Category Archives: Becoming a Planner

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 

Wedding Planner Training Courses 2015

26 May, 2015

If you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting bookings in 2015/6, 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.

Directors of the UKAWP

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

Training Collage

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.

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 

Training as a Wedding Planner with the UKAWP

16 March, 2015

If you are considering a career in wedding planning but wish to learn a little more, here is an explanation on our courses. If you want to join 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  – 16th & 17th May 2015

London  – 22nd & 23rd August 2015

London – 10th & 11th October 2015

Northamptonshire – 14th & 15th November 2015

Step by Step

Birmingham  – 9th & 10th May 2015

London  – 26th & 27th September 2015

Northamptonshire – 28th & 29th November 2015

Training Collage

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.

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 

Have you been thinking about training as a wedding planner?

8 December, 2014

Why not kick off 2015 by undertaking a course and learning all about setting up a wedding planning business and running weddings?

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 approximately 11 years experience enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and answer all those niggles you might have from real scenarios they’ve encountered.

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Our 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 two. 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. This helps you with 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 formulae to use within your business to make sure you aim for profit in every booking you take, which is an eye opener for some. 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, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Many chapters have been edited by leading wedding experts, lovingly known as #SBScontributors

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 assume to be right when launching their business and hopefully stop you spending thousands of pounds on unnecessary advertising. We encourage you 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. Courses begin again from February 2015.

#SBScontributor Pippa Mackenzie

28 November, 2014

Continuing our introduction to the many talented industry experts that contribute to our popular “step by Step” course, today I’m going to introduce you to Pippa Mackenzie Photography who has reviewed our photography chapter. You can see further experts here.

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How did it all start?
I began my career as a documentary TV producer, director and stills photographer for Discovery Channel. It included a year of travelling around the world on my own on various assignments filming and photography. I then went onto spend three years producing and co-directing a double BAFTA award winning children’s wildlife series. It was when Ian and I got engaged that I changed direction into wedding photography and I have never looked back. Over the last nine years, we have built up our business to being one of the UK’s leading documentary wedding photography teams.

How do clients describe you?
That’s a hard question to answer but I think above all our clients see us as warm, friendly and professional.

How do you unwind?
Spending time as a family is the best thing in the world. We have a 2 year old daughter and there is nothing I love more than heading down to the beach and paddling in the sea with her.

What changes have occurred in the photography industry since you launched?
The industry has become far more saturated since we started in 2005 and there is a greater need than ever to stand out from the crowd. To thrive as a wedding photographer it’s more and more important to be unique and offer the best products and service you can.

What trends have you seen this year / are working on next year?
To be honest we actively avoid following trends when it comes to weddings as it’s important for our photography to be as timeless as possible. Obviously the biggest trend in wedding photography over the last 5 years has been “vintage”. I’m not sure if this is close to running its course but we are seeing signs that brides and grooms are getting tired it.

What is your vice?
The dancing shots at the end of the night. I absolutely love dancing and I often get carried away with the music. I pretty much always end up in the centre of the dance floor soaking up the high energy. It does make for some great shots and some of my favourite photographs of a wedding come from this time of the day.