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Online or In-Person
$4,000+ earnings per wedding
Certificate valid for 5 years
You’re a perfect fit for this course if:
You want a career you love
What’s not to love about helping people in love? Building your career in the wedding industry lets you practice an exciting, creative career filled with beauty at every turn.
You want to be your own boss
Being a Certified Wedding & Event Planner requires no company to hire you. Live in comfort knowing you are your boss and you only work with who you want to work with
You love to plan events for friends & family
Are you that friend? It’s no wonder you’re the first one everyone calls when they’re having a party, get together, fundraiser, whatever! This is your sign. Make it your career.
Founded with the sole purpose of providing aspiring wedding professionals with the best possible education.
1. Do what you love. Love what you do. Help others find theirs.
2. Find purpose through our passion and put priorities first.
3. Align with like-minded people, with a love for helping others.
“Believe in yourself and pursue your passion. Don’t stand in your own way of fulfilling your life’s work. Only you can make that happen. And if you’re afraid of failure, then you’re in luck.”
“Because people don’t fail, people quit.
So don’t be a quitter and you’ll be great!
You got this!”
Founder | CEO, Lovegevity, Inc.
“Lovegevity’s CWEP course has definitely exceeding my expectations! Even with experience coordinating weddings, I found so much value in this course. This course helped me gain confidence in my pricing and in offering full service planning. They also provided several helpful tips in marketing and growing my business. Highly recommended!!”
“I am so impressed with the information and level of service provided from Lovegevity. I researched tons of schools and even paid for a less expensive program only to find that it was a waste of time and money. Lovegevity gives you everything you need to succeed in this industry and more and they really care. The learning environment is fun, material is far from boring and the internship program is unbelievable. I feel that nothing can stop me from achieving my goal thanks to Lovegevity!”
“I have truly enjoyed taking the CWEP class, I have learned more about the business side of the industry. The class has been very fast paced learning, so much information in a short time. I wish the class was longer, but I definitely feel confident in the knowledge that I have received from the course. My instructor was very good at making sure we had understanding in building our business. She also showed that she cared about our personal growth in the industry, by dealing with our fears we may have in starting the business. The Online video discussions are great I am glad to hear information on marketing and style shooting and vendor relationships. I am very happy that i took this course. “
“I talked myself out of taking this class for about a year and a half before I finally decided to do it. I’m so grateful that I conquered some fear and took this step! Randy is a great instructor and I’ve enjoyed learning from him. The text book and online library have been incredible resources that I’ll continue to draw from for years to come. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone!”
Frequently Asked Questions
LWPI’s program is recognized all over the world as the industry standard and is the only program offered by over 2200 Accredited Colleges and Universities. Our students get the education, support, tools, networking, experience, and internships to launch a successful career. You are not left to figure it out on your own. For example, our students have interned with David Tutera, Preston Bailey, Kevin Lee, Lisa Vanderpump, and many other industry professionals to create their portfolio of work and launch a career in wedding and event planning. You can read over 1800 testimonials from graduates and students on our public blog. Students share their work and their experience taking the program. None of them have felt the program didn’t exceed their expectations.
Do you provide internships?
Internships are available to all current students and alumni members. We have several to choose from throughout the year, and as an active member, you can apply for as many as you’d like! From bridal shows, to fashion shows, to charity events, to galas, to working side by side event planners and assisting with actual weddings. Our students have interned with David Tutera, Preston Bailey, Kevin Lee, Lisa Vanderpump, and many other industry professionals to create their portfolio of work and launch a career in wedding and event planning.Our internships typically fall on weekends and last 1-4 days long.
Whats the difference between Event Planning vs. Event Design?
The main differences between event planning and event design is that a planner focuses more on the event management side of things and the designer is focused solely on visuals. A lot of event planners end up hiring a team of designers.
