Category Archives: Becoming a Planner

Education director answers questions on our wedding courses

2 June, 2014

There are some questions I get asked again and again, especially regarding our courses so for your ease I have answered them below. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call me with a new question, I love speaking with those entering this exciting career so don’t be shy pick up the phone. You can also find our training brochure on our website
Bernadette Chapman - Director UKAWP

I have no experience in events; will this course be suitable for me?

Yes definitely, our courses covers all the basics you need to launch your career as a wedding planner, previous students have come from a range of careers including solicitors, nurses and teachers.

Will I be qualified after attending the course?

No because there is no real qualification in wedding planning. Contrary to what you may believe the wedding industry is unregulated. Companies that offer diplomas or certificates are self regulated thus the qualifications are only from them and not recognised in the UK.

Aren’t the UKAWP competitors to my new career?

No, no, no! It is vitally important you view your fellow wedding planners as colleagues not competitors. The tutors are all very different and successful in their respective areas; we don’t view any student or planner as a ‘competitor’. Feedback from students has reiterated the tutors experience as a highlight of the course. You can see some via our Facebook page. 

UKAWP Members laughing

Can I join the UKAWP after the course?

Please do apply for associate membership, all applications are vetted for professionalism and your tutors experience of you on the training course will be included in any decision made.

How should I compare your course to others?

We appreciate you may wish to compare courses before choosing the right one for you. A few things you should ask when making enquiries:

  1. Who wrote the course and is it a US or UK text?
  2. Who conducts the training and what is their background/experience?
  3. Can you speak with previous students for feedback?
  4. When was the course last updated?

Photo Credit: Lloyd Dobbie & Adrian Neal 

Wedding Planning Training Courses 2014

15 May, 2014

We are delighted to announce the dates for our Autumn training courses. If you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting customers in 2015, then we advise you book quickly. 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 approx. 11 years experience 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. 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 make when launching their business and hopefully stop you spending thousands of pounds on unnecessary marketing.

In our courses we encourage interaction with our students, we ask probing questions to see what the wedding planning market is like in their area. By discussing price strategies openly we help you create a formula to ensure our business is run profitably. We could list the benefits of classroom teaching but instead have a read of this blog post by Dan Tobin a business coach in the U.S.

Autumn Dates

Business Practicalities

23rd & 24th August 2014 – London
4th & 5th October 2014 – Cheshire
1st & 2nd November 2014 – Northamptonshire
6th & 7th December 2014 – London

Step by Step

27th & 28th September 2014 – London
29th & 30th November – Northamptonshire

What is the cost?

The cost for each course is £600 (when paid in 3 instalments) or £540 if paid in full when booking

Early Payment Discount

What is included?

• Full lunch & refreshments on both days

• Concise bound notes to take away

• Certificate of attendance

• Logo to use on future marketing material

• Downloadable link of relevant templates

Student writing notes

Bigger & Better

We believe it is our responsibility to give you the latest information relating to the wedding planning industry which is why the course content is updated every year and sometimes twice a year!

Business Practicalities

This course is aimed at those wishing to start their own business. Primarily 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 formulas to use within your business to make sure you aim for profit in every booking you take. 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, drink reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception.

How to register

To register please complete our booking form which will then take you to the payment page

Bonus Offer

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Why train with us?

Don’t underestimate how lonely running your own business is.  The UKAWP courses give you a ready made network of people to call upon on those days when everything seems to be going wrong, or people to share the joys with when you sign up lots of clients! Nikki from I Do Designer Weddings

The fact that it was face to face was the main reason i chose the UKAWP course over others.  Also the fact that I would get to spend the entire weekend with a ‘real life’ planner!  I felt an intense course from someone actually doing the job would be much more beneficial that a course that ran over several weeks/months with a tutor that I might never actually meet. Caroline from Caroline Gould Weddings

The UKAWP is a fantastic support network and provides me with the opportunity to network with like minded individuals and meet new industry suppliers as well as the opportunity to attend training courses and specialised events to ensure that I keep abreast of the latest industry trends. Katrina from Katrina Otter Weddings

For more Information

To understand more about the courses we run please download our brochure. To register complete our booking form here which will then take you to the online payment page.

Still unsure whether or not this is the right course for you? Contact Bernadette who can give you details of our many successful past students to clarify any grey areas.

