Bachelor's Degrees in Wedding Planning

Wedding planners are responsible for making sure that all the components of the event, such as location, decor and food, come together on a couple's wedding day. While degree programs specific to wedding planning are not generally available, there are several related programs. Find out about degree options relevant to wedding planning and employment information for wedding planners. Schools offering Hospitality Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Wedding Planning?

There are few, if any, bachelor's degree programs specifically in wedding planning. Hospitality, marketing, event management and public relations are other aspects of event planning, the broader field that wedding planning is part of. Some of these degree programs include wedding planning classes, but any courses in event planning may help you in this career. If you are planning events for large corporations, some employers require you to have a bachelor's degree.

Some associate's degree programs offer majors in event planning, hotel management and hospitality, with mention of how to plan a wedding. After completion of the program, you can, in many instances, transfer to a 4-year school to complete a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as hospitality, event planning or even business administration. Taking business classes can prepare you to run your own wedding planning business. Such classes may include business marketing, ethics and business law.

Are There Other Education Options?

A faster approach to receive training as a wedding planner may be to enroll in a certificate program in wedding planning or the broader topic of event planning. An event planning program could prepare you to coordinate other types of parties or meetings, as well as weddings. In these programs, you learn how to build your wedding planning business and work with clients by participating in role-playing exercises. You are also exposed to event budgeting, time management and event coordination. These certificate programs are available through many community colleges and can be completed in less than a year.

Degree FieldsEvent planning, hospitality, public relations, hotel management, and marketing
Other Programs Wedding planning and event planning certificates available
Online Training ProgramsOnline programs are available, but some may require a practicum
Certification Voluntary credentials offered by American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants
Median Salary $46,490 for event planners in 2014*
Job Outlook10% growth projected from 2014 to 2024 for event planners*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Can I Find Training Programs Online?

You can find many wedding planning and event planning certificate programs online. Additionally, some associate's and bachelor's degree programs in business administration and hospitality management have distance-learning options. Some certificate and degree programs require you to complete a project, like a simulated event or practicum in the field, so that you can gain real-life experience.

As an online student, you would be able to view and submit the program's assignments through the school's secured course website. If you are pursuing a degree, general education classes may also be accessible to complete online. Technical requirements include a computer with word processing software, Internet service and a personal e-mail account.

Do I Have to Be Certified?

Some organizations, such as the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (www.acpwc.com) and the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (www.aacwp.org), offer voluntary certifications for wedding planners, but there are no industry requirements for you to be certified before beginning work. There are no licensing requirements in this field either. If you are opening your own business, you will need a business license, and you must meet all of the zoning laws in your state.

What Can I Earn As a Wedding Planner?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), the median annual wage for an event planner was $46,490 in 2014. This kind of work is expected to grow 10%, which is faster than average in the period from 2014-2024. Salary rates for wedding planners are hard to estimate since many are self-employed. In addition to planning weddings, you can also work on-site for places like hotels or casinos and handle the planning for any weddings done there. If you have general event preparation training, you can plan events like large meetings or corporate retreats for companies.

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