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February 28, 2014 12:00 am

Graduate Feature – The Bijou Bride

Bijou Bride

Name: Alexandra Merri

Business: The Bijou Bride

Location: London, U.K.

Connect with Alexandra!

Twitter: @BijouBride

Facebook: The Bijou Bride

Instagram: @bijoubride

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Alexandra Merri aka The Bijou Bride is a creative wedding planner and stylist based in the U.K.  Alexandra believes no two couples are the same and therefore no two weddings should be either.  Her services offer a bespoke approach to wedding planning that’s tailored to suit each couple’s lifestyle and budget.

The Bijou Bride

What first motivated you to get into wedding planning?

I’ve always been a creative planner, as one of my friend’s put it I “turn everything into an event” from birthday parties to Pancake day.  It was whilst working at a major film company organizing premieres, exciting team away days and so on as well as freelance fashion styling that I had that light bulb moment.  I realized that there was a career that would allow me to combine both my creative and organizational talents – wedding planning.  I had organised my own Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding (my middle name is Titania so needless to say it was a theme) within a 5 month time frame and been assisting various friends when I took the plunge and enrolled in the QC International Wedding & Event Planning course.  Luckily I passed with flying colors and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Bijou Bride

How did you choose QC Event School? What did you like most about your studies?

I researched the most valued, in depth event planning study programs and knew that I needed a flexible course which is what led me to QC.  Those messages from my mentor were so much nicer than just a typed email and I felt really supported by the QC team throughout my studies and long after.

The Bijou Bride

You graduated from QC Event School in 2011, how has your career evolved since then? 

It hasn’t been easy but then nothing that’s worth striving for is.  The real challenge is getting your name known and working out your niche within the industry.

Your website is absolutely beautiful. What inspired the design?

I wanted it to be clean and contemporary, I found that a lot of planning company’s sites were pink and swirly which just isn’t me.  Inspiration came from some of my favorite sites like Kate Spade and Topshop I think it’s important to stay true to who you are, your loves and taste.


What came first, the name or the tagline? How did you come to decide on this unique brand identity? 

I wanted to find a word that summed up my approach and ‘Bijou’ does just that.  By definition it is ‘desirable, fashionable, stylish, chic, sought-after, to die for’ just how a wedding should be.  The tagline just came to me; I want all my clients to feel that their wedding day is quintessentially them not a projection of others’ expectations.


We know you must always be juggling a dozen tasks. How do you keep on top of everything? 

My Google calendar is invaluable, I log my to do list in 30 minute slots and have it synced with my mobile phone so I never miss a thing.

Wedding trends change every year; what 2014 wedding trend are you most excited to work with?

There is definitely a move towards toned down and understated styling or as I’ve dubbed it ‘bare naked elegance’ that is reliant on a great setting and good furniture.


What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve planned to date?

That is a tough one as they are all memorable in their own way.  A snowy winter wedding with a James Bond theme and 4 am finish time is probably the quirkiest though.


You’ve been featured in quite a few notable publications and sites. Tell us! What do you see in The Bijou Bride’s future?

This year is my busiest to date for wedding bookings but I’m hoping to take on further branding projects with bridal designers and venues.  I love being creative so a variety of projects is never a bad thing.

The Bijou Bride Features



May 13, 2013 10:54 am

Featuring QC Grad Jo Davies

We want to offer a big congratulations to QC Event School graduate Jo Davies! She recently won the “Best New Wedding Planner” (Devon) award from Wedding Industry Experts. Jo graduated from the Wedding Planner course only two months ago, and we’re so proud of how far she’s come in such a short amount of time. That’s why we wanted to feature her story and her business today. Make sure you scroll all the way to view some photos of her work!

Featuring QC grad Jo Davies


Company Name: Jo Davies Weddings
Region: South West England, UK
Twitter: @JoDaviesWedding
Phone: 07902540033 or 01823 602839

What motivated you to start your career as a professional event and wedding planner?

