Are you interested in working in the wedding industry? Want to get started and gain experience in wedding coordination on real wedding days but not sure where to start?
Each year we add assistant coordinators to our growing coordination team to work on wedding days. All of our senior and junior planners start in this role and move up. If you are interested in applying for employment, please watch this page for openings or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered once openings are posted.
One on one mentorships are available for experienced wedding planners looking to grow their business. We cover a variety of topics including team operations, hiring, training, business budget forecasting and management, marketing and expanding in local market. Personalized and guided feedback is provided for you based on business growing exercises that will help you organize and scale your wedding planning operation. The overall goal is growing your business so you can manage it rather than working in it 100%.
Acceptance for this program based on availability and cost is custom based on business.
E-mail email@example.com to inquire.
"Valarie is an exceptional mentor to me. Her ability and willingness to share her own career experiences and business wisdom while listening closely to my needs, is what I love most about working with her. Not only is she helping me to scale my wedding planning business and be a more confident business owner, she is helping me to find balance between my work life and home life. Some of our best conversations have been about our shared personal and business struggles, and this has helped me to grow immensely."
~JENNA SAMPSON, J.MARIE WEDDINGS
Valarie has become someone that I trust and confide in, and I am forever grateful that our paths have crossed!"
Our wedding planning workshop is now available online! This course is best for aspiring and new planners and covers planner basics including budgets, wedding weekend coordination, design, client psychology, sales and marketing, finance and operations.
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Valarie, founder of Kirkbrides, created Kirkbrides Wedding Planning Workshops as a unique learning experience designed to help those interested in wedding planning learn the ins and outs of this exciting career from experienced professionals. A constant stream of inquiries from aspiring planners requesting to shadow and learn this exciting and growing career has shown the demand for this type of program in the Cleveland area. Our classes teach you how to master the creative and technical skills needed to succeed as a professional wedding planner.
"The Kirkbrides classes offered comprehensive and vital training in the field of wedding planning. Valarie’s expertise and vast knowledge on the subject matter made the class educational while also enjoyable and fun! Through classroom experience I learned the technical aspects of planning a wedding, and the ins and outs of the wedding industry. The fieldwork offered hands on, personalized opportunities to gain perspective into this unique field. I highly recommend this class to any current or aspiring wedding planners to sharpen their skill set and hone their understanding and ability in the wedding planning field. " - Katie Foulds
“Hearing your experiences was most valuable. As a "student" I can read all of the blogs and powerpoint presentations, but as we know in this industry, every bride, every wedding, and every situation is different, making it unique. Your experiences with that variety is not only informative, but realistic!” - Kelly, Spring 2019 Workshop
“It has motivated me to take the steps forward to improve my branding. I was complacent with just doing the referrals of people I have connections with and now I want to see if I can succeed in generating clientele through promoting my services. I wish I had been able to attend all the workshops. Do you ever offer one on one consulting? If so, I would love that opportunity!”. - Michelle, Spring 2019 Workshop
"Enrolling in Valarie's training program was one of the best decisions I ever made! The course was challenging but fun, and provided an organized and structured approach to the world of wedding planning. Only months after completing the course, I was successfully booking new clients and planning new events! This training program would be perfect for anyone looking to jumpstart their new wedding planning career, or even for experienced professionals seeking to hone their abilities." - Hannah Wang