time, starting a business and finishing my studies.  All the ingredients for planning a successful wedding.
What does Sasha like about online study and how did it help her to become a Wedding Planner?
I liked the flexibility of studying online and how I could still work full-time and work from anywhere in the world. I spent some time working abroad and it was important to me ensure my skills were in-line with Australian standards as it was always where I would establish my business.
A big thanks to both Sasha and Georgina for helping me to show you how an online course can help you become a wedding professional.  Make sure you check out their businesses too!
If you would like to find out more about how you could become an event or wedding professional online, we would love to hear from you.  To trial one of our courses for free and experience online study for yourself, contact us.
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