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Benefits of Membership for Planners

The main benefit of joining the UKAWP is becoming part of a UK Alliance which is passionate about the industry and which works hard to promote the benefits of hiring a planner for today’s stylish weddings. By being accepted into the Alliance, applicants will have had to prove their experience and knowledge. Promotion up through the various levels of membership is based upon members’ continual education, experience and involvement in the UKAWP. Please refer to our Membership Brochure and the application forms [ Membership ] [ Associate Membership ] [ Destination Membership ]

As wedding planners become more popular, the number of individuals setting up has also increased. Companies who set themselves apart by becoming members of the UKAWP will be regarded as true professionals.

Members who pass the entrance criteria can look forward to the following benefits:
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All Members
  • Certificate of membership of the UKAWP to be shown to potential clients
  • Use of well regarded and recognised ‘Associate Member’, ‘Member’, ‘Supreme Member’, 'Destination Member', or Wedding Supplier Member logo of the UKAWP on website, advertising and marketing materials
  • Ability to refer potential clients to the UKAWP Code of Business Practice and application/ promotion process to gain enhanced client confidence
  • Inclusion on the UKAWP online database of member companies. This map-based database is searchable by all visitors to the site and every entry includes a listing in two large geographical areas* with company logo, description and full contact details including website
  • Increased media awareness of member companies. The UKAWP has links with a variety of media outlets and has an ongoing press and public relations strategy to increase continually the profile of the Alliance within the wedding industry. Journalists are put in touch with members for interview opportunities/coverage on a very regular basis
  • Benefit from the UKAWP’s ongoing advertising plan in wedding publications and online. Currently this includes advertising in major bridal titles, key wedding blogs and regular online marketing spend. This alone saves members several hundreds of pounds
  • Invitations and discounts to attend any UKAWP meetings, networking events, seminars, workshops or training courses
  • UKAWP branded marketing materials such as brochures, pens and pads and collateral available seasonally. Ideal for any exhibitions or events you are organising
  • Access to a network of supportive, approachable and experienced professionals to help, guide and advise on any critical areas of difficulty or concern
  • Access to a network of experienced planners to assist where additional staff are needed at weddings at pre-agreed, competitive rates
  • Access to a network of keen students for ‘shadowing’ opportunities
  • For experienced members and Supreme members, there are sometimes opportunities to mentor students within their first two years of business at pre-agreed rates

*Destination members listed by country

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I've recently just renewed my membership of UKAWP for a second year and feel that it is well worth the investment. It is great to have the support of a network of industry professionals and to have access to training, mentoring and business advice from others in the business. I have made a lot of friends through the alliance, learnt a huge amount at the various WPE seminars and feel that my business has benefitted because of it. I find that clients like the idea that I belong to the UKAWP as it gives them extra peace of mind when booking my services." Lisa Sabin, Just Bespoke Wedding Consultancy
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Becoming a Member

The UKAWP welcomes applications from all wedding planners and from suppliers who like to work closely with professional planners. Levels of wedding planner membership* are based on a points allocation system which can be seen in our application forms [ Membership ] [ Associate Membership ] [ Destination Membership ] [ Wedding Supplier Membership ]

To maintain the high standards of the Alliance, applicants will be required to meet the following entrance requirements:
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Associate Member

0-10 points
  • Attendance at one of the Business Practicalities or Step by Step training courses run by the UKAWP
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    Completion of a training course recognised by UKAWP. Those currently recognised are QC School of Wedding Planning, the wedding planning course run by Absolute Perfection, the wedding planning course run by ICS Learn and The Wedding Planner School - distance learning or face to face. Proof will be required.
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    A minimum of two years in a 100% focused event management role within a hotel, event management company or similar. Proof will be required.
  • Thorough understanding of the industry and what a wedding planner does
  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop as a well respected planner
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Branding review*
*Applicants who do not meet the UKAWP branding requirements will be invited to attend a branding meeting or workshop

Membership fee is £320 per year

To download an application form please do so here...
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Member

Level 1 11-30 points
Level 2 31-60 points
Level 3 61-90 points
  • Companies must have been trading for at least 12 months at point of application or have been an Associate Member for at least 6 months
  • Companies must submit details of two past clients that the Alliance can contact to gather references, one of which must be for full wedding co-ordination from venue search through to attending on the day. Postal addresses, not just e-mail addresses, must be provided
  • Companies must provide one reference from a supplier or venue
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Branding review*
*Applicants who do not meet the UKAWP branding requirements will be invited to attend a branding meeting or workshop

Membership fee is £320 per year

To download an application form please do so here...
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Supreme Member

91+ points

Companies cannot apply initially to become Supreme Members. All Supreme Members must have been UKAWP members for at least 2 years and have achieved the points level required for this senior status within the Alliance.
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Destination Member

*Destination membership is not currently included in the UKAWP points allocation system. Criteria for application are as follows:
  • Companies must have been trading for at least 12 months at point of application
  • Companies must only plan weddings outside the UK
  • Companies must submit details of two past clients that the Alliance can contact to gather references, one of which must be for full wedding co-ordination from venue search through to attending on the day. Postal addresses, as well as e-mail addresses, must be provided
  • Companies must provide one reference from a supplier or venue
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Branding review*
*Applicants who do not meet the UKAWP branding requirements will be invited to attend a branding meeting or workshop

Membership fee is £175 for 12 months.

