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  The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners was founded for one purpose: to promote professionalism in wedding planning. This is done through membership, mentoring, training courses and specialised events. clearclear
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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

Member Focus – Heart Shaped Weddings
29 September, 2014

Today we are pleased to introduce you to one of our newest Associate Members, Rebecca of Heart Shaped Weddings. How did it all start? Like a lot of planners, my wedding planning dream first started during the planning of my own wedding five years ago. Back then it really was just a dream and I [...]

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How to choose your Wedding Creche
26 September, 2014

Today we bring you some great insight and advice from Renny at Eden Mobile Creche about choosing a creche for your wedding. Over to you Renny…. When it comes to looking after young guests at weddings, choosing a wedding creche company can be a hard decision. Some couples may decide not to have children at their [...]

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Member Focus – Mighty Fine Entertainment
24 September, 2014

Today we are delighted to introduce to you one of our most recent Wedding Supplier Members, Mighty Fine Entertainment. As judges of The Wedding Industry Awards it’s fabulous to have a national winner join our ranks. Over to you Janine… How did it all start Mighty Fine Entertainment developed in a very organic way, predominantly through recommendation [...]

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#SBSContributor Caper and Berry
23 September, 2014

I want to let you into a little secret, many of the chapters included within the Step by Step course have been reviewed by leading experts in the wedding industry. Why? This ensures the information being taught is to a high standard and as relevant as it can possibly be. To us they are known [...]

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The 2015 Wedding Industry Awards
22 September, 2014

For all you great wedding suppliers out there who haven’t entered, or haven’t finished your entries, for this year’s The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) you only have until 17th October so to do. So don’t delay! The UKAWP Directors have been on the judging panel since the outset (TWIA 2012) and have watched the awards grow and [...]

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South West Mix & Mingle Evening – October 2nd
19 September, 2014

We are having one of our purely social ‘Mix & MIngle’ evenings for wedding planners and suppliers in Bournemouth on 2nd October. If you are a South West supplier or someone interested in getting into the wedding planning industry, we would love to see you and spend an evening networking and chatting about the recent [...]

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Win a place on our 2 day intensive wedding planning training course
18 September, 2014

Are you thinking about a career in wedding planning but not sure if it’s for you or not sure where to start? UKAWP is offering you the chance to win a place on its forthcoming Step-By-Step classroom based course. The course runs from the 27th-28th Sept inclusive in London and will cover everything you need [...]

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London Mix & Mingle Evening – 30th September 2014
17 September, 2014

As you may have seen from our post on Saturday, we have a number of ‘Mix & Mingle’ evenings upcoming this Autumn. Today we’d like to introduce you to the three lovely member planners who are organising the first event, in London, on 30th September, 6:30-9:30pm. Katrina Otter of Katrina Otter Weddings & Events  gives [...]

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Member Focus – Eden Mobile Creche
15 September, 2014

Today we are delighted to introduce you to Renny who runs Eden Mobile Creche, our latest Wedding Supplier Member. Over to you Renny….. How did it all start? It started after having my second child and realising I cannot manage a full time 9 to 5 job and raise a young family at the same [...]

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Autumn Mix & Mingle Evenings
13 September, 2014

We are busily getting ready for our annual Autumn social, or ‘Mix & Mingle’ evenings. If you are not familiar with them, these are fun, purely social evenings, held at wedding venues in various parts of the country. See below for some images of last year’s events… There is no selling or presenting, just an [...]

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UKAWP at Brides The Show – What’s happening?
12 September, 2014

Today we’re thrilled to share details of two exciting events happening within the upcoming inspirational wedding show  Brides The Show. Dominique Douglas of Stylish Events and her team and Isabel Smith of Isabel Smith Wedding Design have been chosen to lead two sessions within the ‘imagination’ room and ‘on the sofa’ of the next eagerly anticipated show which [...]

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Our Wedding Planning Courses – FAQ’s
8 September, 2014

We posted this from our Education Director, Bernadette (image below) just over a month ago. However, having had three enquiries about training in the last hour, the answers to which are all in the text below, we realised that many students are seeking advice and guidance about choosing the right course at this time of [...]

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The 2015 Wedding Industry Awards
5 September, 2014

As many of you will know, entries for this year’s The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) opened back in May. 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 have got around to entering yet. The UKAWP Directors have been on [...]

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