Online Schools and Courses for Bridal Consultants

Find out how to choose a school for online classes in bridal consulting. Learn how these online courses work and about professional certification options. Schools offering Hospitality Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You'll study just about every aspect of the bridal consulting business, including working with photographers and caterers, planning an engagement party, selecting a wedding style, formulating a budget, contracting musicians, choosing the most appropriate honeymoon location and even starting your own bridal consulting business. The program you enroll in may also prepare you to sit for certification exams.

Programs Certificates, diplomas, online courses
Certification Certification exam offered by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)
Training Options Working with experienced consultants

What Should I Consider When Choosing a School?

An important factor to consider is whether or not the school will prepare you to take a certification exam, such as the one offered by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Though not required, certification can be helpful to your career, leading to more job opportunities.

Programs also exist that help you qualify for free ABC membership for the first three months. You'll receive many benefits by becoming a member of ABC, including job placement assistance, networking opportunities, the chance to participate in local seminars, and additional training opportunities with experienced consultants.

These schools offer online courses for bridal consultants:

  • Penn Foster Career School
  • New York Institute of Art and Design
  • California State University at East Bay
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Ashworth College

What Courses Are Available?

The courses you'll be taking will likely depend on the type of program that suits your learning requirements. Some programs might also allow you to study on your own time, day or night. Online wedding planner course topics may include wedding etiquette, marketing and strategies for starting your own business. These areas of interest could be explored as well:

  • Wedding planning process
  • Wedding ceremonies and customs
  • Vendors and services
  • Bridal shows
  • Business marketing
  • Wedding budget
  • Ethnic and specialty weddings

What Materials and Resources Are Provided?

All of your course materials will generally be available online, including textbooks, study guides, and supplemental readings. Some programs also offer online tutorials and student support. Access to an online library and librarian for assistance in your research may be available. Materials found in the online library may include books, articles, databases and links to helpful resources on the Web.

Depending on the program, you may be eligible to receive a graduation pack once all academic and financial requirements have been met. Materials in this pack may include a CD guide to wedding music as well as wedding style and planning books.

How Will I Take My Exams?

Your classes will typically be separated into sections. At the end of each section, you may be given an open-book exam, which you can complete online. Depending on the program, you might even be able to mail in your exams. You'll need to get a passing score on your exam before moving on to the next section.

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