Response: First of all, taking a 'certification' course is not a necessity. Although pretty much all of the Bridal/Wedding associations offers courses, try to get information on each and determine what it is that you want to get out of a class and dont just focus on the price.
Now with that said, lets get to the 'real' first step to becoming a wedding coordinator. You say that you know there is a need for one in your area. What makes you think there is a need? Have you researched the demongraphics and buying habits of those in your proposed target market? Remember, you cant expect to market to everyone because everyone does not have a need for your service. If you dont have a target market, then you need to get one. Write your ideas for your business and sit down with someone from your local SBA office to learn the requirements for doing business in your area. What you should always remember is that this is a BUSINESS first.
Then, to learn more about the wedding side of the business try to meet with consultants/consultant from a town nearby or from other wedding vendors like the florist or caterer. Believe me, these experiences will be invaluable to your success as a wedding coordinator/consultant.
Good luck in your quest to become a wedding coordinator!
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