Get married in Wales! – by Weddings by Zoë

24 October, 2016

We are delighted to introduce an interesting blog post, written by Zoë, UKAWP Wedding Planner Member and owner of Weddings by Zoë, regarding couples considering getting married in beautiful Wales. Over to you Zoë…..

If you’re looking to hold your special day in a beautiful country with numerous castles, accessible coastlines and beaches, beautiful rolling valleys, exquisite marquee locations and some truly fabulous remote wedding venues, then come to Wales.

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Oliver & Ruth Photography

Castle no 1 option b

Whether you want to tie the knot in front of just a few of your closest family and friends in a romantic bijou location, or you want to celebrate in a castle or a marquee with all of your favourite people around you, we can find the perfect location for you.

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Martin Beddall Photography

Click here to see a small selection of some of the wonderful venues we can recommend for you in Cardiff and across South Wales, throughout Mid Wales including the Brecon Beacons, and the idyllic coastal venues of stunning West Wales.

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Adrian Thomas Photography

Marquee at night on 3 option b

Hazel Hannant Photography

If you don’t live locally then we’ve got some great news! We specialise in distance-planning – doing all the hard work when you can’t easily get here to do it yourselves.  We will call you via Skype or Facetime to ‘meet’ and help us understand exactly what you’re looking for, ensuring that we source you the most amazing local suppliers. We will arrange meetings for you with our recommended selections all on the same day so that you don’t have to travel here every weekend searching for what you require.

This can be especially helpful as we understand that it can be very hard to know who you should select to achieve the exact look and style that you are seeking, whilst being confident that they are reputable and will deliver on the day.  Alternatively if you want, we can organise everything on your behalf, updating regularly via a video call, giving you as much or as little input as you want.

To find out more or to arrange a complementary initial consultation, contact Zoë from Weddings by Zoë via email, or call 07801 231302 to help you to create your perfect wedding day in Wales.

Northern – Mix & Mingle Social Evening 2016

8 October, 2016

We’re delighted to announce this year’s Northern Mix and Mingle event will be held on Wednesday 26th October at the enchanting Dorfold Hall from 6:30pm until 9.00pm.

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(Image by Helen Williams Photography)

Please 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; we hope to see you there.

We have some wonderful suppliers attending the event including:-

Red Floral

Bloomsbury Cakes

With A Twist

Fine Dining Company

Catherine Skates


The Tall Toastmaster

Bang Bang Events

Hello Young Lovers

The Word is Love

John Holt

Escapade Bars

Hattie Boo Designs

Dorfold Hall is a grade 1 listed Jacobean. Built for King James 1 to visit, the historic estate has a magical and seductive quality to it, set in an oasis of rural calm next to the town of Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8LD.


(Image by Nick Hastings Photography)

The Northern 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 Helen Eriksen and to register, please click here.

Thank you so much to the UKAWP Northern Membership for organising the event this year.

Our Wedding Planning Courses – FAQ’s

3 October, 2016

Now summer is over we are receiving a high quantity of calls regarding our training courses. In some cases students are seeking advice and guidance about choosing the right course for them.  Therefore, we hope this answers some of your questions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call me with a new question, I love speaking with those entering this exciting career so don’t be shy pick up the phone on 07939 215 531 or 

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I have no experience in events; will this course be suitable for me?

Yes definitely, our courses cover all the basics you need to launch your career as a wedding planner, previous students have come from a range of careers including solicitors, nurses and teachers.

Which course is right for you?

This question we are asked a lot, just what course is right for you to take?

Business Practicalities – ideal for those launching as independent wedding planners

Topics covered include:

  • Launching & running a small business
  • Importance of branding & understanding your niche
  • Marketing, PR & advertising for your business
  • Skills for success
  • Importance of pre launch research
  • Understanding your niche
  • Services to offer & pricing for profitability
  • Negotiating
  • Preparing for your consultation inc. practical session
  • Paint the dream, sell the dream
  • Using social media to enhance your profile

Step by Step – ideal for independent planners, venue co-ordinators and those wishing to organise weddings for an external company.

