Certificate in Event Planning

Certificate in Event Planning with Claudia Hanlin

This 30-hour Certificate in Event Planning Program is for florists, caterers, event planners or anyone planning an event. Students will learn the workflow, fundamentals and best practices to bring a fully-planned event to fruition.

In this simulated project management course, we will show you how to plan an event from start to finish. Students will:

  • Be led by industry icon Claudia Hanlin, Owner of the Wedding Library and Planner for Van Wyck, with over 20 years of event planning experience.
  • Meet your hypothetical client and learn how to ask the right questions
  • Learn the entire event planning process including:
    • Selling Your Services
    • Building Vendor Relationships
    • Budgets & Contracts 
    • Event Timeline & Run of Show
    • Layout Software: AllSeated
    • Event & Tabletop Design
    • Presentation Tools : Canva
  • Bring home industry documents for professional/personal use, exclusive discounts on industry-leading software, Design Trunk from Nuage Designs with lifetime refresh of new collections, inspiring books written by leading industry professionals, and other takeaways!
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Day 1: Introductions & Expectations

  1. 11:00am – 12:00pm: Introductions & Expectations
  2. 12:00pm – 1:00pm: The Event Planning Process
  3. 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch Break
  4. 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Sales and Services
  5. 3:00pm-4:00pm: Meeting Your Client
  6. 4:00pm – 5:00pm: Daily Wrap Up
  7. Review Expectations of What is Due Next Class

Day 2: Introducing Vendors

  1. 11:00am – 11:15am: Review Day 1 and Introduce Vendors
  2. 11:15am – 12:30pm: Vendors – Details & Relationships
  3. 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Budgets
  4. 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Lunch Break
  5. 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Event Timeline
  6. 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Practical Exercise
  7. 4:30pm – 5:00pm: Daily Wrap Up

Day 3: Event Design

  1. 11:00am – 11:15pm: Review Day 2 
  2. 11:15pm – 12:00pm: Introduction to Event Design
  3. 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Laying Out the Space
  4. 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Lunch Break
  5. 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Creating a Design Plan
  6. 3:30pm – 4:45pm: Stationery and Paper Goods
  7. 4:45pm – 5:00pm: Daily Wrap Up

Day 4: Tabletop

  1. 11:00am – 11:15am: Review Day 3
  2. 11:15am – 1:00pm: Building a Tabletop
  3. 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch Break
  4. 2:00pm – 3:00pm: The Art of the Bud Vase
  5. 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Study Hall

Day 5: Presentations

  1. 9:00am – 11:00am: Study Hall
  2. 11:00am – 2:00pm: Lunch with the Vendors 
  3. 2:00pm ~ 4:30pm: Student Presentations and Critique
  4. 4:45pm – 5:00pm: Graduation!