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Certified Wedding Planner

This comprehensive course covers everything an aspiring wedding planner needs to know to get started in the business. Whether you plan on working part-time or full-time, this course will provide all the knowledge you need to work as a professional wedding planner or start your wedding planning business.

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$1,595.00 (USD)

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What does a wedding planner do?

According to ZipRecruiter, a wedding planner coordinates and executes all aspects of a client's wedding day. Their duties include developing a detailed wedding plan and timeline for clients, such as researching and selecting vendors, managing budgets, and staying organized throughout the wedding planning process.

Wedding planners also manage bookings and contracts with vendors, ensuring all payments and deposits are made on time, coordinate all logistics from scheduling meetings with vendors and clients to overseeing set up on the day of the event to problem-solving any issues that arise and ensuring client satisfaction (communication, timelines, and budgets met).

As a wedding planner, you must be able to provide creative solutions and manage multiple projects at once. The ideal candidate is highly organized, creative, and has the ability to keep multiple projects on track simultaneously.

Typically, how much does a wedding planner make?

The amount you can earn as a wedding planner is influenced by various factors, such as where you live, the population, your performance and business offerings, and how many weddings and social events you plan annually. Also, whether you plan on working full or part-time will be a major factor. Students who apply the training they obtain from this course to their careers have the potential to make $100,000 per year or more, depending on the volume of weddings and social events they manage each year. Your income and earnings will ultimately be determined by what you plan to offer in your business, any other products or services you provide, and your marketing efforts. This course will walk you through the process step-by-step, to show you how to figure out what you can earn and how to structure your business model and increase revenue. The average wedding planner salary is $53,400 per year, according to ZipRecruiter.

What is a typical day like for a wedding consultant?

A day in the life of a wedding consultant can be an exciting and rewarding one, but it's also hard work. Your workday will be a combination of phone calls, emails, and meetings with brides and vendors, plus research, and of course planning and designing that special day for clients. The needs of each bride will dictate the day's events. A large part of your job will involve communicating with vendors and conducting research for clients. You'll also be overseeing services on the day of the event and will be there to support the bride. Expect to include evening and weekend hours in your business schedule.

What exactly is a certified wedding planner responsible for in working with a bride?

In the initial meeting with the bride, a wedding planner will be asking questions and learning more about what the bride would like for her wedding day. Once this information has been gathered, the consultant will then start researching and talking to vendors to see who is available on that date and will start booking vendors for the couple. If the bride needs a consultant to attend the wedding that day, the consultant will handle all necessary arrangements. It's the responsibility of the wedding planner to be a project manager and help the bride produce her ideal wedding, to guide her in the right direction, and to always look out for her best interest. Ultimately, the bridal couple will dictate what they would like a wedding planner to help with.

Will the Certified Wedding Planner course give me the skills I need?

Certified Wedding Planner graduates are better trained and earn a higher income than the average wedding planner. This is the most comprehensive certification course available for this profession.

What is the difference between a wedding or bridal consultant, a wedding planner, and a wedding director?

A wedding or bridal consultant works in partnership with the couple and guides them through the process of making wedding decisions. Couples working with a consultant are very much in control of their wedding plans, but can rest assured they have professional guidance and assistance when needed. This allows the couple to enjoy the wedding planning process, making it as fun and stress-free as possible. A wedding planner is similar to a project manager. A wedding planner takes charge and plans the details of a wedding from start to finish. The couple is still involved, but most of the leg work is left to the planner, who will make their arrangements for them. A wedding director coordinates the details, vendors, and itinerary on the wedding day. All concerns are placed on the shoulders of the wedding director during the event. The couple doesn't need to get caught up in the small details and can enjoy their guests and the day's celebration.

Does this course prepare you for a certification?

This course allows you to earn your certification through Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) as a professional wedding planner and will give you an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship.

Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) understands that wedding planning is a serious profession and wants to ensure it is treated as such. The Institute works directly with industry partners to create standardized programs that will bring professional recognition to the industry—and help wedding planning professionals demonstrate their commitment to being the best. LWPI's wedding planner certifications are always at the forefront of trends, and you can be as well when you enroll in a certified course from us.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. This course also provides you with a professional wedding planning certification.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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