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Certified Wedding Planner

Wedding planners combine creativity and organization to help happy couples celebrate the most important day of their lives. Train for a career surrounded by celebratory events!

In this program, you will master the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering stunning weddings and parties. This program allows you to earn your certification as a professional wedding planner and will give you an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship.

9 Months / 340 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Certified Wedding Planner

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Certified Wedding Planner Details + Objective

Course Code: GES204

You Will Learn
  • Learn the skills required for a job in the wedding and social event industry
  • Create event concepts and plan celebrations from beginning to end
  • Understand how to negotiate and handle vendor contracts
  • Develop client contracts and service packages
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 340 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Develop skills needed to jumpstart a career as a wedding planner or event coordinator
  • Access an online resource library containing more than 150 customizable documents you can download and use for your clients
  • Receive notifications on internships in your area to get hands-on experience
  • Become an integral part of one of the most important days in someone’s life
Certified Wedding Planner Outline
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Wedding Industry Overview

Learn the basics of what it takes to run a successful business in the wedding industry. Read up on customs regarding wedding budgets, engagements, traditional wedding meanings, and engagement/wedding FAQs.

How to Run Your Own Event Business

Understand your role as a certified wedding planner. Learn questions to ask the engaged couples, how to develop a client profile, and how to set vendor and customer expectations. Undertake a crash course in project management while learning to evaluate competition in your market.

The Traditional Wedding Planner

Discover how to document your goals, select venues and vendors, and how to agree upon contracts and negotiations. Study how to create quality wedding packages, and learn how to work with prospective clients.

Wedding Cultures and Traditions

Discuss the main elements of various types of wedding – both traditional American and internationally influenced. Learn what questions to ask when onboarding a client and how to delegate bridal party responsibilities. Explore traditional and nontraditional wedding gown and music options so as to better advise potential clients.

Marketing Your Business

Master the art of creating a solid partner list from which to frequently work with. Develop your reputation and image as a wedding planner and learn how to promote your business locally. Understand what it takes to market your brand via online and offline channels.

Destination Weddings and Organizational Tools

Learn how to follow a timeline and stay organized when planning a major event. Familiarize yourself with the tools experts in the fields use to stay on task and organized, as well as software that will help you expand your business opportunities.

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Certified Wedding Planner Instructors
Cho Phillips

Cho Phillips is the founder and CEO of Lovegevity, Inc. and author of Professional Wedding and Event Planning, How to Start a Wedding Planning Business textbook and resource manual. She is also co-author of Preston Bailey's "Signature Wedding and Event Design" course, co-author of Dina Manzo's, It's My Party And I'll Plan If I Want To and co-author of SMART Corporate Event Planning. Through her company, Lovegevity, Cho has helped thousands of brides around the country, and is a consultant and trainer to numerous corporations servicing the bridal market. As founder of The Wedding Planning Institute and a curriculum provider to many colleges and universities, Cho provides an opportunity for subject matter experts to contribute to the standardization and education for wedding professionals.

Cho is frequently featured in the media as an expert on wedding industry trends, professional certification, and wedding planning. She has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Las Vegas Sun, and has served as a guest on NBC, UPN, WB and many other local television and radio stations across the country. Cho also created The Wedding Planning Board Game.

Certified Wedding Planner Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this program. The program is ideal for you if you're interested in becoming a full- or part-time wedding planner or event planner.

This program is compatible with the Mac OS, Windows XP, and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. You must be able to view Flash content to utilize the online curriculum. You will also need access to a computer with Internet access and emailing capabilities.

The following textbooks will be provided with your tuition:

  • Professional Wedding and Event Planning, How to Start a Wedding and Event Planning Business
  • Dina Manzo’s It’s My Party and I’ll Plan If I Want To
Certified Wedding Planner Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open-enrollment. You can start and finish the program at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given an initial nine months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. This program also provides you with a professional wedding planning certification.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via email, phone, and Skype) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs, and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-951-309-8167. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Will the Certified Wedding Planner Program give me the skills I need?

Certified Wedding Planner graduates are better trained and earn a higher income than the average wedding planner. This is the most comprehensive certification program available for this profession.

What kind of income can I expect to earn as a Certified Wedding Planner?

Your earning potential is dependent on where you live, the population, your performance and business offerings, and how many weddings and social events you plan annually. Also, whether you plan on working full- or part-time will be a major factor. Graduates who apply the training from this program to their career have the potential to make $100,000 per year or more, depending on how many weddings and social events they produce each year. Your income and earnings will ultimately be determined by what you plan to offer in your business, any other products or services you provide, and your marketing efforts. This program will walk you through the process step-by-step, to show you how to figure out what you can earn and how to structure your business model and increase revenue.

What is a typical day like for a wedding consultant?

A day in the life of a wedding consultant can be an exciting and rewarding one, but it’s also hard work. Your workday will be a combination of phone calls, emails, and meetings with brides and vendors, plus research, and of course planning and designing that special day for clients. The needs of each bride will dictate the day's events. A large part of your job will involve communicating with vendors and conducting research for clients. You’ll also be overseeing services on the day of the event and will be there to support the bride. Expect to include evening and weekend hours in your business schedule.

What exactly is a certified wedding planner responsible for in working with a bride?

In the initial meeting with the bride, a wedding planner will be asking questions and learning more about what the bride would like for her wedding day. Once this information has been gathered, the consultant will then start researching and talking to vendors to see who is available on that date and will start booking vendors for the couple. If the bride needs a consultant to attend the wedding that day, the consultant will handle all necessary arrangements. It’s the responsibility of the wedding planner to be a project manager and help the bride produce her ideal wedding, to guide her in the right direction, and to always look out for her best interest. Ultimately, the bridal couple will dictate what they would like a wedding planner to help with.

What is the difference between a wedding or bridal consultant, a wedding planner, and a wedding director?

A wedding or bridal consultant works in partnership with the couple and guides them through the process of making wedding decisions. Couples working with a consultant are very much in control of their wedding plans, but can rest assured they have professional guidance and assistance when needed. This allows the couple to enjoy the wedding planning process, making it as fun and stress-free as possible. A wedding planner is similar to a project manager. A wedding planner takes charge and plans the details of a wedding from start to finish. The couple is still involved, but most of the leg work is left to the planner, who will make their arrangements for them. A wedding director coordinates the details, vendors, and itinerary on the wedding day. All concerns are placed on the shoulders of the wedding director during the event. The couple doesn't need to get caught up in the small details and can enjoy their guests and the day's celebration.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

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