Professional Wedding Planning Certificate

Have you ever dreamed of combining your passion for business, event planning, and relationship building into a career? Join UNH Professional Development and Training for a multi-week certificate program dedicated to helping you turn your career aspirations into reality.

An experienced industry professional will guide you through what it takes to be a successful wedding planner in a dynamic, growing industry. Participants with experience in the hospitality industry will benefit most from this program, but experience is not required.

Please click the "What You Will Learn" tab to view the specific agenda for the program, and begin the journey towards your wedding planning career!

What You Will Learn


Professional Wedding Planning Certificate

[DRAFT SCHEDULE, subject to updates]

SESSION 1 | Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Introductions
  • Overview of the wedding industry
  • The role of a “wedding planner” – realities and misconceptions
  • The event planning process (research, design, planning, execution, evaluation/follow up)
  • Sample of wedding planning timeline
  • A Day in the Life of a Planner

SESSION 2 | Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Learning about weddings
  • Budgeting for the client
  • Matching clients with correct vendors
  • Vendor selection, negotiation, and contracting
  • GUEST(s) – Musician Vanessa Holroyd, Music Management

SESSION 3 | Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Different venues
  • Site selection, inspections, use and setup, floor plans
  • In-house event manager vs. independent contractor
  • Venue contracts and room blocks
  • Insurance
  • Food and beverage overview
  • Liquor and liability issues
  • GUEST(s) - hotel catering/event manager

SESSION 4 | Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Translating client vision and expectations
  • Etiquette and traditions – religious, ethnic, marriage equality
  • Invitations and printed materials
  • GUEST(s) – officiant

SESSION 5 | Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Theme, vision, and style
  • Floral selection and design
  • Music, lighting, videography, photography
  • Tents, rentals,
  • Cakes and food vendors
  • GUEST(s) – tent rental company, Florist Lisa Greene, Beach Plum Too

SESSION 6 | Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Detailing the Wedding
  • Day-of scheduling, communication, and execution
  • Logistics of the wedding day
  • Sample of wedding day timeline
  • GUEST(s) – Photographer Leah Haydock, Leah Haydock Photography

SESSION 7 | Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Creating your business
  • Business structure (s corp vs sole proprietor, etc.)
  • Marketing and branding
  • Client intake and contracting
  • Key forms and documents
  • GUEST(s) – business lawyer/accountant

SESSION 8 | Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Led by Linnea Tangorra

  • Post-event evaluation and follow up
  • Building and expanding your wedding planning business/packages
  • GUEST(s) – networking opportunity with regional wedding consultants

Tools & Materials


Professional Wedding Planning Certificate

All participants will receive a hard copy of "Start Your Own Wedding Consultant Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success" by Entrepreneur Press, as well as a binder of resources and access to digital files. 

Instructor Bios


Professional Wedding Planning Certificate

  • Linnea Tangorra

    Linnea Tangorra, owner of Tangorra Wedding Planning (Newburyport and Boston MA), has a degree in Business Marketing and has worked in the advertising and event planning industry for thirteen years. In 2003, after planning several events and weddings, she combined her professionalism and experience in business and her passion for wedding consulting to create Tangorra Wedding Planning. Linnea has been professionally trained through the Association of Bridal Consultants and has worked with some of the finest providers and vendors in the industry. 

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