UKAWP Membership – might this be for you in 2015?

15 December, 2014

This is a time of year when many of us are looking to wind down a little, spend time with friends and family, and perhaps mull over changes we want to make in our personal and business lives going forward – well, we have to write some sort of New Year Resolutions don’t we?

If you run a business, or are a key influencer within a wedding business, UKAWP membership may be for you.

Who can become a UKAWP member?

UKAWP membership is open to new and experienced wedding planners in the UK, wedding planners who offer destination weddings to UK couples, plus wedding industry suppliers who are keen to work with wedding planners.

There are a few membership types which we will briefly explain:

Associate Membership and Membership for UK based wedding planners

Planners may apply for membership provided they have trained with us or with one of the other training courses we accept, a list of which may be found here or have at least 2 years full time experience in event planning or have been in business for at least 12 months and be able to provide references.

Membership is based on a points system, with points awarded for time in business, length of membership, weddings planned, training undertaken and a variety of other reasons. Membership levels begin with Associate, moves through 3 Member Levels, with the most ‘senior’ level being Supreme Member.

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Destination Membership

This is open to wedding planners who plan weddings for UK couples but only outside the UK. Destination Members may be based in the UK or abroad.

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Wedding Suppliers wishing to apply must have been in business for at least 12 months and be able to provide references.

Applicants must also comply with our Code of Business Practice:

Code of Business Practice

I agree to:

Respond to enquiries within 48 hours
Respect client confidentiality
Disclose any suppliers I have a vested interest in
Pass discounts and/or commission onto clients
Ensure my Public Liability insurance is up to date
Never give client details to any third party not involved with the wedding
Respect copyright from fellow wedding professionals
Represent each client fairly and honestly
Use legally sound business contracts with clients*

*Applies to wedding planner applications; wedding supplier applicants must use legal/
booking documentation appropriate to their industry sector.

Benefits

Membership offers a wide range of benefits including a listing on our site, the benefit of national advertising and sponsorship driving traffic to our site, a certificate, use of our logos, lower fees for workshops and events and a whole host more.

Watch this space for a blog post explaining all the various benefits of membership in early January.

Questions?

If you are interested in membership, but are perhaps not sure about applying, or have queries, please don’t hesitate to call Sandy, our Membership Director, on 01442 828061 or email membership@ukawp.com.

Please also keep an eye on our Events page and subscribe to our Blog as we run many workshops and social events, including a free, informal Coffee Club, which you may like to come along to.

We would love to hear from you as we strive to build our wonderful membership base.

 

 

 

Showcase Wedding – Alhambra Weddings

10 December, 2014

Today we are sitting in a rather chilly office and have been looking at the video of a wedding created by one of our wonderful Destination Members in Spain, Angeles of Alhambra Weddings. It was certainly warmer there and then! Over to you Angeles…

From the Arab Emirates a lovely couple arrived in Granada to have their dream made into reality in September 2013: their wedding in Granada and the Alhambra Palace bore witness to their promise of love, following 6 months of hard work and wedding planning by our team. We always do our best for our clients, but in this case more than ever. It was to be the most special event in their lives and they came to Granada from so far away, that we felt we had a duty to make that reality one big dream come true.

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We achieved one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever arranged; we are very proud  of our work, and the lovely couple have some of the most beautiful memories. At last, they had their dream wedding in Spain, in the magical city of Granada.

Click here to watch the video

Photography: Francisco Bononatto Rosso

Wedding dress: Rosa Clará

Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Jewellery: Vintage from bride’s family

 

 

 

 

Have you been thinking about training as a wedding planner?

8 December, 2014

Why not kick off 2015 by undertaking a course and learning all about setting up a wedding planning business and running weddings?

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 approximately 11 years experience enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and answer all those niggles you might have from real scenarios they’ve encountered.

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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 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.

Business Practicalities

This course is aimed at those wishing to start their own business. This helps you with 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 formulae to use within your business to make sure you aim for profit in every booking you take, which is an eye opener for some. 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, drinks 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 assume to be right when launching their business and hopefully stop you spending thousands of pounds on unnecessary advertising. We encourage you 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. Courses begin again from February 2015.

Showcase Wedding – The Bespoke Wedding Company

5 December, 2014

Today we are delighted to showcase a wedding designed and planned by one of our Supreme Members, Kelly of The Bespoke Wedding Company. Over to you Kelly…..

Welcome to the wedding of Nels and Antony, a gorgeous couple we were privileged to work with this year to bring their wedding plans to life. With a background in interior design, Nels knew the look and feel she was keen to achieve but needed help to bring it together and make it all happen. That’s our kind of job!

Whilst we had the backdrop of stunning stately home Somerley which welcomed guests for the champagne reception, the rest of the wedding day unfurled in a bespoke marquee. With only 4 months to plan the entire celebration, we set to work designing a unique structure which included Nels’s dream to incorporate Somerley’s signature fountain, stone steps and urns within. Roll forward to 12th April and ta da, one incredible build with 3 distinct “zones” including a magical & chic dining area, glam & fun-loving nightclub and even a cosy man snug! I’ll let the photos do the talking ….

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Credits:

Photography: Bibi Basch

Marquee interiors: Crescent Moon

UKAWP Coffee Club – Watford

3 December, 2014

Following requests from a number of members for a different type of event to those we already offer, we recently set up our ‘Coffee Club’.

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The idea is simple….. no fee, no booking form, just a series of informal sessions across the country for wedding industry folks to get together, network, ‘put the world to rights’ and, oh yes, grab a coffee or two.

No need to be a UKAWP member or student, just a wedding business interested in socialising and networking with other, local, like minded business people.

Tuesday last week we met at the fabulous new Cake & Prosecco bar owned by Genuine Cakes. You will be impressed to know that, albeit exactly one month away from Christmas, we stuck to coffee.

PicMonkey CollageLots of connections were made, 121 meetings booked and industry issues discussed in a delightful space with fabulous cake!

We would like to thank Genuine Cakes for their hospitality, overall joie de vivre and of course, amazing cake samples.

We hope you will come along to one of our sessions soon. Dates and venues can be found here.