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.

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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.

Dates

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

 

 

 

 

An Overview Of The Recent Mix & Mingle South West Event

17 October, 2014

Every year we hold a social evening across the UK called Mix and Mingle. This annual event is for wedding suppliers and planners to socialise and unwind. This year was the first time we held one in the South West and we are incredibly thankful to our Regional Ambassador Melanie from Bellissimo Weddings & Events for organising the evening for us.

Thank you to everyone that took part and made the event so enjoyable and thanks to Howard Lucas – Photographer for capturing the images of the evening for us.

The Green House HotelThe chosen venue was the delightful boutique, The Green House Hotel  and what a fantastic evening it was. Guests were able to have a tour of this gorgeous boutique Hotel in Bournemouth and enjoy some great canapés from the kitchen of resident Head Chef Andy Hilton of Arbor Restaurant within the Green House Hotel, English sparkling wine courtesy of English Oak Vineyard who also gave us a wine tasting talk.

Canapes and Champagne

Entertainment was courtesy of Katie Francesca, mingling magic by Chris Piercy  and fun photobooth by Photobooth Bournemouth.

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Entrance table tree kindly supplied by Lauren Curry of Concept Flowers . Autumnal dessert table supplied by Heather of The Sheridan Cake Company

Mix & Mingle decorA huge thank you to everyone who took part in this event and made it such a wonderful evening – we hope to plan more in the South West region for wedding planners and suppliers to attend so keep a look out on our Facebook page for more events coming up.  For more information on UKAWP planners and suppliers membership please contact Melanie Kiani Regional Ambassador on melanie@ukawp.com or Directors Sandy Moretta or Bernadette Chapman via info@ukawp.com

Photo Credit ©2014 HOWARD LUCAS | Photographer www.howardlucas.com

A New Career as a Wedding Planner

15 October, 2014

As autumn has settled in, are you beginning to think about a career change? Being a wedding planner is definitely a job many aspire to, but how can you make that jump into weddings?

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We hold small classroom weekend courses, ideal for those that are still in fulltime employment elsewhere. Over the years we have trained a variety of people from solicitors and bankers, to teachers and nurses. Regardless of background or previous careers they have all had one aim in mind, to retrain to become a professional wedding planner.

The huge advantage with training with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners is the fact we are long term professional planners, we can tell you the reality of the job as opposed to a glamorous PR spin. Feedback from past students always highlight how advantageous students find the tutors knowledge.

Caroline Gould testimonialOur students are all at different stages of their path into wedding planning, some have spent hours researching the industry with a business launch imminent, whereas others are at the start of their journey and plan to launch in a year or 2. We don’t mind what stage you are at. We love helping you on the journey and answering your questions in our highly interactive weekend courses. We have two courses as well as various workshops throughout the year.

Business Practicalities

This course is aimed at those wishing to start their own business. Primarily your research and marketing before moving onto the type of services you wish to offer and how to decide what to charge. We take you through the importance of branding for a small business and how you need to think about this in everything you do. We even go through formulas to use within your business to make sure you aim for profit in every booking you take., which is an eye opener for sure! One element that is always popular is the mock consultations we undertake with the students, this gives students the chance to understand how important it is to ask the right questions in a consultation. And finally we go through how to produce your proposal.

Step by Step

The second course we run is “Step by Step”, so assuming you’ve been hired what do you do next? How do you manage their budget? How would you source a venue or supplier and how would you negotiate with them? What elements are important when researching into suppliers and what questions do you need to ask? We go through the most popular ceremony types in the UK and explain the legalities and running order for each type. We then take you through the day itself guiding you through the ceremony, drink reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception.

Why interactive 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.  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 encourage to ask questions throughout the weekend ensuring you are learning as much as you possibly can

Insider Knowledge

To understand a little more about the reality of wedding planning why not read our advice in Marie Claire “10 Things you never knew about Wedding Planners

Next Dates?

To see the list of available dates and to download our brochure please visit our training page

The UK Wedding Venues Marketing Conference

13 October, 2014

We are very pleased to have been asked to speak at the very first UK Wedding Venues Marketing Conference which is to be held at York Racecourse on November 27th this year.

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If you are a wedding venue, keen to understand how to attract more wedding business, do consider attending. The conference is open to anyone responsible for wedding marketing and sales.

The two of us will be talking all about the UKAWP, how wedding planners work and opportunities for wedding venues to market themselves to and work best with wedding planners.

You can see the full list of speakers and subjects here.

You can follow the conference organisers on @weddingvenues14 and the official conference hashtag is #weddingsconf14.

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Photography Workshop for the Wedding Industry

10 October, 2014

We are delighted to announce a fabulous photography workshop with the ever so talented Emily Quinton. The wedding industry has changed rapidly over the last few years with the biggest change being social media and the way we use this to promote our brand. Todays couples are incredibly visual, they don’t want to necessary hear about how creative you are, they want to experience it. They also want to get to know you as a person thus it is imperative any photos you are sharing on social media or your blog are portraying your brand AND personality.Makelight Photography with the UKAWP

In this workshop Emily will be showing wedding professionals how best to use their phones to capture the perfect photo whilst on the move. It is our aim to cover:

  • How to get the best from your camera phone
  • How to take images on a wedding day
  • What filters to use and basic editing
  • How to take photos on the hop when out and about to upload onto social media
  • What images should you / shouldn’t upload onto social media
  • Use of natural light / when not to use your flash
  • Practical exercise to see if everyone has understood

Please bring with you your camera phone or camera if this is what you normally use. This workshop is open to all wedding professionals, not just wedding planners. Likewise you do not have to be a member to attend. Our thanks to the Hurlingham Club for providing a stunning venue for this workshop.

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      • Date:  7th November 2014
  • Time: 11am – 3pm
  • Where: The Hurlingham Club 
  • Price: Members £100 / Non Members £125 
  • Inc: Light refreshments and a working lunch
  • To book: Please complete our booking form here