Northern Mix and Mingle – 4th November 2014

24 November, 2014

Today we’d like to introduce Andrea & Emma’s delightful report of the Northern Mix & Mingle event earlier this month…..

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This year our Northern Mix and Mingle event was held at the fabulous new venue member Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire.

It was organised by the lovely Emma from Emma-Jane Weddings and our wonderful Northern Ambassador Andrea from Fabulous Day.

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As Carden Park had recently joined the UKAWP as a wedding supplier member, it was a great opportunity to showcase their venue to planners and suppliers from all over the North West. As it was bonfire night eve, we decided on an autumnal/bonfire theme and Carden Park helped us get in the mood with warming Winter Pimms and non alcoholic hot toddy as guests arrived, followed by lots of delicious bonfire night inspired canapés! We even had toffee apples for guests to get stuck into on the way home!

Their Shooting Lodge was bathed in soft orange light from the uplighters kindly provided by Hipswing, chairs were dressed with orange and brown sashes provided by Ann from Sugar and Spice and we had fabulous autumnal table centres from Lisa from Red Door Designs. Our entertainment was courtesy of Under The Covers, a fantastic wedding band, who kindly supplied one of their keyboard players, who helped create the perfect atmosphere for the evening. We also had a roaming close up magician John Holt, who kept guests laughing as he worked his magic on them.

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The Word is Love provided us with our very own light up UKAWP! Awesome! And as you will see our fab photographer for the evening Caroline White made full use of these!! All the ladies attending (and gents if they really wanted) were invited to have a little pampering courtesy of Sam the chief Make Up Artist for award winning Flossy and Leigh. Outside, setting the scene we had a gorgeous vintage Daimler from Chester Wedding Cars.

Duane from County Brides Magazine supplied us all with their latest edition so we could keep up with all the wedding news in the North West.

Huge thanks to all the wonderful suppliers who contributed to make the evening so special, and to all those attended, including our very own Sandy for making the journey North! (Ladies it was a pleasure – thanks so much for organising). It was great to see everyone, see you next year!

Andrea and Emma xx

#SBScontributor Sternberg Clarke

21 November, 2014

Continuing our introduction to the many talented industry experts that contribute to our popular “step by Step” course, today I’m going to introduce you to Chloe from Sternberg Clarke . You can see further experts here.

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How did it all start?

Founded by Adam Sternberg and Duncan Clarke, initially the businesses’ main focus was to provide resident pianists for premier hotels around London. It quickly expanded to booking other types of musicians for hotels all over the UK and abroad.

Having seen a great success here, the duo then turned their focus back to London, however this time, expanded their roster of musicians past just pianists — into three piece bands and musical ensembles — which then led to booking a slew of other types of entertainment and managing all kinds of performers and artists from music to magic and everything in between.

Sternberg Clarke works with a variety of corporate, wedding, and private clients — producing stunning entertainment for almost any kind of event. You can see all about us here!

How do clients describe you?

Well you’d have to ask them yourself! No really, we pride ourselves on both our level of expertise in the event entertainment business and our customer service.

We regularly receive compliments in all different manners – from emails back and forth to tweets posted to us online – and we’re proud to receive them each and every time. It’s always rewarding getting a thank you card!

How do you unwind?

Well how does anyone else in the music and events industry unwind? Karaoke!

What changes have occurred in the industry since Sternberg launched

It’s quite interesting to see the rise of experiential marketing! Over the last few years, brands have realised the value of entertaining experiences over the usual forms of advertising to sell their products and services.

The event industry has also definitely taken it upon itself to be at the forefront of pioneering new approaches – after all, the end result has to be on providing the absolute best experience possible and what better way to do that than be ahead of the curve on everything? So many new tech products such as smartphones and tablets have been thrust into the spotlight – so much so that they’ve become an integral part of the actual production process.

Any trends for entertainment for 2015?

Trends in entertainment constantly change so you’ll also find that acts have incorporated novel uses of technology into their acts – for example a magician that uses an iPad, bands that use tablet devices, dancers that use projection mapping and so many more cool new ways that we’ve barely scratched the surface – it’s really cool and we’re constantly on the look out for the next big thing so to speak.

For 2015, we will probably see a rise in the Brazilian themed entertainment. After the world cup and in the lead up to the Olympics in 2016, Brazil is well and truly in the spotlight at the moment! We have seen a recent influx of enquiries from clients who are looking to inject their event with some of that carnival atmosphere that’s synonymous with Brazil.

