How to time your wedding photography for sunset?


Many couples and wedding photographers now asking wedding coordinators to reserve the “golden hour” to take pictures of the newlyweds. Well, the “golden hour” can pass very quickly, so if you’re not already out shooting when the golden light starts, it’s likely to be over by the time you are ready. The “golden hour” is that first and last hour of sunset on each day. Often the most majestic and breathtaking light that we see during the course of a day, it is in fact only a “golden 30 minutes” at best. You may use this online golden hour calculator to get an accurate time of your wedding venue: http://golden-hour.com/

As a wedding coordinator, how do you schedule the ceremony to accommodate the time for sunset portraits? I would suggest scheduling the wedding ceremony an hour and a half before sunset. Why? Assuming the wedding is going to last around 30 minutes, it would be done an hour before sunset. The light starts to fall out about an hour before sunset, but there will still be plenty of light for portraits with family and wedding guests. Formal portraits generally take around an hour to photograph, with the last 10-15 minutes of the pictures generally being the bride and groom’s portraits. At that point, the sun will be setting.

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Starting a fun and incredibly rewarding career – WEDDING PLANNER!


Are you friendly, creative, and energetic?
Are you level-headed and cool under pressure?
Do you enjoy meeting new people?
Do you want to use your talents to start a new and fun career doing what you love?
Do you like the idea of working for yourself, having the freedom to set your own schedule, and taking on as few or as many jobs as you’d like?

If your answers are “YES” to all of the above questions, becoming a professional wedding planner could be a perfect career for you.

Being a wedding planner can be fun and incredibly rewarding. Going to catering and cake tastings, choosing linens and helping clients decide on the perfect centerpieces are absolutely fun. Seeing months of hard work come together on a perfect wedding day is one of the most rewarding experiences many wedding planners experience in their careers. Being a wedding planner also has great perks such as being invited to all the industry parties, going to uber fun conferences and staying at incredible hotels while you “tour” the event space. We also get to work with wonderful clients on one of the most important days in their life.

Whether you want to become a wedding planner, a wedding coordinator, or a wedding designer, our Wedding Planner Certification Program will provide you all the skills you need to start your own successful wedding business. We are not only teaching you how to do weddings, we are also showing you how to start your wedding business, promote it and profit from it. Our 2017 Spring/Summer Wedding Consultant Certification Program will begin on April 26, 2017. The class is held on every Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM for 10 weeks in Walnut, California. Class size is limited to 16 people, so we recommend enrolling early to guarantee a place in the class.

These are the steps to enroll for the program:

  1. Visit our Eventbrite enrollment page. Sign up and pay your $199 enrollment fee online. Due to limited seating, we do not accept phone or email enrollment without a payment.
  2. Download the Enrollment Package and fill it out.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Package with the tuition of $1,800 before April 19, 2017.

Classroom Location: Twogether Events Studio in Walnut, CA

Click HERE to enroll.

Guest Speaker on “Wedding Flowers & Decor” – Saadia Kibriya


Saadia Kibriya - Event Producer/ Creative Director of Kismet Events

Saadia Kibriya – Event Producer/ Creative Director of Kismet Events

This Tuesday, our wedding consultant class will be held at the studio of Kismet Events in Fullerton. The lecture for this week is about wedding flowers, decor and stationery. Saadia Kibriya, a Muslim wedding planner, is the Event Producer/Creative Director of Kismet Events Planning & Design. She has built a reputation for excellence in the event and wedding planning and designing for over 8 years. Her company, Kismet Events is a full service floral design and event planning company. Her team of creative individuals specializes in high-end decor and tasteful events, and is recognized at top venues in the Los Angeles and Orange County surrounding areas.

Wedding Designed by Kismet Events

Wedding Designed by Kismet Events

Kismet Event Planning & Design
(888) 512-8802
4070 N. Palm Street, Suite #710, Fullerton, CA 92835
Website: www.hellokismet.com

Guest Speaker on “Wedding Makeup & Hair” – Kelly Zhang


Kelly Zhang

We are very honored to invite Kelly Zhang, the owner Kelly Zhang Makeup & Hair Studio, and Studio K Hair Designory to be our guest speaker about wedding day makeup and hair this semester. Kelly has become one of the most sought after hair and make-up artists in the wedding industry. She and her professional artists bring confidence, beauty and glamour to any brides on their special day. Kelly is known by her clients and professionals in the wedding industry for being reliable, calm and confident with skill and expertise including her unique signature hair and makeup style that stands out above the rest and is easily recognizable as a soft and natural look that is subtle and elegant, similar what you might see on the Red Carpet, perfect for a bride on her wedding day.  Her top priority is that a bride is relaxed, happy and the most beautiful she could possibly be on her wedding day. Kelly Zhang Makeup and Hair Studio

Kelly Zhang Makeup & Hair Studio

Kelly Zhang Makeup & Hair Studio

Kelly Zhang Makeup & Hair Studio
(626) 710-4266
716 E Green St Pasadena, California 91101
Website: www.kellyzhang.com

Free Wedding Design Consultation to Brides-to-be!


Wedding Design Presentation

Wedding consultant student, Tammy Su, presents her design board to the engaged couple.

OUR FREE WEDDING DESIGN CONSULTATION IS HERE AGAIN!

Every semester, we invite engaged couples to our classroom, help them to brainstorm their wedding theme and design, and offer a free wedding design presentation by our talented wedding consultant students.

