Using Candles at Weddings


The use of candles as part of a religious ritual, ceremony, or service, provided that such candles are located in a portion of a room, building, or premises not normally occupied by any persons except those charged with ministration duties, and provided that such candles are safely supported in an approved manner.

The request for the Special Permit must be made in person, with the type of candles, holding device, and floral arrangement, if used, to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Bureau of Fire Prevention.

The following are the Los Angeles Fire Department’s minimum fire safety requirements for the use of open flame, candles, and their holding devices in a public assemblage:

  1. All candles shall be secured in a nonflammable solid holding device and protected by an enclosure. Exception: Floating candles may not need to be secured.
  2. The flame tip from the candle must be maintained a minimum of 2 inches below the top opening of an enclosure or “Hurricane” at all times.
  3. When used as part of a decoration or centerpiece, the flame of the candle shall not be within 6 inches of cut fresh foliage, nor within 12 inches of dry foliage or other combustibles at any time.
  4. Only one centerpiece used for holding candles shall be approved per table unit regardless of the table size or shape.
  5. The use of multiple loose candles or candle holding devices is not permitted. If more than one candle or candle holding device are used on each table, those candles or candle holding devices shall be placed and secured on a common base. The amount of candles or candle holding devices placed on each table unit shall be limited to 4. The base shall be constructed of a noncombustible solid material.
  6. Candles in excess of 4 may be permitted for use on candelabras on a case-by case basis.
  7. Candles or candle holding devices shall be placed at least 24 inches from the table’s edge, and a minimum of 5 feet from curtains, drapes, or other decorations.

For more information, please contact your event venue and local fire department.


Our Summer School is Now Enrolling!

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 just teaching you how to do weddings, we are showing you how to start your wedding business, promote it and profit from it. Our 2014 Spring program is fully enrolled. The next Certificate Program for Wedding Consultants will begin on July 8, 2014. Class sizes are limited, so we recommend enrolling early to guarantee a place in the class. To reserve your seat, you must sign up for the program and pay the $100 enrollment fee via Eventbrite. To guarantee the enrollment, you must pay the tuition of $1095, and download / fill out / submit the Enrollment Package before June 23, 2014. If you do not have tuition payment or payment information at the time you desire to enroll, we will place you in a reservation status until payment or fully executed payment paperwork is received. Reserved seats are not guaranteed and may be forfeited at any time prior to receipt of payment or payment paperwork.

Click HERE to enroll.


Out of Office Notice (12/6/2013 – 12/16/2013)

Our campus is closed between December 6 and December 16, 2013 due to the attendance of “Love Mexico Destination Wedding Expo.” If you have any question regarding our upcoming class, please just send your email to TheWeddingAcademy (at) gmail (dot) com. We will be check our emails on daily basis.

We will share what we’ve seen and learned from the Expo at our upcoming classes. There will be some great materials for you if you are interested in destination weddings.

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Get ready to enroll 2014 Spring Wedding Consultant Certificate Program!

We have received so many inquiries about our next wedding consultant certificate program. After coordinating with several instructors’ busy schedules, we have finally confirmed our dates. The new course will begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. It will be held on every Tuesday evening from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Twogether Events studio. To enroll the class, all you need to do is to sign up and pay your registration fee at the EventBrite ( site. Then, simply download the registration form, fill it out and mail to us with your tuition before January 7, 2014.

Our office phone line has been acting strange lately. If you have any question, please call the instructor Sherrien at (626) 826-2890. Thank you.

No English = Yes Problem

We received inquiries about offering our Certificate Program in other foreign languages instead of English. Of course, we have multi-lingual instructors that may cater your needs. However, you must be able to communicate in English in order to become a wedding consultant in the US. Most event venues and service providers are English speaking people. They speak only English and do not speak other foreign languages. Also, you will have to assist your clients in reviewing their contracts and orders, writing instructions to service providers, attendants and wedding party. You might need to contact the fire department, city hall, County Clerk marriage license department. All these legal documents are written in English and not everyone understand your language(s). So if you do not speak, read and write English, we suggest you taking some language courses before you join our program. We love to have you enrolling our program, but for your own benefits, we suggest you sharpen your basic skills before you join us.

