Is a Wedding Planner Certificate Worth It?

By 6 a.m., you’re on the computer, coffee in hand, reviewing the terms of a vendor contract. By 8 a.m., you’ve contacted a client to finalize a budget. Later, you travel to a charming lakeside venue to meet with another client to talk about set-up, color schemes, and the menu for her upcoming wedding reception. You end the day in your office, catching up on correspondence with vendors. As a wedding planner, you’ll do all these things and more. Not sure whether choosing this career path is worth it? Keep reading to learn more about what a wedding planner certificate can do for you.

What Do You Get With A Wedding Planner Certificate?

The online wedding planning course at Ashworth College provides everything you need to say “I do” to becoming a wedding planner:

  • Virtual field trips and multimedia presentations bring the concepts you’re learning to life in real-world contexts.
  • The Wedding Planner Resources supplement comes with checklists, timetables, scheduling forms, and other helpful documents that will make your life easier as you grow your business.
  • Upon graduation, you’ll get a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants®, which gives you access to insurance discounts, industry workshops, networking opportunities, and other benefits.

Even better, when you enroll, you’ll have… drum roll, please… the opportunity to become a Certified Sandals® Resorts Destination Wedding Specialist. If you’ve always loved weddings on the beach, this is for you!

How Is the Job Outlook for Wedding Planners?

The Association of Bridal Consultants reports that there are more than 2.4 million weddings each year– and that’s just in the United States. The number is probably much higher when you consider how many couples tie the knot at Sandals Resorts worldwide. That said, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this area from 2016-2026 is projected to be 11% faster than in other sectors. In May 2017, the median wage for event planners was $48,290. When you gain some experience in the wedding industry, other careers that could be within your reach include marketing and social media management. Having a wedding planner certificate can also put you on track to find employment in upper-management-level positions.