I was searching through Groupon one day and found a wedding planning certification course for $30. Yes, 30 dollars. I thought there had to be a catch so I researched the website that was offering this course, Trendimi.com. I searched all over the internet to see what people had to say about it and I got mixed reviews. Some said it is a waste of money and some said they really learned something. Trendimi also says that all of their courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards.
I decided to buy it and I started the course right away. I thought it was going to be fun and interactive but it was mostly just reading. It had the occasional video showing people picking out wedding dresses or a wedding planner on the phone, but they weren’t that interesting. The website originated in Europe and you can definitely tell.
At the end of each reading section there were practice tests and exams. Both only had about 5-15 questions. If you get a question wrong you have the opportunity to pay a certain fee and retry the question. Also you had 45 days to complete the class, but you can also pay a fee to extend your time. Well, I finished the whole course in 2 DAYS. It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. You get a certificate emailed to you and you can buy a hard copy to get mailed to you for around $5. I feel like they just try to get money out of you any way they can with all the extra fees.
What I also noticed was that I could buy any other course they had (makeup artist, interior design, personal shopper…) for only $17. The original price is around $400. That is a big difference. I thought it was weird because I bought a Groupon for only one course, not all of them. I did buy a second course to learn about how to start a small business before I was done with my first course but then I got a refund for the second course. They were nice and quick about the refund.
If you are thinking about buying this course, DO NOT. My advice is save your money and don’t buy this Groupon, and definitely don’t pay full price on their site. You can easily Google how to be a wedding planner and get the same information for free.