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.
Lesson 1: Making Dreams Come True
Lesson 2: You are Cordially Invited
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 3: Etiquette, Traditions & Customs
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 4: Ceremonies
Popular wedding customs and traditions; contemporary symbolism; rituals and traditions around the world; ethnic customs; receiving gifts; accepted etiquette; using a bridal registry.
Supplement: Time Management Guide
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 5: The Wedding Budget
How to be more productive and efficient as a student now—and in your career later.
Lesson 6: Dressing the Part
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 7: All the Parties
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 8: Eat, Drink & Be Married
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 9: Orchestrating & Decorating the Celebration
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 10: Capturing the Memories
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 11: The Honeymoon
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 12: Beating Wedding Stress
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 13: Starting a Business
Handling weddings with complicated family circumstances; understanding common familial emotions and pressures; managing stress; couples with socioeconomic disparities; pre-nuptial agreements.
Lesson 14: Marketing Your Business
Your new bridal consulting business: start-up essentials; legal requirements; record-keeping and taxes; managing your money; a reality-based management plan.
Supplement: Checklists, Tables & Timelines
Tips for effective advertising and promotion; marketing strategies; analyzing your competition; measuring advertising effectiveness.
Supplement: Sources & Resources
Tables, forms, and schedules to use in business.
Practical guide to recommended wedding vendors and suppliers.
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What You Get
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 Bridal Consulting curriculum, followed by becoming a certified member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.
Your tuition covers:
- Illustrated lesson books and study guides
- One-year certified membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)
- Exclusive access to the ABC’s many tools and benefits, including...
- Subscription to the ABC’s magazine and Wedding Planner magazine
- Business referrals
- Continuing education workshops
- Media coverage and co-op advertising
- 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
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
At graduation you’ll receive your personalized diploma and you may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You may enhance your credentials by becoming a Certified Sandals® Resorts Destination Wedding Specialist through the ABC. Sandals is one of the premiere names in destination weddings and honeymoon resort packages.
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.