Wedding Planner Training

The Wedding Planner training program curriculum will teach you to handle a variety of tasks, from negotiating food and beverage orders to coordinating family photos. The beauty of wedding planning is the diversity of duties that you'll encounter every day. We'll teach you to manage it all.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Concepts in Business and Self-Employment

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.

Lesson Group 2: Wedding Planner Fundamentals

Making Dreams Come True

The role of the bridal consultant; basics of a successful bridal consulting business; your professional image; gathering resources for wedding planning; working with brides and mothers at the first interview; setting appropriate fees.

You Are Cordially Invited

The engagement; making the announcement; selecting a wedding style; formulating the budget; listing wedding plans and costs; compiling the guest list; choosing the right invitations; tracking responses.

Etiquette, Traditions, and Customs

Popular wedding customs and traditions; contemporary symbolism; rituals and traditions around the world; ethnic customs; receiving gifts; accepted etiquette; using a bridal registry.

Lesson Group 3: Steps to Planning a Wedding


Selecting the right site for different kinds of ceremonies; the challenge of double weddings; how to personalize the ceremony and make it special for each couple; what you should know about the way different religions celebrate marriage; conducting a wedding rehearsal.

The Wedding Budget

Apportioning the wedding costs among the bride, groom, and parents; approaches to distributing financial obligations; unexpected expenses; what to specify in contracts with vendors; insurance concerns.

Dressing the Part

How to shop for and find the perfect wedding dress; selecting bridal accessories; choosing the right attire for the maid of honor, best man, and other attendants; appropriate outfits for mothers, fathers, and siblings; proper attire for wedding guests.

All the Parties

Planning the engagement party; the who, what, when, how, and where of bridal and wedding showers; requirements for the bridesmaids' luncheon; the bachelor party; the rehearsal dinner; ideas for the main event—the wedding reception; selecting the right facility; renting equipment.

Eat, Drink, and Be Married

Choosing a menu; how to select a caterer; food service concerns; understanding catering contracts, terms, and conditions; the steps involved in ordering and serving the wedding cake; the groom's cake; coordinating reception details; popular reception traditions.

Lesson Group 4: The Wedding Celebration and the Honeymoon

Orchestrating and Decorating the Celebration

Rules for the ceremony's music; choosing and contracting with the musicians; musical selections for the wedding ceremony and reception; selecting a qualified florist; floral trends and tips; bridal bouquet options.

Capturing the Memories

Choosing a photographer; drawing up a fair contract; engagement pictures; how to have a successful bridal portrait sitting; candid versus formal shots; the wedding album; capturing weddings on video; verifying references; the cost of wedding photography.

Travel and the Honeymoon

Determining the appropriate honeymoon site and style; planning the honeymoon; creating a reasonable budget; legal requirements for traveling to foreign destinations; wedding transportation vendors.

How to Beat Wedding Stress

Handling weddings with complicated family circumstances; understanding common familial emotions and pressures; managing stress; couples with socioeconomic disparities; prenuptial agreements.

Lesson Group 5: Starting and Marketing Your Business

Starting Your Business

Your new bridal consulting business: start-up essentials; legal requirements; record keeping and taxes; managing your money; a reality-based management plan.

Marketing Your Business

Tips for effective advertising and promotion; marketing strategies; analyzing your competition; measuring advertising effectiveness.

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Program Description

Students will learn about the role and obligations of the professional wedding planner. Topics include elements of professionalism; wedding customs, rituals, and traditions; wedding events, including parties, showers, and ceremonies; planning and organizing a wedding; running a wedding planning business.

Upon graduation, students will receive membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants. They will have access to the ABC’s professional workshops, business referrals, marketing and advertising assistance, and other benefits. They will also have the opportunity to become an ABC Certified Wedding Planner or a certified Sandals Resorts Destination Wedding Specialist.

Program Objectives

After completing the Wedding Planner program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the wedding planner in organizing and coordinating a wedding and describe the elements of professionalism, creativity, and expertise required to achieve success as a wedding planner.
  2. Describe the origins of the most common customs, rituals, and traditions used in wedding ceremonies and explain the factors that engaged couples typically consider when determining the style and size of their wedding.
  3. Identify the various events associated with weddings, including parties, showers, and the wedding reception and the processes that must be followed to successfully schedule and manage these events.
  4. Explain the responsibilities associated with planning and organizing a wedding including vendor selection and contracting and the identification and selection of appropriate wedding attire for all members of the wedding party.
  5. Describe the critical business considerations of running a wedding planning business such as financial planning and management, legal concerns, record keeping and marketing and outline typical fee structures used by wedding planning businesses.
  6. Prepare to obtain professional certification through the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC).

The Wedding Planner training program from PCDI Canada will train you to become a trusted consultant to families. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online today.