NYIAD Graduate Shelly Stone Enjoys Success as a Professional Event Planner

When Shelly Stone enrolled in the Complete Course in Wedding & Event Planning, a home-study course offered by the NYIAD, she was already working to establish herself in the field. Signature Events by Shelly, her wedding and event planning business, is now three years old. And for Shelly, it’s been something that she’s been working towards most of her life.

“My previous experience in event planning mostly regarded my family and friends,” Shelly said. “I like to entertain – and take it seriously – so I knew that I had the organization skills to create a menu, decorate and keep things on task.”

Shelly got into the business of wedding planning because she enjoys making people happy. She sees it as an opportunity to allow those involved in the wedding, namely the bride and groom, with a relaxing and memorable experience. The NYIAD’s home-study wedding planning course allowed Shelly, a working mother, to learn more about the field and how to earn money from the comfort of her own home.

“When I enrolled in the Wedding and Event Planning program I really wanted to make sure I knew how to handle every situation that might come up” Shelly says. “I wanted to give myself that extra boost of confidence to be able to call myself a Professional Wedding Planner. Even though I’ve done a good number of weddings and events, when I finished my last unit and received my grades I finally felt like a REAL Professional.”

Based in Wisconsin, Signature Events by Shelly is still growing. With fifteen weddings, and a dozen other events under her belt, Shelly is preparing to expand into new fields. To request information about our wedding planning course or our event planning course, visit www.nyiad.edu or call 1.800.583.1742.


The New York Institute of Art and Design offers home-study courses for creative professionals designed to enhance or build career skills. By pairing course materials that students can receive anywhere in the world with real-life mentoring, NYIAD aims to teach students everything they need to know to make money in their field of study. The New York Institute of Art and Design is owned and operated by Career Step, LLC, along with sister school, New York Institute of Photography.