AACWP Self-Led Wedding Planning Training Course

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

You can now take this course entirely on your own time! With the self led model, you will have access to the same great content as our other courses with the flexibility to complete the coursework on a schedule that works for you.

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 videos, presentations and digital downloads of course materials.

Students will be given access to the course materials upon enrollment and payment of registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion, the quizzes and final assignment must be submitted. Course work will be available for up to four months to provide a flexible schedule for students who may not have the time to join a more time structured course.

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:

- Pass the course quiz at the end of each session within four month period

- Complete and pass assigned homework assignment once sessions are reviewed and quizzes submitted

Your Instructor


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. 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. 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?
That is entirely up to you! You will have access to the course content for four months once you register. You will need to download materials and submit the session quizzes during this time. You may turn in the homework once you complete the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course materials for four months after registration.
What if I change my mind?
Once you have access to the course, 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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