Professional Wedding Planning Certificate

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.

Topics include:

  • The event planning process
  • Venue and vendor selection
  • Budgeting for the client
  • Insurance and liability issues
  • Etiquette and traditions
  • Day-of execution
  • Business insights and marketing
  • Theme, vision, and more!

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!

Sessions are Live Online with an industry leader. The option of an in-person networking session will be presented if there is enough participant interest.

*Student discount offered to UNH undergraduate students. Email Valerie Brodeur for the information and discount code valerie.brodeur@unh.edu. 

What You Will Learn


Professional Wedding Planning Certificate


  • 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


  • Learning about weddings
  • Budgeting for the client
  • Matching clients with correct vendors
  • Vendor selection, negotiation, and contracting
  • GUEST(s) - TBD


  • 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) - TBD


  • Etiquette and traditions – religious, ethnic, marriage equality
  • Invitations and printed materials
  • GUEST(s) - TBD


  • Translating client vision and expectations
  • Theme, vision, and style
  • Floral selection and design
  • Tents, rentals, lighting
  • GUEST(s) - TBD


  • Detailing the Wedding
  • Day-of scheduling, communication, and execution
  • Logistics of the wedding day
  • Sample of wedding day timeline
  • GUEST(s) - TBD


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


  • Post-event evaluation and follow up
  • Building and expanding your wedding planning business/packages
  • GUEST(s) – TBD

Instructor Bios


Professional Wedding Planning Certificate

  • Linnea Tangorra

    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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