Photo Credit: Lloyd Dobbie & – Ann-Kathrin Koch

The member shown is – Becca Cole, Partner at Stylish Events

 

Last classroom course for Spring 2014

14 April, 2014

Business Practicalities Course 26th and 27th April

We believe the most successful way to learn a new skill is by interacting with likeminded individuals which is why we only run classroom based training. Held at locations throughout the UK there should be a date and location convenient for you. Our courses are very business focussed and highly practical, in essence we teach you what is important in order to succeed as a planner in today’s competitive market. We are registered by the UK Government’s Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP).

All tutors are full time wedding planners so can teach you honestly about the industry, giving tips on what works and what doesn’t. We run the courses Spring and Autumn.

To understand more about the courses we run please download our brochure. To register complete our booking form here which will then take you to the online payment page.

Our final classroom based course for this Spring will be held in Northamptonshire over the weekend of 26th and 27th April. We have a couple of spaces left if you wish to train. The next course will be in September.

How should I compare your course to others?

We appreciate you may wish to compare courses before choosing the right one for you. A few things you should ask when making enquiries:

1. Who wrote the course and is it a US or UK text?

2. Who conducts the training and what is their background/experience?

3. Can you speak with previous students for feedback and review their websites?
4. Do they have other services to support you after the course has finished?

Still unsure whether or not this is the right course for you? Contact Bernadette who can give you details of our many successful past students to clarify any grey areas.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Courses

4 April, 2014

There are some questions we get asked again and again, especially regarding our courses so for your ease we have answered them below.UKAWP Directors

I have no experience in events; will this course be suitable for me?

Yes definitely, our courses covers all the basics you need to launch your career as a wedding planner, previous students have come from a range of careers including solicitors, nurses and teachers.

Will I be qualified after attending the course?

No because there is no real qualification in wedding planning. Contrary to what you may believe the wedding industry is unregulated. Companies that offer diplomas or certificates are self regulated thus the qualifications are only from them and not recognised in the UK.

Aren’t the UKAWP competitors to my new career?

No, no, no! It is vitally important you view your fellow wedding planners as colleagues not competitors. The tutors are all very different and successful in their respective areas; we don’t view any student or planner as a ‘competitor’. Feedback from students has reiterated the tutors experience as a highlight of the course. You can see some via our Facebook page.

UKAWP East Midlands Mix and Mingle

Can I join the UKAWP after the course?

Please do apply for associate membership, all applications are vetted for professionalism and your tutors experience of you on the training course will be included in any decision made.

How should I compare your course to others?

We appreciate you may wish to compare courses before choosing the right one for you. A few things you should ask when making enquiries:

  1. Who wrote the course and is it a US or UK text?
  2. Who conducts the training and what is their background/experience?
  3. Can you speak with previous students for feedback?
  4. When was the course last updated?

Photo Credit: Mark Pugh & Mark Bothwell 

Join directors and members of UKAWP at Brides The Show – special ticket offer.

17 February, 2014

Today we’re delighted to be covering the return of Brides The Show this spring which The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners are excited yet again to be partners with.

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We’ve seen a wedding show or two over the years (ooh, so many) but few have re-written the rule book so much and created such an energetic and inspiring event as the team behind  Brides The Show

Jam-packed-full of wedding inspiration, it’s a date for your wedding planning diary which won’t disappoint.

Vera Wang at Brides The Show

Here are a few of our favourite highlights to look out for this March:

On the Sofa –wedding experts from all disciplines share their practical hints and tips in the super friendly, welcoming “talks” space.  Supreme Member, Kelly Chandler of The Bespoke Wedding Company will be giving insider tips on ‘Adding the Wow Factor to your Wedding’.

On the Sofa - Brides The Show

Imagination Room – this one is for the real creative or if you’re thinking of a touch of DIY for your wedding. Hands-on live demo sessions with experts who get you designing and making some of your wedding décor and more.   UKAWP Member, Andri Benson of Always Andri will be getting stylishly crafty in this session!

Imagination Room

Sommelier’s Table –ooh yes. Experts will be showcasing the finest wines, champagnes and food trends throughout the show days at this exciting and stylish area.

And there is lots more, from the gorgeous Catwalk show  featuring the best international designers to Bobbi Brown’s live and one to one make up lessons and demos via some sophisticated refreshment in The Tea Garden. It is, after all, where stylish weddings start!

The Tea Garden Brides The Show

UKAWP have a special ticket offer for you giving you 50% off of the normal ticket price. Now that’s a deal!   Tickets can be purchased here and insert the code ‘UKAWP’ to obtain the fabulous discount.  

We look forward to seeing you at the show.