We are so grateful for your support!

In the past three days, we received so many phone calls and emails from wedding vendors all over Southern California offering to sponsor our final project presentation and networking event. Our list of sponsors from two increased to almost twenty. We are very grateful to have all these quality and talented people supporting us. With your encouragement, everything is possible! Thank you!!!

Allen Taylor Photography

AVL Production

California Wedding Day Magazine

Celebrations Event Productions

Chocolate Delights

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Pedro

Eat Cake Cafe

Elegant Wind Waves

John Goolsby of Godfather Films

Grace Catering

Hee Jin Yoon

Irises Designs


Luna Party Rentals

Mikasa Fine Linens


Quick Photo Booth

Shaka Film Production

The Wedding Guide

Tina Chiou Invitation


Twogether Events

Weddings by DK

333 Graphiques

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Thank you to all the sponsors that have so generously offered up their services for our 2013 Summer Wedding Networking Mixer next week. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you all at the event!

If any of you have not RSVP’ed to attend the event, please register as soon as possible at . Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some amazing vendors.  Space is limited!

Featured Wedding Professionals:

Presentation Sponsors:

Guest Speaker
John Goolsby, Author of “The Wedding Godfather – Advice You Can’t Refuse

2013 Summer / Wedding Consultant Certificate Program is open for enrollment!

Class Period: July 17, 2013 – October 2, 2013

Class Schedule: Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Classroom Location: Twogether Events (in Walnut)

Before you start, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you friendly, creative, and energetic?
  • Are you level-headed and cool under pressure?
  • Do you enjoy meeting new people and want to use your personal skills and 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”, becoming a professional wedding consultant could be a perfect career for you.

Whether you are looking to begin a new and exciting career of independence and gratification, seek or change your employment in the field, or just to earn some extra money in your spare time, training as a wedding consultant can open many opportunities to you.

Who is The Wedding Academy?
The Wedding Academy is the industry leader in education and training for wedding and event professionals. TWA has established an academic network with several wedding and event associations and local communities. Established in 2013 by Sherrien Shui, TWA was founded with the sole purpose of providing wedding consultants an academic career path and confidence for aspiring wedding and social event consultants necessary to enter and excel in the challenging and rewarding field of wedding consulting.

Who is Sherrien Shui?
Sherrien Shui is recognized as one of the Asian American premier wedding planner and a celebrity M.C. at many concerts, large events and weddings. With 20-plus years of experience under the auspices of Twogether Events and Asian American Wedding Professionals Association, her passion for the industry has led her down many paths, including becoming an on-air talent for many regionally syndicated radio television shows.

What does this course offer prospective students?
At The Wedding Academy, we believe the best way for students to learn wedding business is from the actual facetime classroom. Students may attend classes and learn from an established Wedding/Event Planner who has been in business in the local market for a minimum of five years. Our course was designed to give students complete and comprehensive training in all areas of wedding consulting and coordination, with specific emphasis in providing guidance and professional advice to the bride and groom in planning and coordinating their wedding. Our course was designed for students who have the desire to start their own business as a wedding consultant/coordinator; or to enhance their present business.

During the course, we invite wedding professionals and local vendors to our classroom and share their experiences and professional knowledge with our students to help them better understanding how to work and communicate with other professionals prior and on the event day. Besides the lecture, we coordinate one-day tours taking students to view unique wedding venues and bridal shows.

Our classes are 100% participatory, with all students partaking in the researching, planning, designing, and coordinating of recipe components. Aspiring instructors will break into teams to create real weddings for real brides and grooms.

Is there an internship or job placement assistance?
Yes and yes! At most of our classes students are actually require to complete up to 100 hours of internship with selected wedding planners or professionals in order to complete the course and receive their certificates.

With our internship program, students receive hands-on training by the professionals, help with some office work and assist at real weddings/events. It enables students to connect the knowledge and skills they have gained from their academics and apply in a work setting, and get an insider’s look at different employers. Upon graduation, TWA certified graduates are positioned to join an existing business, participate in non-paid internships, receive job placement assistance, or start their own business.

