Wedding Planner

Educational & Professional Requirements

Educational Requirements

To become a wedding planner, there isn't any required education to have but can advance you in the career field. Event coordinators suggest having a bachelor's degree in some kind of event planning. There are also different programs you can take.

Bachelor's:


  • Hospitality Management
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

Top Education Colleges

Portland State University

Portland State

Portland State University is located in the middle of downtown Portland. Portland is the largest city in Oregon with it's population at 603,106, as of 2012. Portland State has 23,170 students attending it.

Some of Portland State's famous alumni include Bree Schaaf, a bobsledder at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Clint Didier, a former NFL Super Bowl Champion, DeShawn Shead, the safety for the Seattle Seahawks at the 2014 Super Bowl and Randall Woodfield, the I-5 Serial Killer. There are several more alumni that went off to be in the NFL and Olympics.

The ratio for students to faculty is 22:1. That is a lot of people for one faculty member! Portland State offers many different programs. They have online classes, classes on different campuses and on campus also.

The cost for in-state tuition that lives on campus is $18,449 per year and living off campus is $20,175 per year. The cost for out-of-state tuition that lives on campus is $30,522 per year and living off campus is $32,248 per year.Portland State offers an event planning program.

Cornell University: School of Hotel Administration

Cornell University

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York. It had 860 enrollements in the Hotel Administration as of 2011. It offers many different courses for being an event planner and hotel manager.


Ithaca is in the central part of New York. It is a college town since it contains Cornell University. The population of the city is 30,014. The amount of students at Cornell is 20,000. That means 2/3 of the population is students.


The estimated tuition for one semester is $11,077. That includes everything. That is only for the hotel administration school. The regular Cornell University is a lot more expensive.

Weddings Beautiful Worldwide

Weddings Beautiful

Weddings Beautiful is an online school. It has two certifications you can go to school for. There isn't a number of students that I could find.

The courses are online payments only. They cost $695 for the whole course to be downloaded. Then, there is another option. It is $200 to enroll and receive Assignment 1, then pay $40 for each successive assignment for a total of $880. Those prices are for the United States and Canada. They prices for out of state are $795 for the whole course and $300 to enroll and receive Assignment 1, then pay $40 for each successive assignment for a total of $980.

The courses contain 18 assignments each. They cover everything that you need to know as a Wedding Planner. You get tested by a questionnaire.