Topics covered include:

  • Marriage laws
  • Etiquette scenarios
  • Sourcing the dream venue
  • Sourcing the dream team of suppliers inc. analysis of each category
  • Financial planning for your client
  • Creating the perfect wedding day schedule
  • Your emergency kit
  • Organising the ceremony / drink reception / wedding breakfast / evening party
  • Destination weddings
  • Duties of the wedding party
  • Post wedding service

Will I be qualified after attending the course?

You will receive a certificate confirming you have trained with us along with a logo to use on your marketing materials. We strongly feel your journey as a wedding planner begins after you have trained with us, that is why we hold regular workshops and offer mentoring to past students to increase your knowledge. Attending a course and receiving a certificate should not mean you know everything there is to know about weddings which is why we will never use the term “qualified as a wedding planner”.

The role of a wedding planner is an important one and treasured by our couples marrying, but we’re not training to be a doctor or lawyer, there are no requirements to be “qualified” to work as a wedding planner.

Remember the wedding industry is unregulated so before registering and paying for any training qualification, you need to ensure it’s the right course to take. For example you might prefer home learning in which case we can recommend some fabulous online schools to consider. Speak with other wedding planners to get their recommendations about who they trained with or how they started their business.

Ask the wedding planners how clients choose them: do the clients choose them because of being a member of the UKAWP for example, or do they get selected because of a qualification?

 Aren’t the UKAWP competitors to my new career?

No, no, no! It is vitally important you view your fellow wedding planners as colleagues not competitors. The tutors are all very different and successful in their respective areas; we don’t view any student or planner as a ‘competitor’. Feedback from students has reiterated the tutors experience as a highlight of the course. You can see some via our Facebook page.

Can I join the UKAWP after the course?

Please do apply for associate membership, all applications are vetted for professionalism and your tutor’s experience of you on the training course will be included in any decision made.

How should I compare your course to others?

We appreciate you may wish to compare courses before choosing the right one for you. A few things you should ask when making enquiries:

  • Who wrote the course and is it a US or UK text?
  • Who conducts the training and what is their background/experience?
  • Can you speak with previous students for feedback?
  • When was the course last updated?

I hope this helps but don’t hesitate to call me with further questions on 07939 215 531


Showcase Wedding – Kim White Weddings

28 September, 2016

Today we are delighted to showcase a wedding coordinated by Kim White of Kim White Weddings. Over to you Kim…

The Wedding of James Crookes and Trisha Siegel on 25th June 2016, KZN, South Africa

Along the rugged sunny shores of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s South Coast, an American beauty Trisha and her South African prince charming James chose the beautiful Renishaw chapel to say ‘I Do’. The Crookes family has been associated with the Renishaw Farm, where the chapel was built, since 1860. Steeped in history the chapel formed the most exquisite backdrop for the very special ceremony of James and Trisha.


Cocktails and canapes followed in the stunning gardens of Lynton Hall. A traditional, colonial and regal ambience was created while the guests enjoyed classical melodies of a string quartet.


The reception was held in a marquee. Guests sat at long banquet tables, adorned with candle light and crystal glasses. The Crookes wedding was nothing short of elegance and splendour.








What made this wedding even more spectacular was the incredible love you could feel between James and Trisha and the support and care from all their family and friends!


So very grateful to have been a part of James and Trisha’s beautiful day! Wishing them love and happiness in their future together…


Credits to:

Wedding Coordination and Styling : Kim White from Kim White Weddings, KZN, South Africa

Venue: Renishaw Chapel, Scottburgh & Lynton Hall, Pennington, KZN, South Africa

Photographer : Colin Browne Photography

Videographer : Debbie Malton from A Film Company

DJ : Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ

Catering : Margie Harel from Aubergine

Bar Services : Mark Brunskill from BarServe

Marquee : KZN Tents

Décor : Designer Décor

Stationery : Crystal Print

Make-up : Andrea Jamieson Freelance make-up artist

Hair Styling : Mel Marshall

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.


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

Photo credit: Simon Carr