Category Archives: Becoming a Planner

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.

Brides The Show Logo March 2014 facebook

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.


Why our members selected interactive classroom courses

10 February, 2014

Over the years we have trained hundreds of individuals to become wedding planners, and always face to face or in rare occasions via Skype for international clients. But why continue to do this in a world that is incresingly web based? Wedding planners use the internet for 80% of their job so why do we not teach in this way?

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 8-10 years experience enabling them to bring real life scenarios to the classroom and highlight teachings face to face.

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.

We contacted some of our fabulous members to ask them “Why did they train with us?” over the next few weeks I will share those comments with you, starting with Nikki from I Do Designer Weddings


It was phenomenal to be in a room with real wedding planners and able to ask lots of questions.  Also a great opportunity to meet others starting on their new business journey.  It helps to have others in the same situation to go through the process with, it’s not easy setting up a new business and having someone there to discuss it with is a real lifeline.

I made some exceptional friends from the course and we are in constant contact discussing business issues and helping each other out.

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! 


If you want to learn how to become a wedding planner then we would love to show you how….to learn a little more view our brochure via our website   .


Wedding Planner Myths

27 January, 2014

This article was originally written for Dream Occasions but I felt it might be useful to those thinking about entering the wedding planning industry.

Dream Occasions

Wedding Planning Myths

  • We spend our days at cake tastings and visiting bridal shops
  • That the majority of our role is creative, buying pretty ribbons, creating mood boards and choosing table settings
  • That we earn huge amounts of money
  • It’s, fun, fun, fun

Wedding Planning Facts

  • Yes you will  get sent beautiful samples in the post from cakes to cookies but honestly that isn’t that often
  • Would it surprise you to learn that the role is 80% administrative? It’s spending circa 150 hours organising a clients event ensuring all key suppliers have been booked and within the clients budget. No point spending time choosing pretty ribbon if there are no napkins on order to put them round.
  • Would it surprise you to know most UK planners can only manage 8-10 weddings per year? Let’s do some math, multiply 8 x 150 hours = 1,200 hours. Assuming you will take 4 weeks as holiday per year that’s 25 hours per week organising client weddings. The rest of the working week is spent “running your business” (marketing, accounts, PR, admin). Thus a planner needs to make sure she is earning enough from those 8-10 weddings per year to cover her N.I, tax, business running costs + her wage to cover her time. Don’t forget when you’re employed your wage is what you take home, when you run a business the fee you get from a client is not the fee you personally earn.
  • You will be working evenings and weekends so make sure your family support you with this knowledge, take a day off in the week instead as a compromise
  • It’s not the same planning your own wedding compared to someone elses, your tastes might differ. Can you deal with that fact?
  • At times couples might take their stresses and frustration out on you, do you have the strength to shrug it off? Do you have the patience to guide them through any difficult decisions they are currently experiencing? Do you have the maturity to never take any such stress personally?
  • You might be working on 8 weddings simultaneously, that’s approx.. 120-160 supplier emails, contracts, negotiations, schedules and meetings to arrange! If you’re not organised this isn’t the job for you.
  • You are your brand , clients hire you because they like you, this is something we emphasis a lot in our training courses. If you’re shy, timid and lack confidence this isn’t the career for you. The wedding industry is people focused, think about it, a bride is going to choose the photographer that relaxes her AND takes fabulous pictures. If she isn’t relaxed, it doesn’t matter how good the photographer is, the photos are not going to look good.

If you are still interested in learning more about becoming a wedding planner then why not attend our training courses? Taught face to face this gives you the opportunity to ask a director or supreme member specific questions about the industry. We know our courses work and we’d love to see you at one so you can join the hundreds of past successful planners that have trained with us.

Photo Credit: Kerry Morgan