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- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Ranked #484 last year
- Initial investment
$57K - $81K
- Units as of 2022
109 42% over 3 years
Complete Weddings + Events is one of the leading event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services, and photo booth rentals. Complete Weddings + Events makes it easy for someone planning an event or wedding to get it all done in one swoop. Instead of signing contracts with many different people, Complete Weddings + Events helps clients have it all in one place coordinating the event and making sure everything goes smoothly. It has over 175 franchises in operation in the U.S., as well as a few in Canada.
Why You May Want to Start a Complete Weddings + Events Franchise
Complete Weddings + Events has been in business for over 40 years and planned and finished more than 300,000 events. With such a strong reputation and so many events completed, clients can trust that Complete Weddings + Events will do a good job with their event.
The wedding industry is huge, and there is no decline in sight. People are likely always going to be planning events and getting married. Running a Complete Weddings + Events franchise allows you to take advantage of that industry. You also have help to make sure you are running operations as smoothly as possible. The team at headquarters in Omaha, New Brunswick, Canada will help you stay up-to-date on trends, changes in costs, and changes in ideals from the target clients.
What Might Make a Complete Weddings + Events Franchise a Good Choice?
Through Complete Weddings + Events, you have access to industry experts and ongoing training. Complete Weddings + Events hosts a monthly webinar with industry experts so that you and your staff can connect with potential clients and stand out from all of the other wedding and events companies.
Complete Weddings + Events strives to keep your custom software up-to-date and you and your staff trained on the most recent updates. You and your staff are also continually trained on branding, collateral, operations, and sales procedures. This is all to give you an edge in a competitive industry.
Suppose your net worth and available liquid capital match the brand’s requirements. In that case, you may qualify to open a Complete Weddings + Events franchise, and you can get started with an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also be aware of ongoing fees that will include royalty fees and advertising fees.
How to Open a Complete Weddings + Events Franchise
You can get started with Complete Weddings + Events by filling out an inquiry form with your personal information and note any questions or comments you may have for the company. Usually, a Complete Weddings + Events representative will contact you to discuss your qualifications and get to know you better.
As you progress through the process, you'll be able to preview the software, so you know what you'll be working with. You can review the Franchise Disclosure Document, as well. This way, you know what you're getting into with Complete Weddings + Events.
After all of this, you may get invited to attend a discovery day at headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. During this visit, you will meet with the team and see the franchise operations in person. If you want to pursue a Complete Weddings + Events franchise, you can sign an agreement. After going through training, you'll be saying "I do" to an incredible opportunity.
About Complete Weddings & Events
- Services (Other)
- Related Categories
- Photography & Video Services, Party/Event Services, Miscellaneous Services, Recreation
- Parent Company
- Complete Music Inc.
- Clare Moore, Franchise Development Director
- Corporate Address
110 N. 9th
Omaha, NE 68102
- Franchising Since
- 1983 (40 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
This company is offering new franchisees in the following international regions: Canada
- # of Units
- 109 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Complete Weddings & Events franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $56,820 - $81,070
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- In-House Financing
- Complete Weddings & Events offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs
- Third Party Financing
- Complete Weddings & Events has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 16 hours
- Classroom Training
- 36 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail Marketing
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Interested in ownership opportunities like Complete Weddings & Events? Request a free consultation with a Franchise Advisor now.
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