Work Experience

Help to plan or coordinate a real wedding or shadow a successful wedding planner

Scroll to the bottom to see available work experience placements exclusively for our students and graduates.

Getting practical, professional wedding planner work experience is nearly impossible in the wedding planning industry, yet it is one of the most important parts of your training. To give you the best possible start in your career and kick-start your portfolio, The Wedding Planner School guarantees voluntary experience exclusively for our planning course graduates and elite course graduates who reach the required standard.

Every wedding season we place more than 50 students into wedding planning work experience placements.  You will help brides to execute their plans or shadow a professional wedding planner.

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“My voluntary placement shadowing professional planner Samantha was absolutely fantastic. Samantha was very informative and made me feel at ease from the very beginning and her on the day planning schedule was extremely detailed and very helpful….Thank you for this opportunity, I would certainly recommend it.”

Amanda Vrac, WPS Graduate

DID YOU KNOW that any students achieving 90%+ and those who stand out as being exceptional candidates during their relationship with The Wedding Planner School are the only planners allowed to join the exclusive Nova network of wedding planners, the only wedding planner franchise in the world that is recognised by WPS? If you are a high-achieving WPS graduate and you haven’t been approached already with an offer to join the network but you think this applies to you, approach us now and we can pass on your details to Nova.

How do I book my voluntary experience placement?

1) Choose a specific placement from the list below and make a note of the reference and date. Check that you are available and you understand what is required of you. More get added throughout the year so keep checking every week.

2) Read the terms and conditions on this Voluntary Work Experience Booking Form and Information 2018-2020

3) Then email the front desk team at the School by email to check if your chosen placement is definitely still available and that you are eligible for it. If you need insuring they will help you.

4) When they tell you to, complete and return the above form.

All placements require insurance which you can arrange yourself or pay a contribution towards a group WPS policy on booking.

This is a unique and expensive-to-run facility available to you for free if you are insured. Be brave, take advantage and put your learning into practice.


Available Placements


29th June 2018 ~ shadowing a professional planner Monica Smith
Wedding Location: Fennes Manor House in Essex
Placements: 2 wedding day coordination assistants to shadow a successful WPS graduate.
What we know about this placement:

This will be a fun, bright, joyful celebration for a young vibrant couple. Two assistants are required for this wedding. Monica is looking for aspiring planners (no experience necessary) who are “engaging, hard working, bright, warm, fun, well presented, forward thinking, polite and personable, happy to assist with anything, no task too big or too small. Passionate about a career in events planning.” She will be able to give coaching and advice throughout the day and access to documents for your own development.

A short call with Monica will take place before selecting the assistants.

Duties will including responding to any requests on the day, ensuring the bridal party and family stick to timings throughout the day, speaking to suppliers and showing them where to set up. Directing 200-250 guests throughout the day. Assisting with reception set up and some light décor arrangements.

There will be a full brief on arrival at 11am with Monica at venue and you’ll be needed until around 9pm, but expect these times to alter based on the needs of the wedding and guests.

You will need to make your own way to the venue, dinner and lunch will be provided.

If you want to take on the lead or assistant coordinator role and you are available on the dates required, [email us now]( quoting reference: MonicaEssex


Date & Couple: 10th August 2018 for Sophie & Richard
Location: Taplins Place, Hartley Wintney, nr Reading, RG27 8EF
Placements: 2 wedding day coordinators (1 lead, 1 assisting).  No planning required beforehand, just one meeting within 6 weeks of the wedding day.
What we know about this placement: Ideally the meeting should be held at the venue one morning in July, ideally weekend.  There is no public transport to this country venue so at least one of the planners must have a car.  It is fairly close to Reading and the M4 so very accessible by car.  The ceremony and reception are all on site and the theme is rustic – fairly lights, hessian bunting, tea lights in jars with a mint green colour scheme.  One meal will be available on the wedding day for you.  If possible, you could attend the venue the afternoon before to help decorate, as well as attending the wedding day to help with the suppliers, 80 day guests and 120 evening guests.
If you want to take on the lead or assistant coordinator role and you are available on the dates required, email us now quoting reference: SophieReading


Date & Couple: 26th August 2018 for Donna & Harry
Location: Tracey Estate Parkland, Honiton, Devon, EX13 3NW
Placements: 1 x wedding day coordinator to work under an experienced lead planner. What we know about this placement: The venue is in the countryside so you will need a car or least a lift there and back on the wedding day.  You will be required for a full day of setting up, decorating, hosting and closing down at the wedding and taking care of 114 guests plus a few extra in the evening, under the direction of Caroline, the experienced planner.
If you want to take on the assistant planner role and you are available on the dates required, email us now quoting reference: DonnaHoniton


Keep checking because more wedding planner work experience placements throughout the UK will be added over the spring and summer.