Is there a career consultation program after the completion of certificate?
Yes. We offer a 3-months career consultation to our certified graduates. Our counselors will have a one-on-one talk with certified graduates to determine if they enjoy working in a specific area of interest within the wedding & event planning industry. So we will be able to refer students to people who are able to hire them.

Could you give me more specific details of Certificate Program for Wedding Consultants?
Our Certificate Program for Wedding Consultants requires 36 hours of lecture in classroom and 100 hours of internship with wedding planners or professionals. In this course, our instructors will teach students everything they need to know to start their own successful wedding business. The instructors will invite real engaged couples to classroom and show them how to conduct interviews and create presentations. We’ll cover all aspects of the wedding day, from the wake up calls and the ceremony, to the reception and the after party. Our course also gives detailed information on how to plan wedding activities, such as traditional ceremonies, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners. Students will learn how to structure the entire planning process so that they stay organized and keep track of budgets and deadlines. Our course will also teach students how to register their businesses, and price their jobs, negotiate with vendors, and manage projects and accounts. Students will gain the knowledge and the confidence you need to succeed as a professional wedding consultant.

Are there any class assignments or projects?
Yes, besides reading assignment, students will read bridal magazines, interview wedding vendors and present two presentations during the course.

For the first project, students will meet real brides-to-be and grooms-to-be in class, conduct an interview, prepare a design board based on the information they gathered at the interview, and present the ideas and designs to the couple in class.

The final project is due one month after the end of the course. Based on the assigned topic and partner, students will search, negotiate and communicate with vendors to create their own presentation at our final project day.

How many students are there per class?
We require a minimum 8 students per class and the maximum number per class is 20.

What is the tuition?
The full course tuition, including your e-textbook, online curriculum access, worksheet and contract templates, and certification exam fee is $1,095.00. A non-refundable registration fee of $100 will be added upon enrollment.
We accept cash, personal check, company check, money order and credit card. 5% processing fee may be added for all credit card payments.

Course Outline

  • Duties and Qualifications of Wedding Consultants
  • The Wedding Step-by-Step
  • Role and Scope of Wedding Consultancy
  • Wedding Protocol and Etiquette
  • Wedding Planning Tools & Apps
  • Wedding Budget
  • Wedding Design
  • Guest List and Wedding Stationery
  • Wedding Attire & Aesthetics
  • Planning and Directing the Wedding
  • Create Contracts and Timeline
  • Interfacing with Clients
  • Working with the Wedding Party
  • Working with Wedding Professionals
  • Starting Your Wedding Consultant Business
  • Charging Your Services

Download Enrollment Package

Please download the enrollment package. If you wish to make a payment via Eventbrite, ensure you print the receipt and enclose with your enrollment package and mail them to The Wedding Academy (see mailing address below).

The Wedding Academy
(626) 261-4200
17360 Colima Road, Box# 123
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Eventbrite - 2013 Summer Wedding Consultant Certificate Program

Join us on 6/26 for a fun beach wedding – food, drinks & creative decor!

Our 2013 Spring wedding consultant students are soon to receive their certificates and ready to design dreams and create memories. Before this becomes official, they need to complete their final task by working with wedding vendors to create their own genius wedding design.

If you would like to present your talent and gain awareness at the wedding industry and local community, we are looking for vendors to sponsor our event and final project. Each sponsor will receive a free exhibition booth (worth $250) and a Certificate of Appreciation (priceless) at our event. Sponsor’s logo will be printed on all our posters, flyers, social media, press release, and website. Sponsors will also be invited to our press conference and will be filmed a 60 seconds introduction at our event.

If you would like to become an exhibitor, we have limited spaces available. The investment is only $250 each.   Your logo will be printed on our posters and websites and you will receive a 30 second video introduction.

To register for the event and enter the raffle prize drawing, please RSVP here:

For more information, please contact Sherrien Shui at (626) 261-4200 or email to TheWeddingAcademy (at) gmail (dot) com.