As an Association of Professional Wedding Planners, our mission is your success . . . steady increases in revenue, efficiency and profit. We emphasize the positive and professionalism and try to eliminate the negative in all aspects of work. Our philosophy and strategy is based on our reputation for the highest integrity and superior service to brides. We respect the independence of our members and they are not obligated to use all Weddings Beautiful services . . . only the ones they find most appropriate for their business.
About Weddings Beautiful Worldwide . . .
Weddings Beautiful was founded in 1968 with the vision of Gary Wright, to provide quality education and support to aspiring wedding planners worldwide. Weddings Beautiful currently has two certification programs, a membership association and licensees in Africa, Australia, Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. The course is also available in Chinese and Japanese.
The Accredited Wedding Planner course is the most recent addition to the certification programs. It offers basic knowledge to those wanting to have a quick-start -up in their wedding planning business but still artmed with most essential knowledge to be viewed as a profession wedding planner. After this course, an option of a CWS upgrade is recommended to be recognized as an expert in your field.
The Certified Wedding Specialist course was first offered in 1954 as part of the National Bridal Service, America’s first national association of bridal consultants and wedding related businesses. In 1968, the course was adapted to the training of wedding planners and coordinators. Since then, we have been providing professional home study training, recognition and support to individuals that have or desire to have a successful wedding planning and coordinating business. Our students gain the know-how and receive the support they need to become successful business owners. Once you complete the Certified Wedding Specialist course and gain experience, we encourage all CWS graduates to apply for the Certified Wedding Planner title.
The Certified Wedding Planner title was developed in 2008 for established wedding planners that have a high level of experience and would like to add certification to their credentials. With our new Certified Wedding Planner program, you do not have to take the 18-assignment home study course. We will evaluate you with an easy 3-step process to see if you qualify. This certification distinguishes the most professional planners from the rest!
OUR EXPERT STAFF
Gary Wright started Weddings Beautiful Worldwide in 1968. He is the CEO of Weddings Beautiful, National Bridal Service & Custom Catalog Service. In 1973, Gary became CEO of National Bridal Service, which was founded in 1951. NBS is a prestigious membership organization that provides professional services to independently owned bridal stores, jewelry stores and gift stores. In addition, Gary founded Custom Catalog Service in 1990, which creates high-quality catalogs for upscale jewelry and fine gift stores.
Gary graduated with honors from the University of Richmond, School of Business in 1964 and he served as a 1st Lieutenant and Top Secret Courier during the Vietnam War. His experience includes opening, buying, managing or selling bridal businesses at 31 different retail locations in six different states. His honors include Bridal Guide’s Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Tabletop Giftware Association, Who’s Who in the Jewelry Industry and served on the Board of Advisors for – BB&T Bank, Longwood University School of Business and Health South. He appeared as the industry spokesperson on the national television program, “How To Succeed In Business,” and is frequently contacted for comments and opinions on industry issues.
Nancy Tucker, CWS/CWP. After six years as President of Weddings Beautiful, Nancy Tucker has moved into the position of Director of Educational Services for Weddings Beautiful. She has decided to change gears with Weddings Beautiful and enjoy a slower pace with family and friends. Nancy will remain the point of contact for all students throughout their studies and will continue to produce the monthly newsletter for Weddings Beautiful members. Nancy’s goal for Weddings Beautiful is to continue its mark of excellence as the authority in the wedding industry. Her review and personal attention of each assignment makes it the ultimate learning experience for the student’s success. She started her own wedding planning business in 1997 where she created a wedding planners online community. She was selected by Doris Nixon (America’s “Number One” Wedding Expert) to administer and grade the assignments. Nancy also serves as an expert on the “Top Wedding Questions” website, where wedding questions are answered on a daily basis. Nancy is often quoted in magazine articles. Nancy’s peers throughout the wedding industry have recognized her enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge for giving expert advice.
Pat Mahoney, Director of Training for National Bridal Service has over 20 years experience in the wedding industry. Her responsibilities include writing “Wedding Notes”, four newspaper columns offering tips for Brides To Be. She is also the author of Pat’s Pen, a monthly newsletter for bridal professionals; and is a contributing editor to “One Perfect Day”, the popular wedding planning guide. She has conducted over 200 bridal seminars throughout the United States. Previously, Pat was an executive with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN, one of the top newspapers in America.
Michael Nolte, Director of Wedding Planning Services. If experience counts, there is no one better qualified than Michael Nolte. With three decades of immersion in the world of weddings, Michael has coordinated the details of over 1,000 weddings, many featured in national magazines. His resume includes degrees in Communication and Photojournalism.
As a former wedding photographer, he “saw” weddings, (good or bad) through the lens of a camera. As a former florist retailer, he owned Nolte’s Flowers for 13 years and specialized in weddings. As a bridal salon owner (now 31 years later), he owns Bridals by Nolte, a couture bridal salon in Kansas City. He is the co-author of Nell Hills, “Stylish Weddings”, which offers a fresh approach to wedding planning and creative themes in a variety of venues. As a gown designer, has created the Michael Nolte Collection. As a speaker, he addresses groups of engaged couples at seminars and national audiences of planners for “The Special Event” and National Bridal Service. Nolte was voted “Man of the Year” of Kansas City.
Doris Nixon, RBC/CWS/CWP retired from Weddings Beautiful in 2005. She is the former president of Weddings Beautiful Worldwide and the author of our Certified Wedding Specialist course, and contributing editor to the Registered Bridal Consultant course for National Bridal Service and the “One Perfect Day”, guidebooks for brides and grooms. Doris is passionate about the bridal/wedding business and is unequaled in the industry for her knowledge and experience – making her the “Number One” Wedding Expert. She has traveled the world, having been in 55 – 60 countries, and almost every state.
In addition, Doris is our contributing editor to the Certified Registry Consultant course for associates working in the gift registry store. She has been the featured speaker on bridal registry at every major tabletop market in America and served as monthly contributing editor on the bridal business for Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine for over 21 years.
Berlyn Yap, CWS graduated from Weddings Beautiful in 2004. She is currently the President and licensee of Weddings Beautiful Worldwide and is the youngest member of the Philippine Association of Wedding Planners. Berlyn continues the advocacy of the said institution to uphold the quality of service and professionalize the career of wedding planners in the Philippines.
To add, Berlyn owns a wedding planning business called Blissful Occasion Events Organizer which she established after earning the title Certified Wedding Specialist under the supervision of Ms. Gemma Cui.