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Certified Wedding Planner
Certified Wedding Planner
 

Prepare for a career in wedding planning by mastering the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering “wow” weddings and parties. This program allows you to earn your certification as a professional wedding planner—and you’ll even have an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship!

Overview

 

Prepare for a career in wedding planning by mastering the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering “wow” weddings and parties. This program allows you to earn your certification as a professional wedding planner—and you’ll even have an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship!

In these lessons, you’ll get step-by-step training and learn concise formulas for ensuring the success of any social event, from weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and baby showers. Once you’ve grasped the basics of planning weddings, you’ll translate theory into real-world applications as you discover how to cultivate the vendor and client relationships that are crucial to building your business.

With the aid of more than 150 business templates and other resource documents, you’ll also gain the financial acumen you need to complement your wedding planning talents. This program provides you with an entire set of financial tools you’ll be able to use for years to come, including contracts, business plans, fee structures, and service offerings. Each business template is carefully planned to address the specific demands of the wedding-planning industry.

Upon successfully completing this program, you will be certified as a professional wedding planner by the Wedding Planning Institute (WPI), a division of Lovegevity. In addition, you will qualify to apply for a six- month internship customized to your career objectives and goals. As a result, you can begin building your professional résumé right away!

Benefits / Objectives

 

Upon successful completion of the Certified Wedding Planner program, you will:

  • Have a portfolio of business contracts, pricing information, packages, and presentation tools.
  • Understand the process for setting up a legal wedding planning business and be knowledgeable about business structure; licenses; insurances; and major local, state, and federal laws and regulations that affect business, as well as the procedural requirements necessary for compliance.
  • Be proficient in prospecting for and contracting with wedding planning clients.
  • Understand how to use marketing, publishing, and public relations to promote and increase your business.
  • Understand how to develop service packages that give you a competitive edge in your local market.
  • Be proficient in skills such as budget planning, vendor selection, and wedding design.
  • Have knowledge of how to read and understand existing vendor contracts and create new ones.
  • Be familiar with wedding design elements, fabrics, and styles, and traditional and non-traditional etiquette.
  • Be familiar with various wedding traditions and cultures and how to incorporate a client’s ethnic or cultural background into the celebration.
  • Understand the six stages of an event experience and ways to implement them.
  • Develop your skills using wedding and event planning software, tools, and resources.
  • Be able to develop and successfully implement a wedding day timeline.
  • Be able to use the event planning process to design and deliver a successful wedding or social event.
  • Know how to develop your preferred local industry vendor network.
  • Be able to successfully work with a bridal client to plan, design, and deliver her dream wedding.

Course Information & Registration

Certified Wedding Planner

Intended Audience

 

The intended audiences for this program include individuals interested in becoming a full- or part-time wedding planner.



Awarded Certificate

  Upon registering, you are given an initial nine months to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the initial access period, an extension of one month is available for a fee of $99.

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Course sponsored by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc.