Event, Wedding & Social Planner

Wedding and Social Event Planner Certificate of Completion

Classroom and Online

Successful events require proper planning and coordination. Bring your artistic and business skills together to help you plan weddings, celebrations and other social events for groups large or small. Learn to develop a budget, create a critical path and execute events professionally.

The program touches on social dynamics as well as giving you tools to help successfully launch your social event planning business.

How do I charge for my Event Services?


  • Prepare to enter the field of wedding and social event planning
  • Expand your event planning knowledge and skill set
  • Enhance your professional or volunteer role that includes event planning responsibilities

All required materials are provided as part of the listed course fees. There are no additional costs for materials in this program.

  • Complete the 3 required courses (45 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 3 years

*Classroom delivery of courses unavailable until further notice due to COVID-19.

Block Code Registration

Register for the entire program at once and receive a 10% discount!
Please note: Online registration is not available for Block Codes. Please phone Continuing Education Registration at 403.440.3833 to register.

Fast Track Schedule (1 week)
Please use the below Block Code CRN when phoning in to register for the Block Code Discount so that you are registered into the correct section. Students may not switch between sections.

Block Code Fee: $735.30 Not offered this semester.


Required Courses

Introduction to Event Planning
Be introduced to the art and science of event management in this overview of the certificate program. Gain an overview of the event industry and its associations and designations. Discuss various types of events, the 5-phase approach to event planning and the core competencies of event planners. This course is also the first required course in the Event Management Extension Certificate. (click here)

Subject (for registration): Event Management

Subject code: XEVT 10011 15 Hours. Fee: $299
CRN 90063 Online Sept. 21 - Oct. 13
CRN 90195 Online Nov. 2 - 23


The Business of Wedding and Social Event Planning
Extraordinary events don't just happen - they are planned. Understand how wedding and event planners reduce budgets and stress by negotiating contracts and streamlining processes. Gain exposure to the business of event planning and get valuable resources to start your own business. Learn to market your business and create win-win contracts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject (for registration): Event Management

Subject code: XEVT 10100 15 Hours. Fee: $259
CRN 90679 Online Oct. 19 - Nov. 9


Social Event Production and Design
Discover how an event planner carries a theme through the decor and overall design of the event. Be inspired by creative ideas and understand design principles. Learn about cultural traditions that may impact your event. Acquire design tools and tips and learn how best to work with a designer.
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Event Planning and The Business of Wedding and Social Event Planning

Subject (for registration): Event Management

Subject code: XEVT 10101 15 Hours. Fee: $259
CRN 90680 Online Nov. 16 - Dec. 7



Sharon Barwick, CSEP
Sharon is a Certified Special Event Professional and has been a manager with Simply Elegant since 2004. She has served as operations manager, florist, decorator, wedding and event planner. Prior to Simply Elegant, Sharon Barwick Designs was a successful Vancouver floral and event decorating company that served the Vancouver lower mainland and Vancouver Island. Sharon is an key note speaker and enthusiastic educator in the event industry and has been an active member of the International Live Events Society (previously known as ISES) for the past 25 years.



ce_photo_ev_fletcher Lynn Fletcher
Lynn began her career in Vancouver after experience and studies in fashion and costume design, floral design, marketing and entrepreneur courses. With 15 years in the industry, 3 international event planning awards and hundreds of weddings to her credit, Lynn Fletcher has the experience and creativity to ensure an event that perfectly reflects the unique vision of each client. Specializing in weddings and other social events, Lynn is honoured to bring her passion for the industry to the Mount Royal Event Management instructor team, mentoring new event managers taking the program.

It all starts with listening. Then, with the boundless enthusiasm of a true romantic, Lynn gets to know each of her clients well, ensuring that their day is a true reflection of who they are. She becomes more than their wedding producer; she becomes a friend and confidant. Lynn has an intuitive instinct for seeing and understanding the needs and desires of brides and grooms. It often is difficult to tell who is more excited about the wedding, her or her clients.

Lynn plays an active role in the event industry as an instructor in the Mount Royal Event Management Certificate program, delivering The Business of Wedding Planning and Event Logistics courses, as well as contributing to the curriculum development for the Event Management program itself. As a member and past board member of the International Special Events Society (ISES), Lynn attends training conferences and trade shows worldwide to ensure that she stays on top of the latest trends and best ideas in the industry. That wealth of knowledge is priceless and her students have an all-access pass!

Cynthia J Lamont, CMP, CMM ce_img_CynthiaLamont
Cynthia is a senior meetings professional with over 19 years of industry experience working and attending University in both Denmark and New Zealand. She graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 1991 with a Graduate degree in Human Resources and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada. In addition, she holds two significant meetings industry designations - Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certification in Meetings Management (CMM).

During Cynthia's career, she helped to open the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. In addition to owning her own event management company, Cynthia was also the provincial event manager for the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta. In 2012, Cynthia accepted a contract position with Meetings + Events Calgary (MCC) where she developed and launched two departments for the City - Events Services as well as the Calgary Ambassador Program. Both departments supported MCC in their successful bids to attract international conferences to the city of Calgary.

Cynthia has been an event industry leader and mentor who is continually recognized for her ability to quickly understand and fulfill clients' needs. She was honoured to be named Meeting Professionals Industry (MPI's) Greater Calgary Chapter's 2010 Rising Star; 2011 President Elect; 2012 President and the Mentor/Coach of the year; 2013 MPI International RISE Award recipient and speaker at the MPI World Education Congress; 2016 Meeting & Incentive Travel Hall of Fame finalist in the category of Industry Mentor. She currently sits on the International Chapter Membership and Advisory Council for MPI.


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For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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