One way to prepare for your wedding: Take a class

  • Classes at CCBC cover topics like floral design, cake decorating and dancing.
Classes at CCBC cover topics like floral design, cake decorating… (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore…)
January 11, 2013|Olivia Hubert-Allen

To my DIY brides/grooms, have I got a find for you.

I was poking around online yesterday, looking for a place nearby where I could take a class on reuphosltery (because I am approximately 25 years older than I appear and love to collect domestic hobbies.) A few clicks in, I hit the jackpot: an inexpensive class not too far away that starts in two weeks. Squee!

But oh, what's this? They offer cake decorating class? French? Zumba?

Let me introduce you to CEED at CCBC.

It all stands for Continuing Education and Economic Development at The Community College of Baltimore County. (Try saying that four times fast.) It's designed to help people who are changing careers or looking to brush up on new skills, but it's also a nice fit for brides and grooms looking to add some DIY touches to their wedding. Courses range from welding and medical coding to yoga and quilting. Find the full course catalog online (PDF).

A few classes worth looking at:

  • Wedding Coordinating: "Learn the professional way to coordinate any size and type of wedding," the course description reads. These courses are meant for those looking to become professional wedding coordinators, but I won't tell if you don't. (Part 1 and 2: $79 each)
  • Cake Decorating: I actually knew a groom who made his own multi-tiered wedding cake. It added another personal touch to his wedding day and gave him a fun project in the months before the wedding. (Beginning and Continuing classes: $62)
  • Floral Design: Weddings Start to Finish: Could the course name be more perfect? You'll learn to create bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and arrangements for the ceremony and the reception. Perfect! ($65. They also offer Floral Design I, II and III if you want a broader curriculum.)
  • Calligraphy: If you have your heart set beautifully-addressed invitations, this $80 class could be worth a try. Bonus: your holiday cards will be impressive for years to come. (Beginning and Continued classes: $80)
  • Ballroom Dancing: Nervous about that first dance? This 10-week long course covers Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz and Cha-Cha. If you want to drill down deeper on a particular style, there are other offerings worth a look. (Beginner and Intermediate: $99)
  • Aerobic Kick Boxing, Buns and Abs Aerobics or Zumba: A great option if you're not a member of a gym already and are looking to shed some pounds before the big day. (Prices vary.)
  • Web Design with XHTML, HTML and CSS: If the free website templates just aren't doing it for you, why not learn to design your own? Plus, web skills are always a great addition to your resume. (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced: $189 each)
  • Sea Shell Painting Decorating:  Could make decorations or favors for a beach themed wedding. ($47)
  • Introduction to Digital (SLR) Photography: Take the best honeymoon pictures ever. ($80)
  • S.C.U.B.A. Diving Certification Prep Course: If you're planning to scuba on your Caribbean honeymoon, it's not a bad idea to take a class stateside before you go. That way you'll spend less time in the classroom while you're in paradise. ($194)
  • Staging Your Home for Sale: Do you and your fiance own two homes? Staging has been said to help owners get about 3% more for their properties. ($30)
  • French, German, Italian, Spanish: If you're heading to someplace exotic for your honeymoon, impress your new spouse by speaking the native tongue. Or, even better, take the class together!  ($179)
Just a heads up: When I registered for my reupholstery class I had to pay an extra $10 because I do not live in Baltimore County.

I'd love to hear from you if decide to take a class, or if you've been inspired to pick up a new skill/hobby because of your wedding.  Comment below or reach me on Twitter: @hubertallen.

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