Certified Wedding Planner GES 204 » 340 hours

Overview Description Objectives Outline Prerequisites PC Requirements / Materials Instructor Bio FAQs

Prepare for a career in wedding and special event planning by mastering the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering stunning weddings and parties. This program allows you to earn your certification as a professional wedding and event planner, and will give you an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship.

In these lessons, you'll get step-by-step training and learn concise formulas for ensuring the success of any social event, from weddings and anniversaries, to birthdays and baby showers. Once you've grasped the basics of wedding planning, you'll translate theory into real-world applications as you discover how to cultivate the vendor and client relationships that are crucial to building your business. You'll learn insider techniques on how to market your business and expand your revenue streams in the fun and exciting celebration industry.

With the aid of more than 150 business templates and other resource documents, you'll also gain the financial understanding you need to complement your wedding planning talents. This program provides you with an entire set of financial tools you'll be able to use for years to come, including contracts, business plans, timelines, fee structures, project plans and service offerings. Each business template is carefully designed to address the specific demands of the wedding-and special event planning industry.

The program includes a Dina Manzo's It's My Party and I'll Plan if I Want To workshop, which teaches the fundamentals and etiquette involved in proper party planning. It includes lessons on table etiquette, tableware, glassware, and flatware, in addition to proper place setting, menu selection, and food and wine pairing. 

Upon successfully completing this program, you will be certified as a professional wedding and event planner. In addition, you will qualify to apply for an internship customized to your career objectives and goals. Internships can range from one day to six months in length. As a result, you can begin building your professional résumé right away!

"Wow, how quickly time flies. It seems I just began the Certified Wedding Planner course and now it’s almost complete. I've learned quite a bit and have been able to apply some of those skills to my own wedding."
- G.E., University of Wisconsin-Platteville

"This wonderful journey to become a Certified Wedding Planner is going to be coming to an end very soon. I have really enjoyed all of the challenges that the assignments have brought and I feel that I have learned the skills that are needed to be successful with my future career. This course has also armed me with the skills to plan an amazing wedding for my cousin this summer and I can't wait."
- S.B., University of Central Florida

"This course has truly been an eye opener. I had no idea that the passion I had for the wedding and event industry could grow to be so much more. I've been working with wedding planners for the past 5 years now, and enrolled in this course to better myself and my education. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned so many beneficial concepts and tools that I know I will use in the future. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone looking to further their career in the field and gain valuable information to help them become a better planner."
- L.K., Tidewater Community College