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Become a Certifed Wedding & Event Planner

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 students on the business best practices, methods, and techniques to get started in the planning industry right away.

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*Online Instructor-Led Tuition: $97/month
Pay in full discount: $1595. (Save $150)
Online Self Study: $595

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.

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. 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.

Tuition + $15/Mo. Student Community Membership Includes:

  • Access to the Online Student Center
  • Instructor Support
  • Exam Fee
  • Certification plus letters of recommendation
  • Internship opportunities to build a professional portfolio
  • CWEP Course eTextbook & Curriculum

Upon graduation, you will receive your certificate, letter of recommendation and the professional CWEP designation and be ready to launch your own business or work as a Certified Wedding and Event Planner.

Certified Wedding & Event Planning

Nobody does internships like Lovegevity

“It’s all about education and giving the opportunity for people that are new in the business…” ~ David Tutera

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 Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Destination Wedding Planner

Here at Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute, we teach our students about every aspect of Wedding and Event Planning – from legal issues to creativity, floral arrangements to etiquette. So we know that arranging a wedding or any event in your own area has challenges. And these are compounded when you’re looking at destination locations. This is why finding a destination wedding planner course to help you is essential.
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A Destination Wedding Planner Course Like No Other

We have been providing aspiring wedding planners with the best possible education through our online courses and partnerships with over 2,200 accredited colleges and universities. As the number one program in the industry, our students receive an education that meets industry standards, get tools and guidance, including hands-on experience through internships and job shadowing. 

In our online and on-campus courses, you’ll get the opportunity to take a destination wedding planning class as part of your more expansive learning about the industry. In the meantime, here are some points about destination weddings that you might want to consider.

Destination Weddings – For Better, or For Worse?

The idea of a couple choosing a meaningful location for their wedding venue sounds very romantic. Your clients may want to say their vows under the vines in an Italian vineyard, or on the beach in Thailand. Wherever this unique location is, there’s an ongoing number of decisions that will come up unexpectedly, and this is why you need a destination wedding planner course.

When your clients have chosen their perfect destination, you need to know how to advise and guide them through the process. 

Does it have all the resources you need – florists, hotels, caterers, entertainment?

You’ll need to have some vendor contacts in the area – and these should be thoroughly vetted. You’ll need to arrange booking discounts for local hotels, local vendors to assist with implementing your design ideas. And most importantly, what are the legal ceremony requirements, such as special permits or any restrictions. 

What if there are language barriers? Not so much of a problem in English-speaking nations, but a mountain wedding in the heart of the Alps may have issues.

As a destination wedding planner, you need to know everything there is to know about the area. From the best vendors to the closest hotels, activities, and local specialty food, destination wedding planners must be a valuable resource for their clients.

When a suitable location has been found, you will need to access the very best vendors, discounts, and services for the bride and groom. Your couple will need your help to make sure that every other ‘usual’ aspect of the planning steps is covered, with the destination in mind. 

Dreaming of Becoming a Destination Wedding Planner? 

If you want to live your dream, then Lovegevity’s Destination Wedding Planner Course will give you the knowledge, tools, and experience that you need to be successful.

Lovegevity offer several courses that provide aspiring wedding planners with the best possible education, and our online campus is partnered with over 2,200 accredited colleges and universities. Our training is the number one program in the industry – and we define the industry standards throughout the syllabus – and that includes our destination wedding planning class.

We work with some of the biggest names in weddings and events in our training; we know that it’s important that our students learn from those who have had success in the industry. With learning from a combination of on-campus courses, distance learning through seminars and workshops, and our world-class paid internships, you can learn everything you need to know about weddings in our destination wedding courses.

Choose Your Level of Study

All our courses can be taken individually, so you can tailor your learning to suit your needs. Perhaps you are looking for just a taste of a destination wedding planning class? We offer a free bootcamp series on “How to Become a Wedding and Event Planner” that shows you exactly how Lovegevity can help you become the wedding planner you want to be. You can choose one of our modules – from ‘History of Bridal Fashion’ to ‘Event Design, or you can take advantage of the full learning package with our ‘Wedding and Event Planning’ certification.

As part of your Destination Wedding Planner Course, you can learn all about various aspects of the industry, with online and in-person training that is world-leading. Our whole ethos is to be an Institute dedicated to the highest standards, and that’s why we want to ensure that every one of our students is supported to learn in their own way. We have developed a dynamic, interactive teaching method with clearly expressed concepts and principles with the most widely accepted and standardized programs. This means, we use teaching methods that best fit you and your learning needs.

Our students love the opportunities we offer as part of our training to take on paid internships and put their learning into practice. We partner with industry leading wedding planners and designers like Kevin Lee Weddings, New York Fashion Week, and Coachella so that our students can shadow for hands-on application of learning – while receiving academic credit. This real-world experience with letters of recommendation, testimonials, and photos help to build your professional portfolio – from local events to high-profile, world-class celebrity events. 

Choosing Lovegevity for your destination wedding planning courses will give you all the learning and experience you need to be a successful Wedding Planner.

Pursuing Your Dreams Needn’t Cost the Earth.

Becoming a wedding planner is a real dream job for many people, and whether you’re retraining for a new career or just starting out in the working world, we have students past and present just like you who have taken the plunge to improve their life. 

We offer a 12-month payment plan on almost all courses – so if it’s not possible for you to pay the whole course cost, you can pay in installments to make it affordable. We can offer Military Funding through Ed2Go too, so you can get support if you’re a military spouse or a current or former member of the armed service. 

We aim to offer the best in value for your studying, and no other courses can give you the right destination wedding planner course – with so many added extras – at such a good price.

The Importance of Destination Wedding Planner Courses

Learning from experienced wedding planners is the best way to get insight, information, and knowledge to grow your wedding planning business. Here at Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute, we have the very best in Wedding and Event Planning professionals available to offer you instruction and education. All instructors are active in the industry as wedding and event professionals and operate a business for a minimum of five years. Everything from planning, floral design and arrangements to the history of bridal fashion is offered through our Certified Master Wedding and Event Planner course.You’ll also get access to hundreds of live class discussions from a variety of topics to help grow your business. Including – a destination wedding planner course that will propel you into your own career as a professional Wedding Planner.
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Upon successful completion of the Certified Wedding and Event Planner program, you will:

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.

Students must have a general understanding of the following:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and/or Google Docs
  • Need access to a computer/laptop or tablet and internet access
  • Course compatible with Google Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer & Safari
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Instructors and Mentors

Online instructors are trained and certified to help students meet their certification requirements and prepare for the industry certification exam. Instructors and mentors are seasoned wedding and event professionals who help students get started in the industry right away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Tuition Breakdown:

Certified Wedding & Event Planning


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 broad)


$595 or 7 payments of $97/mo.

Tuition includes:

  • Online Curriculum Access
  • Student 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 broad)

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
  • Guests 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
  • Discussion Boards
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Stock Photography Library for Social Media Marketing
  • Exclusive Internship Opportunities
  • Discounts on future courses
  • Career Center/Job Board Not a member? Join the student community here!

Tuition Options:

Payment Plans

We offer a 12-month payment plan for almost all of our courses, at checkout. Payment plans can be customized to be paid off sooner.

Financial Assistance

We offer different financial assistance options through our educational partner Ed2go.

Military Funding:

For full details about military tuition assistance, please visit this page for more information.

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