Wedding and Event Planning Certification


Free Wedding Coordination Workshop (usually $295) + Textbook is included

In-person and remote option via Zoom


Wedding and Event Planning Certification is the perfect course for anyone who loves planning events. Whether you are a person who does not know where to start in launching a career in event planning or a new planner looking to enhance their knowledge, in 8 weeks you will earn your certificate.

Event Planning is one of the most sought-after careers today. The course includes a text covering the foundation and fundamentals of weddings as well as other special events and how to start your own business.

Enroll in the February/March session and you will have the added benefit of attending our March 22th Wedding Coordination workshop where you will learn all of the day-of services vital to a successful wedding!


I reached out to Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions because I was looking for an apprentice position in the Event Design field immediately following my college graduation.

Once hired, Marissa wasted no time broadened my horizons by letting me work different events as an assistant coordinator.

The result was gaining on-site experience under both titles and becoming even more confident in myself.

One thing I love about working with Marissa is that when she has a design job, she allows me to be as creative as I would like to be. There are no wrong answers.

So far, I've found my experience with Lavish Occasions to be extremely helpful in grasping and fully understanding the most intricate parts of the business.

I would recommend Marissa and her Lavish Occasions team to people who would want a caring, professional, detail oriented, organized group to make their event one to always remember.

- Amanda

Starting as an intern for Donna and her company was the most amazing experience, full of learning and growth. I am still learning things from her everyday now as a lead coordinator. She is a strong and confident business woman and teacher, I am so thankful for my time working for her and growing my career.

- Chelsea

I have been fortunate enough to have been a student of Marissa's and work with her on her team at Lavish Occasions. Marissa's expertise in the field, professionalism and vibrant personality make clients and employees alike want to work with her. She goes above and beyond to share her knowledge and provide support to anyone who shares her passion for event planning. I cannot thank her enough for all of her encouragement and guidance throughout the years of her being my mentor.

- Allison

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to email us at or call us at 718-698-9049

The first steps in beginning any new career are the hardest! Here at EPI, we pride ourselves on the idea of community and collaborating over competition. The Institute was built by two successful special event professionals who have mentored, taught and assisted hundreds of other planners. With great experience in this area, we confidently state that educating yourself, networking with other professionals and offering your services to others in the field, are your best first steps. This course is a perfect beginning for a career in Wedding Planning.

Schedule at Wagner College:


February 1 to March 15
6:30pm to 10pm
Total Hours: 24.5 (7 classes)
Location: Wagner Staten Island
(1 Campus Rd, Staten Island)

Option for Live in Person or Online via Zoom

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