My lovely sister in law asked me to organise her wedding soon after she got engaged last year. She told me that she was so impressed with the way my own wedding turned in out in 2011 she wanted me to help plan hers! I was completely over the moon that she felt I could create her dream day and I thought to myself, What if I can do this for other people too?

What are some highlights of your career so far?

My wedding planning business is still in the very early stages but I have already received a huge amount of support from other vendors in the wedding industry. I was recently voted the Best New Wedding Planner in Devon and ranked number 7 in England!

How did your course prepare you for working in the field?

From start to finish the IWPP course with QC provided me with all the knowledge needed to start my own business in wedding planning. The course taught me how to successfully complete all the stages required to plan various different wedding styles and provided brilliant support all the way through!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out with their training or career?

The only thing I can say at this point is to never give up! I have experienced many knocks and downfalls on the way but the important thing is that you pick yourself up and carry on. If your dream is to be a wedding planner, go for it!

Some photos of Jo’s work…

Featuring QC grad Jo Davies

Featuring QC grad Jo Davies

Featuring QC grad Jo Davies

Featuring QC grad Jo Davies

Featuring QC grad Jo Davies

Photo credit (Jo’s portrait): Andy Whale
All other photos: Mark Waldron

April 7, 2013 3:29 pm

Online Wedding Planning Courses

Are you looking to further your education and enter the wedding planning industry but just don’t have the time to dedicate towards an in-class schedule? You’re not alone. More and more people are choosing online education, and that’s where QC Event School comes in. We are an international school specializing in distance education courses. When you enroll in a course with QC, you complete all of your course work from your own home and at our own pace. All you need is a computer and the drive to succeed!

Online Wedding Planning CoursesQC offers courses in both event and wedding planning. When you enroll you receive immediate access to an online student center, which is where you will be uploading and submitting your completed assignments. Most of your course material will be available through this student center, but we do also send out physical course books for your convenience. We want you to be able to study from wherever is most convenient for you.

You will be learning from lesson texts, course guides, e-books, and instructional videos. In addition, you will be paired with a tutor who has had years of experience as a professional in the event and wedding planning industry. They’ll be critically reviewing each and every assignment you submit, providing you with letter grades and audio feedback to listen to. They’ll let you know what you’ve done well, and what might need some improvement.

Here at QC we pride ourselves on our excellent student support. You primarily communicate with your tutor through the online student center, but if you ever have any immediate questions you can always get in touch! We have trained Student Support Specialists available via phone, e-mail, and live chat just waiting to help you with course work, account details, and anything else you might need.

We aim to provide the best in course content and student support. Come join us and start your online wedding planning courses today! Learn more about QC Event School here.


April 5, 2013 1:24 pm

Getting Started in Event Planning

Are you interested in getting started in event planning? We hope you are! The event planning industry is ever-growing and will very likely remain prosperous for a very long time. Gathering people together to celebrate accomplishments and milestones will never go out of style, and creative individuals are highly sought after to help plan and host unique and memorable events. QC Event School knows what it takes to become a respected professional in this exciting and rewarding industry, and would like to help you get there!

We start you off from the very beginning, so it’s completely fine if you’ve no prior experience. Our panel of professional tutors will help you along the way, sharing their personal experience and helping you to determine where you will fit in, what services you will offer, and how to charge appropriately based on your area and competition.

Once you’ve graduated from one of our event courses you’ll be equipped with one of our professional designations and all the know-how to go out and make a name for yourself in this exciting industry. Getting started in event planning has never been easier or more straight forward than with QC Event School. Give us a call or send us a quick e-mail, and let one of our Student Support Specialists tell you more about why our School might be the right fit for you! You can get in touch with us here.


Are you considering a career as an event coordinator? There are so many reasons to take your place in this growing industry; we’ve put together just a few to see if this job is right for you.

