Wedding & Event Design

by The SA School of Weddings

The Certificate in Event & Wedding Design & Planning Course has been designed by industry professionals to equip future decorators, event designers, stylists and planners with the skills required for a successful career in Event & Wedding Design.

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6 Months

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Course Outline

The Certificate in Event & Wedding Design & Planning Course has been designed by industry professionals to equip future decorators, event designers, stylists and planners with the skills required for a successful career in Event & Wedding Design.

This extremely practical skills program certificate also offers guidance for developing a thriving business and schools individuals on industry norms.

All the elements of event & wedding design have been broken down into lessons, where students will be guided by a facilitator to give them the skills and confidence needed to achieve success in this creative industry.


Modules Covered in the Course

Floral Design

Sections covered in this subject:

  • Introduction to Floral Design for weddings and events
  • Tools and equipment needed
  • Conditioning of flowers & preparation
  • Purchasing of flowers
  • Choosing your flowers
  • Flower grading
  • Seasons and availability of flowers
  • Flower foliage
  • Buying flowers on the auction (we go to the actual flower action)
  • Transportation of your flowers from purchase to event installation
  • Principles of floral design
  • Elements of design
  • Creating Symmetrical floral arrangements
  • Creating Asymmetrical floral arrangements 
  • Working with floral foam
  • Foam-free florals
  • Table settings for weddings
  • Table settings for functions
  • Napkin folding and accessorizing
  • Hand bouquets/ bunches
  • Flower Boxes & Gifting
  • Corsages
  • Buttonholes
  • Flower crowns
  • Wiring flowers
  • Church Florals for Weddings
  • Church Florals for Funerals
    • Coffin arrangement
    • Wreaths
    • Signature tributes
  • Mass arrangements
  • Hanging & Suspended arrangements
  • Dressing a cake with flowers
  • Dressing a gazebo flowers
  • Modern Bridal bouquets
  • Traditional bouquets
  • Flowers for different centerpiece
  • Colour combinations
  • Reception décor and gala dinner décor
  • Themed events
  • Main table flowers, draping and décor
  • Arch Florals
  • Designer shaped florals and backdrops
  • The use of vases, candelabras, candles, stands and votive.
  • Lighting you arrangements
  • Handling mock-ups
  • Costing your designs
  • Cost cutting
  • Floral procedures
  • Creating a master plan
  • Quote for your services
  • Installations
  • Dealing with clients
  • Suppliers


Function Design

  • The creative process of a private event
  • The creative process of a Wedding
  • The creative process of a Childs Birthday Party
  • The creative process of a Corporate event
  • Fundamentals of event design
  • Styling principles
  • Floor planning & design
  • Table Layouts
  • Table design & table scaping
  • Table settings
  • Pitching to corporate clients
  • Conceptualizing your ideas and putting them to paper
  • Understanding your clients vision
  • Defining your own creative style
  • Briefing Suppliers
  • Draping of Backdrops
  • Room draping
  • Roof draping
  • Working with fairy lights
  • Securing your mechanics
  • Gazebo / Cabana Draping
  • Safety at events
  • Designer backdrops
  • Branding Backdrops
  • Floor scaping & styling
  • Branding Flooring
  • Event Load-in’s
  • Event Load-outs
  • Administration requirements
  • Costing your designs
  • Marketing yourself


Wedding,  Event  & Party Planning

  • Introduction to the world of Event & wedding planning
  • The role of the wedding planner versus that of a coordinator
  • The role of the Event Planner versus that of a coordinator
  • Understanding your market
  • Meeting with Clients
  • Meeting with your brides
  • How to charge for your services
  • Wedding products and services
  • Event Products and services
  • Scheduling the wedding timeline
  • Scheduling for a wedding planner
  • Scheduling for an Event Planner
  • Wedding etiquette
  • Wedding trends
  • Wedding traditions
  • Different types & styles of wedding
  • Types of Events
  • Understanding the bride's needs
  • The legal side of weddings
  • Business Management
  • Communications
  • Sales & Marketing Management
  • Contracts
  • The wedding ceremony
  • Wedding budgets
  • Event Budgets
  • Preparation for managing the wedding day
  • Master plan for the wedding day
  • Managing the day of an event
  • Wedding Dresses
    • Types of fabric
    • General wedding attire etiquette for the whole retinue including the groom and his party
    • Styles to suit body types and face shapes
      • Colour co-ordination
    • Dealing with a bride and her dress fitting and fitting the dress on the day
  • Wedding  &  Event  venues
  • Venue evaluations
  • Music for a ceremony and reception
  • Music & Entertainment for events
  • Coordinating the rehearsal
  • Dry run’s
  • Dealing with Photographers and know how to work with them
  • Catering
  • Wine
    • Brief history of South African Wine
    • A look at viticulture – cultivars and styles
    • Correct temperatures.
    • Glasses and service
    • Causes and effect stating
    • Tasting and assessing white, red wines and showing styles and cultivars


