Category Archives: Becoming a Planner

A New Career as a Wedding Planner

15 October, 2014

As autumn has settled in, are you beginning to think about a career change? Being a wedding planner is definitely a job many aspire to, but how can you make that jump into weddings?

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We hold small classroom weekend courses, ideal for those that are still in fulltime employment elsewhere. Over the years we have trained a variety of people from solicitors and bankers, to teachers and nurses. Regardless of background or previous careers they have all had one aim in mind, to retrain to become a professional wedding planner.

The huge advantage with training with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners is the fact we are long term professional planners, we can tell you the reality of the job as opposed to a glamorous PR spin. Feedback from past students always highlight how advantageous students find the tutors knowledge.

Caroline Gould testimonialOur 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 2. 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. 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., which is an eye opener for sure! 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.

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 make when launching their business and hopefully stop you spending thousands of pounds on unnecessary marketing. We encourage 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

Win a place on our 2 day intensive wedding planning training course

18 September, 2014

Are you thinking about a career in wedding planning but not sure if it’s for you or not sure where to start? UKAWP is offering you the chance to win a place on its forthcoming Step-By-Step classroom based course.

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The course runs from the 27th-28th Sept inclusive in London and will cover everything you need to know about organising a clients wedding. The course includes:-

Marriage & civil partnership laws and Etiquette traditions & modern alternatives
Venue sourcing inc. site visit
Sourcing suppliers & negotiation skills
An understanding of each *supplier category (Photographer, Film
Maker, Cake Designer, Florist, Stationery Company, Entertainment
suppliers, Marquee Company, Transportation, Caterers, Lighting)
Creating a clients budget and relevant planning advice
How to create a timesheet
Pre Wedding organisation
Using your emergency kit
Organising the ceremony
Organising the drinks reception
Greeting line and modern alternatives
Toastmaster duties
Organising the wedding breakfast
Organising the evening reception
Destination weddings
Post wedding services
Duties of the wedding party

* Leadings experts in the UK wedding industry have reviewed and edited relevant chapters in this course ensuring it is as accurate as it can possible be.
To be in with a chance of winning a place on this course simply follow us on Twitter and in 100 words or less tweet us why you would like to come on this course using #ukawptraining

There are just 2 spaces available and the winner will be announced on the 24th September. This prize is non transferable.

Our Wedding Planning Courses – FAQ’s

8 September, 2014

We posted this from our Education Director, Bernadette (image below) just over a month ago. However, having had three enquiries about training in the last hour, the answers to which are all in the text below, we realised that many students are seeking advice and guidance about choosing the right course at this time of year.  Therefore, we have reposted this. We hope this answers your questions. If not, or if you want to discuss in person, please contact us….
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?

You will receive a certificate confirming you have trained with us along with a logo to use on your marketing materials. We strongly feel your journey as a wedding planner begins after you have trained with us, that is why we hold regular workshops and offer mentoring to past students to increase your knowledge. Attending a course and receiving a certificate should not mean you know everything there is to know about weddings which is why we will never use the term “qualified as a wedding planner”.

The role of a wedding planner is an important one and treasured by our couples marrying, but we’re not training to be a doctor or lawyer, there are no requirements to be “qualified” to work as a wedding planner. Remember the wedding industry is unregulated so before registering and paying for any training qualification, you need to ensure its the right course to take. Speak with other wedding planners to get their recommendations about who they trained with or how they started their business. Ask the wedding planners how clients choose them: do the clients choose them because of being a member of the UKAWP for example, or do they get selected because of a qualification?

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.

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Can I join the UKAWP after the course?

Please do apply for associate membership, all applications are vetted for professionalism and your tutor’s 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 

Train to become A Wedding Planner

25 August, 2014

Are you enjoying the Summer but not looking forward to getting stuck back into the  next project or tasks in your current work? Perhaps you are in the world of weddings or events but long to be your own boss?

If so, why not consider attending one of our small, classroom based courses this Autumn and learn how to launch your very own wedding planning business?

We have ladies and gents of all ages, from all walks of life and current or previous careers join our courses and the feedback we get is excellent.

Students invariably state that they especially enjoyed learning from experienced, working wedding planners (we give you the benefit of years of experience – warts and all!) and learning with like minded people from whom, inevitably, they also learn and make friends and colleagues as they move into the next stage of their business.

Many have done some research but have yet to launch, some have launched but want to ensure they are on the right path and others have yet to begin their research.

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. The first is ‘Business Practicalities’ which takes you through all you need to do to launch and promote your business without spending unnecessary funds on things we know don’t work well in our market. The second is ‘Step by Step’ which assumes you have your first client and takes you through every element of actually pulling the wedding together.

For more details please see our Training page or contact our Education Director Bernadette on 01376 561544 or training@ukawp.com.

 

 

Training to become a wedding planner

15 August, 2014

It’s not long before our Autumn training courses commence. 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 approx. 11 years experience enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and highlight teachings face to face.

Kelly Chandler

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
 (only a few spaces remaining)

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 installments) 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

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:  Reportage By

The member shown is – Kelly Chandler, The Bespoke Wedding Co