AACWP Wedding Planning Training Course January 2021

AACWP is excited to offer our wedding planner training course, entirely online!

The January Course will take place January 11th - February 5th, 2021.

AACWP has set the standard for training courses for wedding planners with our in-house training program, and we have now recreated our content virtually to offer the option for more students to take advantage of our curriculum on their own time. Our online course consists of webinars, videos, and digital downloads of course materials. Students will be given a start date and a hard end date, at an incremental pace for each session. The course facilitator will be available through email to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Come learn all about becoming a wedding planner and owner of a wedding planning business from the best in the business and let us help you take the next step in your career path! We are excited to have you!

After participating in the training courses, the student will be able to:

“Define Today’s Wedding Planner and The Client Interview"

  • Define the role of the professional wedding planner
  • Understand the various characteristics and skills used by a wedding planner
  • Identify services offered by wedding planners
  • Identify skills and behaviors to be successful
  • Identify best practices to conduct a personal interview via phone and in person

“Choose Vendors, Handle Emergencies, Sales and Systems and the Basics of Planning”

  • Choose vendors and build a database
  • Read and understand vendor contracts
  • Understand how to handle problems and emergencies
  • Understand the basics of planning and budgets

“Understand the Fundamentals of Starting your Business”

  • Develop a plan to start a business
  • Learn how to price services
  • Advertise a business and build a portfolio­
  • Understand steps to register a business name


“Direct a Wedding Ceremony, Etiquette and Cultures, Reception and Guest Panel”

  • Recognize different types of religious ceremonies and unity options
  • Understand different cultures and traditions
  • Understand ceremony planning and gain knowledge necessary to conduct a ceremony rehearsal
  • Create documents necessary for planning the reception (budget, timelines…)
  • Select the venue
  • Understand floor plans and banquet event orders
  • Understand reception traditions and etiquette
  • Learn to work as team “the day of” discussion/questions with guest panel


*To receive a Certificate of Completion you must complete the following:

- Attend and complete all sessions by:

  • Watching all course videos for each session
  • Reading all course materials and chapters (they are available to download and print)

- Pass the course quiz at the end of each session

- Complete and pass assigned homework given in each session



Your Instructor


American Association of Certified Wedding Planners
American Association of Certified Wedding Planners

AACWP began in 2007, created by wedding professionals who saw the need for an organization dedicated to the education of those seeking to become wedding planners, and to elevate those already in the field through certification and continuing education. These founding members were Marsha Ballard-French, Trudy Baade, Jenny Cline, Laura DeBow, Shari Johns, Micki Novak, and Karen Radford. In creating the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners, they established member statuses that reflect not only a planner’s education but experience level, recognizing them for the hard work they have put in, whether to become a Trained Wedding Planner, Certified Wedding Planner or Certified Master Wedding Planner.

They created high standards for each of these titles, and a code of ethics for all members to uphold in their businesses. Through AACWP, they created a network of support for wedding planners, catering managers, event managers and venue managers, each known for their role in planning and executing weddings. This premier group created and produced their first training course in 2007. Since then, they have produced courses each year, updating the curriculum to make sure their students received the best education in the wedding industry to set them up for success as well as polish the skills of those already in their careers.

The board of AACWP is filled with volunteers each year, each dedicated to helping and supporting the membership through their different roles. Our Executive Director sees to the day-to-day needs of the organization, while our Training Course Director sees to the needs of our ever-changing training courses, instructors and students. Our membership volunteers in various committee roles, helping with everything from creating our annual Vendi Awards (the premier industry awards gala in Dallas-Fort Worth) to developing our curriculum and continuing education events.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course will open the Sunday evening before the "official start date." Start date for this course is January 11th, 2021. End date for the course is February 5th, 2021 with all homework to be turned in no later than February 19th. This timeframe also accounts for time taken to observe holidays. This will all be discussed at length during a scheduled "Intro to the course" with the facilitator.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling there will be an official start and end date. Once the end date has been reached the course will no longer be available to access. The course details along with course syllabus will be discussed at length with the course Facilitator.
What if I change my mind?
Once the course begins, there are no refunds. However, if unforeseen circumstances occur preventing you from completing the course, AACWP will apply the paid fee to the next scheduled course. No part of the course material made available as a student of the course, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of AACWP.

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