Balloon Art & Party Styling

Sections covered in this subject:

  • Introduction to Balloon Art
  • Tools Required
  • Balloon Sizing 
  • Types of balloons
  • Important tip and tricks
  • Columns
  • Mechanics
  • Theming your columns
  • Sizing 
  • Transportation 
  • Costing
  • Weighting the design according to the application
  • Backdrops
  • Mechanics
  • Styles
  • Safety 
  • Installations
  • Personalisation
  • Theming your backdrops
  • Balloons
  • Balloons and florals
  • Transportation 
  • Costing
  • Balloon Walls
  • Structures
  • Theming the walls
  • Sizing
  • Timing
  • Different types of Centerpieces 
  • Adult Celebrations
  • Kiddies parties
  • Corporate events
  • Transportation 
  • Balloon Arches
  • Working with different colours
  • Mechanics
  • Indoor arches
  • Outdoor arches
  • Costing 
  • Safety 
  • Topiaries
  • Different uses
  • Balloon table garlands including the use of florals
  • Double Bubbles
  • Balloon Numbers
  • Balloon Shapes
  • Balloon Frames 
  • Link-o-loons
  • Balloon Gifting and personalisation
  • Working with air and helium
  • Suppliers
  • Time Management
  • Recycling your balloons
  • Business Basics
  • Costing your designs
  • Marketing yourselves


Gifting, Wedding & Event Stationery

Sections covered in this subject:

  • Tool required
  • Personalising gift boxes
  • Custom T-shirts & Clothing
  • Event Personalisation
  • Gift wrapping & Styling
  • Branding
  • Basic Graphic Design with Corel Draw
    • Font Suggestions 
    • How to download and install fonts
    • Learning the in’s and outs of designing with Corel Draw
    • Designing Digital Save the dates
    • PC Layouts and Formatting
  • Websites  – Wedding or Event Websites 
    • Setting up domains
    • Setting up customized email addresses
    • Setting-up and managing RSVP tracking for a wedding or event
    • Tips and guidelines to creating your own business website
  • Silhouette Cameo
    • Designing & working with Silhouette Cameo program
    • Setting up the cutting machine and using different materials 
    • Understanding the registration marks
    • Learning how to cut vinyl stickers
    • Creating customised T-shirts
    • Various customisable applications
  • Types of Glues, Tapes and Papers
    • Handmade envelopes and basic paper folding
    • Different paper sizes and envelope designs
    • Scoring & layering techniques
    • Making of different envelopes 
    • Wedding & Events Stationery
      • Save the Dates
      • Invitations
      • Menus
      • Seating Plans 
      • Name cards
      • Table Numbers
      • Programs
      • Thankyou gifts
  • Personalised Candles
  • Costing for your products
  • The use of ribbons and tying of different types of bows
  • The use accessories
  • Making of small gift boxes and bags
  • Printing and formatting techniques 
  • Cost of running a stationery business
  • Dealing with a client
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Quoting for your services
  • Handling sample/ mock-up meetings
  • Building a portfolio


Entrance Requirements

In order to apply for this course, you will need a Matric Certificate and be able to speak English.



In order to receive a Skills Program Certificate in Event Design, Wedding Design & Planning.  Students are required to successfully complete all the assignments set out by The SA School of Weddings.

The pass rate for each subject is 65% and must have an attendance of 80% throughout the course.

Students must also meet the qualifications, standards, ethics and ideals necessary to successfully and responsibly serve future clients as a professional in the Wedding Industry.




  • Sandton Branch

    28B Pytchely Avenue, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Teacher's Name
  • Khali Collins
  • Teacher's Experience
  • Khali Collins was producer to the No1 Wedding Planner in the worlds Wedding - Colin Cowie. She was was awarded Female-owned Events Company of the year in 2022
  • Gender
  • Female
  • Teacher's Nationality
  • South African

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