Certified Wedding & Event Planner

Turn your wedding & event passion into a business you love

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course is internationally recognized by industry associations, accredited colleges, corporations, and event professionals.The CWEP course is also offered as part of the Certified Master Wedding & Event Planning program. Lovegevity’s Certified Wedding and Event Planning (CWEP) certification course includes 8 to 12 weeks of comprehensive training lessons to prepare you to launch a successful wedding and event planning business.The average time to complete this program is 8 – 12 weeks, however, all students have the option to complete the program at their own pace.

Recognized As

The #1 Academic Program for Wedding & Event Professionals in the World.

LWPI’s Certificate in Wedding and Event Planning course is a program designed to educate you on business best practices, systems, methods, and techniques to get your started in the event planning industry right away.

Online Instructor-Led:

Students meet each week in a scheduled One-on-One Video Conference or Phone Call with their Instructor and have the option to meet with a Mentor and Business Coach monthly.

Online Self Study:

Students have access to student support centers and can attend group instructor office hours to meet with a live instructor as needed.

At Lovegevity we work to combine career training with real world experience. All Lovegevity students can participate in both paid and non-paid internships both locally near you and at high profile, world class celebrity events.

Take your career to the next level with on-the-job training, to grow your portfolio of work, increase your network of opportunities, and make new connections with industry leaders.

The Instruction You Need to Create the Business You Want At Lovegevity, we want to see you win. That’s why we deliver only the best when it comes to coursework, instructors and mentors. Our instructors and mentors are seasoned wedding and event professionals who are trained and certified to guide students through the coursework and meet their certification requirements and prepare for the industry certification exam.

With our online instructor-led course, students meet each week for a scheduled one-on-one video or phone conference call with their assigned instructor and have the option to also meet with a mentor or business coach monthly.

Our self-study students gain access to student support centers and can attend group instructor office hours to get the answers they need in a live, virtual setting as needed.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

WEEKLY LIVE MENTORING

CERTIFICATION FOR WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING

MOBILE-FRIENDLY DIGITAL TEXTBOOK

PORTFOLIO TO SHOW FUTURE CLIENTS

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Develop service packages that give you a competitive edge in your local market.
Establish a portfolio of business contracts, presentation tools, pricing, and packages.
Know the difference between traditional and non-traditional etiquette.
Set up a legal wedding planning business and be knowledgeable about business structure.
Be proficient in prospecting for and contracting with wedding and special event clients.
Market, publish, and utilize public relations to promote and increase your business.
Plan a budget, select a vendor, and design a wedding.

WHAT TO EXPECT

INSTRUCTOR-LED

1:1 VIDEO CONFERENCING

LENGTH

12 WEEKS

FORMAT

ONLINE

TIME

3-5 HOURS/WEEK

Become a Certified Wedding
and Event Planner

COURSE SYLLABUS

Week 1 – Wedding Industry Overview & Engagement

Week 2 – Your Role as a Planner & Vendor and Venue Selection

Week 3 – Wedding Cultures, Traditions & Traditional and Non-Traditional Weddings

Week 4 – Wedding Music & Signature Weddings

Week 5 – Destination Weddings & Contracts and Business Offerings

Week 6 – Relationship Education

Week 7 – Wedding Planning Certification

Week 8 – Running Your Own Business & Documentation and Goals

Week 9 – Bridal Shows & Online Marketing

Week 10 – Public Relations & Philanthropy

Week 11 – Marketing Your Business & Marketing on a Local Level

Week 12 – CWEP Certification Exam & CWEP Course Evaluation

A message to you:

You know that little voice inside that keeps telling you that you’re destined for more … well, it’s right.

You see, I know you’ve landed on this page because you have a passion for wedding and event planning. And it’s evident whenever one of your friends or family members ask you to help them plan an event.

But the thing is, you’re not sure if you even have what it takes to turn your passion into a successful event planning business.

In fact, you don’t know a thing about starting or running a business… including – finding clients, putting together a portfolio, marketing your business or even charging for your services – none of that.

And that’s where Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) comes in.

Whether you have years of experience or zero expertise in wedding and event planning, as long as you have the passion and drive to become your own boss, we’re here to give you the know-how you need to turn your passion into prosperity when you register for our internationally-recognized wedding and event certification program.

TUITION

Instructor Led:

$1795 $1595
or 18 payments of $97/mo.
Tuition includes:

Online curriculum access

Full instructor support

Certification exam

Personal letter of recommendation (upon completion of the program.)

International recognized certification as a Professional Wedding & Event Planner (upon completion of the program)

Student tools & resources

Special events & internships opportunities (both local and abroad)

Student Community Membership:

$15/month

*All students receive access to the student community through their Student Community Membership. This membership includes:

Live (online) class discussions

Guest speakers

Live broadcast workshops

On-demand video library of various industry topics taught by industry experts

Access to seasoned and active professionals currently working in the field of professional event planning

Private facebook group

Exclusive internship opportunities

Discounts on future courses

Career center/Job board

FAQs

Q: Why Lovegevity?
A: 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. Here is the link:
Q: Internships?
A: 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.
Q: Event Planning vs. Event Design?
A: The main difference 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 the guidelines. For example, “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 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 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 team of designers because it is not a one-person job.

Q: How long does the program take to finish?
A: 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.
Q: What is the difference between taking the course online or through a college?
A: 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.
Q: How does the course work?
A: 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.
Q: Where can I go to find a job as a wedding & event planner?
A: 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.
Q: How much do wedding planners typically make?
A: An event planner’s income can vary by many factors including location, experience, services provided, and how much your clients are willing to pay.

Traditionally the average planner makes about 15% – 25% of the total cost of each wedding (when you offer full service) i.e. you would make roughly $4,500 to $7,500 for a full service, $30,000 wedding.

Once you gain more experience and are more established, you can start charging closer to 25% – 30% or set your own flat fees based on your reputation, brand, planning, and service packages.

Many professional planners offer additional services like design, production, florals, invitations, hair, makeup, etc. that add to the overall revenue streams in the business.

The number of weddings and other events you do per year also plays a factor. Events span every industry, not just weddings. From charity events, product launches, conferences, and corporate holiday parties, a professional planner has opportunities to expand into all types of events.

The CWEP course will walk you through how 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 and want to plan to make the income you want to make.

Remember, if it’s your business, you are the one who determines your goals and how much your time is worth.

Q: CWEP vs. Master Class Program
A: 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.

You can find more information online here:

Master Class

 

Q: How long is the certification valid?
A: 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.
Q: I’m an international student, can I still enroll in your program?
A: Yes. LWPI students enroll from all over the world.
Q: Do you offer Financial Assistance?
A: You can apply directly with our Financial Aid partner; Cengage/Ed2Go.