Monthly Archives: August 2011

PR Workshop – last few places

19 August, 2011

Tickets are selling fast for our PR Workshop taking place on Wednesday 14 September in London. We have only a few places remaining for this insightful evening so do book your place soon to avoid disappointment.

Nicola Russill-Roy, PR Director and Suzie Dixon, Social Media Editor from Propose PR will be passing on their essential PR tips and advice to help you succeed in this competitive market. Topics include: how to build press contacts, how to communicate effectively with the press and what to avoid.  Propose PR are the first and only specialist wedding PR agency in the UK.

Propose PR

The evening takes place from 6.30-8.30pm and tickets cost £55 for members of UKAWP and £60 for non members. To book your place, please GO HERE

We hope to see you there!

What you’ll really learn – new wedding planner training

17 August, 2011

We like top tens here at UKAWP. It’s obviously the love of ” to do lists” which a top ten sort of feels like. We couldn’t help sharing with you 10 things that we know you’ll learn if you join us on our Business Practicalities Training Course for individuals looking to enter our lovely industry. 

After two days with us you’ll know:

  •   How many jobs a good wedding planner really works on per year
  •  How the client relationship really works
  •  What prices you should charge and what services to offer
  •  How to get started in a very practical way – what you actually need to do (and it’s not tasting champagne or meeting dress designers)
  •  Your first year of marketing spend – what to focus on
  •  What materials you actually need and what’s a waste
  •  Pitfalls and problems you encounter in dealing with the emotions of weddings
  •  How long it takes to get up and running and turning a profit
  •  How different your industry colleagues are and the importance of a unique selling point
  •  The importance of ongoing education, industry friends and boundless energy!

Directors of UKAWP and course tutors

 Of course there is much more besides that we cover in our highly practical, intensive two-day course. For the full course brochure  including dates and costs please take a look here.

And if you’d like to speak to one of the course tutors in advance, please contact Bernadette, our training director on or 01376 561544. 

We only have a couple of places left on our London course on 10/11 September so please book soon if you’re keen.

We like ….

15 August, 2011

It’s no secret that we at UKAWP are big fans of wedding business blog  Think Splendid.  We couldn’t resist blogging Liene’s post of last weekend as it is so true.

The grass is always greener . . .

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 09:30 AM PDT

 . . . where you water it.

Some people have a strong brand name. Some people have a great business model and a strong balance sheet. The Venn diagram of companies who have all of these is shrinking.

There’s a good chance that any jealousy you may feel toward another company in the wedding industry is misplaced. Keep your head down and work hard on your projects and take any social media bragging with a grain of salt.

We speak to lots of planners who get disheartened and “down” after following what others are apparently doing on Twitter and Facebook. We at UKAWP have been in this business a long while now and have seen so many companies come and go, often the ones with the biggest hype. There is no harm in good and clever PR, we positively encourage it (see info on our upcoming PR Workshop), but solid hard work and long term commitment is what works best in our view.

Wedding planners Mix and Mingle – Booking Open

11 August, 2011

It is with much pleasure that we announce our fabulous and varied host venues for the wedding planners  Mix and Mingle night this autumn and open bookings. Numbers are limited within each venue so please book early to avoid disappointment.   

 All events run simultaneously as follows:

 Thursday 20 October

6.30pm-9.00pm (please come for a short while or stay for the duration)

Format: informal drinks and canapés; each individual venue will be adding their own personal touches

 The only exception to this is the Yorkshire event which will run on Wednesday 19 October from 6.30-9.00pm. 

2010 event


Hosted by BMA House

Organised by Kelly, UK Alliance of Wedding Planners

 New Forest/South Coast

Hosted by Chewton Glen

Organised by Suzanne, RSVP Wedding


Hosted by Hampton Manor

Organised by Carmen, Carmen Weddings


Hosted by Doubletree by Hilton Chester

Organised by Caroline, Pomp and Ceremony Planning


Hosted by Cedar Court Grand

Organised by Nikki, I Do Designer Weddings


Hosted by Blythswood Square

Organised by Louise, Louise MacPherson Wedding Design

 Tickets for all events are priced at £10 for members of UKAWP and £15 for non-members.  All independent planners (established and new) are welcome for an evening for fun, ideas sharing and camaraderie within our very unique slice of the wedding industry. There will be opportunities to view each of the wonderful venues who have kindly agreed to be our hosts for the evening and meet their in-house teams.

 To book your place, please follow this link

 We can’t wait to see you there!

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The Luxury Wedding Show, 22-23 October – will you be there?

8 August, 2011

We already have  The Luxury Wedding Show London taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, London firmly in our diaries this autumn at UKAWP. Do you?

Luxury Wedding Show

Although there isn’t an official “trade” day, we’re betting that the Saturday morning will be full of planners and industry folk checking things out and having a general catch-up.   This very exciting and über luxurious inaugural show boasts the finest hand-picked selection of wedding experts many of whom members of the UKAWP have worked with in the past.

If you haven’t yet heard about the show, here’s a bit more about it:

The Luxury Wedding Show London brings the UK’s most influential names in the wedding industry together for an exclusive two-day event, catering for those bridal parties who are looking for the finest suppliers. Offering everything from accessories and bridal wear to the most stunning venues and honeymoon destinations, visitors can plan the most perfect wedding with minimal work.

Ashley Roberts, The Luxury Wedding Show London Event Director comments,

“Our first Luxury Wedding Show promises to be an extraordinary event. Bringing together the cream of wedding experts from across the UK, the show will be London’s premier bridal showcase with a host of specialists on hand to help create your perfect luxury wedding.”

To ensure you don’t miss out on this fabulous event book online  

Tickets cost £50 each and include:

  • Access to over 100 handpicked wedding experts
  • A premium goody bag – valued at £30 (please note the content of bags may vary)
  • A glass of POMMERY champagne to enjoy during the catwalk show
  • Reserved seating at the Catwalk Show
  • The Look Book – The Essential Catwalk Programme
  • The White Book – the essential guide to the show