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The Association of Bridal Consultants

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Bridal consulting is a large and growing industry in the United States, given the massive sums that the average family spends on their wedding (and the average number of weddings that Americans participate in over the course of their lives!)  In order to support this industry, the Association of Bridal Consultants has devised a system of certifications in which, rather than complete exams, individuals accumulate points for various "occupational citizenship" activities.  It's an interesting chart of activities that one can pursue to climb ABC's ladder.  One can claim the title of "registered wedding planner" with no points at all, consistent with the sociological definition of a "registry" as a sort of certification that one gets just for applying to an organization.  Next on the ladder is Certified Wedding Planner, followed by Professional Wedding Planner.  Accredited Bridal Consultant and Master Bridal Consultant are the top titles one can receive in the ABC universe (though there is also a parallel system of certifications for "vendors" - that is, businesses that supply the wedding industry).   It's an interesting outgrowth of the personal service industry, and may be worth looking at if you're good at working with people (and don't get tired of weddings!)

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