Showcase Wedding – Bellissimo Weddings

25 July, 2014

I’m delighted to share with you today a wedding organised by the lovely Melanie from Bellissimo Weddings who is also one of our Regional Ambassadors.

On discussing Jenna and Steve’s wedding with them I quickly became very excited- a Christmas wedding in the amazing Lulworth Castle, Christmas is my favourite time of year having got married at Christmas myself and Lulworth is one of my favourite venues to plan a wedding at and the perfect setting for a winter wedding.

Lulworth CastleJenna and Steve both wanted to be heavily involved in the planning process but had felt planning their wedding had become a bit of a chore, however after our first consultation they later emailed to say thank you as they felt we had put the fun back into planning their wedding and made them really excited again. Initially Jenna and Steve hired us on a final month service as they wanted to relax and enjoy this time however they quickly upgraded to the final three months service as they recognised the value of our services and knowledge which was really lovely.

Jenna and Steve were very keen to have an informal and fun day; they didn’t want anything to stuffy, as that’s not them.

We loved working on the styling of this wedding as although Jenna and Steve had a vision, they had no idea how to realise it so they handed control over to us! The brief was traditional Christmas with nothing too uniform. We hired huge candelabras to compliment the height of the castle and covered the tables in holly , ivy and mistletoe along with cinnamon sticks, red apples,  dried oranges, pine cones and grapes. We also covered the tables and castle top to bottom with chunky church candles of different sizes to make a magical and atmospheric setting and even had a request from the Bride to have some part burnt candles so they didn’t look too uniform!

The day ran very smoothly with everyone having a great time and we loved every minute of planning and co-ordinating this wedding- even redecorating the 14ft Christmas tree in the Castle! All the hard work was truly worth it when we received a whole A4 page testimonial from the couple which completely bawled us over.

Images courtesy of Columbia Photography

Venue- Lulworth Castle-

Styling- Bellissimo Weddings

Flowers- Arcade flowers

Stationery- Emma Farwell Designs

Cake- Sweetcheeks Bakehouse-

UKAWP partners again with Condé Nast Brides The Show – Diary Date!

23 July, 2014

Brides The Show, the UK’s most sophisticated, luxury bridal show returns between 3-5 October 2014, held for the first time at The Business Design Centre, Islington. The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners are delighted to be involved yet again with the show; details will be revealed over the coming weeks and months but planners and brides, do put the dates firmly in your diaries, it promises to be an unmissable event.

Conde Nast Brides The Show - 3-5 October 2014

UKAWP partners with Brides the Show

The show treats visitors to an experience like no other: featuring over 130 of the most prestigious bridal and lifestyle brands, from designers and florists to photographers and venues, the industry’s biggest names will be on hand to help, advise and inspire. These include Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, Wedding Shop by Selfridges, Blenheim Palace, John Lewis, Mary Jane Vaughan Flowers, Zita Elze Flowers, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and Twobirds Bridesmaids.

Live catwalk show curated by Brides, fashion director

Visitors will also be treated to a series of stunning live catwalk shows, curated by Brides’  fashion director, Bryony Toogood, and showcasing the latest collections from some of the best UK and international designers, including Ian Stuart, Stephanie Allin, Naomi Neoh and Kate Halfpenny.

For added inspiration, visitors can also get hands-on, with the return of the hugely popular Imagination Room. With live DIY workshops on everything from bespoke invitations to personalised favours – hosted by the best in the business – The Imagination Room is designed to help brides-to-be realise their wedding look down to the smallest details.  Member wedding planners of The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners will be featuring as part of the expert line up.

Hands-on bridal workshop at Brides The Show

Brides and their parties can also enjoy beauty tips, makeovers and hair consultations at the Bridal Pampering sessions while On The Sofa – the show’s popular programme of interviews, presentations and Q&As – is the perfect way to stay ahead of the trends, and gain advice and tips from leading industry experts which will include UKAWP wedding planners too!

For a full list of all the show attractions and further general show information, please visit the website at:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Membership Testimonial

2 July, 2014

Sometimes the directors of the UKAWP will be sent an unprompted email from a member, retelling an encounter of why membership works for them. Below is one such email from Elisabetta, Linen and Silk Weddings


Becoming a UKAWP Associate Member is the best decision I’ve made since I’ve started my career. The principles and guidance the UKAWP provides not only give brides and grooms peace of mind, but they also allow us to ensure there is consistency in the way we work and the fees we charge. As I talk to potential clients about their experience of hiring a planner, particularly for destination weddings, I realise how confusing it must be for them to pick the right one when quotes and approaches to the job are so incredibly different. The reputation of the UKAWP as the one association that strives to promote professionalism in the industry, means that couples who’ve found me via the their directory know without a shadow of a doubt that I will look out for their own interests. That alone is often the reason why they would book my services. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a huge bonus of being a member I want to continue to enjoy, not to mention the behind the scenes work the UKAWP continues to do to promote our values and services in the industry. It’s a win win all around!