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How to become a wedding planner

Every year, thousands of engaged couples start planning their weddings—and it isn't long before they realize they could use the help of a professional. If you're a people person with strong organizational skills who genuinely looks forward to wedding season, why not turn it into a career? Get up to date on wedding planning fundamentals like creating a budget, choosing vendors, and recommending themes, color schemes, and decor styles.

Enroll at Ashworth College and you'll learn how to become a wedding planner—but that's not all. Unlike other online wedding planner courses, you'll also get a one-year membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants® (ABC). That means you'll have access to industry workshops and conferences, networking opportunities, insurance discounts, and other benefits to help you build your business and market your skills.

Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)

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  • Easily afford this API Program Name program with our no interest monthly payment options
  • Fit study around your life with our flexible online study model
  • Upgrade your career prospects and achieve your goals

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What you get

  • One-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), the largest group of wedding professionals in the world ($150 value)
  • Virtual field trips and multimedia presentations that add a visual element to concepts
  • A Wedding Planner Resources supplement (including checklists, timetables, scheduling forms, and more)
  • The opportunity to become a Certified Sandals® Resorts Destination Wedding Specialist
 
$47,350

median salary

Job opportunities

According to the Association of Bridal Consultants®, weddings bring in $165 billion annually*, with over 2.4 million weddings each year in the U.S. alone. So it's no surprise that the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a healthy 10% job growth for meeting, convention, and event planners by 2026, and pinpoints the median salary to be $47,350**.

 

GET REDUCED
RATES

With an ABC membership, you'll save on various wedding vendors including caterers, florists, and more.

GROW
YOUR NETWORK

Build a contact list of clients, vendors, and venues to help plan a range of different types of weddings.

BE YOUR
OWN BOSS

Graduate in as little as four months, start your own business, and be part of a growing industry.

 

Frequently asked questions

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

Yes. Our wedding planning course online is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the methods, procedures, and techniques that professional wedding planners actually use in the real world. By the time you earn your diploma in wedding planning at graduation, you should have the confidence to enter the field and start toward a successful career.

All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth EDGE, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth EDGE throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!

We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to earn your diploma in wedding planning. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many advantages of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

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State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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