Speaker thanks to Andri Benson – Shooting for Glory

10 February, 2016

We want to thank Andri Benson of Always Andri (UKAWP Ambassador) for her superb speech at Wedding Planning Excellence 2015 entitled ‘Shooting for glory:  Building a dream team to create styling magic’.

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Andri showed us how to use styled shoots to grow our profile, portfolio and testimonials in the early stages of our careers. We learnt about Andri’s experience of how photo shoots have been instrumental to her business growth over the years.

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Andri was also kind enough to answer lots of our questions.

Thanks also to Hanny Duffy for the lovely images.

Step By Step Course: Learn How To Plan & Design A Wedding

6 February, 2016

Our Step by Step course is increasingly popular with students as it literally teaches you how to plan a wedding from the moment you have been hired!


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?

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.

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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.

Our next Step By Step course will be in London on 12th & 13th March 2016

Please contact Bernadette on 01376 561544 or training@ukawp.com or to register complete our booking form 

Photo Credit: Simon Carr 

Speaker thanks to James Lord – Quintessentially Weddings

4 February, 2016

Coming near the end of our series thanking our wonderful speakers at Wedding Planning Excellence 2015, today we must thank the talented and highly experienced James Lord of Quintessentially Weddings.

James Lord WPE 15 1James’s talk was entitled “Marketing to millionaires:  Breaking the luxury market barrier”. Nobody has more experience working with those elusive high net worth couples than Quintessentially Weddings. James gave us a great guide to attracting the most discerning client base the world has to offer.

He was kind enough to answer our questions and share his wealth of knowledge. Thank you very much James.

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Train to Become a Wedding Planner Today!

30 January, 2016

Have you always dreamed about becoming a wedding planner and running your own business?  Why not make 2016 the year to start doing things for you! You can train to become a wedding planner, and start getting bookings in 2016/7.  Come and join us on one of our courses, we’d love to see you there. We believe the most successful way to learn a new skill is by interacting with like-minded individuals which is why we run classroom based training. Each tutor has approx. 13 years experience as full time wedding planners enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and highlight teachings face to face.


We pride ourselves on our honesty and immense enthusiasm at wanting you to succeed and update our course regularly. We want you to enter this vibrant industry with the knowledge necessary to be successful. Our Step by Step course has been reviewed and edited by leading wedding industry experts, lovingly known as #SBScontributors.

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 two. 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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If you are interested in joining the 70+ professional planners who are our members , not to mention the hundreds of planners we have trained since 2004, then take a look at our training brochure available to download via our website .

Business Practicalities

London – 6th & 7th February 2016

London – 7th & 8th May 2016

Step by Step

London – 12th & 13th March 2016

What is the Cost?

Each weekend course costs £540 if paid in full or £600 in instalments complete with lunch both days and full course notes for you to take away. We also send you downloadable templates to use in your new wedding planning business.

FREE Booklet of Discount Vouchers

If you attend both Business Practicalities and Step by Step within a 12 month period we will send you a booklet of vouchers worth £100, these can be used against future UKAWP events.

For further details

Please contact Bernadette on 01376 561544 or training@ukawp.com or to register complete our booking form 

Photo Credit: Simon Carr