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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 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

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 [...]

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Membership for more established Wedding Planners
11 April, 2014

In the final section of our recent series explaining why certain planners choose to apply for UKAWP membership, we turn to those planners who have been trading for a year or more: sometimes for many years. If you are trading successfully in your target location and taking bookings from sufficient of your chosen bridal audience, you [...]

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Five insights into what makes a great wedding videographer
9 April, 2014

Today we are pleased to introduce an educational piece from one of our Wedding Supplier Members, White Dress Films. Over to you Richard… I’m often asked what I think makes a great wedding videographer and I believe there can be many answers to that one simple sounding question. If you want just one overall answer, [...]

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Brides The Show welcomes over 5,000 stylish brides-to-be to sunny Battersea Park, and looks forward to a new venue in Islington this autumn
7 April, 2014

The spring edition of Brides The Show, took place last weekend (22 & 23 March) at Battersea Park, London, welcoming over 5,000 brides-to-be and their bridal parties to a wedding planning event like no other. UKAWP Partners of the Show The UKAWP were proud to be partners of the show for the second time with [...]

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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. 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 [...]

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Sandals Workshop in London – 4 spaces remaining
1 April, 2014

Just a reminder on the showcase event that we have been working closely with Sandals on. We feel destination weddings could be a fantastic service for planners to add onto their resume and we hope this showcase will give you a little more knowledge towards that end goal. Sandals will be explaining the different services [...]

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The Clerkenwell Collection and The UKAWP – An Afternoon of Extravangance
28 March, 2014

Earlier this month we got together with The Clerkenwell Collection who hosted the most fabulous afternoon for wedding planners. A ‘one stop shop’ for Grooms, with some splendid bridal elements too, The Clerkenwell Collection is a must for the discerning husband to be. After some initial bubbles, we began with an introduction to Bespoke HQ by inspirational tailor [...]

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Wedding Planner Training in April
24 March, 2014

We just want to remind you that there is only 1 more courses left this Spring so if you want to train to become a wedding planner, and start getting customers in 2014, then we advise you book quickly. The courses will be starting again from September, dates to be released by end of May. We believe [...]

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Should Wedding Planners Accept Commission?
21 March, 2014

Today I would like to tackle a topic that is close to the hearts of the UKAWP: directors and members alike. It’s the taboo subject of commission, also known as “kick backs”. We believe that every supplier has the duty to act with integrity and always with the bride’s and groom’s best interest at heart: [...]

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Benefits of Applying for UKAWP Membership
19 March, 2014

The primary 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. Applications are scrutinised and references checked to prove a planner’s experience and knowledge. Promotion up through the various levels [...]

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Sandals WeddingMoon® Showcase
16 March, 2014

We are delighted to bring you a showcase event that we have been working closely with Sandals on. We feel destination weddings could be a fantastic service for planners to add onto their resume and we hope this showcase will give you a little more knowledge towards that end goal. Sandals will be explaining the [...]

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Aruna Nicholas – Falling in Love Photoshoot
10 March, 2014

We are delighted to show you this gorgeous autumnal photoshoot as organised by member Aruna Nicholas from Perfecto Mundo Weddings & Events. Drawing inspiration from autumns beautiful landscape and its colours Perfecto Mundo Weddings & Events collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create our “Falling in Love” photo shoot. ‘Falling in Love’ is [...]

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Business Mentoring for Wedding Planners
7 March, 2014

The UKAWP Mentoring Scheme gets excellent feedback from those who have been a part of it. It is available to anyone who has completed one of our courses and all members: this way we know that you have covered the basics and we will not simply repeat the course. You will be allocated one of the Directors or [...]

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