In a prior log, I wrote about how I began my journey to becoming an Accredited Wedding Planner. What I left out of that blog was how the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) helped me achieve the title. My personal story includes a village of ABC members.
When I decided to launch Lisa Kenward Events, a full planning wedding company, the process was made easier with the help from ABC. ABC is an international organization that focuses on helping wedding professionals gain knowledge within the industry, offers webinars, seminars, annual conferences and has a large staff of dedicated professional ready to answer all your questions. The Wedding Planner Magazine is published with help from ABC.
The lengthy process of paperwork, online classes, written tests, essays, attending conferences including the ABC South Carolina Chapter networking event and attending CPR and AED training classes helped me gain the points needed to earn the title of Professional Bridal Consultant as of January, 2011. It took me until January 2016 to earn the title of Accredited Wedding Planner after many additional weddings planned, conferences attended, volunteering within Beaufort County and having three prior events featured in local publications.
My goal was achieved by marketing to destination couples, creating a personalized plan with each couple, months of coordination, hours of documentation, phone calls and emails, volunteering my time within my community while staying focused on the prize. I am proud to say that I am the only AWP in Beaufort County.
The next goal for me is Master Wedding Planner! Look for that announcement in 2020!