The Bahamas Bridal association (BBA) and The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) Announce Partnership

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Nassau, NP, Bahamas (Jun 26, 2014)  – The Bahamas Bridal Association (BBA) and The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) have partnered to offer Bahamian and Caribbean Wedding  Professionals access to ABC’s Professional Development Program as well access to ABC’c local networking events, seminars, and conferences.

ABC logoThe Association of Bridal Consultants has been the professional organization for the wedding industry since 1955 and has over 4,000 members, currently located in all 50 states, and in 31 countries. The Association of Bridal Consultants is a membership service organization, designed to increase awareness of the benefits of working with a wedding planner, and to improve professionalism in the wedding industry.

” We are very excited about partnering with the industry’s oldest and largest professional association for wedding planners. Making an introduction of ABC’s educational program to the Bahamian public will increase our efforts to support the professionals in the industry through conferences, local networking, and continuing education. ” says President Ivana Zivanovic (of LUXE Worldwide Destination Events).

“BBA is proud to take a positive step towards our goal of providing quality training and networking opportunities to BBA Members through partnership with ABC.  This partnership can only enhance the level of professionalism and customer service that our members bring to the wedding industry in The Bahamas.” commented  Vice President Ms. Sue Lawrence (of Luciano’s of Chicago)

The course will provide all of the information one will need to get started and become successful in the wedding industry. Courses and seminars are also periodically updated to reflect changes in the industry.

The primary course content consists of the ABC Professional Development Program and will follow the five major sections of the current ABC program including:

Etiquette:  Planning the “perfect” wedding; including invitations, announcements, parties, gifts, and a special section on second weddings.

Sales and Marketing:  The business side of being a consultant; including marketing, advertising, media relations, company organization and finances.

Wedding Day:  The ceremony and reception; including seating arrangements, protocol, catering, rentals, at-home functions and similar functions. Different major religious ceremonies are covered as well.

Related Services:  The “other things” that are so much a part of every wedding; including flowers, fashion, jewelry, gifts, photography, and entertainment.

Planning and Consulting: Details about organizing, planning, and carrying out the consultant’s role; and also understanding the bride’s emotions. Includes information on how to develop and grow your consulting business.

Students who successfully complete the course will earn the professional designation of ABC Certified Wedding Planner™.

The normal pricing (of $695) is reduced to $595.00 per student, for those who sign up through BBA’s website and use the promo code ”ABC-BBA Bahamas program’The price also includes a free one year ABC novice membership as a well as free six months novice BBA membership.

The course has a final exam and a final project. The goal is to have the student successfully complete this course, and give the student the knowledge, credentials, and confidence to successfully work in the multibillion dollar wedding industry.



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Ivana Zivanovic is the 2014 President of the Bahamas Bridal Association. She is a Certified Wedding Planner and Interior Decorator and brings her knowledge of floral and event design to LUXE Worldwide as the head of the European and Caribbean Events Division with expertise and experience in the Cruise and Travel Industries. LUXE Worldwide was founded in 2002. Formerly known as A Design For Destiny Luxury Events, LUXE specializes in destination events including weddings, milestone celebrations, concerts, festivals and productions across the globe. LUXE also houses a custom design studio which specializes in custom stationery like programs and invitations as well as personalized favors, hand-painted aisle runners and engraved gifts.