To download an application form please do so here...
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Wedding Supplier Member

*Wedding Supplier membership is not currently included in the UKAWP points allocation system. Criteria for application are as follows:
  • Companies must have been trading for at least 12 months at point of application
  • Companies must submit details of two past wedding clients that the Alliance can contact to gather references Postal addresses, as well as e-mail addresses, must be provided
  • Companies must provide one reference from a professional wedding planner (or supplier if they have yet to work with a planner)
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Branding review*
*Applicants who do not meet the UKAWP branding requirements will be invited to attend a branding meeting or workshop

Membership fee is £100 for 12 months and £170 for 24 months.

To download an application form please do so here...
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All UKAWP members must agree to adhere to the UKAWP Code of Business Practice and understand that reported failures to meet any element of this will be investigated. The UKAWP treats any reports of breaches of its Code of Business Practice seriously and continued reports of breaches could lead to membership being withdrawn.
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Code of Business Practice

I agree to:

Respond to enquiries within 48 hours
Respect client confidentiality
Disclose any suppliers I have a vested interest in
Pass discounts and/or commission onto clients
Ensure my Public Liability insurance is up to date
Never give client details to any third party not involved with the wedding
Respect copyright from fellow wedding professionals
Represent each client fairly and honestly
Use legally sound business contracts with clients*

*Applies to wedding planner applications; wedding supplier applicants must use legal/
booking documentation appropriate to their industry sector.
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In addition, members MUST ensure that they:
  • Display the relevant UKAWP membership logo (Associate Member, Member, Supreme Member, Destination Member, Wedding Supplier Member) on their website with link through to www.ukawp.com
  • Attend at least one UKAWP organised event per year**; this can be a training course, networking event, seminar, informal meet-up or similar.
*Destination members - one event within a two year period
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We welcome planners who are members of other trade groups for the wedding planning profession provided planners pass our vetting procedure.
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From our blog

UKAWP London Mix & Mingle, 30th September 2014
30 October, 2014

This year our London Mix & Mingle event was held at The Balcony Room at The Swan at The Globe and was organised by members Holly of Pretty Please Events, Rachael of Serendipity Weddings and Katrina Otter of Katrina Otter Weddings & Events After last year’s stunning London social on the river, the mantel was passed to the three of us to [...]

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Mix and Mingle London
29 October, 2014

On the 30th September 2014 we held our annual Mix and Mingle event in London. The event is a social gathering of wedding planners, suppliers and venues, it’s a chance for us to all mingle and unwind after a busy summer season. This year the event was held at The Balcony Room at The Swan [...]

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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 [...]

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Mix & Mingle Cheshire
23 October, 2014

We are delighted to bring you details of this year’s Northern Mix & Mingle – after the huge success of last year’s event, the pressure is on to bring you another fantastic evening! This year, we’re bringing together a fusion of Bonfire night meets autumnal evening with the opportunity to discuss this past season’s weddings [...]

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Wedding Coffee Club
21 October, 2014

Lets face it, working in the wedding industry can be isolating, there are days when we want to meet fellow wedding professionals just to talk through the lows and highs of being in this fast paced industry. Of course with the introduction of social media, it can feel like we have colleagues sitting right next [...]

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An Overview Of The Recent Mix & Mingle South West Event
17 October, 2014

Every year we hold a social evening across the UK called Mix and Mingle. This annual event is for wedding suppliers and planners to socialise and unwind. This year was the first time we held one in the South West and we are incredibly thankful to our Regional Ambassador Melanie from Bellissimo Weddings & Events [...]

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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? We hold small classroom weekend courses, ideal for those that are still in fulltime employment elsewhere. Over the years we have [...]

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The UK Wedding Venues Marketing Conference
13 October, 2014

We are very pleased to have been asked to speak at the very first UK Wedding Venues Marketing Conference which is to be held at York Racecourse on November 27th this year. If you are a wedding venue, keen to understand how to attract more wedding business, do consider attending. The conference is open to [...]

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Photography Workshop for the Wedding Industry
10 October, 2014

We are delighted to announce a fabulous photography workshop with the ever so talented Emily Quinton. The wedding industry has changed rapidly over the last few years with the biggest change being social media and the way we use this to promote our brand. Todays couples are incredibly visual, they don’t want to necessary hear about [...]

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Cheshire Mix & Mingle Evening – 4th November 2014
8 October, 2014

We will bring you more details soon, but for all you lovely members, wedding planners and wedding suppliers in the North, please save the date for a totally social evening at the gorgeous Carden Park on 4th November, from 6:30-9pm. See below for some of the fun had at last year’s Northern event… Having had two [...]

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Showcase Wedding – Emma Jane Wedding & Event Management
6 October, 2014

Today we bring you a showcase wedding from one of our lovely Associate Members, Emma Jane Wedding & Event Management. Over to you Emma… Today I’m incredibly excited to showcase a recent wedding of one of our lovely couples at Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch. Charlotte & Ian came to us just before Christmas last year looking [...]

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UKAWP and Brides The Show
2 October, 2014

Today we’re thrilled to share details of three of our members and this weekends inspirational wedding show  Brides The Show.  For full show information including all of the exciting features and to purchase tickets, go to http://bridestheshow.co.uk. If you’re a client of one of our UKAWP member wedding planners then you qualify for a 20% discount [...]

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The 2015 Wedding Industry Awards
1 October, 2014

As many of you will know, entries for this year’s The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) come to an end on 17th of this month (goodness, we can hardly believe it’s October already). However, we know that Summer is the busiest, craziest time for our lovely industry and that therefore some great suppliers out there may simply not [...]

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