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Certificate in Wedding Planning and Coordination

The course is made up of Lectures, Industry Speakers, Group work and Home-study. A Course Manual will be provided, but it is designed to be enhanced by the Student’s own note-taking. Therefore, the manual helpfulness is determined by the student them self.

2 Days of In-class Instruction + 2 weeks Home Study + Final Exam = Certification

Course Curriculum

The Professional Wedding Consultant and Coordinator:

  • What is a wedding coordinator/consultant?
  • Difference between coordinator and consultant
  • Wedding coordinators and their roles through history
  • Profile of a wedding consultant/coordinator
  • The reasons a wedding consultant/coordinator would be hired
  • Income potential
  • The many roles of a wedding coordinator
  • Bride and groom psychology
  • Expectations of a wedding coordinator/consultant
  • The phases of wedding coordination

Wedding Etiquette

  • The nuances of wedding invitations and wording
  • Dining styles and table set-up

Wedding Coordination and Planning

  • Coordination of the wedding day from start to finish
  • Creating wedding schedules
  • Developing the theme
  • Venues
  • Vendors
  • Vendor relations
  • Contracts
  • Site visits
  • Rehearsal planning
  • Coordinator’s roles throughout the planning

The Business of Weddings

  • How to build a portfolio
  • Building a vendor database
  • Professionalism
  • Client interviews
  • Setting up one’s own business
  • Getting started
  • Choosing a name and slogan
  • Market research
  • Building a contract
  • Office requirements
  • Equipment requirements
  • Sole proprietorship vs. Incorporation
  • Hiring assistants
  • Setting your fees
  • Choosing your services
  • Part-time vs. full-time
  • Home office vs. commercial office


  • Networking
  • Advertising your business
  • Generating business
  • Getting to know your target market
  • How much will it all cost?
  • And many more topics

Teaching Aides:

  • Interactive Do’s and Don’ts Table: Students must choose which is correct/incorrect , proper etiquette, etc. The table is designed to surprise the students and leads to several anecdotes. An experience few could forget!
  • Guest Speakers, which may include either a local successful Wedding Coordinator, Photographer, Caterer or a Professional DJ. They will speak about what they expect from a Wedding Coordinator.
  • Group Assignment & Presentations

Two weeks of Home Study is a review of all of the above, as well as studying the provided Manual which also includes:

  • Social Media and Public Relations
  • Building and Maintaining a website
  • Wedding Marketing Statistics
  • Everything a Wedding Professional should know about Wedding Etiquette
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Wedding Attire
  • Second Marriages
  • Gift Registration
  • Bridal Showers
  • Stag/Bachelor Parties
  • Wedding Fundraisers
  • Jack & Jill’s/Buck & Does
  • Thank you cards
  • Dinner Place settings
  • Who traditionally pays for what
  • The Wedding MC and announcements
  • Receiving lines and their order
  • Cash Bars

The Final Certification Exam is web-based and can be completed from any computer.

You have 120 minutes to complete the Exam.  There are 80 questions drawn randomly from a pool of 120 questions.  The Certification Exam is worth 40% of your Final Grade and must be passed with an overall mark of 60% or higher.

Cost: $899  Register here

*Upon completion of the final exam, a certificate will be mailed to successful students in 8-12 weeks