UKAWP London Mix & Mingle, 30th September 2014

30 October, 2014

This year our London Mix & Mingle event was held at The Balcony Room at The Swan at The Globe and was organised by members Holly of Pretty Please Events, Rachael of Serendipity Weddings and Katrina Otter of Katrina Otter Weddings & Events

After last year’s stunning London social on the river, the mantel was passed to the three of us to ensure we could put on something even more spectacular.

We set the scene on dry land for this year’s social, at The Swan Restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe. Their Balcony Room provided the perfect setting, a versatile and bright events space with stunning views of St Paul’s and the River Thames.  The team at The Swan were an absolute delight to work with and went above and beyond to assist us with our plans.

LondonGuests were handed a special glass of ‘elderbubbles’ as they arrived into the room, all decked out in fuchsia and gold. We decided on a palette of bold pinks, splashes of bright orange, and fun sequins – a warm atmosphere on a cool September night.

Mix and Mingle decorGold sequin tablecloths from Pudding Bridge adorned the poseur tables, topped with gorgeous floral arrangements from Gingerlily Flowers.

We had a Wall of Fame pinboard, photos of all the weddings our fellow members were proud to plan over the the last year, framed by more florals and foliage from Gingerlily.

Vowed and Amazed were kind enough to showcase some of their light props at the event – a giant ‘love’ sign and a giant star to give the room some glamour.

Musical accompaniment was provided by Louise & Ben from One Foot in the Groove who performed two fabulous acoustic sets throughout the evening.

Say Fromage were on site with their amazing new gif booth – one of the latest in their range of photobooths. And to make sure we looked our best for the photos? Make-up artist Sarah Stacey was on hand for touch ups and make up tips.

Music and Makeup

Talented designer Gemma Milly not only provided some very classy calligraphy name badges, but she was also kind enough to run two custom calligraphy mini-masterclass sessions with some of our groups at the event.


One of the biggest hits of the night had to be for the taste buds. From the artisanal cheeses and roast gammon, pork pies and Borough market breads, to the stunning display of desserts, The Swan really did put on a show with their food. Dry ice and a sweet buffet? We think so.

Food Swan ABoutFor us, the highlight of this had to be their dry ice dessert table that was stacked full of delicious bite sized desserts and sweet treats including petit éclair au chocolates, mini scones, macaroons, rocky road bites, butter cream cupcakes and meringue pies.

Dessert Table

Guests took away a gift bag which contained: gourmet popcorn, chocolate cupcakes by Bliss Bespoke (beautifully packaged by Wrapsody), customised teabags from Victoria Mae Designs, seed packets from Wildflower Favours, perfume samples from Boxdelux and gift vouchers from beauty therapist Theresa MacLeod and The Perfect Cellar.

Marc from Hang the Moon also captured a wonderful short film of the event which you can view here.

Fabulous photos were taken throughout the night by the talented Laura Babb, massive thanks to her for recording the festivities.

Thank you so much to all who attended and helped put this wonderful event together. We had an amazing time and we hope you’ll join the UKAWP for next year’s London social!

Mix & Mingle guests

© Babb Photo 2013 –


Mix and Mingle London

29 October, 2014

On the 30th September 2014 we held our annual Mix and Mingle event in London. The event is a social gathering of wedding planners, suppliers and venues, it’s a chance for us to all mingle and unwind after a busy summer season. This year the event was held at The Balcony Room at The Swan at The Globe and was organised by members Holly of Pretty Please Events, Rachael of Serendipity Weddings and Katrina Otter of Katrina Otter Weddings & Events

Thank you to everyone that took part and made the event so enjoyable and thanks to Mark from Hang the Moon for capturing the evening on film for us.

UKAWP Mix & Mingle Social Event – London 2014 from UKAWP on Vimeo.

Train to Become a Wedding Planner

27 October, 2014

If you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting weddings in 2015, then we’d love to see you on one of our courses. We believe the most successful way to learn a new skill is by interacting with like-minded individuals which is why we only run classroom based training. Each tutor has approx. 11 years experience enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and highlight teachings face to face.

