Mentoring for Wedding Planners

25 September, 2016

As a continuation of the support we give planners via our training courses, we also offer wedding planning mentoring for a select few. Working with an experienced, successful wedding planner can be incredibly beneficial for planners in the early years.

We have just a small number of mentoring sessions available with a director or one of our ambassadors. The sessions are led by you. In short we ask from the outset how we can help you and each session moves forward on this basis, with goal setting a key element. In the past we have helped planners get clearer on their branding, work out profitability or put new business practices in place.

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It is not essential that those taking up the mentoring service are members of the UKAWP.

Your mentoring will include the following:

  • Initial questionnaire for you to complete prior to our first session.
  • Month 1: Skype call to get to the nitty gritty of how we can help you (2 hours).
  • Months 2-6: Monthly Skype calls working on pre agreed topics and goals (1 hour each).
  • Email access between sessions plus telephone/ Skype at agreed times for urgent issues.

To learn a little more about this service contact bernadette@ukawp.com

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Wedding Planner Training Course

22 September, 2016

Thanks again for a great course, I think this may be an amazing turning point in my life.” Karen, September 2016

Thank you again for your time this weekend! I loved attending the course, and have come away really inspired, excited, and determined.” Valentina, September 2016

Our Step by Step course is fast approaching and is increasingly popular with students as it literally teaches you how to plan a wedding from the moment you have been hired. We hope you can join us on the 1st & 2nd October or 3rd & 4th December. To register go to our booking form 

If you have recently lunched as a wedding planner, or indeed wish to launch in the near future, you may find yourself unsure of where to find that all so important key information for your clients wedding.  Just where do you find that dream venue, how can you trust the suppliers you hire or you wonder how many catering staff are required to serve guests proficiently?

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We will go through all this with you, from where to find the best suppliers for your couple and what are the right questions to ask, to showing you how to create a client budget and assigning what % of said budget should go to what areas.

We show you examples of the different ceremonies in the UK and how etiquette plays an important part in todays weddings, albeit in a modern way!

The final part of the course focuses on the wedding day itself, right from the ceremony through to the evenings entertainment.

What makes this course extra special is our wonderful #SBScontributors, leading experts in the industry who have reviewed and edited the content relevant to their sector. You can meet some of these suppliers by reading more about them here.

Please contact Bernadette on 07939 215 531 or training@ukawp.com or to register go to our booking form

Midlands – Mix & Mingle Social Evening 2016

21 September, 2016

We’re pleased to announce this year’s Mix and Mingle event in the Midlands will be held on Thursday 13th October at the fabulous Revolucion de Cuba Nottingham from 6:30pm until 9pm. 

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Join us for an informal and relaxed evening. The event is open to all wedding industry professionals and is the perfect way to catch up with colleagues or to make new contacts at the end of the busy wedding season. 

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26-28 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HW

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The Midlands Mix and Mingle is free to attend, but you do need to register. There will be a guest list on the night for entry. For further information about the event please contact val@ukawp.com and to register, please click here.

Our huge thanks to the following UKAWP members for organising the event this year:

Val Mattinson, Benessamy Weddings & Events

Nadia Wood, Weddings by Nadia

Linzi Barford, That Black & White Cat

Natalie Hewitt, Natalie Hewitt Weddings & Events

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Member Focus – Natalie Hewitt Wedding & Event Planner

20 September, 2016

Today we’d like to introduce Natalie Hewitt who runs Natalie Hewitt Wedding & Event Planner. Over to you Natalie…

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How did it all start?

I started my career working in the Customer Service and Hospitality industry, planning corporate and charity events before graduating from university with a Law Degree (LLB Hons). I then moved into administration, where I worked as a PA for a small business owner, helping to grow the company into a national corporation.

As organised as I am, I have a creative flare (which just couldn’t be tamed,) so when Ben proposed, back in 2008, I discovered an industry that incorporated all of my arty passions; flowers, photography, cool fonts, diamonds, fashion, cakes etc. I had found my calling! After a few years spent planning my own wedding, gaining a diploma in Wedding Planning (with distinction) and immersing myself in the Wedding industry, I officially launched my own business at the end of 2012.

Do you have a favourite venue?

Most of my clients get married in marquees; I think they offer such a unique space and provide an extensive range of styling, supplier and layout possibilities. Sperry and Canvas Tents are currently a favourite of mine as I think they look so elegant. But Stubton Hall in Newark has to be one of my top venues. I’m a tad biased because I got married there but the exclusive hire provides an intimate wedding location for you and your guest and the renovation to the 19th century building has been executed seamlessly.

How would clients describe you?

Conscientious, friendly, supportive, knowledgeable, dedicated / hardworking and stylish.

Wedding planner/s you admire?

