How do you become a certified wedding planner?
There are a few steps to becoming a certified wedding planner. Generally, the first step is learning the basics of the wedding business, including how to work with vendors, negotiate with clients, and market your business. From there, you'll need to take and pass a certification exam to be officially certified. With Penn Foster's Wedding Planning Program, you'll become certified after completing your online courses and successfully passing the ABC® Certified Wedding Planner exam at the end of your program. Earning a certification can help you stand out among other job applicants or make your business more desirable to clients.
How much money do wedding planners make a year?
The average salary for wedding planners can vary based on whether you work for another company or start your own wedding or event planning business. However, according to PayScale, the average yearly salary for wedding planners is $44,638 per year in 2023.*
How long does it take to become a certified wedding planner?
With Penn Foster's Certified Wedding Planner Career Diploma, you can become a certified wedding planner in as little as seven to eleven months. With our self-paced online courses, you can study at the pace that works best for you and your schedule.
What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding coordinator?
The difference between wedding planners and wedding coordinators comes down to what they do. Wedding planners are responsible for working with clients to plan every wedding detail from venue to vendors, and more. Generally, most of their work is done pre-event, meaning that they may not be required to attend the actual event to ensure things go well. That's where the wedding coordinator comes in! Coordinators will attend client events to ensure everything runs smoothly from the event schedule to photographs and more. They'll actively deal with any issues that arise to ensure the clients have the best event possible.
What are the top qualities of a good certified wedding planner?
Excellent wedding planners share a number of qualities. The qualities of a good wedding planner include patience, industry knowledge, strong communication skills, effective problem-solving skills, and leadership skills. Wedding planners will also need an eye for detail and a passion for the work they do in order to be successful in the role.