Helpful Hints and Tips for Planning Your Wedding from the Experts at Weddings Beautiful

With years of experience in helping brides create their perfect day, we have developed a list of "things to do" as you plan your wedding.   Here are some helpful hints to remember when planning your wedding:

Beyond the obvious of determining your date and time, we urge you to book the church or wedding site before your reception area.  Be sure to read the church policies concerning weddings to have a clear understanding of what is and is not allowed.  If you are planning an interfaith marriage, be sure that it is allowed in the church you have chosen and that the officiant will indeed perform the wedding ceremony.

Get every detail in writing.  That includes expected delivery dates for your gown and the bridesmaids as well as written contracts that spell out all details with all vendors.

Double/triple check on details for the reception, photography, flowers and musicians if you are not employing a wedding planner.

While they are adorable, rethink your desire to use very young children in your ceremony.  If you decide to use them, be prepared for the unexpected.  They can either complement your ceremony or cause such a commotion that guests remember the child's behavior and not your lovely ceremony.

If your bridesmaids are all to be dressed alike, be sure that all of the dresses are ordered at the same time from the same bridal shop because dye lots can and do vary.

To share your happiness and good fortune, arrange to donate leftover food from your reception to a food shelf or "community cafe".  Have someone in charge of taking flowers to a nursing home or hospital if they are not being left at the church for its Sunday services.

Ask two good friends or relatives to be your official reception hosts.  Parents get busy, after ceremony photos can take longer than expected and the wedding party may be delayed.  Having official hosts whose names are listed in the programs, lets you relax and know that your guests are attended to and made comfortable.

This is likely to be the biggest party you will ever give.  A Weddings Beautiful CWS can help make sure it goes off without a hitch.  

Why Choose Weddings Beautiful

You're excited to start your career as a wedding planner but you aren't sure where to get your certification. There are many programs available for becoming a certified wedding planner and it may be hard to know who to trust to give you proper training and support for your business. We believe one of the things that sets Weddings Beautiful apart from other programs is our history.

Weddings Beautiful was founded in 1968 with the vision of Gary Wright, to provide quality education and support to aspiring wedding planners worldwide. Weddings Beautiful currently has two certification programs, a membership association and licensees in Japan, China, Mexico, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and the Caribbean. The course is available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and French.

The Certified Wedding Specialist course was first offered in 1954 as part of the National Bridal Service, America’s first national association of bridal consultants and wedding related businesses. In 1968, the course was adapted to the training of wedding planners and coordinators. Since then, Weddings Beautiful has been providing professional home study training, recognition and support to individuals that have or desire to have a successful wedding planning business. The 18-assignment course is designed to educate you on becoming a successful and professional wedding planner. When you have completed and passed all assignments, you will receive the CWS title and a Certified Wedding Specialist certificate.

The Certified Wedding Planner program was developed in 2008 for the established wedding planner who would like to add the CWP certification to their credentials. To qualify for this program, you must have been in business as a wedding planner for at least two years and performed a minimum of ten weddings. This certification distinguishes the most professional planners from the rest.