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We pride ourselves on our honesty and immense enthusiasm at wanting you to succeed. We want you to enter this vibrant industry with the knowledge necessary to be successful. We dispel some of the common myths that new planners make when launching their business and hopefully stop you spending thousands of pounds on unnecessary marketing. We show you formulas to use in your business to ensure you are valuing your worth as a wedding planner and business owner.

Remaining Autumn Dates

Business Practicalities

1st & 2nd November 2014 – Northamptonshire

6th & 7th December 2014 – London

Step by Step

29th & 30th November – Northamptonshire

What is the cost?

The cost for each course is £600 (when paid in 3 installments) or £540 if paid in full when booking

Early Bird Voucher

What is included?

  • • Full lunch & refreshments on both days
  • • Concise bound notes to take away
  • • Certificate of attendance
  • • Logo to use on future marketing material
  • • Downloadable link of relevant templates

Bonus Offer

Free Vouchers

Bigger & Better

We believe it is our responsibility to give you the latest information relating to the wedding planning industry which is why the course content is updated every year and sometimes twice a year.

For more Information on Our Courses

To understand more about the courses we run please download our brochure. To register complete our booking form here which will then take you to the online payment page.

Still unsure whether or not this is the right course for you? Contact Bernadette who can give you details of our many successful past students to clarify any grey areas.

Why train with us?

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Mix & Mingle Cheshire

23 October, 2014

We are delighted to bring you details of this year’s Northern Mix & Mingle – after the huge success of last year’s event, the pressure is on to bring you another fantastic evening!

Mix & Mingle Cheshire 2013

This year, we’re bringing together a fusion of Bonfire night meets autumnal evening with the opportunity to discuss this past season’s weddings with fellow industry suppliers.  If you’re a recent start up or old time hand, everyone’s welcome to come and share a Winter Pimm’s (or two!)

Joining us again to bring some sparkle to proceedings will be the ever-fabulous John Holt, a fantastic magician and all round nice guy!

We’ll also be joined by the artistic Dave ‘Mossy’ Moss who’ll be bringing out the best of our guests with his colourful and creative caricatures.

Providing our entertainment for the evening is the incredible singer David Fade along with atmospheric background music from Under the Covers.

Under the Covers

We don’t want to give away all of our secrets so to find out more, join us from 6:30pm on Tuesday 4th November at the stunning Carden Park Hotel for this year’s Northern UKAWP Mix & Mingle event – we hope to see you there! Emma Jane (Emma Jane weddings and Events) and Andrea (Fabulous Day).

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To book your place click here




Wedding Coffee Club

21 October, 2014

Lets face it, working in the wedding industry can be isolating, there are days when we want to meet fellow wedding professionals just to talk through the lows and highs of being in this fast paced industry. Of course with the introduction of social media, it can feel like we have colleagues sitting right next to us, but at times we need some face to face chats – not to mention the caffeine!

Therefore we are excited to announce the launch of our Wedding Coffee Club across the UK.



Where will they take place?

In various locations across the UK, normally attended by a director, regional ambassador (R.A) or member of the UKAWP. Keep an eye out on social media for dates when announced.

How to book

There is no booking procedure, just turn up on the day although any interaction on social media using #ukawp can be helpful so we have some indication of who is going to attend!

What’s the purpose?

Caffeine! No seriously there is no ulterior motive, we just thought it would be nice for us to meet more people from within the wedding industry, face to face. We also appreciate coming to our London/Cheshire events isn’t always possible so by having these smaller meet ups in regional areas will enable us to reach out to more people. Even if a director cannot make the meet up, we hope one of our R.A can, or a member.

Is there a charge?

No official booking and no charge. At times we may be able to negotiate a free tea/coffee, but if not the most you’ll have to pay is for whatever drink you wish to order.


We are just finalising the dates for the next 4 months so will be announcing these soon. If there is a location you want us to hold “WeddingCoffeeClub” in, please let us know.

Credit: Member Jessica from Diamond Rose Events for designing the logo for us