You enjoy working with people

As an event coordinator, you will meet and form relationships with new people each and every day. And it’s not just the clients you’ll be working with. You also need to secure strong relationships with vendors so that you can create a high-quality event on any budget. This job is all about networking.

You don’t like to stay still

This job can be different every single day, and you have to be prepared to change with it. You’ll need to be able to think outside the box and change your techniques based on the needs of the individual client. Are you up for the challenge?

You appreciate good style

As an event coordinator, your clients will expect you to be up-to-date on the latest trends and use them creatively in the events you plan. Think gorgeous color palettes, modern decor, and interesting venues – all tools you’ll need to have in your roster as the coordinator.

You’re flexible, and can think on your feet

Most of your job will be about preparation before the big day comes. However, as the event is taking place, you need to be prepared for any number of things to go wrong. If you’re able to keep a cool head under this kind of pressure, this could definitely be a career for you.

If this sounds like you, then it might be time to take the first steps. Enroll in QC Event School’s Event Planning course and gain all the skills you’ll need to get started in the wonderful world of event coordinating!

Even if you’re not yet working as an event planner, you should definitely start browsing online job postings to get a feel for the demand of jobs in your area, and what skills employers are looking for. It’s important to educate yourself not only on event planning, but also on your local and regional industry – you need to know what options are available for you when the time comes. That’s why we’re posting this example event planner job description, to give you an idea of what an employer is looking for.

Position: Assistant Events Coordinator

This individual will help to coordinate up to 200 annual events, alongside the Event Coordinator. You have a highly motivated, take-charge personality, good customer service and ability to build relationships with clients and vendors, and excellent organization skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Negotiate vendor contracts, book venues, arrange catering services, order necessary equipment, and supervise event decorating.
  • Manage day-of set-up tasks and take-down for events.
  • Provide promotional materials, gift bags, registration lists, name-tags, and any necessary paraphernalia for conference attendees.
  • Analyze effectiveness of events to improve future projects.
  • Prepare budgets
  • Create and manage invoices and contracts
  • Organize schedules and appointments with clients, staff, and vendors

Skills required:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • High level of professionalism
  • Ability to work independently
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Relevant event planning training
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is a must

Does this sound like viable job for you? Then you’ve made the right choice in pursuing a career in event planning. For top industry training, consider taking a course with QC Event School. It’s the first step to an exciting future!

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March 22, 2013 6:44 pm

Looking for Wedding Planner Classes?

Wedding planning is a creative, fun, and growing industry. It might be hard work, but it’s so rewarding to plan the absolutely perfect event that a couple of newlyweds will remember fondly for a lifetime. Wedding planning gives you the option to work for yourself or to work for an established company. But if you want to get started, you should probably enroll in wedding planner classes. This can be difficult for people who already have a full-time job and are looking to switch fields, or those with demanding home lives. That’s why QC Event School offer wedding planner classes that you can complete from home – on your schedule.

QC Event School offers a comprehensive wedding planning course that will give you all the skills you need to get started as a planner – all through distance education. When you enroll, you’ll receive your course materials in the mail: course guides, full-color lesson texts, instructional DVDs, business templates, and a bonus book for your library. You’ll work through your hands-on assignments entirely at your own pace. If you only have two evenings a week to dedicate to your coursework, that’s okay! As you complete your assignments, you’ll upload them to an interactive Online Student Center to be reviewed by your personal tutor.

Your tutor is a professional wedding planner, and knows exactly what it takes to plan a successful wedding. She will look at all the work you submit, and provide you with audio feedback letting you know what you’ve done well, what areas you could improve, and what additional resources you might want to explore. Your tutor is there to help you achieve your individual goals, and together, you’ll be that much closer to becoming a wedding planner.

To complement your planning training, you’ll also learn the ins-and-outs of how to start your own business. From choosing a business name to marketing and promotion, you’ll graduate with a thorough knowledge of the industry, and a solid plan to start your own wedding planning business.

