Certificate in Wedding Planning and Event Management

Increase your options by studying both event management and wedding planning in this comprehensive online course.

Course Code: VTR014
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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Start A New Business or Improve your Current Knowledge with this Great Certificate.

This comprehensive course enables you to develop the skills required to set up your own business working as a wedding planner and event manager
Many people in this area will eventually focus on one particular area, such as wedding planning. But initially, when starting your own business, you may find that there are not sufficient clients to specialise. The value of this course is that It doesn’t force you to make that choice straight away.


  • You can work in event management and wedding planning, as you will have the skills for both.
  • You have a wider potential market of clients as you can work in both areas.
  • If you have decided which area you want to focus in, this gives the opportunity to work in both at first.
  • OR if you don’t want to specialise, then you can continue working in wedding planning and event management.

Imagine, large events and weddings can be time consuming, but if you are planning a large wedding, you might still have time to organise smaller events at the same time, increasing your business AND your cash flow.

If you work for someone else, this can be a great addition to your CV. If you work in the hospitality industry, then being able to plan weddings and events for your hotel or restaurant etc puts another string in your bow!


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Wedding Planning and Event Management.
 Business Studies BBS101
 Wedding Planning BTR104
 Event Management BRE209
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 10 modules.
 Food & Beverage Management BTR102
 Introduction To Photography BPH100
 Introduction to Psychology BPS101
 Advertising and Promotions BBS202
 Cleaning: Domestic and Commercial VTR207
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Project Management BBS201
 Wedding Photography BPH206
 Business Planning BBS302

Note that each module in the Certificate in Wedding Planning and Event Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Be Prepared For Change

Something new is always happening; and it is important to be flexible, and develop an ability (and willingness) to change the direction of your career, when the industry changes. There may be a lot of opportunities in your area to organise christian weddings now; but in the future, there may be more opportunity to organise other types of weddings. Sometimes the competition from other event managers can get too strong. A wedding planner might find business is suffering; but if they can adapt, and perhaps organise parties, conferences or seminars instead; their business may be given a fresh lease of life.
Event organisers can become involved in organising virtually any type of event -shows, exhibitions, product launches, tours , concerts or festivals.  This course has a major advantage in that it gives you a foundation for organising any of these -and in many of our modules you have the opportunity to choose where you will focus your learning.  This broad focus and flexibility results in graduates that are light on their feet and more adaptable to industry changes.

How to Organise a Conference or Seminar
The things that are required to run a conference or seminar will obviously vary from conference to conference, seminar to seminar.  There will be an expectation by attendees as to the type of surrounds, the "luxury and perks" elements and to the depth and type of information that will be provided. There are certain things that will need to be considered in most cases. These include:
  • Where is the conference or seminar to be held. This will depend to some extent on how many people will be attending and what type of surrounds they expect. This may range from an informal meeting of a small group in a community centre to a group of hundreds, expecting a range of facilities to be available in conjunction with the conference.
  • What furniture is required, including seating, tables, display boards, lecturers/speakers stand or lectern, audiovisual equipment. Again, the type of seminar will dictate this to a large measure, in terms of the need for lecturing facilities (if presentations are made) or if it is to be a trade fair type arrangement.
  • Accommodation. Is this required? by how many for how long? etc. Accommodation can often be supplied (sometimes at discount rates) by the organisation supplying the meeting room/s (e.g. large hotels).
  • Catering. What types of foods, how much (quantities), how are they to be served (e.g. buffet, waited upon, etc.), tea and coffee facilities. Many hotels, etc. may have a "set" service which may or may not suit your needs. If they offer morning tea or meals at a price per head, make sure you find out exactly what the morning tea, meal, etc... is. It may not meet your expectations, or equal value for money.>
  • Transport, including to, from and during the conference or seminar, as well as parking available.
  • Special Needs of Participants, such as wheel chair access, specific food types, etc.
  • Associated tours, dinners and other activities. This could include activities for companions, partners and children of those attending the conference/seminar. While it is not part of the conference activity, such associated events will often help to attract more attendees.
  • Security -At the very least, brief staff as to what they should do in an emergency; make neighbours aware of the event, and consider notifying the police. Other measures may include erecting barriers and signs to restrict where people can move. As the risk factors increase; consider employing security guards.
  • Promotion - ensure that you make people aware of the event, and with enough time to make a decision on whether to attend or not. Brochures will need to be available, as well as print and if possible, radio or television advertising.
  • Costing all aspects of the conference, from the price of hiring the facilities, to the fees for speakers, etc. If the conference is a pay-per-person event, you must ensure that the price charged will attract participants and allow a profit (or break even) while not over-pricing. If the event is "in-house" or free of charge, then value for money is even more important, to provide the best conference available without being a loss for the company.
  • Decoration - what type of atmosphere will be required?


