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The Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design is the perfect online course for those of you who just love weddings and want to turn that passion into a profitable career. Maybe you are known for being organised and paying attention to detail or perhaps you’re looking for a career where you can express yourself creatively and participate in something joyous. If any of this rings true then a Wedding Planning and Styling role could be for you.

This course will immerse you into the exciting world of wedding design. You will learn how to expertly use colour, florals, décor & lighting to bring a wedding concept to life. When you graduate you will have the confidence to plan and coordinate flawless weddings and win prospective clients by creating captivating inspiration boards and utilising professional design software.

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

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


  • 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 Wedding Design and Wedding Planning Software
  • In-depth educational content covering all areas of the role
  • Experienced practicing tutors
  • A community of international industry experts

Course Outline


Section 1 - The Basics of Wedding Design

  • - The World of Wedding Design
  • - Conceptualisation & Planning
  • - The Principles of Design

Section 2 - The Theory of Design

  • - Colour Schemes & Effects
  • - Design & Décor Techniques

Section 3 - Design Elements

  • - Floral Design & Décor
  • - Fabric Décor
  • - Special Effects
  • - Creating a Centrepiece

Section 4 - Wedding Planning Basics

  • - Wedding History, Statistics and the Millennial Bride
  • - Location & Ceremony

Section 5 - Wedding Vendors & Your Team

  • - The Catering
  • - Entertainment & Music
  • - Invites & Gifts
  • - Photographer & Videographer

Section 6 - Wedding Production & Budgets

  • - Preparing a Wedding Budget
  • - 3D Event Designer Software Training
  • - Designing with Software
  • - The Wedding Day
  • - Working With Wedding Suppliers

Section 7 - Working with Brides

  • - Client Consultations
  • - The Psychology of a Bride

Section 8 - Wedding Marketing & Consultations

  • - Social Media for Business
  • - Wedding Marketing
  • - Finding Your Ideal Client

Section 9 - Starting a Wedding Business

  • - Starting your own Business
  • - Pricing & Finance
  • - Contracts & Insurance
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Graduate Experiences

I found the online study-from-home system of the Academy very useful and easy to use. I was able to complete units, unit projects and assignments on my own time and with no time limit (except for the timeframe of completing the overall course). This meant that I was able to study as and when it suited me – I could set a certain time each day to get some study done, whilst also completing other life tasks.

For anyone who is considering starting studying with the New Zealand Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, I would highly recommend it. It is and easy and fun way to learn and doesn’t get in the way of other aspects of your life.

Sophie Carrington

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Who is the Diploma in Wedding Planning Styling & Design suitable for?

This course is ideal for anyone with a love of Weddings. As you will learn about both Planning & Design it will help you to be able to gain employment or launch a business where you are called upon to do any of the tasks associated with Weddings; from planning through to design.

What is Design?

The design of a weddings relates to how the wedding looks and feels. It is the concept or theme and it is something that today’s couple is very focused on as the the desire for personalised weddings grows.

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 our Event Planning and Event Design units.



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New Zealand Academy of Wedding and Event Planning

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