Getting married is serious business. By some estimates, it is a $160 billion a year industry. And in the last four years alone, brides and grooms-to-be have shelled out 20 percent more on every last detail: flowers, music, gifts, gowns and pictures — all to get it just right.
Weddings have become such a huge industry that George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., is offering a class in wedding planning for college credit — the first in the nation.
The class is part of the school of Recreation Health and Tourism and is taught by Maggie Daniels, a professor who used to be a wedding planner. Daniels warns that the class, like the profession, is no easy A.
“There is an enormous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to have a seamless day,” said Daniels. “And for that to happen, the timelines must be perfect, the budgets must be perfect, the communication and coordination must be perfect as well.”
Daniels literally wrote the book on wedding planning: She designed the course and co-wrote the textbook. In an industry where every detail counts, the course does not appear to leave a single topic uncovered.
On the syllabus students will find the difference between pin spotting and wash lighting and how to tell the Trumpet Voluntary from the Canon in D.