Design Consultation: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Design Presentation: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Twogether Events Studio – 1718 Wineglow Cir., Walnut, CA 91789

We can take up to 2 engaged couples this semester. This is absolutely FREE to you. However, both bride-to-be and groom-to-be must attend the consultation and presentation in order to be qualified. If you plan to hire any of the student(s) to assist you with wedding planning, designing, orcoordination, you may contact them after the class. The school will not profit nor be liable for any arrangement.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below  or email theweddingacademy@gmail.com. This offer is first-come-first-serve.

Wedding Design Consultation

Wedding consultant students offer free consultation to engaged couple.

Start a fun career doing what you love!



Video Credit: Shaka Film Production

Are you friendly, creative, and energetic?
Are you level-headed and cool under pressure?
Do you enjoy meeting new people?
Do you want to use your talents to start a new and fun career doing what you love?
Do you like the idea of working for yourself, having the freedom to set your own schedule, and taking on as few or as many jobs as you’d like?

If your answers are “YES” to all of the above questions, becoming a professional wedding consultant could be a perfect career for you. Whether you want to become a wedding planner, a wedding coordinator, a wedding designer, a wedding photographer, or even a wedding DJ, our Wedding Consultant Certification Program will provide you all the skills you need to start your own successful wedding business. We are not only teaching you how to do weddings, we are also showing you how to start your wedding business, promote it and profit from it. Our 2014 Summer Wedding Consultant Certification Program will begin on July 8, 2014. Class size is limited, so we recommend enrolling early to guarantee a place in the class. These are the steps to enroll for the program:

  1. Visit our Eventbrite enrolllment page. Sign up and pay your $100 enrollment fee online. Due to limited seating, we do not accept phone or email enrollment without a payment.
  2. Download the Enrollment Package and fill it out.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Package with the tuition of $1095 before June 23, 2014.

English Class: 7/8/2014 – 9/23/2014, every Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Mandarin Class: 7/13/2014 – 9/28/2014, every Sunday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Classroom Location: Twogether Events Studio in Walnut, CA

Click HERE to enroll.

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Self-Employed vs. Independent Contractor – What is the Difference?


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It seems there is a trend to move more and more work to Independent Contractors rather than hire employees directly onto payroll. The answer above is missing a few very critical points, particularly what is the legal definition of a contractor; and can my job be filled by a 1099 worker or must I use a W-2 employee?

The answer here is as simple as two little words. A Duck. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. In other words, if the position requires the employee to be directed as to how, when, where and with what to do the job, then get quacking… he is a W-2 employee. If however, the job will be done independently, then a 1099 may be the way to go.

Think of a roofer. If you call someone to fix your roof you don’t tell them what size nails to use, how to swing the hammer, which guys will work and when lunch break is. That is because they are independent (AKA 1099)contractors. Now if you have an administrative assistant who is required to be at the office at 9:00 AM, dress according to code, take lunch at noon, use Microsoft Word on an office computer and report to a supervisor, that’s a W-2 employee.

A “1099 worker” is also referred to as an “independent contractor”.“Contractor” is a legal term for a person or firm that enters a contract to perform a service or provide a product in exchange for valuable consideration.Valuable consideration includes monetary pay, goods, services, and more. 1099 is the tax form that these workers use for the IRS.

The IRS has a guide that helps define 1099 workers by establishing criteria for employees, non-employees and independent contractors. Some of the points the IRS considers include:

  • Behavioral control – the extent to which the hiring company controls and directs the worker.
  • Instructions the business provides to the worker – the worker’s freedom in choosing when and where to work, what tools to use, where to purchase supplies, where to purchase related services, what work must be performed by a specified individual,whether subcontractors are permitted, and more.
  • Training provided to the worker — independent contractors usually use their own methods to carryout work.
  • Financial control– independent contractors usually have unreimbursed expenses, make a significant investment in the facilities they use to carry out work, invoice by flat fee/rate or some other method than a regular wage, and end up in a situation where they face a profit or loss.
  • Relationship type— independent contractors have written contracts, no benefits, non-permanent relationships, non-core functions, and the freedom to work for other companies.

Employee mis-classification is something that the Feds aren’t messing with. From large businesses to mom-and-pop shops, the fines are everywhere and they’re not cheap. If you use a 1099 employee the IRS assumes certain criteria are met. If the person working does not meet these criteria, you may be liable for back taxes, fines or even jail time.  Estimates are that 20% of businesses mis-classify workers; so make sure your business isn’t included in this nasty statistic. Read “Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?” on the IRS website. Don’t forget that to be safe on the 1099 issue.

Who are certified wedding consultants?


What’s your 2014 new year resolution? The economy is so unpredictable and the job market isn’t really secure. Why not learn a new skill and become a wedding consultant?
 
The Wedding Consultant Certificate is not limited to wedding planners and coordinators only.  If you are florists, designers, photographers, videographers, bridal stylists, catering sales…, this certificate program also helps you to become more professional and understanding how to communicate with your clients and better market your services. For students who have never working in the wedding industry, our instructors will help you to find out what’s most suitable field for you in the wedding and special event industry.
 
2014 Spring certificate program begins on January 14, 2014. Sign up now to secure your seat! We received so many inquiries from students in Greek, Italy, Taiwan,Canada, Korea, Mexico, out-of-state (e.g. New York City, Boston, Seattle, Las Vegas, Houston) who plan to fly over and take our 12 weeks program.  Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to provide housing assistance and transportation.

2013 Spring Wedding Consultant Students’ Graduation Project – Beach Themed Wedding

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2013 Spring Wedding Consultant Students' Graduation Project - Beach Themed Wedding

2013 Spring Wedding Consultant Graduates’ Picture with the owner of Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Pedro and The Wedding Academy’s Principal Sherrien Shui

Check out our featured Allen Taylor Photography’s remarkable work of our students’ “Beach Themed Wedding Designs”? : http://bit.ly/12oywkU