The planner meets with the client and maps out the entire event, i.e. invitations, timelines, booking vendors, fittings, tastings, etc. They gather the information from the client, i.e. colors, expectations, size of the wedding, budget, theme ideas, etc. The planner then contacts the designer and tells them their guidelines, i.e. “my clients colors are pink and white, she loves gold, the venue we’re using is the ballroom at Marriott, her budget for the design services is $4,000, her and her husband met at the movies so they want to implement elements of film into the design, she only wants white and pink roses as her flowers, etc.”
At that point, the designer and his/her team come up with the design based on the size of the room and the client’s needs. They take create blueprints and sketches (or computer designs) of the room. They choose the types of tables, dinnerware, flatware, linens, lighting, colors, flowers, etc to meet the needs the needs of the client. Then, they present their designs to the client and the planner for feedback. The designers are the creative ones that take the logistics from the planner and bring everything to life.
Many planners will offer both the planning services and the design services but will have their own team of designers because it is not a one-person job.
How long does the program take to finish?
The program was designed to take about 8-12 weeks or 340 hours of study to complete but you’re given up to 6 months to finish at your own pace.
What is the difference between taking the course online or through a college?
You will receive the same degree of education when taking the course online or at a college of your choice. Taking the course at the college is best for those who prefer a classroom environment and enjoy face-to-face instruction, given at the same time each week. Online students have the flexibility of taking the course at their own pace, and meeting face-to-face at scheduled times using video conferencing. All students have the same requirements.
How does the course work?
The course is a combination of interactive learning online with reading, videos, quizzes, assignments, projects, as well as live class discussions and live webinars. There is also an exam. The community offers live video conference discussions on various topics with a variety of industry guest speakers and wedding planning mentors who actively work in the industry. If you miss a live discussion they are recorded and uploaded to the video library so you can view it at anytime. The course also supplies you with hundreds of templates you can download and repurpose with your own brand/logo. Including contracts, pricing models, business plan, etc.
The best program for you is the one that matches your goals, not the cheapest cost. Be sure to identify why you are becoming certified and make sure whatever program you choose will help you get there. We would love to welcome you to our program and community.
Where can I go to find a job as a wedding & event planner?
All LWPI students and graduates qualify for an internship as part of the CWEP program and master class students and graduates qualify to work with Lovegevity on local events in their market.
How much do wedding planners typically make?
An event planners income can vary by many factors including location, experience, services provided, and how much your clients are willing to pay.
The average planner makes about 15% – 20% of the cost of each wedding (when you offer full service) i.e. you would make roughly $4,500 for a full service, $30,000 wedding. Once you gain more experience and are more established, you can start charging closer to 25% – 30%. Many planners offer additional services like design, floral, invitations, hair, makeup, etc that add to their overall salary, along with day-of and partial planning packages. The number of weddings/ other events you do per year also plays a huge factor. Location is very important. The amount of hours you are willing to work also plays a part. The CWEP course will teach require you to research the logistics of your area to help you map out your business plan. You will need to gather information like the average cost of a wedding in your area, the average number of weddings per year in your area, the number of other wedding planners in your area, etc. This will help you determine how many events you will need to plan to make the salary you want to make. Remember, if it’s your business, you are the one who determines your worth.
CWEP vs. Master Class Program
The Certified Wedding & Event Planning course is only 1 of several courses that make up the Master Class Program.
The Master Class Program is our most comprehensive program consisting of all of our courses in one program. It is encouraged for those who are interested in more than just Event Planning but wish to incorporate all aspects and services into their event planning business.
We will often have graduates of CWEP return to enroll into the Master Class Program to continue thier education and grow their business.
There is an application and interview process to be accepted into the Master Class Program.
How long is the certification valid?
Certification is renewed every 5 years. Our students maintain access to course curriculum as we update industry best practices, trends, and feedback from the field every year for our Alumni members.
I’m an international student, can I still enroll in your program?
Yes. LWPI students enroll from all over the world.
Do you offer Financial Assistance?
You can apply directly with our Financial Aid partners; Cengage/Ed2Go or World Education.