What is the difference between Standard Membership and Certified Membership?

The Bridal Society currently offers two options: Standard Membership and Certified Membership. Both include lifetime membership for a one-time registration fee.

Standard Membership is for the planner who does not wish to gain their certification through The Bridal Society at this time. These planners seek to have access to the many fabulous benefits that are available at this level.

Certified Membership is for the planner who wishes to gain their certification through The Bridal Society and become involved with a community of over 4,500 planners worldwide. This level of membership offers more benefits than the Standard Membership option, the most prominent being a seat at our Wedding Planning Certification Conference.

What is the difference between the CWP and CWVP desigations you offer?

The Bridal Society currently offers two different certification designations.

1)  Certified Wedding Planner (CWP): for independent wedding planners with 0-60 years of experience.

2)  Certified Wedding Venue Professional (CWVP): for wedding planners who only plan to work at a wedding venue and not as an independent wedding planner.


Both designations are given during the same class, but the Certified Wedding Venue Professionals are released from class early on the first day of the conference (around 4:00pm). For the remainder of that day, we discuss subjects that only pertain to the business aspect of running a wedding planning business.

What is the difference between the in-person conference and the online live webinar?

We feel that presenting this information in a live format is the best way for our attendees to participate. This is why we offer all of our programs in a live format. During our in-person conferences, you will benefit from one-on-one interaction with not only your instructors, but also your fellow attendees. If we are coming to a city near you, then we highly recommend that you join us for one of our in-person conferences.

We do understand, however, that not everyone has the ability to travel to every city where we offer our conference. This is why we have provided a way for you to participate on select dates through an online live webinar. If you choose this option, you will be able to participate with us from the comfort of your home or office. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with your instructors through live chat, and we always make sure that everyone has their questions answered. The instructors are with you every step of the way as she works through the material.

Is The Bridal Society an Accredited Business? 

Yes, The Bridal Society is accredited through the Better Business Bureau because we meet their high business standards. We have an A+ rating with the BBB.

What kind of support do you offer after I have taken this certification conference? 

After completing this certification conference, you will be a lifetime member of The Bridal Society at no extra charge. There are NO renewal fees, NO annual fees, and NO hidden fees. You will have access to our secret forum on Facebook, where thousands of TBS Alumni (all Certified Wedding Planners and Certified Wedding Venue Professionals) can discuss and share their experiences. This is an incredibly supportive group of wedding professionals. You will also have access to free business workshops. These workshops cover a wide variety of topics that are relevant to the wedding industry. For a more thorough list of your membership benefits, visit the "Membership Options" tab.

Why is your program so affordable compared to other options? 

The Bridal Society makes every effort to make our program as affordable as possible. Instead of having a campus in one location, we bring our program to various cities across the United States as well as having at the option to participate via Live webinar. This means much lower overhead which allows us to pass the savings along to you. TBS is also a GREEN company. This lowers our administrative expenses and again, allows us to offer this certification at a much more affordable rate.

Why is training so important when I first start out as a wedding planner? 

Oftentimes someone will plan a friend's wedding or even their own and then decide that they would like to pursue a career as a wedding planner. This certification conference will give you a more complete understanding of this exciting but also very challenging career. Taking this course may either lead you to a decision to pursue a different career path, one that better suits your personality and strengths, or confirm that you have what it takes to be a fantastic wedding planner. This certification conference will teach you how to avoid the most common pitfalls that a new wedding planner will inevitably encounter. In the end, you owe it to yourself to gain the practical knowledge that you will need to be successful no matter what career path you choose.

Do I have to buy additional materials for any of these classes? 

No, all course materials are included in your tuition. If you are attending one of our "In person" conferences you will be given access to your workbook on the first day of class.  If you are attending a live webinar you will have access to your course material as we work through the day. We update our workbook often so you will have access to the latest digital version of our workbook for your entire career. 

Do I have to be a Hospitality major to take this course? 

No. In fact, you do not have to be a student at all. We do offer a student discount (contact us for details) but the conference is open to anyone who is interested in receiving their certification. 

Will there be a test at the end of the course? 

For the "In person" conference, No. The interactive format of this course and the workbook you will use throughout the course and your career make testing unnecessary. You will be guided through the entire wedding planning process during the conference and you will have access to a digital version of the workbook and refer back to it for years to come. There is no test at the end of the "In person" program, but you are required to be present during the entire 16 hours so you don't miss any important information. 

