The 2015 Wedding Industry Awards

22 September, 2014

For all you great wedding suppliers out there who haven’t entered, or haven’t finished your entries, for this year’s The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) you only have until 17th October so to do.

So don’t delay!

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The UKAWP Directors have been on the judging panel since the outset (TWIA 2012) and have watched the awards grow and remain the truly independent regional and national awards the organisers always set out to run.

We love looking at the fabulous entries in the categories we judge and never cease to be amazed by the flair, the quality and the passion of business owners in our wonderful industry. We’ve also seen how not just winning, but entering and being involved in, these awards can really promote businesses and drive new customers your way.

If you’re still deliberating, here are just a few reasons why you should consider entering:

  1. TWIA has integrity, credibility and reliability
  2. TWIA is based on client-voting
  3. TWIA gives wedding suppliers greater profile and visibility in the industry
  4. TWIA offers entrants differentiation from their competitors
  5. Just being involved in TWIA is good for business let alone being shortlisted or winning and award

As said, you only have until Friday 17th October to enter, so what are you waiting for?

Remember, if you are a recent bride or groom and would like to nominate one or more of your wedding suppliers please do so here.

To find out more please look at www.facebook.com/theweddingindustryawards, follow the awards on Twitter @TWIA_official or go to their site.

We are very much looking forward to judging again this year and can’t wait to see the entries, the standard of which just seems to get better every year.

South West Mix & Mingle Evening – October 2nd

19 September, 2014

We are having one of our purely social ‘Mix & MIngle’ evenings for wedding planners and suppliers in Bournemouth on 2nd October. If you are a South West supplier or someone interested in getting into the wedding planning industry, we would love to see you and spend an evening networking and chatting about the recent wedding season and of course the one ahead of us. See below for a taste of previous Mix & Mingle events..

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The event is to be held at The Green House Hotel from 6:30-9pm.

Enjoy a complementary glass of local sparkling wine and canapes on arrival and take the opportunity to have a tour of the venue.

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Later on there will be a full bar open for those who wish to make a night of it.

We have the gorgeous Katie Francesca – a local talented singer / songwriter performing to entertain us, along with a photo booth for a bit of fun from Photo Booth Bournemouth.

We are planning an interactive masterclass too – more details soon!

Enormous thanks to Regional Ambassador Melanie Kiani and her team, of Bellissimo Weddings for organising the event. The photos above, taken by Angela Ward Brown, are of one of Melanie’s recent weddings at the The Green House Hotel.

We very much hope to see you there. Please book your place here.

 

Win a place on our 2 day intensive wedding planning training course

18 September, 2014

Are you thinking about a career in wedding planning but not sure if it’s for you or not sure where to start? UKAWP is offering you the chance to win a place on its forthcoming Step-By-Step classroom based course.

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The course runs from the 27th-28th Sept inclusive in London and will cover everything you need to know about organising a clients wedding. The course includes:-

Marriage & civil partnership laws and Etiquette traditions & modern alternatives
Venue sourcing inc. site visit
Sourcing suppliers & negotiation skills
An understanding of each *supplier category (Photographer, Film
Maker, Cake Designer, Florist, Stationery Company, Entertainment
suppliers, Marquee Company, Transportation, Caterers, Lighting)
Creating a clients budget and relevant planning advice
How to create a timesheet
Pre Wedding organisation
Using your emergency kit
Organising the ceremony
Organising the drinks reception
Greeting line and modern alternatives
Toastmaster duties
Organising the wedding breakfast
Organising the evening reception
Destination weddings
Post wedding services
Duties of the wedding party

* Leadings experts in the UK wedding industry have reviewed and edited relevant chapters in this course ensuring it is as accurate as it can possible be.
To be in with a chance of winning a place on this course simply follow us on Twitter and in 100 words or less tweet us why you would like to come on this course using #ukawptraining

There are just 2 spaces available and the winner will be announced on the 24th September. This prize is non transferable.

London Mix & Mingle Evening – 30th September 2014

17 September, 2014

As you may have seen from our post on Saturday, we have a number of ‘Mix & Mingle’ evenings upcoming this Autumn. Today we’d like to introduce you to the three lovely member planners who are organising the first event, in London, on 30th September. Katrina Otter of Katrina Otter Weddings & Events  gives you a taster of what is happening below, along with a few images of previous Mix & Mingle events…

Holly of Pretty Please Events, Rachael of Serendipity Weddings and I are well and truly in the depths of planning for this year’s UKAWP London Mix & Mingle Evening taking place on Tuesday 30th September in The Balcony Room at The Swan at The Globe.

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There are plenty of exciting plans underway and today we want to share some of these with you.

Firstly…we’re having a Wall of Fame!

The Mix and Mingle evening is an opportunity to celebrate our collective successes and as such we’ve decided to create a UKAWP Members “Wall of Fame” displaying our 2014 real weddings, events and inspiration shoots. We hope you enjoy seeing what some of our lovely colleagues have been up to this season.

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Secondly…we are delighted that stationer and design extraordinaire Gemma Milly will be running two 30 minute calligraphy masterclasses during the evening.  Spaces will be on a first come first served basis and are limited to six people per workshop so if you want to be involved and learn more about Gemma’s beautiful calligraphy then please email Holly at hello@prettypleaseevents.co.uk to reserve your place.

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Aside from Gemma, we also have music by One Foot in the Groove, a fabulous Say Fromage photo booth and photographer Laura Babb will be there recording the night for posterity (well, and the blog of course!)

We don’t want to give too much away so that’s it for now!

We look forward to seeing you all soon. Click here to book your place.

Katrina, Holly & Rachael x 

Member Focus – Eden Mobile Creche

15 September, 2014

Today we are delighted to introduce you to Renny who runs Eden Mobile Creche, our latest Wedding Supplier Member. Over to you Renny…..

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How did it all start?

It started after having my second child and realising I cannot manage a full time 9 to 5 job and raise a young family at the same time. With this, Eden Mobile Creche started in 2006, with the aim of providing a flexible childcare service for parents and event organisers at weddings, events and functions.

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Do you have a favourite wedding supplier?

Over the years, Eden Mobile Creche has worked with different interesting wedding suppliers. However, it must be said that our favourite suppliers tend to be the venue or location the wedding is taking place. Such venues include The Kings Fund and Plaisterers’ Hall, which are both in London.

How would clients describe you?

Clients are always shocked on the quality and quantity of toys and resources we bring for our full creche service. Clients describe me as ‘professional and knows childcare’, while Eden Mobile Creche has way more children’s toys and activities than the average mobile creche company with caring, qualified and experienced childcare practitioners.

Wedding suppliers you particularly admire?

One of my favourite’s is Sarah Haywood Weddings. She is very creative when it’s comes to planning weddings and the final result.

How do you unwind?

I watch romantic and funny movies, travel at least once in the year, read books that motivate me and also enjoy a massage.

What trends are you seeing for 2014/15?

The trends I see for 2014/15 are all about individuality. Couples want their wedding to stand out but also realise that less is more.

What is your signature dish?

I am quite an adventurous person when it comes to food. I enjoy sea food the most but as long as I enjoy the different flavours in the dish, it will be a signature one for me.

Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love work on?

It would be David and Victoria Beckham because the marriage has lasted based on both parties doing the work.

What is your vice?

Desserts and Shoes

Thanks so much Renny for this insight into you and your business.