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Preston Bailey and Cho Phillips

CELEBRITY EVENT DESIGNER PRESTON BAILEY PARTNERS WITH THE WEDDING PLANNING INSTITUTE TO OFFER EXPERT WEDDING & EVENT DESIGN COURSE THROUGH ACCREDITED COLLEGES ACROSS THE U.S.

NEW YORK, NY & ROSEVILLE, CA (June 23, 2010) – The world-renowned design icon Preston Bailey, http://www.prestonbailey.com/, has joined forces with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute, http://www.weddingplanninginstitute.com/, the industry leader in certificate program and training for wedding and event professionals. Together, they have launched the first event design course of its kind, and the first of a series of courses, based on Bailey's 30-years of experience with celebrities such as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ivanka Trump and others.
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  1. Who is the Wedding Planning Institute?
  2. Who is Preston Bailey?
  3. What will this course offer prospective students?
  4. What does the tuition cover?
  5. Is there a payment plan?
  6. Where will the course be offered?
  7. When can students enroll?
  8. How does a student get started?
  9. Once a student enrolls what happens next?
  10. When a student finishes the course is there an internship, externship or job placement assistance?
  11. For someone who is already a wedding planner, how will this course help their career?

Who is the Wedding Planning Institute?

The Wedding Planning Institute, a division of Lovegevity.com, Inc., is the industry leader in education and training for wedding and event professionals. LWPI has established an academic network of nearly 2,000 accredited colleges and universities in the United States, as well as a network of international colleges offering LWPI's Wedding and Event Planning Certificate Programs. Established in 1997 by Cho Phillips, LWPI was founded with the sole purpose of providing an academic career path for aspiring wedding and social event planners.

In addition to the online curriculum, students can attend classes at a local college or university and learn from an established Wedding/Event Planner who has been in business in the local market for a minimum of five years. Students receive hands-on training, assist at real weddings/events, meet with guest speakers such as local vendors, and attend site/venue tours. Upon graduation, LWPI students are positioned to join an existing business, participate in non-paid internships, receive job placement assistance, or start their own business. {Back to Top}



Who is Preston Bailey?

Preston Bailey is recognized as one of the world's premier event designers and tastemakers. With 30-plus years of experience under the auspices of his namesake company Preston Bailey Designs (http://www.prestonbailey.com/), he is best known for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces, into opulent, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring reality. His one-of-kind events have attracted such clients as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ivanka Trump and others. Also an author, he has written four bestselling books entitled Design for Entertaining, Fantasy Weddings, Inspirations, and his newest book, Celebrations was released by Rizzoli in October 2009. Headquartered in New York City, Preston Bailey Designs maintains international offices in Indonesia and the Middle East. {Back to Top}



What does this course offer prospective students?

Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding & Event Design course allows students to experience the step-by-step processes and techniques utilized by one of the globe's leading wedding and event experts, industry pioneer Bailey. This course is a comprehensive "how-to” for the industry, providing real behind-the-scenes footage, photographs and documentation, including insights into the wizardry that can make a wedding a one-of-a-kind, magical event for a couple and their guests. Preston also shares with his students an inside look at the business side of event design. Using his own company as a case study, students learn how to cost out projects, budget, and price jobs using formulas that have helped PB Designs to be successful.{Back to Top}



What does the tuition cover?

Tuition encompasses the full course, including the course textbook, online curriculum and community access, plus the certificate exam fee, ranging from $1,195.00 to $1,895.00 based on the tuition rates set by each accredited college or university. The course is available in English and Spanish.

For students taking Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding & Event Design course along with the Wedding Planning Institute’s Certified Wedding and Event Planning course, total tuition will be $2,095.00. Payment plan options are available for the bundled courses. {Back to Top}



Is there a payment plan?

Yes. Payment plans are available. Call us for details. 1-888-221-9988 {Back to Top}



Where will the course be offered?

Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding & Event Design course will be rolling out to nearly 2,000 local academic institutions around the country, including University of Texas in Arlington, Miami-Dade College, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Brooklyn College. Dependent upon each school's administration, the course will be available to both full-time college students in regular classroom environments and adults in continuing education programs. It is directly available to all students around the world, through an online program hosted by The Wedding Planning Institute. {Back to Top}



When can students enroll?

Students can enroll for Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding & Event Design course immediately. {Back to Top}



How does a student get started?

Call 1 888-221-9988 x.950 and speak to a career counselor or visit www.weddingplanninginstitute.com/prestonbailey. {Back to Top}



Once a student enrolls what happens next?

Student’s will receive an online password and login information to their student center.{Back to Top}



When a student finishes the course is there an internship, externship or job placement assistance?

YES, YES, and YES

Externship

Externships are experiential learning opportunities, similar to internships, offered by educational institutions to give students short practical experiences in their field of study. Externships are generally shorter than internships and last for approximately two days to a few weeks. Since they are less extensive, they are not usually given any academic credit. Due to the short duration, externships can be easily completed during a student’s spring and summer breaks or even during a January interim.

Externships can be viewed in terms of job shadowing. Externs are closely supervised and are walked through the day-to-day routines at the company or organization. The experience allows students to apply their coursework learning to a real life setting. They can be viewed as external studies, which combine classroom knowledge with real-world experience. This knowledge prepares students for the transition from school to career.

Externships can lead to opportunities after students complete their studies. They can help pre-graduates get their foot in the door for possible job opening or even make them better candidates for aggressive internship opportunities. The goal of an extern is to become familiar with new professions and job fields. Externships are also a source of networking contacts once a profession is chosen.

Internship

An intern is someone who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on "hands-on" job training rather than merely employment (SIH-199), making it similar to an apprenticeship. Interns are usually college or university students, but they can also be high school students or post graduate adults seeking skills for a new career. Student internships provide opportunities for students to gain experience in their field, determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts, or gain school credit.

An internship may be paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Internships may be part-time or full-time; typically they are part-time during the university year and full-time in the summer, and they typically last 6–12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer. The act of job shadowing may also constitute an internship.

How do LWPI’s internship and externship programs work?

An internship or externship is an opportunity for you to get hands-on experience in wedding and event planning and to further develop your skills. Doing an intern or externship enables you to connect the knowledge and skills you have gained from your academics and apply them in a work setting. Doing an intern or externship enables you to draw from your work experiences to inform what you have learned in the classroom.
In addition, an intern or externship lets you:

  • determine if you enjoy working in a specific area of interest within the wedding & event planning industry
  • get an insider's look at different employers
  • make those important professional networking connections with people who may hire you in the future or be able to refer you to people who are able to hire you
  • begin to develop the skills you'll need for a successful transition from certified graduate to professional

What should I consider before doing an internship or externship?

  • what you hope to get out of the experience
  • what skills and knowledge you bring to the intern or externship
  • expectations your faculty advisor will have if you are doing the intern or externship for job placement
  • expectations of your intern or externship site supervisor
  • the type of organization where you're doing your intern or externship
  • the number of hours a week you spend at your intern or externship

What you will get out of your intern or externship is a learning experience - one where you will polish your existing skills and develop new skills. You'll also get an edge on the competition when it comes to securing employment. {Back to Top}



For someone who is already a wedding planner, how will this course help their career?

There is a distinctive difference between an event planner and an event designer. The event planner is involved in every aspect of the logistical project management of the planning process and the event itself; however, it is the event designer that designs the event details from top to bottom including the design surrounding the activities that make an event come to life. In many cases it is the designer that extracts the emotional and personal elements of a client and weaves it into the event design as an expression of who they are. A wedding planner taking this course will learn the art of design and how to apply design techniques to their existing fund of knowledge and services to their clients. {Back to Top}