Education director answers questions on our wedding courses

There are some questions I get asked again and again, especially regarding our courses so for your ease I have answered them below. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call me with a new question, I love speaking with those entering this exciting career so don’t be shy pick up the phone. You can also find our training brochure on our website
Bernadette Chapman - Director UKAWP

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?

You will receive a certificate confirming you have trained with us along with a logo to use on your marketing materials. We strongly feel your journey as a wedding planner begins after you have trained with us, that is why we hold regular workshops and offer mentoring to past students to increase your knowledge. Attending a course and receiving a certificate should not mean you know everything there is to know about weddings which is why we will never use the term “qualified as a wedding planner”.

The role of a wedding planner is an important one and treasured by our couples marrying, but we’re not training to be a doctor or lawyer, there are no requirements to be “qualified” to work as a wedding planner. Remember the wedding industry is unregulated so before registering and paying for any training qualification, you need to ensure its the right course to take. Speak with other wedding planners to get their recommendations about who they trained with or how they started their business. Ask the wedding planners how clients choose them: do the clients choose them because of being a member of the UKAWP for example, or do they get selected because of a qualification?

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.

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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: Lloyd Dobbie & Adrian Neal 

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