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So you want to be a party planner. That’s great! Congratulations on making a decision to take control of your career and take your place in an exciting industry. So, what’s your next step? You might want to consider enrolling in party planning courses. QC Event School is here to help.

We offer three different courses in event and wedding planning, but for anyone interested in becoming a party planner, I would suggest the Event Planning course. All our courses are done entirely through distance education, so you can work entirely on your own time. Over the course of four comprehensive units, you’ll gain all the skills you’ll need to break into the party planning industry. Learn how to plan any kind of party for any kind of client – corporate events, meetings, ceremonies, birthday parties, baby showers, religious rites, and more. You’ll be fully equipped to approach any project with confidence.

Alongside your planning lessons, you’ll also receive full business training to help prepare you for starting your own business, if you so desire. You will learn how to choose a business name that best reflects your brand and services, how to write a business plan, and how to market and promote your services so that you can start to get clients. You’ll also learn effective project management skills and how to build relationships with clients and vendors. By the end of your course, there will be nothing stopping you from living the career of your dreams!

For more information, be sure to visit the QC Event School website at, and subscribe to our email list to get regular updates on course developments, promotions, and the latest industry trends. If you have any questions about the course, be sure to leave them in the comment section below!

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March 21, 2013 9:35 pm

Fun and Fresh Guest Book Ideas

Here at QC, one of our own is in the midst of feverishly planning her own wedding – so we’ve had weddings on the brain. There are just so many little details that have to be considered, and it’s hard to juggle all that planning while still making the day unique and personal. One of those details is the guest book. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of those old-fashioned, ribbon-bound guest books. Does anyone even look at them after the big day?

That led me on a search for fresh guest book ideas. Here’s what I’ve come up with…

Finger prints! What I love most about this idea is that after the wedding day, you can frame this and showcase it in your home. There’s so much versatility with the fingerprint guest book – different colors and different designs really allow the couple to choose a style that matches their personalities. Also, it doesn’t require guests to think of something inspiring to write to the couple. All they need to offer are their fingers!

Again, a guest book that can actually be used after the event! This porcelain platter comes with a special pen and instructions on how to preserve the signatures for years to come. What a great keepsake for the happy couple.

Photo booths have been really trendy in weddings lately, probably because of their vintage vibe. Although this idea is more along the lines of a traditional guest book, giving your guests the opportunity to add their snapshot is a great way to add a bit of fun to your reception. You can easily rent out photo booths for weddings and other events, and often the rental companies will provide digital copies of all the photos you take – something your guests will surely appreciate afterward.

Do you have some alternative guest book ideas? Let us know in a comment below!


Why should you choose distance learning event management courses? Here are just a few reasons why taking a distance learning course with QC Event School might be the perfect career move for you.

Learn on your own time

Enroll in distance learning event management coursesWhen you’re learning from home, you are the one who chooses your schedule. You don’t need to commute to a physical campus, and you can work your studies around a busy schedule, free from harsh deadlines and time constraints. QC Event School has students from all walks of life – students looking for a first-time career, mature students looking to switch to a new field, stay-at-home parents who want to run a home business that won’t interfere with family life. No matter where you’re coming from, distance learning works.

Experience hands-on learning

Distance learning does not mean that your assignments will be based on readings and tests alone. Quite the opposite. Your assignments have been designed to have you practicing your new role in event management. You’ll be expected to begin contacting local vendors to begin to build professional relationships. You’ll be asked to tackle realistic case studies to prepare yourself for working with difficult clients. All the work that you complete will be reviewed by a personal tutor who is also a professional event planner. You’ll know exactly what you’re doing well, and be given the tools you need to improve.

Call for help

Just because you’re learning from home does not mean you’re learning alone. QC Event School prides itself on student support, and invites all students to contact the school for assistance (or just to chat about the course, or the industry!) along the way. The dedicated staff of Student Support Specialists is available by phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, and LiveChat – drop them a line!

For more information on QC’s distance learning program, visit