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Wedding Planning Courses and Certification Programs

Updated on October 7, 2011

Planning a wedding is truly a full time job and many modern brides and grooms simply don't have the time - or the desire - to handle every last detail on their own. The wedding planner or bridal consultant takes over the planning of the event, often to the very last detail to give a bride and groom their dream wedding with out the stress of making all of the arrangements themselves.

There are several options to consider if you would like to pursue wedding planning as a career. A Bachelors or Associates Degree in Hospitality or Event Planning is one an excellent option to pursue, especially if you would like more options for your career long term, such as working for hotels or large organizations as an event planner.

If you are not in the position to go to college full time and are interested in primarily working as a bridal consultant in your own home based wedding planning business, then a certificate program may be a good fit for your needs.There are several certificate programs to choose from that will allow you to complete your training either online or through weekend seminars. When your training is complete, you will be able to market yourself as a certified bridal consultant. This training can give you the skills and credentials needed to get started in this lucrative field.

Floral wedding cake.
Floral wedding cake.

How to Choose a Wedding Planning Course

What should you look for when evaluating possible certification courses?

There are definitely certain skills that you must learn before entering the field of wedding planning. Look for a training program that offers certification upon completion, as well as a thorough education in the following skills:

  • Learn the basics of running your own business, including marketing and advertising, to bookkeeping and client satisfaction.
  • Learn to plan, order and track floral arrangements, wedding attire, catering and transportation services and manage all aspects of a major, multifaceted event.
  • Be up to date on wedding trends in fashion, food and specialty themed weddings.
  • Understand wedding insurance and when it is necessary for your client.
  • Understand various religious traditions and how they will effect the overall wedding plan and needs of the bridal party.
  • Learn how to plan the perfect wedding day, from invitations  and seating arrangements to equipment rentals, booking reception facilities and negotiating fees for your client. 

Green Wedding Planning Course

Everyone is going green and many brides are looking for help in planning a greener wedding. If you are not an expert on reducing the carbon footprint of a large scale event like a wedding, you may want to consider additional training and certification in green wedding planning.

The Green Bride Guide offers a 4 week course that is completed online and self-paced. It will provide you with the skills you need to provide eco-friendly wedding planning services as well as an additional way to market your services.

If protecting the planet is a priority for you, this may be a terrific specialty to consider. You meet like minded people who appreciate your knowledge and efforts.

The wedding industry continues to grow year after year. There are many opportunities for specialization as a bridal consultant. It is unlikely that you will ever get bored with this lucrative and diverse career path! 

Here are some specialty areas to consider as a wedding planner:

  • Destination Weddings 
  • Beach / Outdoor Weddings
  • Themed Weddings
  • Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings

Whether you choose a degree program at a local university or an online certification course, there is plenty to learn about wedding planning before taking on your first project. After completing your wedding planning course, you may want to consider working as an apprentice or intern for an experience wedding planner to learn the ropes.

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      proudgrandpa 7 years ago

      Hello Amy Jane,

      I never gave much thought to all that went into my first, big church wedding. I am typical male, show up, eat cake, drink Champagne. I agree that we are clueless.

      My second and present wife of 18 years and I eloped to Charleston, SC and it was wonderful with little planning. Her teenage daughter did ask if she could come so we had to explain elope to her. It was Valentines day so I stay out of trouble remembering my anniversary. Well, I did admit to being clueless. Interesting Hub. Thanks, NEIL

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Neil, I think many men would prefer to simply show up to the wedding and not have to be involved in the planning - so you are not alone! Thanks for reading! :)

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi,

      Green is good!

      Thanks and thumbs up!

      Jyoti Kothari

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you Jyoti! Green IS good. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice hub.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Sandy!

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      Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wow! I shouldn't be surprised but I never would have thought of getting certified in it. Thanks for adding some knowledge to this old brain.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks RGraf! Before I started researching this topic, I didn't realize that there was a certification process. I guess it helps to standardize the services offered. Wedding planning really is a unique field, unlike any other event or hospitality career!

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      Event Planner 7 years ago

      Seems like a really good way to start a successful career without worrying about paying for years of schooling.

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      terixf 7 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed this hub. I had so much fun planning my own wedding that at some point, I even thought about ditching my job as a clinical pharmacist and going that route. Your hub makes me feel that it might be more approachable a goal than I thought.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Event Planner - I agree - it's a viable career option that does not necessarily involve years of college to be a success. Some business sense / training would be needed if a consultant wanted to work on their own though.

      Hi terixf - So glad you enjoyed this and that it encouraged you! I think it would be a fun job and probably very different from what you are doing now. There is definitely a creative element to it, and training can be done part time.

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      Leslie Wu - Wedding Planning 7 years ago

      Amazing hub on wedding planning. We're planning our wedding ceremony since my fiance proposed to me last December. This was very helpful thanks so much.

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks! Glad this was helpful to you!

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      Wedding Planning Certification 6 years ago

      Hi...

      Good informative content and nice hub. Keep it up.

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