Pamela Gibbs, Certified Wedding and Event Planner

I have an announcement to make! I am now a Certified Wedding and Event Planner! I have completed my certification course from the Wedding Planning Institute. This course was fantastic. It was a ten week course that taught me how to properly create a business, how to gain and work with clients, the process of planning an event or wedding and everything that a wedding entails from the guests, to food, to decor, to the venue to the attire. Our instructor Abeki Carter of Chic Occasions Events was very knowledgeable and always encouraged the class to work together, to think outside of the box and to add our own personalities to our business because that’s what makes our business unique. I thought I’d share three of my favorite experiences from the course to give you an idea of what I worked on.

Wedding Attire Project

As a class project we were asked to each create a board that showcased wedding attire. This project was open ended and allowed us to express ourselves and incorporate materials to showcase our vision. I decided to do a wedding attire vision board. It showed the story of a client who wanted a “Modern Fairytale Wedding.” Think Cinderella but in 2015. So I created different options for a bride and groom including different styles of a wedding dress. I also included information on pricing and where these different options could be purchased. In addition to the board, I included swatches so my classmates could feel the different materials. In the end, I was one of the winners for the best wedding attire project!




Plan A Social Event or Wedding

My favorite project of all five projects including three required projects and two classroom presentations was Project 1, “Plan A Social Event or Wedding.” For this project I used the vision of a close friend of mine, and brought her wedding dream to life. She wants a “New Years Eve Royal Enchantment Wedding.” I incorporated her theme, her color preference, the type of venue she envisions, her budget, the food and other special details. Here is what we planned. (Please note: These are not my pictures, all of these pictures were found on the internet)

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Graduation Day

For our graduation, we were asked to come up with a theme and collaborate on planning and executing our vision as a team. As a class, we decided to do a “Diner a Paris” or “Dinner in Paris” themed celebration. We collaborated on all aspects of planning and bringing the necessary materials to our celebration. My input was the invitations, table number and place cards designed by my sister, Sharae Gibbs of and the menu’s designed by Pamela Green of All photography is by Vladimir Olivier of 219 Productions @2onenine_photos. I was completely blown away at how beautifully my classmates and I executed our vision. Welcome to our “Diner a Paris.”

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I want to extend a warm thank you to those of you who donated to my Go Fund Me. Without you, I would not have been able to take this course. I’m so elated with the outcome and I cannot wait to plan amazing events in the future. If you’re interested in taking this course yourself, please visit and if you’d like to take the course at York College, visit



  • Reply Corrine Powell January 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

    As a graduate of the Wedding Planning InstutInstitute class of 2016, I agree with Pam, my classmate, the experience was incredible! We had an extraordinary instructor, Abeki Carter, who always encouraged us never to be afraid to pursue our dreams and always guided us step by step on how to appropriately start our business utilizing the curriculum from the program while Incorporating her own personal experience to ensure that we grasped the concepts and rudiments of the wedding and event industry.
    Our classmates were totally amazing! Individually, our class shared what our talents was during the beginning of the course and by the end of the course, we collaboratively put together our talents and skills we learned which produced a professional and elegant event for our graduation.
    I truly learned a great deal on what is expected of me as an event and wedding consultant, planner, and designer. I am so blessed to have met my wonderful instructor and classmates whom I have gleaned from and will forever be grateful as my colleagues.

    • Reply simplypamarie January 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience Corrine!

    • Reply untonia felder February 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Yes I agree very much with Pam & Corrine We have learned so much from Abeeki Carter. She is a motivator, mentor, go getter. She has brought out some talents that some of us did not think we had and the students that already had the talent brought out the best that is yet to come. Yes if your interested in being a Certified Wedding/ Events planner look up The Wedding Planning institute or take it at York College but it have to be instructor Abeeki Carter hands down. Pam thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts.. You will succeed in what ever you do. Much Luv Untonia Felder aka Tonia..

      • Reply simplypamarie February 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

        Thank you for sharing Utonia ❤️

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