When to Run An Event

This is always the first and most important question to ask.
Many events that fail to achieve an appropriate level of support are run with insufficient demand. Some events are organised because it is the “expected” thing to do. For example, many organisations, from churches to schools and workplaces, organise seasonal parties or celebrations. These may vary from one culture to another, and may include New Years celebrations (which can occur at different times in different cultures), Christmas parties, Hanukkah celebrations, Easter picnics, and so on. The problem is that with an over abundance of events at the same time of year, caterers get booked up, and individuals face the dilemma of not being able to accept two invitations at the same time. Inevitably some of these events end up as grand successes, and others, despite all the good planning and efforts of their organisers, will never get more than a mediocre support.
Situations like this teach us that timing is as important as anything else in the management of an important event. Do your homework, and be aware of competing events on or near the date that you are planning for your event. Identify your target market (whether family members and friends for a wedding or local teenagers for a rock concert), and try to ensure that there is competing event that might interest them close to the time you plan to run the event.
When considering the date of the event, take into account: 
  • Other events that might affect participation
  • Expected weather conditions
  • Whether schools are schools open or closed
  • Whether the date falls on a national or religious holiday
  • The cost of the venue, staff etc. on that date (costs can increase on weekends or during holidays).


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You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
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Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding in your selected discipline. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

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Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

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You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Kate Gibson

Kate has 12 years experience as a marketing advisor and experience as a project manager. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia. Kate has a B.Soc.Sc, Post-Grad. Dip. Org Behaviour (HR).

Denise Hodges

Promotions Manager for ABC retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint). Over 20 years varied experienced in business and marketing. More recently Denise studied naturopathy to share her passion for health and wellness. Denise has an Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip. Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing).

John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner.
John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.


Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Alexander O'Brien

Alex was born and raised in Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. Having been trained in Architecture, Permaculture, Mechanical Engineering, Ceramics, Furniture Design/Construction, Sustainable building and Art,Craft and Design, his knowledge base is broad. Much of his professional work has been designing and making nature inspired spaces, creative reuse of materials, permaculture and natural ecology regeneration.

That being said, in his own words, "....my real passion is teaching. I adore sharing my knowledge and experience. Seeing students progress, and learning, that is my soul food."'

Megan Cox

Megan has completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation) with Honours from Writtle University College, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Countryside Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her experience includes working as a Botanist, Ecologist, Head Gardener, Market Gardener and a Farming and Conservation Officer.

She has worked in various roles in Horticulture, Agriculture and Ecology since 2005. Megan has worked for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Centre for Environment and Rural Affairs among other organisations in the UK, as well as in Australia and Cambodia.

Melissa Leistra

Melissa has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from Deakin University and Bachelor's degree specialising in personal development, health and physical education. She has enjoyed teaching Hospitality in the areas of commercial cookery and food and beverage. Her experience includes 16 years teaching health and nutrition and working in the hospitality industry. Melissa enjoys living a self-sustainable lifestyle on a farm and raising all types of animals. She is an experienced vegetarian/vegan cook and loves to create wholesome food using her slow combustion wood stove.

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