Essential Training Information
Certificate programs in wedding consulting may be available in credit and non-credit formats. These programs cover everything a prospective planner or consultant needs to know, including:
- Food and wine pairing
- Cultural wedding traditions and etiquette guidelines
- Color, design, and aesthetics
- Building a client list and working with outside vendors
- Business management
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Wedding Consultant Courses
This course is an overview of wedding planning conventions and basics. Students learn how to coordinate the parts of a wedding, including the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. Topics may include costs, invitations, meal planning, showers, conducting ceremonies, organizing and planning.
The Business of Wedding Consulting
Most wedding consultants run their own business. Business wedding consultant courses cover the basics of starting a business, from advertising and setting up bookkeeping records to charging clients. Students learn how to set rates, deal with vendors, calculate costs and negotiate fees.
Flowers are a major part of most weddings. Students learn basic floral design, including color, texture, meanings of various flowers and arranging. Such topics as when to buy flowers and methods for keeping them fresh through the wedding are also addressed.
Fashion and Textiles
This course covers wedding fashion. Students learn about wedding fashions, studying such topics as cost, manufacturing, retailing and e-commerce. Also covered are the care and performance of various textiles in wedding apparel, such as wedding and bridesmaid dresses, and other items made of fabric, such as linens.
Different cultures and societies have their own variations and traditions surrounding wedding ceremonies. Students learn about the wedding traditions of different cultures and religions. This course also covers military wedding protocol and specialty weddings, such as Renaissance and Victorian-themed ceremonies.