Start a new career as a wedding planner

6 July, 2015

If you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting bookings for 2016, 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.


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

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.

Training Collage

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

3 July, 2015

We are conscious that the Summer is a crazy time for our industry, but even during the mad times, 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.

Upcoming sessions can be found on our Events Page, but for you Hertfordshire and North London folks, here is a St. Albans date for your diaries in September, hosted by Sandy Moretta, UKAWP Director….

Wednesday 16th September  10:00 – 12:00 at Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans.

Further dates will be posted soon.

Business Mentoring for Wedding Planners

1 July, 2015

Directors of the UKAWP

The UKAWP fully appreciates how important it is to keep learning in order to be the best possible wedding planner. It is for this reason that we offer a support service for past students to give them more personalised, one to one support for their business growth. Each planner is different and the way we mentor them varies in each case. It might be very business focussed, advising them about a marketing plan, or it could be wedding specific with guidance on complex weddings like marquees. There are two ways we can help wedding planners with further guidance.

Years Mentoring – £500

The UKAWP year long 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 to all members. This way we know that you have covered the basics and we will not simply repeat our course material.

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 mentoring service which is why we launched this ‘business support hotline’ which is chargeable at £60 per hour. This entitles you to spend time by phone/email obtaining 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 or on 01376 561544.

Photo Credit: Simon Carr


Styled Shoot by Carmela Weddings

25 June, 2015

Having had lots of enquiries this year for more fun, bright wedding themes I got together with Lorraine Bull from Lorraine Claire Photography and started thinking about doing a vintage carnival style shoot.

We wanted to add a retro twist and thought the 1950′s would be perfect, so our moodboards for the dresses and hair styles easily grew from there.

We wanted to show a quirky, lighthearted view of wedding styling and hope our couples find inspiration from this.

LCP HD Styled Shoot Gate Street Barn-140Carmela Weddings

Other Credits:

Flowers by Rosie

Gate Street Barn

Sophia Wyatt Hair & Beauty


Lucy Lou Cakes


The Little Sweet Cake Company


Design By Bionic

Surrey Brides


Pearls and Crystals

Lolly Trolly

A Cup of Vintage