What music do you listen to?

Short answer again? Lots.

In this industry it would be a terrible idea to listen to only one genre! Luckily the team in our office all have such an eclectic taste on music that it’s so easy to get good recommendations on what works.

How can one entertain you?!

A cheese cart, some wine and Rihanna on karaoke!

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Thank you Chloe, look out for more #SBScontributors next week and to learn more about what this course entails read on…

What is the Step by Step course?

This course is all about how to plan a wedding once you’ve been hired as a wedding planner (or indeed venue co-ordinator) 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.

For more Information

To download our brochure or find out about remaining dates for 2014 pop onto our website, dates for 2015 will be released shortly.
 

 

Business Mentoring and Hotline Support for Wedding Planners

19 November, 2014

At this time of year many planners are starting to work on their marketing for the coming year but are unsure on how to produce an actionable plan. Or perhaps have gained new clients whose weddings are a bit more complex then those they have organised in the past ( a new type of venue, a marquee reception, an outdoor ceremony, a supplier type they don’t know how to source confidently, to name but a few.)

It is for this reason we offer 2 services to guide and support these planners.

1 Years Mentoring – £500

The UKAWP year Mentoring Scheme gets excellent feedback from those who have been a part of it.

It is available to anyone who has completed one of our courses and all members. This way we know that you have covered the basics and we will not simply repeat the course.

The service costs £500 for the year, however we offer a 10% discount to those signing up within 6 months of attending either the Business Practicalities or Step By Step training course.

You will be allocated one of the Directors or Regional Ambassadors as your Mentor for a year, during which you will have three face to face meetings of up to two hours, tailored specifically to your Company and your individual needs, along with reasonable  email and telephone support throughout the year.

Business Hotline – £60

We appreciate that not everyone will require our full annual mentoring service which is why we launched this ‘business support hotline’ which is chargeable at £60 per hour. This will entitle you to spend time by phone/email obtaining the advice of one of the directors, or highly experienced members, on any areas of concern.

This service is available to those who have completed the UKAWP Business Practicalities or Step by Step training courses and to all UKAWP members.

 

You do not need to be a UKAWP Member to take advantage of these service(s) and you may begin before or after launch.

If you have any queries about the Mentoring Scheme please contact Bernadette Chapman at training@ukawp.com or on 01376 561544.

 

 

 

 

Start your new career as a wedding planner

17 November, 2014

If you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting weddings in 2015, then we’d love to see you on one of our 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. Each tutor has approx. 11 years experience enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and highlight teachings face to face.

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Our 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.

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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. Many chapters have been edited by leading wedding experts, lovingly known as #SBScontributors

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. We have just 2 courses left for 2014 after which dates begin again from February 2015.

#SBScontributor Bluesky FLowers

14 November, 2014

Continuing our introduction to the many talented industry experts that contribute to our popular “step by Step” course, today I’m going to introduce you to Liz from Bluesky Flowers

How did it all start?

After working in the magazine industry for around 15 years and doing the same thing over and over, I decided to change course completely and went to work for someone who ran a well-known florist and garden design company. I left after a couple of years as things changed in his company but not before I’d got the bug and decided to work for myself … the rest, as they say, is history. It’s been almost 14 years now, I love every day and have never looked back

How do clients describe you?

Apparently – friendly, helpful, professional and a owner of a dry humour

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How do you unwind

Usually a glass or two of Ned Pinot Grigio blush … or a massage when I have the time

What changes have occurred in the florist industry since you launched?

There are many more florists around, a lot of one man/woman bands, perhaps who have started in the business in a similar way to me. Floral styles have changed too with a lot of influence from the States and Australia/NZ

What trends have you seen this year / are working on next year?

See above – much looser, more natural displays are very popular as brides get their ideas from around the world via Pinterest and the web in general. Next year, I think this will continue with bigger, wilder bouquets and long, trailing ribbons

What is your vice?

See ‘How do you unwind’ !! Oh and cake, of course

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Thank you Liz, look out for more #SBScontributors next week and to learn more about what this course entails read on…

What is the Step by Step course?

This course is all about how to plan a wedding once you’ve been hired as a wedding planner (or indeed venue co-ordinator) 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.

For more Information

To download our brochure or find out about remaining dates for 2014 pop onto our website, dates for 2015 will be released shortly.