After planning the wedding of friends and relatives, many realize that they have a passion and great enthusiasm for it. How does one get started? Many turn to taking a wedding planning certificate.
A wedding planning certificate is an effective way to enter the industry as there is so much a wedding planner needs to know that it will take a long time to learn on the job. Also, the results of errors in learning on the job can have sad results in possibly even ruining the special day for someone.
A wedding planning certificate includes a multitude of topics. These include working with the couple, budgeting, legalities, invitations, the bridal party, associated parties and events, ceremony, attire, reception, décor, flowers, music, photography, videography, cake, food & beverage, and so much more. A wedding planning certificate will not make a person an instant expert but will allow one to speak knowledgeably about these topics.
A wedding planning certificate should be taught by working wedding planners. Wedding planning is not chemistry and practical training is crucial. Externships should also be included in a wedding planning certificate. If not, look elsewhere.
A wedding planning certificate also provides networking opportunities. This is crucial for career success. One selection criteria for wedding planning certificate programs therefore is that they should be staffed by industry professionals and have extensive participation in industry. Lastly, wedding planning certificate programs should be from an accredited school. Accreditation by a US Department of Education recognized agency is your assurance of quality.