A wedding is one of the most important days in a person’s life. Being a part of the experience as a wedding planner is a rewarding way to build a successful business and career.
The business of wedding planning has grown exponentially in the last 10 years, and hiring a planner has become more accessible and popular. University of New Hampshire Professional Development and Training is launching a new Professional Wedding Planning Certificate to help aspiring wedding consultants learn key skills for success in the dynamic wedding industry. This multi-week program begins June 5, and is ideal for anyone with a passion for building relationships, providing emotional support to couples on their big day, and an interest in logistics and planning.
Professional wedding planner Nicole Mower is often asked by professionals new to the industry if a certificate in wedding planning is actually needed. “This certification in eight weeks teaches you what you would learn in five years on your own,” Mower said. She also relayed that learning from someone else is the best way to learn anything. This certificate program is also an excellent opportunity to network for those who are just starting out in the industry.
“My advice to other wedding planners just starting out, learn as much as you can, take a course, read a book, and get a mentor. I wish this course existed when I first started out,” said Mower.
Being trusted to make someone’s wedding day special is a privilege that Mower and other wedding planners don’t take lightly.
Tiffany Learned, an instructor for the UNH Wedding Planning Certificate program and owner of Detailed Engagements Wedding and Event Planning, discussed how rewarding it can be to be a part of someone’s special day.
“My relationship with my clients is my favorite part of the job hands down,” said Learned, “I still get Christmas cards from clients from ten years ago.”
The first session on June 5 will introduce program participants to the wedding planning industry, the event planning process, and a Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner. Session two will dive into budgeting, contracting, and managing client relationships. Session three will discuss venue inspections, contracts, insurance, and food and beverage overview. Session four will feature style and theme. Session five will discuss translating client expectations, etiquette and religious/ethnic traditions. Session six will discuss business strategy; and session seven will cover post-event evaluation and building a business.
Aspiring wedding planners can still achieve success without being certified, but this course will prepare participants for a career and help build their network - one of the most valuable assets of the business.
“Our networks are invaluable to people, especially if they don’t live here or know where to start on their own,” said Tiffany Learned.
Planning a wedding can take an individual a year or more to plan. A wedding planner can be a couple’s advocate, utilizing their connections to ensure their wedding can be within a desired time frame and budget.
Savvy wedding planners have relationships with vendors who can offer discounts to couples that otherwise would not be available. Letting a wedding professional handle the logistics allows couples to enjoy their day with peace of mind. This special day is meant to be enjoyed, and is worth the investment!
For more information or to register for this program visit https://training.unh.edu/weddingplanning or call (603) 862-7380. The UNH Wedding Planning Certificate Program is a multi-week program running on Wednesday evenings, June 5 through July 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Portsmouth.
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