If I sign up for the combo option, do I have to take the Wedding Design Fundamentals Certification on the same dates as the Wedding Planning Certification Conference I choose?

These two conferences are entirely separate from one another. The Wedding Planning Certification program is a two-day conference offered only on specific dates throughout the year either in person or via live webinar with Zoom, while the Wedding Design Fundamentals Certification is a go-at-your-own pace course via Thinkific. If you sign up for the combo option, the dates you choose for the Wedding Planning Certification conference will have no affect on when you can begin the Wedding Design Fundamentals course.

What is the difference between the membership options?

The Bridal Society currently offers three options: Standard, Design, and Certified Membership. All include lifetime membership for a one-time registration fee.

Standard Membership is for the planner who does not wish to gain any certification through The Bridal Society at this time but still seeks to have access to the many fabulous benefits that are available at this level.

Design Membership is for the planner who wishes to gain their Wedding Design Fundamentals Certification through The Bridal Society. While these planners will become certified, they are not considered Certified Members unless they also attend the Wedding Planning Certification Conference.

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

Do I have to buy any course materials for these classes? 

Your registration fee includes all course materials. If you are attending one of our in-person Wedding Planning Certification Conferences, you will be given a copy of our workbook on the first day of class. If you are attending a live webinar, you will be given a link to a digital version of the workbook. We update the content and layout of the workbook frequently, so you will always have access to its latest version digitally via your membership login.

The Wedding Design Fundamentals Certification course includes digital resources which can be downloaded as you move through the course at your own pace.

What is the difference between the CWP and CWVP desigations within the Wedding Planning Certification Conference?

Our Wedding Planning Certification Conference includes two different certification designations:

1)  Certified Wedding Planner (CWP) is for the independent wedding planner with any level of experience.

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


Both designations are included in the same class, and those seeking the CWVP designation are released from class early on the first day of the conference (around 4:00pm). For the remainder of that day, the course topics only apply to running an independent wedding planning business.

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

Our Wedding Planning Certification Conference is presented in two formats: in person and live webinar. The content is the same for both formats, and they each take place over the course of two full learning days.

We began offering our program via live webinar format for wedding planners who may not be able to travel to every city where our conference is presented. The content is still presented live by the same instructors who travel across the United States to present this course in person, and they are available to answer questions posed through chat throughout the two days of instruction.

What kind of support do you offer after I have taken the Wedding Planning Certification Conference? 

After completing the Wedding Planning Certification Conference, you will be a lifetime Certified Member of The Bridal Society. There are NO renewal fees, NO annual fees, and NO hidden fees. You will gain access to our secret forum on Facebook, where thousands of TBS Alumni (all fellow 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, which cover a wide variety of topics within the wedding industry. For a more thorough list of the membership benefits you will receive after becoming certified, visit the "Membership Options" tab.

Why is it so important to gain my Wedding Planning Certification?

Earning your Wedding Planning Certification 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 who values continuing education.

How long is my certificate valid? 

Your internationally recognized Wedding Planning Certificate is valid for your entire career. With that said, 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 the two-day conference and receive your certification, we will have additional ongoing education opportunities available to you. You are under no obligation to attend our continuing education courses. However, they are a great support are are included in your lifetime membership at no extra charge.

What will I receive after the conference?

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. 


You will also be sent digital badges that show your CWP or CWVP designation. You may use these badges on any marketing material of your choosing.

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

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

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

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

Our two-day intensive Wedding Planning Certification Conference 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 each to your advantage in your career as a wedding planner. After attending the conference, you will have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about whether this career path is right for you.

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.

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. 

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 two-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.

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