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Passionate about helping to make someone’s big day a truly memorable occasion? Have an eye for detail and a creative flair? Turn your interests into a career with our wedding planner course.

Informed by industry experts and successful wedding planners, our online wedding planner courses give you the knowledge and capability you need to launch your career as a wedding planner.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our wedding planner courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1An Introduction to Wedding Planning
    • The role of the wedding planner
    • Personality matching
    • How to get started
    • Assess your strengths and weaknesses
    2Organizing Yourself
    • The planning process
    • Create a wedding folder
    • Timeline
    3The Ceremony and Location
    • Religious versus civil ceremony
    • The law relating to weddings
    • Choosing a physical location
    • Weddings abroad
    • Once your clients have chosen a venue
    4The Day of the Event
    • Wedding day
    • Final timings
    • Contingency plan
    • Final details
    • Follow up
    5People and Their Roles
    • Bride and groom
    • Maid of honour and best man
    • Other attendants
    • Priest and officiant
    • Toastmaster
    • Wedding staff
    • The photographer
    • Wedding catering
    • Planning for a catered wedding
    • Prospective caterer interview
    • Food and drink
    • The cake
    7Flowers and Decorations
    • Flowers
    • Decorations
    8Invitations and Gift Lists
    • Guest list
    • Invitations
    • Gift list
    • Types of entertainment
    • Timings
    • Music selection
    • Calculating transport needs
    • Style of transport
    • Trial run or inspection
    • Planning the schedule
    • Delegating
    11Organising Extras
    • Stag and hen parties
    • Choosing the wedding rings
    • Customizing the rings
    • The ring exchange ceremony
    • Last minute detail
    12Your First Meeting With a Client
    • Preparation
    • At the meeting
    • Communication skills
    • Proposal to client
    13Budgeting for Your Client’s Big Day
    • Need for making a budget
    • Figuring costs
    • Networking for value
    • Assertiveness
    • Working to deadlines
    14Setting Up Your Business
    • Your office at home / location
    • What your office needs
    • The tools you’ll need
    • Your business name
    15Marketing Your Business
    • Marketing your wedding planning business
    • How to look for work
    • Advertising, marketing & networking
    • Budgets
    • Pricing your services
    • Wedding contract components
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with enrolling on our wedding planner courses online. For example, you will:

    • Learn from a course that has been designed in conjunction with senior planners and consultants within the wedding industry
    • Fast track your career as a wedding planner
    • Complete the learning programme at your own pace, setting your own timetable
    • Study remotely to save time and money
    • Receive feedback and guidance from your own personal tutor
    • Make the most of a 10% reduction in the course fee by paying upfront, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits for yourself by signing up for our wedding planner course today.

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  • Career Prospects

    If you’re looking for an exciting, well-paid job that allows you to be a part of the happiest day of someone’s life, then welcome to the world of wedding planning.

    The prospect of becoming a wedding planner has never been more brighter. In New Zealand close to 20,000 weddings took place in the past year. In the United States there have been 2.5 million weddings in the past year alone, 110,000 in Australia and 306,000 in the United Kingdom. And with new couples finding each other every day, wedding planners are set to be increasingly busy. As more and more couples consist of two full time workers, planning a wedding is a job many prefer to outsource.

    Few other professions are as fulfilling as becoming a wedding planner. Not only will you have the reward of seeing all your efforts come to fruition, but you’ll also have an engaging day-to-day experience with all the responsibilities of managing the big day.

    In some cases, wedding planners are also known as bridal consultants or wedding coordinators. Graduates of our wedding planning courses can find positions in a number of organisations, including:

    • Function centres, venues and wedding reception centres
    • Event management and consultation companies
    • Promotional companies
    • Wedding and party planning businesses
    • Exhibition services and venues
    • Incentive planning companies
    • Charity and fundraising organisations

    As a graduate, you’ll also have the opportunity to start your own wedding planner business and enjoy the financial benefits of being your own boss.

    Want a Cinderella Career?

    Working as a wedding planner is a glamorous job. For many, getting to be a part of a truly beautiful wedding day is a rarity – but you’ll have the chance to do it over and over again.

    As well as making phone calls and organizing bookings, guest lists and all the vital details of the wedding, you’ll accompany the happy couple as they build their dream wedding. From visiting fancy hotels and wedding venues to tasting delicious cakes and gourmet food, you’ll be a part of the celebrations from start to finish. Many wedding planners even get involved with bridal showers and hen parties.

    Think of yourself as the Fairy Godmother – signing contracts with clients and various wedding vendors, liaising with bridal boutiques and keeping abreast of the latest trends, and generally making sure everything runs smoothly. And at the end of the day, you’ll be able to relax with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped to make a couple’s wedding day magical.

  • Course Levels Explained


    Our wedding planner course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our wedding planner course.

    So, if you want to advance your career in wedding planning, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within 24 weeks.

    Taking our wedding planning courses online allows you to decide the pace of your learning. If you’d like to fast track your studies, it’s possible to complete this course in a matter of weeks. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to take your time, you can. We allow up to three years to graduate from this course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    This wedding planning course takes place online via distance learning, sometimes also referred to as correspondence learning. Giving you as much flexibility as you need, the course is designed to allow you to fit your studies around your existing commitments, completing lessons and assignments wherever and whenever you like.

    You’ll also have access to your own personal tutor. They’ll be on hand to provide advice and answer questions. Studying with ICI takes all the hassle and cost out of education, saving you from having to travel to attend classes. Our wedding planner course has been designed to be interesting and practical, as well as highly convenient.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not NZQA qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over 150 countries around the world.

    Like all of our events, media and PR courses, this wedding planner course takes a practical approach to teaching. Going far beyond the theory of the wedding and events industry, our course will teach you the essential skills you’ll need to get ahead in this competitive field.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Are you already working in the wedding industry? Whether you’re a bridal consultant or work in another sector of this exciting field, this course is for you. Helping to expand and refresh your knowledge, it will boost your creative impetus and improve your confidence. Our wedding planning course is one of the most practical steps you can take to advance your career.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our wedding planning course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications as a wedding planner
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (For example: John Smith, DipWP)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 22nd September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career in wedding planning – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.