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Sauk to Offer 40-Hour Wedding Planner Certificate

February 2009
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If you have ever seriously thought about a career in the wedding planning industry, Sauk Valley Community College will offer a 40-hour Wedding Planner Certificate through the Wedding Planning Institute (WPI).

The next program will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays February 11 through April 15, 2009 in Room 2D15.

According to information from the Institute’s website,, the Wedding Planner Certificate program is the first of its kind to recognize wedding planning as a professional career option for individuals who want to work or already work in the wedding planning profession. WPI programs are created for real-world application and feature hands-on learning that includes role playing, vignettes, and methods to prepare for actual business objectives or the work setting. Curriculum topics will include: the wedding industry, wedding history, engagement purpose, current data, the role of a wedding planner, business structure, documentation, vendors, contracts, working with the prospective bride, ethnic wedding customs and traditions, the wedding gown, destination weddings, music, signature weddings, business marketing practices, industry associations, networking, bridal shows, industry terms, public relations, and more.

Also, according to the WPI’s website, the Institute has a growing network of more than 600 colleges and universities that offer its curriculum, and is the first two-year degree program offered and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s approved list of accrediting organizations. The WPI is a member of the National Association for Competency Assurance, the American Association of Community Colleges, and LERN, Learning Resource Network.

Because a wedding planner plays such an integral role in planning a couple’s most important day, there is a lot to learn about planning, budgets, working with vendors, not to mention keeping up with the latest trends in bridal fashion, color choices, and wedding design.

For registration and cost information, call Sauk’s Office of Personal and Professional Development at 815/288-5511, ext. 212.