AACWP Group Online Wedding Planning Training Course September 2023

Our group online course is now available!

AACWP has set the standard for training courses for wedding planners with our in-house training program, and we have 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. Our group online course, starting September 2023, will also include weekly meetings via Zoom with our Training Course Director to review course materials, ask questions about the course and talk about real world scenarios. Our Training Course Director will be available through email to answer any questions or concerns you might have as well. 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

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?
The course will open on September 25th and be available through October 16th, 2023. All homework is due no later than October 30th, 2023. Weekly Zoom sessions with the Training Course Director will be held each Monday from September 25th - October 16th at 6pm CST.
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.
What is the difference between this course and the Self-Led course?
Our group online course is for a set 6 week period with other students and the Training Course Director meeting 4 out of the 6 weeks to review course questions and discuss any real-world scenarios. This gives students time to get to know each other and form friendships with those they can keep in contact with as they grow in this industry, something many of our students says in invaluable. With the Self-Led course, you are given more time, four months, to download and access the content on your own time. You will also have the four months plus an additional two for a total of six months to complete the homework. You can reach out to our Training Course Director with questions regarding the course materials, but there are no weekly meetings, guided help or meeting with other students.
Am I required to attend the Zoom meetings with the Training Course Director?
No, these meetings are not required to pass the course but we do find students truly enjoy the time with they can "pick the brain" of our Training Course Director to talk through anything course related as well as real-world scenarios.

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