The Benefits of UKAWP Membership

27 July, 2015

This year, to date, we have seen an increase in the number of applications from planners, both here in the UK and abroad, and wedding suppliers. In many cases, according to those applying, they have been considering membership for some time and have just recently decided to go for it. If you are one of those people who think they might be keen, but are not completely sure, we welcome any questions you may have. Grab a coffee and spend a few moments reading this summary of the benefits…..

Why apply for Membership?

The wedding industry is not only unregulated but it also attracts hundreds of new businesses every year. In order to become and remain competitive you need find ways of demonstrating your professionalism and commitment to providing excellent service.

One way you can do this is to join our ever increasing member base of professional wedding planners and wedding suppliers, demonstrating that your business has passed our rigorous application process.

Many members tell us that their listing on our directory is their main source of client enquiries. We advertise nationally on behalf of the membership, thus driving bridal traffic to our directory where couples can look for members in their area.

OK, so what are the real benefits of membership then?

The main benefit of joining the UKAWP is becoming part of a UK Alliance which is passionate about the industry and which works hard to promote the benefits of hiring a planner for today’s stylish weddings. By being accepted into the Alliance, applicants will have had to prove their experience, or training, and knowledge. Promotion up through the various levels of membership, for planners, is based upon members’ continued education, wedding experience and involvement in the UKAWP. Please refer to the application forms [ Membership ] [ Associate Membership ] [ Destination Membership] [ Wedding Supplier Membership ].

Other Benefits

  • Certificate of membership of the UKAWP to be shown to potential clients
  • Use of well regarded and recognised ‘Associate Member’, ‘Member’, ‘Supreme Member’, ‘Destination Member’, or ‘Wedding Supplier Member’of the UKAWP logo on website, advertising and marketing materials
  • Ability to refer potential clients to the UKAWP Code of Business Practice and application/ promotion process to gain enhanced client confidence
  • Inclusion on the UKAWP online database of member companies. This map-based database is searchable by all visitors to the site and every entry includes a listing in two large geographical areas with company logo, description and full contact details including website (Destination Members listed by country)
  • Increased media awareness of member companies. The UKAWP has links with a variety of media outlets and has an ongoing press and public relations strategy to increase continually the profile of the Alliance within the wedding industry. Journalists are put in touch with members for interview opportunities/ coverage on a very regular basis
  • Benefit from the UKAWP’s ongoing advertising plan in wedding media on and offline. Currently this includes key wedding blogs and regular online marketing spend. This alone saves members several hundreds of pounds per annum
  • Personal input into how our bride facing marketing budget is spent annually
  • A voice and seat at our Annual Member Meeting held in May of each year
  • Discounted entry fees to attend any UKAWP meetings, networking events, seminars, workshops or training courses
  • Discounted fees for some of our UKAWP Business Tools
  • UKAWP branded marketing materials such as brochures, pens and pads and collateral available seasonally. Ideal for any exhibitions or events you are organising or attending
  • Access to a network of supportive, approachable and experienced professionals to help, guide and advise on any critical areas of difficulty or concern
  • Access to a network of experienced planners to assist where additional staff are needed at weddings at pre-agreed, competitive rates
  • Access to a network of keen students for ‘shadowing’ opportunities
  • For Ambassadors, experienced members and Supreme members, there are sometimes opportunities to mentor students within their first two years of business at pre-agreed rates
  • Access to your local ‘Regional Ambassador’ who will be able to support you with local issues
  • Superb discounts to offer your clients from the UKAWP’s Partners
  • Opportunities to be ‘launched’ as a Member and showcase your work on our BlogFacebook Page and via Twitter
  • Potential to reduce your annual membership fees via discounts from our ‘Member Get Member’ scheme
  • Discounted online advertising of vacancies in your business
  • Private LinkedIn and Facebook groups to share ideas and concerns and get help from peers

Can I talk to someone before deciding whether to apply?

Of course you can. If you would like to discuss the benefits of membership, which membership type you should apply for or have any other questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact our Membership Director, Sandy Moretta, via membership@ukawp.com or on 01442 828061.

You can also download our Membership brochure.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Showcase Wedding – Bellissimo Wedding Planners

13 July, 2015

Today we are over the moon to introduce a wedding by UKAWP Ambassador Bellissimo Wedding Planners  Over to you ‘Team Bellissimo’…..

Aimee and Tom celebrated with us at Wilkswood after their ceremony at St Georges, Langton Matravers. It was an awesome day and evening with the couple and their guests truly embracing the countryside location, right down to the bridal party’s brightly coloured wellies. They partied the night away, and finished their special day with glamping and camping on the beautiful hills overlooking Purbeck.

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Supplier information:

Photographer- Robin Goodlad Natural Light Photography http://www.robingoodlad.com/

Marquee- Camelot Marquee http://www.camelotmarquees.com/

Caterers- Fish Face http://www.fishfaceevents.com/

Pizza van- Jalopy Pizza  http://www.jalopypizza.co.uk/

Cake table (not main wooden cake)- Lulubelles- http://www.lulubellescakes.com/

Band- Quins Quinney- https://myspace.com/quinsquinney

Photo Booth- Pixel Machine http://thepixelmachine.co.uk/

Florist- Poundry Florist- http://www.poundburyflorist.co.uk/

Evening Bar- Bar on the Run- 07810 651702

Bell tents- Our Big Blue Sky- http://ourbigbluesky.com/

Toilet company- Luxury Little Rooms- http://www.luxurylittlerooms.co.uk/

Wedding Planning for Dummies (UK edition)

10 July, 2015

For couples planning their wedding & wedding planners

If you have recently got engaged you may find yourselves in the midst of confusion, unsure just where to start with your wedding planning. Or perhaps you are a newly launched wedding planner who wishes to have a book they can rely on? If so “Wedding Planning for Dummies (UK edition)” could be the perfect solution for you.  Co-written by UKAWP Director Bernadette Chapman, who also runs Dream Occasions,  and Regional Ambassador Dominique Douglas, who also runs Stylish Events, the book aims to help those planning a wedding, regardless of whether they are planning a lavish UK celebration, quiet family affair or a romantic destination wedding.

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Wedding Planning for Dummies Authors

This book offers all the budgeting tips, essential checklists, style ideas and much more that couples need to make sure their special day runs smoothly. The book is priced at £12.79 and is available to purchase online or in major book shops. Couples can get some of the author tips for free by visiting  www.dummies.com and selecting the cheat sheets. Both Dominique and Bernadette are delighted with the 5 star reviews to date.

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Due to our experience as full time wedding planners since 2002 we approached this book just as we would a client’s wedding, in a logical and methodical manner. We truly believe the advice we have included within this book will really help couples plan their perfect wedding no matter the budget.” says Bernadette Chapman and Dominique Douglas

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.

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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.

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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