Students can receive wedding planning training through individual courses or at certificate, bachelor's and master's degree levels in the field of event planning. Training is often provided through the professional studies, culinary arts or hospitality departments of universities, arts colleges, career institutes and community colleges.
Schools with Event/Wedding Planning Programs
Below is a list of schools with programs in event/wedding planning:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, MI||4-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $10,970
|Carver Career Center||Charleston, WV||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,232**|
|Atlanta Technical College||Atlanta, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $2,746
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's|| In-state: $4,217
|University of Massachusetts-Amherst||Amherst, MA||4-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $14,171
|Southwestern Michigan College||Dowagiac, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate|| In-district: $4,921
|Fox Valley Technical College||Appleton, WI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state: $4,373
|College of the Ozarks||Point Lookout, MO||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$18,730|
|George Washington University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's||$27,851|
|Iowa State University||Ames, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $7,736
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School Website
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a wedding planning school:
- Look for programs that will set you up with an internship or mentorship with event planners already in the field.
- Highly specific topics of study, such as wedding history, florist selection, destination weddings, engagement parties or bridal shows, are covered in some programs and not others.
- Depending on how much time or money an individual wants to invest in a program, some wedding planning courses last only a few hours, others take weeks or months of class time.
- If students plan to take the Association of Bridal Consultants exam or earn certification from the Wedding Planning Institute, they should choose a school to prepare them for professional certification.
Correspondence Courses for Wedding Planners
In a correspondence wedding planning course, students work on their own using online course materials. They may have e-mail or phone contact with an instructor. Students are encouraged to pursue individual research projects and internships.
Classroom Courses and Certification Programs
These courses may offer a combination of online and in-class learning. Students might be asked to present a final project for evaluation, such as a staging guide for a simulated wedding.
Aspiring wedding planners may most commonly earn a certificate in event planning or management at a 2-year or 4-year school. Individuals interested in earning a degree should consider event planning programs where they will gain knowledge on planning different types of events, besides weddings.