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3 required courses (45 hours)


Online, Fast Track | Learn more


Complete in 4 months, or up to 3 years

Wedding and social event planning is the creation, organization and implementation of a detailed plan to carry out a successful event on behalf of a client.

Successful events require proper planning and coordination. Combine your artistic and business skills to help you plan weddings, celebrations and other social events. Learn to develop a budget, create a critical path and professionally execute many types of events while meeting event objectives.

Delve into the art and science of event management as you gain an overview of the industry. Learn the five-phase approach to event planning and core competencies of event planners. Discover how to carry a theme through the overall design of an event as you gain increased understanding of design principles. Learn about cultural traditions and acquire design tools and tips.

Get the tools and resources to help launch your social event planning business. Learn to market your business and create win-win contracts. Understand how to reduce budgets and stress by negotiating contracts and streamlining processes.



Looking for something more robust?

If you are looking to expand your education in event management, consider Event Management Extension Certificate, which can prepare you for an event management career with the skills you need to manage events of all sizes.

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Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career as a wedding or social event planner

Enhance your life | Develop your personal and professional skills

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals


Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Introduction to Event Planning ON ON ON
The Business of Wedding and Social Event Planning ON ON ON
Social Event Production and Design ON ON ON



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details


Special savings

Register for three or more courses in this program at once and receive a 10% discount. Note, discounts will not be applied retroactively after payment has already been received and registration is finalized.

Discount will be applied at checkout.

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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403.440.6875 or 1.866.775.2673



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