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How to Prepare for a Wedding Planner Career

Are you thinking about becoming a wedding planner?   If you've got the right stuff, this career can be fun, rewarding and financially lucrative.   Here are five quick tips to help you plan and prepare for your career as a wedding planner. 


This article was adapted from How to Become A Wedding Planner


1. Preparing for a career as a wedding planner can begin while in high school. Students who participate in classes like: English, psychology, accounting, business mathematics, keyboarding, and physical education can easily go on to certificate diplomas or college educational programs.

2. Certificate programs generally last 6 months and are offered through trade or vocational schools or online programs. Students participate in classes like: contract writing, payment collection, the history of weddings, bridal fashion, ethnic weddings, wedding gown selection, marketing, ethnic weddings, business planning courses, and industry etiquette to learn skills necessary to work as wedding planners. Students may advance to higher level training programs after completing licensing requirements or gain employment under the supervision of a more experienced wedding planner.

3. Associates degree programs last two years and involve studies in courses like: basics of wedding planning, wedding etiquette, vendors and contracts, budgeting, wedding traditions, wedding parties, wedding planner business development, wedding ceremony planning, special circumstance wedding ceremonies, sales, marketing, accounting, and public relations. Students may advance to higher degree programs by changing majors to event planning or gain employment as wedding planners after completing licensing requirements.

4. The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC) allows graduates of certificate or college programs credentials necessary to attract new clients. The APCWC credential allows individuals to receive client referrals and gain business contacts.

5. Advancing studies into a bachelor or masters degree program in a wedding planning related field, like event planning, allows students to expand educational and career opportunities. Students study courses like: budgeting, project management, public relations, problem solving, event planning, contract law, marketing, history of weddings, business planning, bridal gown fashion, wedding music, and destination weddings to prepare for future employment as event or wedding planners. Students usually are required to complete an internship under the supervision of a more experienced event planner before graduating.

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