Wedding and Event Planner

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

Level: QLS Level 3

Gain the skills and knowledge to plan stunning weddings and elegant events of all kinds.

  • Achieve the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3
  • Receive the Regent Academy Diploma
  • Flexible home-study to fit learning around your life
  • Personal tutor support

£395* £316*   Enrol from £38.44

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course has been designed to enable anyone, no matter their experience, to follow their creative passion.

Our Students

Nicola Gregory

Since qualifying with Regent Academy Nicola is now a full time wedding coordinator.

"I did this course to further my education to get the exact job I had always dreamed of. I went into wedding administration at a big hotel just after I finished my course which was great. I did have to take a year out due to a really bad illness and Regent Academy were great, they put it on hold for me. After 2 years of wedding administration along side the wedding coordinator I got promoted as the full time wedding coordinator for the hotel, I always wanted to do this but don't think I would have achieved it without taking this course now I absolutely love my job and the couples I meet."

Zoe Pniewski

Zoe has set up her own business since completing her course with Regent Academy.

"I have set up my Wedding, Party and Events Business and I have used the skills I learnt to run several events and help others along the way. I found the studying with Regent Academy very easy and encouraging. I enjoyed the course a lot and very pleased with the outcome."

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will learn

Lesson 1 - Initial Considerations of Event Planning

  • Being an event planner: What is involved
  • The time frame for planning
  • Establishing the budget with clients
  • Setting your fee
  • Preparing to plan

Lesson 2 - Creating the Theme and Style of an Event

  • How ‘theme’ differs from ‘style’
  • Taking the number of guests into account
  • Wedding themes
  • Christmas and winter weddings
  • Easter and spring weddings
  • Summer weddings
  • Halloween and autumn weddings
  • Types of wedding ceremonies

Lesson 3 - Choosing a Venue

  • Discussing venue choice with clients
  • The client’s home as a venue
  • Hotels
  • Public houses
  • Local halls/ community centres
  • Hiring a marquee
  • Hiring a castle or stately home
  • Other unusual venues
  • Local places of interest
  • Carrying out research on venues

Lesson 4 - The Catering - Food and Drink for Weddings

  •  The importance of feeding guests well
  • Outdoor wedding receptions
  • Indoor wedding receptions
  • Setting the time of the meals
  • Providing drinks at weddings
  • Special dietary considerations
  • The wedding cake
  • Creating seating and table plans

Lesson 5 - Arranging Wedding Transport• The importance of accurate research

  • Deciding on a mode of transport for guests
  • Stag and hen parties abroad and at home
  • Transport for wedding ceremonies
  • Unusual modes of transportation
  • Timing journeys
  • Sample checklist for wedding transport

Lesson 6 - Preserving the Memories: Wedding Photography and Videography

  • The potential costs of recording an event
  • Styling – formal or informal
  • Helping out the professional photographer
  • Creating a shot list
  • Planning the recording of events
  • Digital slideshows
  • Laws and restrictions
  • Wedding DVDs
  • Guests collecting pictures
  • Bridal hair and make-up

Lesson 7 - Wedding Traditions

  • “Something old… ”
  • Other representations of good luck
  • After the ceremony
  • The speeches
  • Helping with speechwriting
  • Cutting the wedding cake
  • Background music
  • The first dance
  • Further entertainment
  • Throwing of the bride’s bouquet
  • The honeymoon

Lesson 8 - The Finishing Touches

  • Decorating the venue with flowers
  • Colour schemes
  • Lighting
  • Table decoration
  • Favours
  • Wedding stationery
  • The invitation
  • Order of service
  • Table stationery
  • Thank you cards or letters
  • Guest books
  • Stationery checklist

Lesson 9 - Wedding Planning Case Studies

  • Case study one
  • Case study two
  • Case study three
  • Summary

Lesson 10 - Planning Hints, Tips and Things to Avoid

  • Setting a date
  • Working within a time frame
  • Payments and commission
  • Wedding rehearsals
  • Weddings abroad and between people of different nationalities
  • Super-planning!
  • Some common planning errors – a few things to avoid

Lesson 11 - Planning a Fund-Raising Event

  • Beat ‘charity burnout’
  • Sponsored and non-sponsored activities
  • Sales and auctions
  • Setting up an event plan
  • The venue
  • The budget
  • The catering
  • Transport
  • Publicity
  • Sponsorship
  • Equipment
  • Following up the event
  • A few ideas for your fund-raising events

Lesson 12 - Planning Seminars, Training Events and Other Business Events

  • Seminars and conferences
  • Training events
  • How to create a training event timetable
  • Business receptions
  • Promotional events
  • Team building events
  • Creating an overall event plan
  • Budgeting for your event
  • Catering and venues for corporate events
  • Planning transport for seminars, conferences, training and other events
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment and materials
  • Promoting a new business
  • Working online

Lesson 13 - Planning Parties for Children and Adults

  • A good party for everyone
  • Children’s birthday parties
  • Venues, entertainment and transport
  • Decorating for children’s parties
  • Catering for children’s parties
  • Photographs
  • Party bags
  • Parties for adults
  • Dinner parties
  • Dress codes
  • Schedules for planning parties

Lesson 14 - Event Case Studies

  • Case study one – the christmas house party
  • Case study two – the party challenge
  • Case study three – the baby shower

Lesson 15 - Becoming a Professional Planner

  • Income and income tax
  • Running your business from home or an office
  • Promoting your business
  • How to deal with clients – honing your interpersonal skills
  • Presenting a professional appearance
  • Obtaining insurance
  • Risk awareness and assessment

How Our Courses Work

Your first course materials will be sent to you when you enrol so you can start as soon as you want. You can then enjoy your course at your own pace, studying when it suits you and where it’s most comfortable. This gives you the freedom to learn around your existing job, family or other commitments or location (including overseas).

Course materials have been developed by experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable.

All coursework assignments are included within your course. As you complete each assignment, simply send it to your tutor who will mark and return it along with valuable constructive feedback to help progress your skills further. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.) The remaining course materials will be sent to you as your assignments are completed.

After successfully completing all your assignments, you will receive the Regent Academy Diploma and the Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievement at Level 3*.

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Your progress will depend upon how much time you would like to commit to study. However, as a rough guide, students tend to complete this course in approximately 4-8 months*.

* Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.


Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievement at Level 3

You will also receive the Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievement at Level 3* when you complete this course.

Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Regent Academy Diploma

You will receive the Regent Academy Diploma when you successfully complete this course. With Regent Academy’s reputation this can be a highly sought-after addition to your CV and alongside your portfolio of coursework, powerfully showcasing your skills to prospective employers or potential clients.

What's Next

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to start your own full-time or part-time business, planning memorable weddings and events for clients. What’s more, with the number of marriages at 262,240 in a year (one every two minutes), and the average wedding costing £20,983, a career in event planning is more lucrative than ever.*

For advice and support, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am – 5pm.

* Source:–provisional-/2012/sty-marriage-facts.html,–provisional-/2012/stb-marriages-in-england-and-wales–provisional—2011.html and Marriages increased by 5.3% from 2011 to 2012.

You could turn what you’ve learned into a career, or apply it to your existing role. For advice and support, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395* £316* in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards your next course
Pay 9 monthly payments of £47.22* £38.44* (£30 administration fee included)

* QLS registration fees included.