Be careful in choosing training for a wedding planning certificate. Many companies masquerade as “associations” to sell online training in wedding planning. They also offer “certifications” to graduates. Do your research! Almost all of those companies have little credibility and reputation. Earning a wedding planning certificate is an educational credential. Choose an accredited school for an assurance of quality.
A wedding planning certificate is crucial to get started in the industry. There are so many details that it will be difficult to learn it all on the job. With education, students gain competency in wedding management, and will be able to plan, design, coordinate and execute weddings of any scale and type. In addition, students learn about the wedding industry and the role wedding planner’s play. With a wedding planning certificate, students learn how to analyze the cultural, historical and religious contexts of weddings, articulate the business and ethical obligations of planners, understand décor principles, and can develop and meet budgets. Wedding planning is a specific skill that can be learned.
In a wedding planning certificate or wedding coordination certificate, it should be hands on with projects and an externship component. It should be taught by planners who actually work in the industry. This is not chemistry and cannot solely be learned from a textbook!