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Course Description

You won't find a more comprehensive of a wedding course online that isn't offered by a bridal association!  This eleven-lesson course teaches you all that you need to know to become a well paid, successful wedding planner--starting the day after you finish this course. 


It doesn't matter if you don't know anything about weddings right now.  This detailed course gives you all the information and knowledge you need.


You'll learn:


  • How to put together your portfolio even if you don't have any experience.  What's more, we'll help you put one together during the course.
  • Your responsibilities and duties as a wedding planner.
  • The wedding industry including all you need to know about vendors.
  • How to plan a wedding no matter what the budget.  This easy formula will have you planning everything from small, intimate weddings to elaborate ceremonies and receptions.
  • What you need to do and when you need to do it.  Don't know when to order invitations?  We'll tell you.
  • Everything about planning and coordinating the wedding ceremony
  • About the rehearsal dinner
  • How to plan and coordinate a reception
  • All about destination weddings
  • How to plan honeymoons
  • Wedding etiquette and protocol
  • About weddings of different faiths
  • And everything you need to know to start your business right away!
Did you know that the average wedding planner is paid a minimum of 10% of the total cost of the wedding?  With today's average wedding costing $19,000, that means you'll make at least $1,900 dollars for each wedding you plan!  Just working part time would equal an excellent new source of income.

Sign up now. You're just an online course away from becoming the fairy godmother that has the power to convert the simplest weddings into the most beautiful affairs.  And that is what you want, isn't it?  You want to make wedding dreams come true for all your clients.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: The Business of Planning Weddings

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of organization in planning weddings and the responsibilites to be successful. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Becoming a Wedding Planner; Brides and Budgets
  • Take Poll: I Want to Be a Wedding Planner Because...
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 1, Assignment Two
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Getting Familiar with the Wedding Industry

In this lesson, we will learn the importance of having a vendor list. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: VendorListWorksheet.doc
  • Review 3 Articles: Wedding Vendors; Wedding Vendors.com; The Knot
  • Complete: Lesson 2, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 2, Assignment Two
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Wedding Budget

Knowing the couples' budget is one of the first things you need to establish. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: WeddingBudgetWorksheet.doc
  • Review 3 Articles: Wedding Budget Worksheet; Budget Brides Guide; Budgeting For You
  • Complete: Lesson 3, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 3, Assignment Two

Lesson 4: The Wedding Consultation

During a consultation, you will be asked many questions and need a contract close by. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: About Wedding Consultants; The Wedding Planner
  • Take Poll: Degree of Difficulty
  • Complete: Lesson 4, Assignment One

Lesson 5: The Wedding Planner Timeline

Part of being a successful and highly recommended wedding planner is being organized and coordinating all the wedding plans so the big day goes as smoothly as possible. 135 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 16-Month Wedding Plan Checklist; Wedding Planning Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 5, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 5, Assignment Two
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam:The Wedding Planner Timeline

Lesson 6: Planning the Ceremony

Learning to coordinate the wedding ceremony and reception is essential. 140 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 6 Articles: Planning a Wedding Ceremony; International Weddings; Opening and Closing Rituals; Wedding Service Planner; WeddingWire.com; Flower Worksheet
  • Complete: Lesson 6, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 6, Assignment Two
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam: Planning the Ceremony

Lesson 7: Planning the Reception

Usually the wedding reception will be the largest expense associated with the wedding. 125 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Reception Planning Ideas; Reception Meals; Wedding Cake Designs
  • Complete: Lesson 7, Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam: Planning the Reception

Lesson 8: Etiquette and Protocol

This lesson includes the proper protocol before and after the ceremony and the different religious and cultural etiquettes. 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: History of Wedding Manners; Wedding Etiquette; International Wedding Customs; Wedding Customs Around the World; 20 Wedding Don'ts That Are Actually Wedding Dos
  • Complete: Lesson 8, Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam: Etiquette and Protocol

Lesson 9: Resolving Disputes

It is part of your job as the wedding planner to resolve disputes and make getting to the altar as stress-free as possible for the engaged couple. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Avoiding Wedding Disputes; Standards of Professional Conduct; Calming the Bride
  • Complete: Lesson 9, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 9, Assignment Two
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam: Resolving Disputes

Lesson 10: Forms and Reference Tools

Here are some checklists, worksheets, and contracts. 0 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Business Forms; Wedding Planning Tools; Wedding Planner Contract Forms

Lesson 11: How to Start Your Wedding Planning Business Right Now

When starting your own business, it is crucial to have all the right licences, contracts, and portfolios prepared. 665 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 6 Articles: Starting a Business - Guidelines; Small Business Strategies; Small Business Toolkit; Wedding Planner Business Plan; My Punch Bowl Party Planning Forms; What to name a wedding business
  • Take Poll: This Course Made me Realize...
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11, Assignment One
  • Complete: Lesson 11, Assignment Two
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam: How to Start Your Wedding Planning Business Right Now
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Wedding Planning 101
Course Number: 7550040
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the business of planning weddings.
  • Become familiar with the wedding industry.
  • Define and create a wedding budget.
  • Describe procedures of the wedding consultation.
  • Know and create the wedding planner timeline.
  • Plan the ceremony.
  • Plan the reception.
  • Describe etiquette and protocol.
  • Know methods for resolving disputes.
  • Use forms, contracts and references tools.
  • Describe how to start your wedding planning business right now, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "This course is has given me so much more confidence to go out there and take charge. I have the knowledge that is needed to be a professional wedding planner. It has helped me to be both effective and efficient..I love it!" -- Dionne D.
  • "The course was very helpful. I enjoyed it. Once I started I just wanted finish. " -- India G.
  • "I was very impressed with the way the material was organized and structured, and extremely pleased that all the assignments were very practical and useful for real life. I enjoyed the study very much and by all means will consider other courses of the same instructor in the future, and will be happy to recommend these courses to other people." -- Oksana P.
  • "The worksheets and links were very helpful." -- Rosaline K.
  • "Very helpful." -- Sarah B.
  • "What was most helpful was the part about the etiquette and budget as well as about starting the wedding planning business, wedding timeline and few more. They were containing new information which I could learn." -- Hanna S.

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