Wedding Planner Training Courses 2015

26 May, 2015

If you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting bookings in 2015/6, 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 run classroom based training. Each tutor has approx. 12 years experience as full time wedding planners enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and highlight teachings face to face.

Directors of the UKAWP

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.

If you are interested in joining the 60+ 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 and watch the short video below.

Business Practicalities

London – 10th & 11th October 2015

Northamptonshire – 14th & 15th November 2015

Step by Step

London  – 26th & 27th September 2015

Northamptonshire – 28th & 29th November 2015

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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 or to register complete our booking form 

Photo Credit: Simon Carr 

Wedding Coffee Club – There’s one today!

20 May, 2015

As we all know, working in the wedding industry can be isolating. There are days when we want to meet fellow wedding professionals just to talk through the lows and highs of being in this fast paced industry. Of course with the introduction of social media, it can feel like we have colleagues sitting right next to us, but at times we need some face to face chats – not to mention the caffeine! Which is why we launched the Wedding Coffee Club last November.


These coffee sessions are held in various locations across the UK, normally attended by a director, regional ambassador or member of the UKAWP. If you plan to attend a date please use #ukawp on social media leading up to the coffee date so we can gauge how many people are expected or drop us an email on There is no charge, and no official booking procedure.

Please note – these sessions are for anyone in, or looking to join, the wedding industry: you don’t have to be a wedding planner or a UKAWP member.

We do hope to see you at a Wedding Coffee Club meet up soon.

Styled Shoot by Something Blue Weddings & Events

18 May, 2015

As a wedding planner at Something Blue I get asked all the time to create a bride’s childhood vision of their perfect day with a modern take on the thoughts of a little girl’s dream. When I heard that a new Cinderella film was being released it encouraged me to create a photo shoot inspired by the fairytale and show couples how we can create a stylish and chic version of their childhood dream.

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The main colours of the shoot were blues and greys with lots of emphasis on pastels, which are a huge trend in the wedding industry at the moment; and my personal favourite to work with!

I wanted to assemble a team of Sussex’s finest wedding suppliers to showcase what the county has to offer.

When looking for a venue I wanted to use a barn as you have so many options because usually they are the ideal a blank canvas. In my search I found Grittenham Barn near the stunningly beautiful village of Petworth. It has a wonderful setting, featuring a wood burning feature fireplace and fairy light wall, it was perfect.

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The shoot featured a stunning Naomi Neoh dress from White Mischief Bridal and whimsical flowers from Angel Like Flowers which was complemented by cakes from Willow & Bloom and calligraphy from the lovely Claire at Calligraphy for Weddings. What’s not to be swept off your feet with that line up! Teamed with the very talented Rachel at Wallflower Photographic’s natural style with a camera the shoot was ready to go.

Hannah our model was perfect with her English rose looks she created Cinderella perfectly, Hair & make up was from Sanni-Mari Sorma, who has recently relocated to England after working with some of the top wedding professionals in Paris.

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For the cakes I wanted to use something really special to make the incredible detail which Willow & Bloom cakes are renowned for stand out. For this I opted for a rose gold sequin tablecloth from Bee Gilded Linens which fitted the shoot perfectly.

One of my favourite trends at the moment is mini flower displays with singular flower heads in crystal bud vases, this is a great way of creating a wow effect without having to spend thousands on weddings flowers, matched with lots of candles it can create a wonderful ambiance to even the simplest of spaces. On this shoot I also used real petal confetti from The Confetti Cone Company to bring the element of the outside in.

This shoot really was a joy to organise and be part of, thank you to all the suppliers involved and I hope you like it!


Member Focus – Sarah Clifford Weddings

14 May, 2015

This afternoon we are delighted to introduce you to new Associate Member Sarah Clifford Weddings. Over to you Sarah…


How did it all start?

Sarah Clifford Weddings was born from a love of weddings and a desire to work with people on a much more personal level. I’ve always wanted to run my own business and with a background in project management I felt that now was the time to use some of those skills for the better!

Do you have a favourite venue?

That’s a tricky one! There are so many gorgeous venues, how do you choose?! I do love a country house.

How would clients describe you?

I’ve been described as calm and reassuring in the past, and I think I’d be described as friendly and organised too.

Wedding planner/s you admire?

Kelly from The Bespoke Wedding Company is a huge inspiration to me, and I love following Preston Bailey in the States for his honest and glamorous approach.

How do you unwind?

Going out for dinner is one of my favourite things to do to unwind. A long walk in the country catching up with my girls is also high on the list!

What themes are you working on for 2015/16?

We’re working on some gorgeous rustic barn themes this year, as well as lots of gold.

What trends are you seeing?

We are still seeing a lot of metalics this year, particularly gold and copper, as well as lots of lovely modern calligraphy.

What is your signature dish?

It’s got to be risotto. You can throw anything in and it tastes great!

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

Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney’s wedding would have been amazing to design- all that Italian glamour!

Is the job as glamorous as you thought?

I never really imagined it to always be glamorous, weddings are beautiful and such an amazing day to be part of, but I do love getting stuck into the logistics and organising just as much.

What is your vice?

I can’t resist a nice slice of cake!