Students will learn the fundamentals of wedding planning and develop the ability to create and organize exceptional weddings and parties. Students learn the essential 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. Courses in this program will transfer into the Associate in Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. This program is financial-aid eligible.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • 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
Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
DCOM 105CDigital Communications303
HSTM 101CIntroduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry¥303
HSTM 110CIntroduction to Hotel Operations303
HSTM 205CQuality Service Management303
HSTM 227CLegal Issues for the Hospitality Industry+303
HSTM 247CPrinciples of Wedding Planning Management303
HSTM 260CHospitality Sales and Marketing+303
HSTM 270CCatering Operations+303

¥ 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.

Upon completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:

  • 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 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, marketing, and technical aspects and outline typical fee structures used by wedding planning businesses.

Students in wedding planning can expect to earn $30,000-$40,000 annually. Completers, who also hold an associate degree or higher, can expect a median salary of $48,290 per year, according to labor statistics.

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 must demonstrate:

  • The ability to act in a professional manner on field trips or at internship locations
  • 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
  • The ability to work with frequent interruptions, respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels

Although not a technical standard for admission, applicants should be aware that some positions may require the physical ability to stand for long periods and to lift up to 70 lbs.

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