Category Archives: Becoming a Planner

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.

#SBScontributor Bluesky FLowers

14 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 Liz from Bluesky Flowers

How did it all start?

After working in the magazine industry for around 15 years and doing the same thing over and over, I decided to change course completely and went to work for someone who ran a well-known florist and garden design company. I left after a couple of years as things changed in his company but not before I’d got the bug and decided to work for myself … the rest, as they say, is history. It’s been almost 14 years now, I love every day and have never looked back

How do clients describe you?

Apparently – friendly, helpful, professional and a owner of a dry humour

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How do you unwind

Usually a glass or two of Ned Pinot Grigio blush … or a massage when I have the time

What changes have occurred in the florist industry since you launched?

There are many more florists around, a lot of one man/woman bands, perhaps who have started in the business in a similar way to me. Floral styles have changed too with a lot of influence from the States and Australia/NZ

What trends have you seen this year / are working on next year?

See above – much looser, more natural displays are very popular as brides get their ideas from around the world via Pinterest and the web in general. Next year, I think this will continue with bigger, wilder bouquets and long, trailing ribbons

What is your vice?

See ‘How do you unwind’ !! Oh and cake, of course

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Thank you Liz, look out for more #SBScontributors next week and to learn more about what this course entails read on…

What is the Step by Step course?

This course is all about how to plan a wedding once you’ve been hired as a wedding planner (or indeed venue co-ordinator) 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.

For more Information

To download our brochure or find out about remaining dates for 2014 pop onto our website, dates for 2015 will be released shortly.

 

Wedding Intern Needed – could this be you?

12 November, 2014

Bernadette Chapman, co-owner/director for the UKAWP and owner of Dream Occasions is looking for an intern.

Juggling 2 sucessful businesses is never easy but Bernadette has a passion for being busy, as a result an opportunity has arisen for that special person to shadow Bernadette and learn all about wedding planning.

Intern Needed

What is an internship?

An internship gives “interns” the opportunity to experience life inside their chosen future career.

How will an internship benefit you?

Bernadette adores the the wedding planning industry and thrives on nurturing new planners. By becoming an intern under her leadership you will learn not only how an independent planner works, how to run a small business but also gain an understanding of how the UKAWP promotes professionalism in wedding planning.

In essence by completing this internship it will…

  • help determine if wedding planning IS the career for you
  • enable you to gain experience before entering into paid employment or starting your own business
  • enable you to make professional networking connections with excellent suppliers and event planners
  • result in a commendable reference for you to use if seeking employment elsewhere
  • give you an understanding of how an event is organised start to finish, regardless of whether a workshop, wedding or party
  • plus most excitedly, you will receive personal private tuition and mentoring from Bernadette based on the UKAWP popular courses

The ideal candidate will have/be….

  • a passion for weddings and events, someone who constantly reads bridal magazines and blogs.
  • an understanding of current and predicted wedding trends
  • a passion for learning new skills
  • extremely organised with the ability to juggle different tasks at the same time, especially switching between the 2 businesses
  • a confident but unflappable personality
  • an ability to adapt to a home office environment in a rural setting
  • excellent communication skills both written and spoken
  • excellent computer skills including Microsoft office, basic photo editing skills
  • excellent knowledge of at least 2 of the following social media platforms: twitter, google+, facebook, pinterest

Job description

  • Assist with social media tasks
  • Updating various databases
  • Become involved with some key UKAWP events that we are organising for 2015
  • Shadow director at client/supplier meetings for Dream Occasion clients
  • Assist with research for both businesses
  • Assist with the blogging and PR

What hours are you needed?

3 days per week (totally flexible on the days), 10am – 2pm when in Coggeshall, any hours that suit you if based from home

At least 1 day needs to be in the home office of Bernadette in Coggeshall, Essex thus your own car is essential. The remaining 2 days can be at your own home working remotely or you are welcome to spend all 3 days with Bernadette.

Length/Availability

2 – 3 months ideally although this can be flexible depending on the right candidate, starting w/c the 1st December

Important information

A few things that are important to know before applying for this internship.

  1. An internship is unpaid, however any meetings or events you attend will have travel expenses covered by Bernadette. When working from Coggeshall feel free to dress in comfortable clothes, when attending events or meetings smart business wear is required
  2. Bernadette has a dog so please only apply if you are comfortable with dogs. He is very friendly and once he has said hello he will go to his bed. Be warned he is a lemon colour so you might want to avoid black clothes if you want to remain hair free !
  3. To apply please send an email by the 21st November including:
    • Your C.V +
    • A paragraph stating why you would like this internship
    • A mood board, computerised or hand made showcasing your personality

Our Promise

We promise to guide and nurture you in this exciting industry providing onsite training. We will be utterly flexible on the days you wish to be with Bernadette. And although you will not receive payment we will ensure the training and mentoring you receive far outweigh the time you have spent not earning.

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Train to Become a Wedding Planner

27 October, 2014

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.

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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. We show you formulas to use in your business to ensure you are valuing your worth as a wedding planner and business owner.

Remaining Autumn Dates

Business Practicalities


1st & 2nd November 2014 – Northamptonshire

6th & 7th December 2014 – London

Step by Step

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 Bird Voucher

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

Bonus Offer

Free Vouchers

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.

For more Information on Our Courses

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.

Why train with us?

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