Online Wedding Planner Schools, Courses and Certifications

Get tips on how to choose a wedding planner program. Find out what you'll study - from planning an event to running your business - and how to earn professional certification. Schools offering Hospitality Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Wedding business programs help prepare students to start their own wedding planning business. Students study a variety of topics, including bridal fashions, floral design and event planning. Students also learn about business-specific subjects like accounting, marketing and contract writing.

Certification Certification with a professional organization is preferable, but not required
Classes Wedding music, multicultural customs, destination weddings, photography
Online Wedding planning programs are available entirely online

What Should I Look for in an Online Wedding Planner School?

Some schools provide sample contracts, forms and other planning materials that may help you organize and prepare for your career. You will want to learn all aspects of the business, from marketing strategies to pricing to negotiation with merchants, in addition to the wedding-specific details like choosing a caterer and establishing a wedding budget with the client couple. In assessing an online school, look for highly qualified instructors, such as industry leaders and certified professionals, who will be available to answer questions via e-mail, phone and online discussion boards. The following schools offer relevant online wedding planner courses:

  • U.S. Career Institute
  • Penn Foster Career School
  • New York Institute of Art and Design
  • City College of San Francisco

What Will I Learn About Wedding Planning?

Whether you're interested in planning elaborate destination weddings or simple ''green'' eco-friendly events, you will be introduced to the many facets of wedding planning through online courses and certificate programs. Some classes use role-playing and guided exercises to simulate the types of situations you might encounter in the real world. Available online courses introduce the myriad details of event weddings:

  • Multicultural wedding customs and diverse religious traditions
  • Wedding location planning
  • Wedding invitations
  • Bridal fashions
  • Wedding music
  • Floral designs for weddings
  • Wedding photography and videography
  • Limousine services
  • Wedding etiquette

What Business Practices Will I Learn?

Learning how to plan weddings and the associated engagement parties, brunches and honeymoons is just part of what a good online wedding planning program can teach you. You also learn how to run a wedding planning business. Lessons may cover:

  • Developing a business plan, fee schedule and contracts
  • Legal requirements and accounting records
  • Marketing consulting services
  • Negotiating contracts with vendors and clients
  • Bridal showers
  • Rehearsals
  • Rehearsal dinners

Will I Need Certification?

While not required, membership in an organization such as the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC) is favorably regarded by selective employers and clients ( Once you have a minimum of one year of professional experience organizing at least six weddings as an ACPWC member, you may be eligible for a professional title from the ACPWC. After you have successfully planned 12 weddings recommended by clients, you may be recognized by the association as a certified wedding planner

Some accredited colleges also offer the industry standard certification exam administered by the Wedding Planning Institute ( The Wedding Planning Institute's preparation program can be completed within six months of self-paced study. Certification must be renewed every five years.

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