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Wedding Planner Courses

Career Diploma in
Wedding Planner

Train for Wedding Planner careers and become a trusted consultant, creating cherished wedding memories for brides and grooms. Graduates of our Wedding Planner Program attain membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants. Membership entitles you to the opportunity to become an ABC Certified Wedding Planner.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Lesson books with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

This course teaches all the tricks of the trade, from choosing invitations to planning the honeymoon. In our wedding planner courses you’ll also learn essential time management and organizational skills so that your events stay on track and on budget.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Concepts in Business and Self-Employment  

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.

Lesson 3: Making Dreams Come True  

The role of the bridal consultant; basics of a successful bridal consulting business; your professional image; gathering resources for wedding planning; working with brides and mothers at the first interview; setting appropriate fees.

Lesson 4: You are Cordially Invited  

The engagement; making the announcement; selecting a wedding style; formulating the budget; listing wedding plans and costs; compiling the guest list; choosing the right invitations; tracking responses.

Lesson 5: Etiquette, Traditions, and Customs  

Popular wedding customs and traditions; contemporary symbolism; rituals and traditions around the world; ethnic customs; receiving gifts; accepted etiquette; using a bridal registry.

Lesson 6: Ceremonies  

Selecting the right site for different kinds of ceremonies; the challenge of double weddings; how to personalize the ceremony and make it special for each couple; what you should know about the way different religions celebrate marriage; conducting a wedding rehearsal.

Lesson 7: The Wedding Budget  

Apportioning the wedding costs among the bride: groom: and parents; approaches to distributing financial obligations; unexpected expenses; what to specify in contracts with vendors; insurance concerns.

Lesson 8: Dressing the Part  

How to shop for and find the perfect wedding dress; selecting bridal accessories; choosing the right attire for the maid of honor, best man, and other attendants; appropriate outfits for mothers, fathers, and siblings; proper attire for wedding guests.

Lesson 9: All the Parties  

Planning the engagement party; the who, what, when, how, and where of bridal and wedding showers; requirements for the bridesmaids' luncheon; the bachelor party; the rehearsal dinner; ideas for the main event—the wedding reception; selecting the right facility; renting equipment.

Lesson 10: Eat, Drink, and Be Married  

Choosing a menu; how to select a caterer; food service concerns; understanding catering contracts, terms, and conditions; the steps involved in ordering and serving the wedding cake; the groom's cake; coordinating reception details; popular reception traditions.

Lesson 11: Orchestrating and Decorating the Celebration  

Rules for the ceremony's music; choosing and contracting with the musicians; musical selections for the wedding ceremony and reception; selecting a qualified florist; floral trends and tips; bridal bouquet options.

Lesson 12: Capturing the Memories  

Choosing a photographer; drawing up a fair contract; engagement pictures; how to have a successful bridal portrait sitting; candid vs. formal shots; the wedding album; capturing weddings on video; verifying references; what it should cost.

Lesson 13: Travel and the Honeymoon  

Determining the appropriate honeymoon site and style; planning the honeymoon; creating a reasonable budget; legal requirements for traveling to foreign destinations; wedding transportation vendors.

Lesson 14: How to Beat Wedding Stress  

Handling weddings with complicated family circumstances; understanding common familial emotions and pressures; managing stress; couples with socioeconomic disparities; pre-nuptial agreements.

Lesson 15: Starting Your Business  

Your new bridal consulting business: start-up essentials; legal requirements; record-keeping and taxes; managing your money; a reality-based management plan.

Lesson 16: Marketing Your Business  

Tips for effective advertising and promotion; marketing strategies; analyzing your competition; measuring advertising effectiveness.

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  What You Get

Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)

This course gives you comprehensive preparation for wedding planner careers, leading to a credential that will impress prospective clients. It begins with completion of the Ashworth College Wedding Planner curriculum, followed by becoming a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Your tuition covers:

  • Illustrated lesson books and study guides
  • One-year membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)
  • Exclusive access to the ABC’s many tools and benefits, including...
  • Subscription to Wedding Planner magazine
  • Business referrals, continuing education and workshops
  • Option to become an ABC Certified Wedding Planner
  • Supplements: Checklists, Timetables and Scheduling Forms
  • Supplement: Wedding Sources and Resources
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Career search and time management guides
  • Participation in the Student Community
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At graduation you’ll receive your personalized diploma and you may attend our annual graduation ceremony.

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Prepare for exciting Wedding Planner careers. Begin your Wedding Planner course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.