If you are attending one of our "Live Webinars" you will receive the same information just as if you were in one of our "In person" conferences.  You must be paying attention and actively involved throughout the entire webinar.  

Why is it so important to take this certification conference?

Taking this Wedding Planning Certification Conference will advance your career by giving you a wealth of practical information specific to the wedding industry. Your internationally recognized certification will set you apart as someone who is serious about your career and as one who values specialized education. 

How long is my certificate valid? 

Your internationally recognized Wedding Planning Certificate is valid for your entire career. However, your success in the wedding planning industry will require patience, experience, and ongoing education. The Bridal Society is committed to your success.  After you have completed our 16 hour conference and receive your certification, we have additional ongoing education opportunities available. You are under no obligation to take our continuing education courses. However, they are a great support are are included in your lifetime membership. 

What paperwork will I receive?

After successfully completing the course, you will receive your certificate highlighting your selected designation which is suitable for framing. Your certificate is recognized internationally and should be displayed proudly. Your certification will be a valuable addition to your resume. 

If you are attending a live webinar your certificate will be mailed to you at the completion of the course.


You will also be sent digital badges that show your CWP or CWVP designation. You may use these badges on your website, email, and all social media accounts.  

How do I sign up for one of your certification conferences?

Go to the "Conference Dates" section on this website.  Select the conference you wish to attend and follow the online instructions to complete your registration. 

What if something comes up after I have made a payment and I am unable to attend the class? 

If you are unable to attend the conference for which you are registered, you have the option to transfer your credit to any other future TBS course that will take place within 12 months. There are no penalties or additional fees for the first transfer. There will be a $200 charge for any additional transfers. All payments are non-refundable, but they are transferrable. 

If you are unable to attend the conference for which you are registered but find someone else who would like to take your place you may transfer your ticket to them. You must contact us at info@thebridalsociety.com to let us know. You may not sell the ticket to anyone else for any more than the amount you paid for the certification.

Am I required to be an active member of your organization in order to take this conference? 

Absolutely not! The Bridal Society is committed to your success. We give you the tools you need to further your career.  When you complete our 16 hour (2 day) Wedding Planning Certification Conference you are a member of The Bridal Society for life. There are NO annual dues, NO ongoing fees, and NO hidden fees.

After completing your conference, am I able to become a member of The Bridal Society?

Yes, after completing this course you are automatically a member of The Bridal Society. Your membership is absolutely FREE. There are NO renewal fees, NO annual fees, and NO hidden fees. See details about our membership under the "information" tab above.  See the "Membership" tab at the top of this website for more information.

I've always dreamed of becoming a wedding planner but how do I know if this is the right career for me? 

This 16 hour (2 day) affordable, intensive course will help you determine if this is the right career choice for you. A portion of the conference is dedicated to assessing your personality traits and learning how to use them to your advantage in your career as a wedding planner. After taking the Wedding Planning Certification Conference you will have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about what career path is right for you.

What if I am unhappy with the course after I take it? 

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. After completing our 16 hour (2 day) course, if you are unhappy with your experience, we will refund the entire amount you have paid once you return your workbook. With that being said, we have never had an attendee request to be reimbursed; we are proud to have a 100% satisfaction rating!  Please read our testimonials.

What is your cancellation policy? 

All conference fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the course for which you are registered, you have two options: 1. Transfer your course fees to any future course in any city within 12 months of your original course date. There are no penalties or additional fees for your first transfer. There will be a $200.00 charge for any additional transfers. 2. Transfer your course fees to someone else who would like to take this course and have that person reimburse you directly. We need notice of this transfer at least 7 days prior to the course date in order to make the appropriate arrangements. Contact Philip Hartwell to discuss your situation. His email address is philip@thebridalsociety.com.

Can The Bridal Society deny my registration and not allow me to attend?  

If we find that you are a competitor or work for a competitor, your registration will be revoked.  The Bridal Society has the right to deny registration if we feel there would be a conflict of interest.  Also, we only train those interested in a career as a wedding planner or wedding venue professional.  There are times when it is appropriate for caterers, DJ's or florists to take this course when adding on wedding planning services that he/she will participate in personally.   However, other companies such as transportation providers, bakers, photographers, videographers would not be encouraged to take this course as the content does not apply to them.

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