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Learn to be a wedding planner

With a program growing in popularity and classroom space at a premium, Queens University of Charlotte has reached an agreement with two community centers to hold classes this fall.

The Myers Park Baptist Church's Cornwell Center and the Levine Jewish Community Center will host two separate evening classes that will allow students to complete the Wedding Planners Certificate Program.

Wialillian Howard, president and CEO of the event-planning Wialillian and Company, has helped teach the class for four years, with last year being the first affiliated with Queens. She estimated that 100 students have completed the program.

“I'm amazed at the number of women who want to be wedding planners, and most don't know how to get started,” Howard said.

Howard and others will teach students tips on drafting contracts, establishing fee structures and closing a deal. Industry analysts estimate that national wedding costs total more than $50 billion annually.