Wedding and Event Planning Certification


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


Wedding and Event Planning Certification is perfect for both the aspiring and seasoned planner looking to start their own business. Many newcomers to the field have the concern of where to begin and how to gain experience and a reputation. Educate yourself and turn your talent of planning parties and love of ‘all things wedding’ into a life changing profession. Wedding Planning is one of the most sought after careers of women today. It is no coincidence that it is both gratifying and enjoyable.

This comprehensive course is divided into three main sections. First, you will learn about the foundations of the Business. From Marketing to Designing and from Planning to Day of Coordination. The second section will teach you how to build a strong foundation to your Wedding Planning business. From creating your name to writing your mission statement and business plan, to finally mapping out your website. The third section will cover actual Wedding Planning. This part includes documentation, designing and execution.

During the course, you will complete a series of homework questions, assignments and a few small projects. These tasks will exercise your planning muscles and prepare you for actual duties you will need to perform for your couples. Your instructor, an experienced and expert planner, will add actual real life experience to your classroom lessons. Something that can only be achieved in a classroom setting.


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

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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:

Mondays / Wednesdays

July 19 to August 18
6h30pm to 9h30pm
Total Hours: 30 (10 classes)
Location: Wagner Staten Island
(1 Campus Rd, Staten Island)

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