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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 course, you will master the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering stunning weddings and parties. This course 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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George Mason University

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Certified Wedding Planner

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES204

What 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

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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Instructors & Support

Cho Phillips

Cho Phillips is the founder of Lovegevity, Inc. and author of the “Professional Wedding and Event Planning: How to Start a Wedding Planning Business” textbook and resource manual. As founder of The Wedding Planning Institute, Phillips provides an opportunity for subject matter experts to contribute to the standardization and education for wedding professionals. She has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Las Vegas Sun, and has been a guest on NBC, UPN, WB and other nationally-broadcast television and radio stations.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

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

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • 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

About Certification

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The Wedding Planning Institute (WPI) understands that wedding planning is a serious profession, and wants to ensure it is treated as such. The Institute works directly with industry partners to create standardized programs that will bring professional recognition to the industry—and help wedding planning professionals demonstrate their commitment to being the best. WPI’s wedding planner certifications are always at the forefront of trends, and you can be as well when you enroll in a certified course from us.

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FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

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

Does this course prepare for a certification?

No.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

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

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

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

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

Will the Certified Wedding Planner course 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 course 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 course 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 course 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.

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