Wow, how quickly time flies. It seems I just began the Certified Wedding Planner course and now it’s almost complete. I've learned quite a bit and have been able to apply some of those skills to my own wedding.
This wonderful journey to become a Certified Wedding Planner is going to be coming to an end very soon. I have really enjoyed all of the challenges that the assignments have brought and I feel that I have learned the skills that are needed to be successful with my future career. This course has also armed me with the skills to plan an amazing wedding for my cousin this summer and I can't wait.
This course has truly been an eye opener. I had no idea that the passion I had for the wedding and event industry could grow to be so much more. I've been working with wedding planners for the past 5 years now, and enrolled in this course to better myself and my education. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned so many beneficial concepts and tools that I know I will use in the future. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone looking to further their career in the field and gain valuable information to help them become a better planner.
Course Code: GES204
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.