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What could be more exciting than coordination a wedding in an exotic destination? Couples are searching for wedding planner experts who can help them plan and produce romantic ceremonies in the tropics or against the backdrop of mountains. Are you and your business ready to take on the challenge of the additional work and logistics required for Destination Wedding Planning? When coordinating a destination wedding be prepared to manage intensive logistics, navigate creative details inspired by local culture and incorporate them into décor, entertainment and the food & beverage.

Through this course, you’ll learn these practices as well as how to select and communicate effectively with vendors long-distance, perfect time management, navigate legalities and possible infrastructure challenges on site, all while staying on budget and keeping your clients and their guests happy.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn the value of offering destination wedding planning how to overcome the biggest challenges.
  2. Learn tips for sourcing and vetting vendors and how to communicate with your long-distance team.
  3. Learn best practices for destination wedding planning.
  4. Learn from videos taken at the most popular wedding destinations: Mexico, Italy and Hawaii.


  1. Introduction
    1. Defining Destination Wedding 
    2. Destination wedding planning different vs. wedding planning at "home base"
    3. Value of offering destination wedding planning services 
    4. Greatest challenges in destination wedding planning
  2. Venue Selection
    1. Hotels and resorts
    2. Villas and private homes
    3. Event venues
    4. Tents
  3. Logistics
    1. Timing
    2. Shipping
    3. Taxes
    4. Shopping
    5. Legalities
      1. Marriage licenses
      2. Documentation
      3. Permits
  4. Vendor Selection
    1. Sourcing and vetting vendors
    2. Communicating
    3. Understanding pricing
    4. Payments and transactions
  5. Best Practices
    1. Communication
    2. Finding your limits (aka when to ask for help)
    3. Establishing boundaries
  6. Video Content
    1. Destination: Mexico
    2. Destination: Italy
    3. Destination: Hawaii
    4. Destination Trends?

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Course Details

  • Start Date:December 6
  • Duration:5 Weeks
  • Location:Online
  • Tuition:$495

About the Instructor

Lindsay Landman

President, Creative Director

Lindsay Landman Events

New York based event designer Lindsay Landman has been producing innovative weddings and special events... find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does the course work?

Participants will log into our private Learning Management System, where each week approximately 2 hours of new lesson content will be released. Lesson content will usually be in video format, broken into digestible chapters of approximately 5-10 minutes each, and may be supplemented with PDFs or links to external articles. The lessons may be viewed at any time once they are released, and you can complete the lesson videos at your own pace. Short quizzes and assignments may be given to help reinforce learning outcomes.

What if I'm busy one week and can't get to the material?

At the end of this course, we provide participants an additional four weeks to catch up if they were unavailable for any portion of the course (hey, we know planners are busy). New lessons will be released each Monday at 7:00 pm EST, and can be viewed at any time thereafter.

When/how can I contact the instructor during the course?

The instructor will be available to answer questions and provide feedback at set times each week, currently scheduled on Fridays from 1-2 pm EST. Outside of those hours, the instructor will make every effort to respond to emails within two business days. (Keep in mind our instructors are subject matter experts who are actively working on events.)


Tell me about your learning guarantee?

The Event Leadership Institute stands behind all of its content. If you feel you didn't learn what you expected to in this course, just let us know within 30 days of the final lesson and we'll give you a full refund.

Will I earn a credential?

Students who complete this course and pass a final exam will earn a Digital Credential in Wedding Planning Fundamentals.


"This course is amazing. Every week I apply something I learned to a project I am working on. Really happy I took this course." Lisa Vernon | Brava Weddings

"Love this course! Always great to hear Lindsay's thought process of designing an event."  Allison Terzyk | Allison Terzyk Events

"Wonderful! I kept saying 'I love this!' throughout the presentations."  David Barriera | Envision Planning

"Hands down, the best educational content and the smartest instructors in our industry."  David Adler | CEO, BizBash

"The quality and depth of coverage in E.L.I. courses is, in my opinion, unmatched.  Participants can't help but be better prepared event professionals once they take this course."  Matthew Saravay | CEO, Wizard Studios

"Great job!  Lessons are very thought out and detailed."  Mariel Shepps | Wildlife Conservation Society

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