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The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners was launched with one aim: to promote professionalism in wedding planning. This is done through membership, training courses and events.


We are delighted to announce the second in our new quarterly workshops. As wedding planners there are times when we need to use our initiative and fix possible disasters and we hope to cover some of the possible scenarios in our workshops.

After our successful Floral Workshop we are now focusing on the wedding dress. Led by Kay, one of our full members and owner of Heading Up the Aisle it will cover: Dress types & how to lace them/pin them, wedding dress alterations, how design influences alteration cost, wedding day disasters, emergency kit, how to tie a cravat.

The event is being held on Thursday 5th May from 6:30-8:30 at a central London venue – to be announced nearer the time.

Tickets for this workshop are just £55 for members and £60 non members and
you can book here


March 2011 – The Wedding Sanctuary

On the 20th March the UKAWP held their first bridal event at Somerset House in London. More information on the show can be found here or on our blog post

The Wedding Sanctuary

March 2011 - WPE ‘11

Our annual seminar for professional wedding planners was a huge success in early March 2011, to read more about WPE go to our dedicated website here or review our blog post for highlights of the 2 days.

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January 2011 Floral Workshop

On the 20th January we held our Floral Emergency workshop with Euphoric Flowers in central London. The evening was a resounding success and tickets sold out fast.

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26th – 27th February 2010 - Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire

For details, please refer to our blog

National Wedding Show - Friday 2 – Sunday 4 October 2009

We are proud to have exhibited at the National Wedding Show at Earls Court, London and we were delighted with the response. The show was incredibly busy on all three days especially Sunday when the aisles were packed and our leaflets were flying off the shelves. There was lots of interest in planning, particularly day management and partial planning services and a very positive response to the professionalism portrayed by the UKAWP and its members, many of whom were there to talk to brides directly. Below is a photo of our lovely stand. Huge thanks to Clive of More Production for the brilliant draping of the otherwise boring exhibition panels.

London and North England Networking Evenings
17 and 22 September 2009

We were delighted with our two recent networking evenings especially for wedding planners. Both events were awash with idea sharing, good natured camaraderie and encouragement amongst planners across the country ranging from those just launched to seasoned planners with years of experience. There were almost 50 planners in attendance at the London event which took place at the beautiful and cosy 30 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge. 50 planners is an all time record for a UKAWP event and there were 10 planners at the Cheshire event at the Nuneaton Hall which was excellent for a first official North region event. We will be repeating the highly successful networking events annually at the end of the summer wedding season next September. The next UKAWP event will be WPE 10 next February.

Friday 27th – Saturday 28th February 2009
The first Wedding Planning Excellence 09 seminar was a huge hit with attendees and speakers alike. Feedback has been phenomenal with all attendees wanting to book for WPE 10. There were some wonderful talks from our experts and it was great to get inspired and renewed for the coming season. Please do log onto our blog for the full run down & pictures from the event. You can also view a short video clip via YouTube.

9th September 2008
Networking Evening – Mandarin Oriental
We had a great turnout for the networking evening on 9th September with both members and non members in attendance. There was a definite end of season feeling with planners finally getting a little breathing space. Our thanks to Mandarin Oriental who laid on some wonderful food and drinks and provided impeccable service.

6th February 2008
Our 3rd workshop was on the very inspiring topic of floral disaster remedies. This session proved very popular with all attending both from a practical & creative point of view. Jades Flowers talked through how to rescue arrangements that topple over and advice on what to have in a floral emergency kit. We never knew for example that just simple sticky tape would lift up pollen from table cloths! Every attendee got the chance to make a bouquet & buttonhole from scratch just in case a florist lets us down on a wedding day. The Crowne Plaza City were our hosts and provided a wonderful drinks reception and canapés to end the evening. Thank you Lloyd Dobbie for being our photographer.

26th October 2007
Our second workshop was on the much needed subject of PR. It was an intense and focused session led by PR expert Paula Gardner of ‘Do Your Own PR’. It became apparent from the session that although we are all wedding planners our markets are incredibly varied. Attendees left the workshop inspired with many writing releases, blogs and articles that very same week. The Berkeley Knightsbridge were the hosts for the evening and provided a tour of their beautiful wedding facilities and served drinks and canapés. Our lovely photographer Lloyd Dobbie even got involved with explaining more about blogs, our thanks as always for the photos.

8th August 2007
We ran our first Workshop, on the subject of catering, at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The evening was a great success and we have received excellent feedback. Our guest speakers included head chef David Nicholls, banqueting manager Andrew Coy, the mandarin oriental’s sommelier and Clare Smith of Berry Scrumptious. As well as learning from our excellent speakers we had a chance to network, eat fabulous bowl food and take a tour of the hotel. Our thanks go, as ever, to Lloyd Dobbie for his photographs.

29th March 2007
Our Spring networking event was held in the stunning Savana Spa in Notting Hill. The theme this time was Refresh, Revitalise, Tantalise. There was a brief introduction from the directors before an interesting and informative presentation on colour, image and style by Colette Douglas from House of Colour. Planners were then able to network and compare notes, occasionally taking a break to enjoy the free hand massages that were on offer.

20th February 2007
The directors of the Alliance attended the prestigious Wrapit Wedding Industry Awards 2007 ceremony at RIBA in London. Dream Occasions and The Bespoke Wedding Company were finalists in the category of Best Planner judged by Wrapit, Wedgwood and Brides Magazine. Kelly and Britt from The Bespoke Wedding Company were delighted to win this outstanding award recognising excellence in their category. Well done, Kelly and Britt.

27th January 2007
The UKAWP were asked to present at the Wedding Professionals day held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading. The directors spoke about why the Alliance was formed, the training courses it offers and ended with a lively debate on commission. Around 50 planners attended on the day from around the country and was a huge success. Watch this space for future events.

19th October 2006
Our Autumn networking event was held at the amazing Great Eastern Hotel in the City. The evening was themed around wedding celebrations at the hotel with mock ceremony and reception tables. The bar manager later showed us some popular cocktails and planners’ taste buds were teased with the bowl food.


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