Let’s face it, weddings are awesome. I mean, Stephanie and I loved our wedding so much that we decided to start this website so that we could continue to talk about it long after we said our “I Dos”. Out of the two of us, I would say that Stephanie is the one who really loves not only our wedding, but who also other weddings that she talks to other soon-to-be-brides about. In fact, Stephanie likes weddings and helping out brides so much that she has even thought about becoming a bridal consultant or wedding planner (which are sometimes defined as the same, exact thing). Since she’s already going to school for nursing she doesn’t really have the time to go after an official bridal consultant certification, but it’s still something that she thinks about a lot.
Although she’s not looking to do it in the near term, if Stephanie decided that she wanted to be involved in the world of weddings and working with soon-to-be-brides then she would need to look into taking some bridal consultant courses. These courses are offered at a lot of different places and they cover all things wedding — from the wedding preparation and organization to all of the important details and tasks that need to be done on the big day. These courses aren’t something that’s mandatory, but completing a full certification program will only make a wedding coordinator that more legitimate and reputable. If you’re looking to find out some more information about these types of classes (such as benefits of certification, how long they take, how much money a wedding coordinator can earn) and what all you need to do to get enrolled you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here is some of the stuff I think that anyone thinking about taking bridal consultant courses should know — enjoy.
What Does A Bridal Consultant Do Exactly?
Unlike what I talked about in my post about wedding coordinators and how they are different from a wedding planner, most bridal consultants focus much more on the planning that leads up to the big day as opposed to just the weekend and day of the wedding. But, unfortunately much of the terminology is mixed and matched so much that a wedding coordinator to one person could be a wedding planner or bridal consultant to another.
How Much Can A Bridal Consultant Earn For A Salary?
According to PayScale.com’s analysis a bridal consultant can earn up to $70,000 per year depending on how much experience they have. For example, if you have 1-4 years experience your salary would be more around the $20,000-$30,000 range, but as you gain more and more experience your salary can grow significantly higher. If you’re looking to be a bridal consultant on more of a part-time basis, you can expect to earn around $10-$20 an hour.
What Types Of Certifications And Bridal Consultant Courses Are Offered?
There are several options for getting certified as a bridal consultant and luckily many of them can be completed online. Completing a bridal consultant course will not only make you look more legit when talking to potential clients, but it will also educate you on all things wedding, which will make you a much more well rounded consultant for your bride.
One of the most well known groups for bridal consultants and wedding planners is the Association of Certified Wedding Consultants (ACPWC) who offer seminars all over the United States throughout the year. These courses cover all things wedding planning, such as financial matters, client relations, ceremonies and receptions and Etiquette and Protocol. You can see what all the courses cover here and the dates for the seminars here.
There are also online bridal consultant certifications available, such as this one that’s offered by the US Career Institute. These courses are much easier to squeeze into your schedule and can be completed at your own pace, which make them much more convenient. But, just be sure to do your research on all of he online courses you apply to as there is always a chance that they aren’t as good as they claim to be.