Wagner College, on Staten Island in New York City, is offering an 8-week wedding planning course. The course is taught by two professional wedding planners, both of whom have planned more than 400 weddings combined.
The course covers weddings, cultural customs, wedding attire, catering, flowers, bridal shows, transportation, budgeting, etiquette, event planning and the planner’s role. The course also covers business plans, starting a wedding-planning business and working with brides and their families.
The course, which was also offered last spring, is meant for restaurateurs, caterers, hobbyists, brides and those considering a career as a wedding planner or an event coordinator. According to the instructors, the best wedding planners are people who are competent, creative, patient, and can deal with a wide variety of people. They also say that flexibility, the ability to multi-task and think quickly also help.
The course costs USD$895 and includes books as well as access to the Wedding Planning Institute.