Mark Niemierko is a luxury wedding planner I have followed and been inspired by even before I launched my business – his high end life style is what most girls dream of; meetings at Claridges, fittings at Oscar de la Renta and high end clientele. He has definitely been one of the reasons I push myself to create a successful, luxury and professional wedding and event planning brand / business.

Bernadette Chapman and Sandy Moretta are also two ladies that I am absolutely in awe of; not only do they run their own very successful wedding planning businesses but they also manage to run the UKAWP as well as being wives, mothers and friends.

How do you unwind?

Having my own business, a dog and a child under two means my time to unwind consists of sharing a bubble bath with far too many bath toys, or trying to read a magazine whilst someone else is pulling out the pages or attempting some Pilates in my living room whilst being licked in the face by my dog. But I do enjoy a cup of tea and a few too many biscuits with my friends or a date night with my husband.

What themes are you working on for 2016/17?

From a bright and fun barn wedding to a garden marquee wedding absolutely dripping in florals; I’m working on a number of themes / styles at the moment, which is great. It keeps my creative juices flowing and I love it when a couple can put a stamp on their own wedding and make it truly personal.

What trends are you seeing?

For wedding gowns, I can see the two piece being a big trend next year – either subtle or a little more obvious, but it certainly makes a Bride’s choice a unique and modern one.

Well decorated cake tables – I think the wedding cake took a back seat for a while but it’s back in fashion and brides and grooms are now, quite rightly, showing it off in all its glory. Surrounded by flowers, additional confectionery or on its own on a beautiful table cloth; either way, it’s great to see cake designers work taking centre stage.

Quirky drinks receptions – a Prosecco van, a gin bicycle, a cocktail bar or even just serving your drinks on a beautifully decorated tray. I am seeing brides and grooms putting a lot more attention to detail into this part of the day. It’s a great was to kick start the celebrations and gives the guests a feel of how the rest of the celebrations will go.

What is your signature dish?

I love food and I love cooking. I make a good chicken coq au vin but when I’m going out for a celebratory meal (and this was the main thing that sucked about being pregnant as I couldn’t have any of it), I have chicken parfait, fillet steak and a cheese board with cocktails and Prosecco.

Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?

This is a hard question because I love so many different styles of weddings – very elegant and traditional to relaxed bohemian. But I think I would say Olivia Palermo. There aren’t many photographs of her wedding day but her outfit, (a jumper and skirt combination with cobalt Manolo Blahnik’s,) just oozes style and class. I love her chic style and I can imagine their wedding was intimate and modest, yet very well put together which is definitely how I would choose to get married if I was doing it again.

Is the job as glamorous as you thought?

I don’t think I ever thought that the job would be easy. Both my parents had their own businesses so I knew the hard work and hours that goes into being your own boss. But I am very driven and incredibly passionate about my career so I knew that wouldn’t faze me. I hadn’t appreciated how much work was involved in other business tasks other than the actual planning, like book keeping, marketing, research, networking etc. but it’s all great fun and I am so unbelievably lucky to be doing something I love.

What is your vice?

A glass of Prosecco (or two or three) and it’s amazing how many biscuits I can eat whilst sitting at my computer planning weddings.

Top ten colours for wedding stationery and their significance – by Ananya Cards

19 September, 2016

Today we are delighted to introduce a really interesting blog post, written by the highly talented Vaishali, UKAWP Wedding Supplier Member and owner of Ananya Cards, explaining the meaning behind today’s top wedding stationery colours…..

1. Rose Quartz

One of Pantone’s blend of colours for 2016, Rose Quartz is already showing signs of being a big hit in 2016. A soft shade of pink, Rose Quartz, also sometimes called the Heart Stone, with its gentle pink essence is said to represent unconditional love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It is the perfect colour for a spring wedding; think of trees bursting with cherry blossoms. This exuberance can be beautifully conveyed through wedding stationery, giving it a romantic, fairy tale feeling throughout the whole suite of stationery, from invitations to thank you notes.

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2. Serenity

The other colour in Pantone’s blend of colours for 2016 is Serenity – a soft shade of light blue. Representing tranquillity, peace and harmony, it is also said to represent trust, honesty and a sense of security. It is a wonderful stationery colour for an outdoor spring or summer wedding…imagine table numbers and place names in Serenity with lavender in bouquets or on the table at a wedding…calming, soothing and so summery!

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Shades of blue have been increasingly demanded by brides – they are highly adaptable to one’s style preference; royal and navy blue can give a regal, sophisticated look, and lighter shades like teal and sky blue can give a summery look for nature lovers. Combine with white, yellow or green for a fresh, crisp look, or metallic for sophistication and glamour.

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3. Indigo

Indigo is seeing a great surge in popularity and will continue to be a big hit in 2016. It is a combination of deep blue and violet. Deep shades like indigo, royal and navy blue can give a regal, sophisticated look to wedding stationery. Great with metallics, such as silver and gold, Indigo looks equally stylish with colours such as yellow, green or white. For a fresh summery look, lighter shades of blue such as teal and turquoise look chic when pared with Indigo.

