Wedding Planning Management Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
DCOM 105C Digital Communications 3 0 3
HSTM 101C Introduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry¥ 3 0 3
HSTM 110C Introduction to Hotel Operations 3 0 3
HSTM 205C Quality Service Management 3 0 3
HSTM 227C Legal Issues for the Hospitality Industry+ 3 0 3
HSTM 247C Principles of Wedding Planning Management 3 0 3
HSTM 260C Hospitality Sales and Marketing+ 3 0 3
HSTM 270C Catering Operations+ 3 0 3

¥ A Travel Fee of $75 will be assessed for all students taking HSTM 101C. The money will be used to defray some of the costs associated with student travel experiences. There will be additional costs to students associated with some of the more extensive trips.

+ HSTM 110C, HSTM 247C, and  HSTM 270C are only available through the Online & Continuing Education.

Note: Students matriculating into this certificate program are expected to possess a working knowledge of software applications including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, or to have successfully completed NHTI's IST 102C (PC Applications) or comparable course. Students must maintain Internet access, including a professional working email address, throughout their participation in this program.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

The Certificate in Wedding Planning Management prepares students by requiring mastery of the fundamentals of event planning, as well as developing the ability to create and orchestrate exceptional weddings and parties. Students will develop an understanding of the role of the wedding planner, the elements of a successful wedding event, and the critical skills needed for a successful career as a wedding planner. This program is available days and evenings.

This program is also available 100% online.

This program is financial aid eligible.  To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occurpational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 11% percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations." * Students completing this certificate will gain entry-level competencies that are stackable toward additional certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

Completers who choose to work exclusively in the wedding planner field could expect to earn $30,000-$40,000 annually.  However, completers who also possess an associate degree or higher could expect to earn closer to the median salary of $48,290 per year.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners, on the Internet at; visited 6/6/18.

Expected Student Outcomes:

  • Describe the role of the wedding planner in organizing and coordinating a wedding and describe the elements of professionalism, creativity, and expertise required to achieve success as a wedding planner.
  • Describe the origins of the most common customs, rituals, and traditions used in wedding ceremonies and explain the factors that engaged couples typically consider when determining the style and size of their wedding.
  • Identify the various events associated with weddings, including parties, showers, and the wedding reception and the processes that must be followed to successfully schedule and manage these events.
  • Explain the responsibilities associated with planning and organizing a wedding including vendor selection and contracting and the identification and selection of appropriate wedding attire for all members of the wedding party.
  • Describe the critical business considerations of running a wedding planning business such as financial planning and management, legal concerns, record keeping and marketing, technical aspects and outline typical fee structures used by wedding planning businesses.

Health, Character and Technical Standards
Technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students regarding skills and abilities required to function successfully in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program and ultimately in the Hospitality/Tourism profession. Students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree and any of the related certificate programs must be able to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to act in a professional manner on field trips or at internship locations;
  2. sufficient vision, hearing, and verbal abilities to express and exchange information and ideas, as well as to interpret important instructions in the classroom or at internship locations;
  3. the ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Although not a technical standard for entry into the Hospitality and Tourism Management programs, applicants should be aware that some positions may require the physical ability to stand for long periods and to lift up to 70 pounds.

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Aaron Conn
Sport, Recreation and Tourism Studies Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4143

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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