Wedding and Event Management Certificate

The Wedding and Event Planning Certificate is designed for individuals entering the Event & Wedding Planning, Special Events, Business Leadership and Management, and Public Relations Industries. The program is taught by experts from the industry to emphasize the development of technical and professional skills which will foster individual growth and creativity. At the end of this program the student will possess skills that will instill confidence and clarity when planning events and conducting business in all areas of the field.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April 1 to 2 years Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description


On completion of the Wedding and Event Management Certificate, graduates will be able to:

  • Use effective leadership and communication skills to manage weddings and events.
  • Determine the logistical requirements of a given wedding or event based on style considerations such as themes, cultures, traditions, and protocol.
  • Design an effective event marketing plan by identifying sales/marketing strategies and appropriately pricing and distributing the required products.
  • Negotiate with suppliers and vendors to secure the materials and services required for local and destination weddings and events.
  • Select venues that will accommodate the food and beverage requirements for local and destination events.
  • Prepare the necessary business and financial documents associated with wedding and event planning.
  • Work with each client to ensure that necessary legal documents are acquired and contingencies are met.
  • Apply the appropriate public relations models to each organization and event.
  • Model professionalism by adhering to the professional code of ethics and legal and workplace standards.
  • Use business mathematics and applications to cost weddings and events.


Participants should expect a mix of activities in this course including:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Group activities
  • Field trips
  • Individual and group projects


Part-time for one to two years, based on course availability.


Evaluation of each course is determined by the instructor and may include a combination of practical assignments, projects, theory exams and/or practical exams. Students must achieve a C+ in each course to be eligible to receive a Certificate.


Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the registrar’s office, the student will receive a Vancouver Community College Wedding and Event Management Certificate.


  • BUSI 1315 Media and Public Relations
  • EVNT 1107 Destination Weddings
  • EVNT 1108 Wedding Planning
  • EVNT 1109 Event Planning
  • LEAD 1150 Introduction to Business
  • LEAD 1151 Human Resource Management
  • LEAD 1152 Finance
  • LEAD 1153 Sales and Marketing Management
  • LEAD 1154 Business Ethics

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

This program does not have any additional admission requirements.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Willingness and ability to reflect on their own practice
  • Ability to apply a concept (idea/vision) to an application (event)
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to conduct research and apply findings to specific projects
  • Familiarity with business English
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Comfortable planning and working independently
  • Able to adapt to changing situations and formulate contingency plans

Fees and Other costs

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Wedding and event management is a growing industry in BC, and especially in Vancouver with countless conferences, events and weddings happening daily.

Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about how VCC’s Wedding and Event Management Certificate program can help you gain the necessary skills to join this growing industry.

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

Please email weddingevent@vcc.ca for more information.

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Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info


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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Joy Dalla-Tina, VCC Wedding and Events, 604.871.7000, ext. 8671
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Wedding and Events, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891)

(EVNT 1108) Wedding Planning 2 credits    $532.28

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills of an effective Wedding Planner. Explore all aspects of wedding planning from its inception to execution through venue selection, decor and flowers to vendor selection, rentals and menu design. Acquire basic business fundamental such as setting up shop, marketing and social media, contract design and negotiating practices.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10098 DTN Rm. 514
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2100
to 21-Mar-2018
Dalla-Tina, Joy

(LEAD 1150) Introduction to Business 2 credits    $396.50

This overview of business operations in Canada provides essential knowledge for all managers and staff. Participants examine issues that arise from government policies, ethics, marketing, finance and economics, and the overall components of business operations. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10082 DTN Rm. 423
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2100
to 13-Mar-2018
Gannon, Dawn

(LEAD 1152) Finance 2 credits    $396.50

An introduction to financial decision-making for students with little or no familiarity with accounting or finance principles. Curriculum focuses on investment, operating, and financial management decision-making. Participants will learn how to analyze and plan for the financial health of a business using accounting principles, as well as analyze effective financial strategies and investment options for business. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10127 DTN Rm. 208
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1830 - 2130
to 15-Mar-2018
Gawlick, Sonia

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Business Ethics (LEAD 1154)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Destination Weddings (EVNT 1107)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Event Planning (EVNT 1109)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Finance (LEAD 1152)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $396.50
Human Resource Management (LEAD 1151)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Introduction to Business (LEAD 1150)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $396.50
Media and Public Relations (BUSI 1315)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A  course outline
Sales and Marketing Management (LEAD 1153)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Wedding Planning (EVNT 1108)
course schedule schedule
2 credits $532.28

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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