Indigo is said to represent dependability, trustworthiness and sincerity, and therefore makes an ideal colour for weddings and wedding stationery. It is a spiritual colour and derives its name from the Indigo dye from the Indigo plant, found in India.

It is said to represent the 3rd eye (for intuition and creativity) in the Indian Chakra system that represents energy centres in the body.

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4. Botanically Inspired

Flowers big and small, boldly coloured or delicately hued; fancy ferns, lush green vines curling and twining – nature has truly captured our hearts. Brides now prefer nature as more wild and organic, in a range of moods from rustic and earthy to flamboyant and dazzling.

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Shades of green represent nature, ecology, harmony, peace, growth and fertility – in most western cultures green denotes luckand money. Green in your wedding colours will create a calming and restful moodwith enough warmth to encourage a feeling of unity and togetherness among the guests. The more rustic and earthy tones represent stability, reliability and being grounded and down to earth.

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5. Mesmerising Metallics

The use of all metallic colours will continue to flourish, especially gold, silver and copper. However, the ascent of rose gold with its soft glow has definitely caught the imagination of the fashion world, and this is being adapted into the world of wedding stationery. With its versatility, equally stunning when combined with deep, rich colours such as claret, burgundy or even purple, as well as soft pastels such as peach, blush pink and grey, rose gold is sure to cast its spell in 2016.

Gold conveys confidence and magnetism. It is the colour of success, achievement and triumph. It creates a mood of luxury and quality, elegance, extravagance, optimism and happiness.

Silver has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides – it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious, soothing, calming and purifying. Silver in your stationery colours will create a mood of elegance and femininity.

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6. Monochrome Magic

Gorgeous, elegant and classy; monochrome wedding stationery is hugely on trend. Whether it’s black and white monochrome or black and champagne, which is a warmer and richer tone than white and has a somewhat vintage flavour, monochrome wedding stationery is sure to make a huge impact.

Black is a colour of power and control, prestige, sophistication and dignity. Using it in wedding stationery will create a mood of elegance, protection and mystery.

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White is a colour in its purest form, representing innocence, wholeness and perfection. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. Using white in your wedding stationery will create a mood of peace and comfort.

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Of course, you are not restricted to black and white. Any variation of shades of the same colour can be monochrome. It helps to add depth to the overall look of the stationery.

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7. Pops of Colour

For those who like the monochrome colour scheme but want to add a little extra something, accents of bright, bold colours to highlight certain details on the stationery fit the bill perfectly. Vibrant colours such as purple or emerald green or even orange on an otherwise black and white invitation create the desired impact without making the invite overwhelming. Details such as the date, time and venue all benefit from an injection of colour. These pops of colour could be carried through the whole suite of stationery to provide cohesion and harmony.

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Orange is an uplifting, optimistic, positive colour, which exudes warmth and happiness. Orange/saffron is an auspicious in Hinduism.  Purple has been associated with royalty, nobility and prestige. It can symbolise mystery, magic, power and luxury. Emerald green is a healing, calming and nurturing colour.

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8. Jewel Tones

For the ultimate in sumptuous opulence, the use of jewel tones transforms the stationery into a statement piece. Jewel tones of ruby red for passion and energy, emerald green for nature and nurture, sapphire blue for calm and cool, as well as magenta for inspiration and imagination. And not forgetting the much loved metallics like gold for confidence and magnetism, silver for a feminine mysterious touch, and rose gold for warmth – these metallics never fail to steal the show.

Adding a sprinkling of embellishments – pearls for a soft romantic glow, or diamanté will create an eye catching sparkle. Use colours that match the wedding outfit.

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9. Blush Nude

For those that are after a soft, dreamy and romantic effect, the blush nude look is perfect. A warmer colour than white or cream, blush nude is the epitome of femininity without being too girly. Blush nude is versatile and can be paired with other soft and muted tones to give more depth and a wider palette to work with on wedding invites.

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Ideal with a lacy, intricate design, it can be further enhanced with a touch of gold, silver or other metallic detail to add texture and depth. For some extra glamour, add embellishments such as crystals or pearls to make the stationery sparkle with elegance.

The blush nude look can also be combined with other muted tones such as pink, light mauve, lavender or blue for a chic and refined look.

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All the tones that fall in this category represent a sense of calmness, serenity, femininity, harmony and comfort.

10. Destination Co-ordinated Colours

Destination weddings are on the rise, and have been the ideal solution for those with a limited budget or for those who want to tie the knot at their favourite destination and give a special treat to their invitees. The colour chosen will depend on the destination environment. A beach destination can have blue to represent the blue sky or an earthy, sandy tone to represent the sand. A lush tropical destination can incorporate greens, golds and bursts of intense colour to represent the rich flora and fauna. Textures can also add impact and depth to the stationery.

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