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The Diploma in Wedding and Event Planning is the perfect online course for those of you who want to plan and manage an exciting variety of special events; including weddings, private parties, baby showers and christenings, conferences, meetings, sporting, charity and pop-up events, festivals, product launches and fashion shows. If you are passionate about events and enthusiastic about organisation and logistics then a career in special event planning could be for you.

This course brings together the educational content from both our wedding planning and event planning courses, with the bonus of added business and marketing units. You will immerse yourself in the world of events, develop your planner skills and learn the rudiments of wedding planning. When you graduate you will have the knowledge to build your planning A-Team, execute any event with confidence and market yourself like a pro.

The average completion time for this course is 6 months, but you will have up to 2 years to finish your course with the support of your own dedicated Tutor.

There are 30 modules in this course, divided into 9 Sections with 9 Assignments. You also have the option to submit a Portfolio for review upon completion of the course.

Upon graduation you will receive an industry, nationally & internationally recognised certification as a Wedding & Event Planner.

The Diploma in Wedding and Event Planning is the perfect online course for those of you who want to plan and manage an exciting variety of special events; including weddings, private parties, baby showers and christenings, conferences, meetings, sporting, charity and pop-up events, festivals, product launches and fashion shows.

WHAT WILL YOUR COURSE INCLUDE?

  • 30 Unit Tutorials
  • 24 hours of audio
  • 35 hours of video
  • 60 PDF Handouts
  • 30 checklists and templates
  • Lifetime access to study material
  • Practical content and free templates
  • Access to Planning Software
  • In-depth educational content covering all areas of the role
  • Experienced practicing tutors
  • A community of international industry experts

Course Outline

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Section 1 - The World of Events

  • - The World of Events
  • - Think Like a Planner
  • - Creating a Concept
  • - Developing a Theme

Section 2 - The Planning Process

  • - The Stages of an Event
  • - The Event Budget
  • - Event Sites & Venues
  • - Food & Beverage Operations

Section 3 - Managing Your Suppliers

  • - Speakers & Entertainment
  • - Travel & Accommodation
  • - Corporate Gifts & Merchandise

Section 4 - Event Marketing

  • - Event Branding & Marketing Strategies
  • - Event Proposals

Section 5 - The Rudiments of Wedding Planning

  • - Wedding History, Statistics and the Millennial Bride
  • - The Psychology of a Bride
  • - Client Consultations
  • - Location & Ceremony

Section 6 - Your Wedding Planning A-Team

  • - Floral Design and Décor
  • - Transport
  • - Invites & Gifts
  • - Photographer & Videographer
  • - Wedding Catering & Rentals

Section 7 - Wedding Production

  • - Suppliers & Staff
  • - Wedding Day Management

Section 8 - Sales & Marketing

  • - Social Media & PR
  • - Finding Your Ideal Client

Section 9 - Starting a Business

  • - Starting Your Own Business
  • - Pricing & Finance
  • - Contracts & Insurance
  • - Portfolio Submission
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Graduate Experiences

My goal when I enrolled with the Academy was to start up my own wedding planning business, which I have (very thankfully) done successfully. I slowly but surely started up my company ‘Take A Vow Weddings & Events’ whilst I was studying the diploma. I organised my first wedding for a close friend, a styled shoot ,and it all took off from there. Word of mouth, marketing and referrals have meant that this last season was my busiest to date!

Kim Houston - Take a Vow Weddings and Events
Auckland

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FAQS

Who is the Diploma in Wedding & Event Planning suitable for?

This course is ideal for anyone with a love of both Weddings and Events and of course, planning and organisation. You may also consider this course if you would like to launch a business offering both Wedding and Event Planning services. Like our Certificate it is the ideal course for anyone who has to plan events as part of another role; for example in Marketing or Public Relations or as a Personal/Executive Assistant. If you work or Volunteer with a Charity or Not-for-profit Organisation which hosts events, you will also find this course very valuable.

What is the difference between Weddings and Events?

At the Academy when we say Events, we are referring to events that would be hosted by a Business/Corporate client, Government Department/Official or Charity/Not-for-profit organisation. Examples of these types of Events are; Meetings, Conferences, Product Launches, Fashion Shows, Festivals, Gala Events, Charity and Fund-raising events.Our Wedding units are focused on teaching you about Planning Weddings and working with couples, however what you learn here can also be applied to other types of Celebration Planning, such as; Birthdays, Engagement Parties, Proposal Planning, Christenings etc.

Will this course help me to get a job?

All of our courses prepare you for employment as they teach you ‘how to do the job’. Employment opportunities can be found at Wedding and Event Venues, with established Wedding and Event Planners and within businesses and organisations that plan events.

Will this course help me to launch a business?

Yes. This course includes our business units which will guide you through the process of launching a business. You will have the opportunity to design your services and pricing and write a business and marketing plan. We also look at social media, contracts and insurance and teach you how to sell to your future customers. Our business training is detailed and very practical and many of our students have launched their businesses immediately after completing the course.

What Courses can I use this course as credit towards?

This course can be used as credit towards our Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning & Design. The difference between the two courses is that the Advanced Diploma also includes Wedding and Event Design units.I am only interested in Weddings and other social celebrations like Birthday Parties. Is this the right course for me? No. If don’t want to learn more about events like meetings, conferences, product launches etc., you should consider the Diploma in Wedding Planning Stying and Design instead.

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