Group Training

Launch A Profitable And Successful Wedding Planning Business

Do you want to launch a profitable and successful wedding planning business? If so I would love to support you on your new career path. Through our classroom courses I will show you how to launch a successful business, gain clients AND make a profit. The UKAWP offers face to face training and since 2004 have trained hundreds of successful wedding planners.


I’ve been a successful wedding planner since 2002 and in this time have organised hundreds of weddings. Since 2004 I have been training wedding planners to launch their own businesses, in recent years this has also evolved to include wedding industry coaching. I’ve seen many changes over the years both in terms of weddings and business, but I have adapted and grown with these changes.


Not only do I successfully train and coach wedding planners, I’m also a judge for The Wedding Industry Awards, present at the National Wedding Show and run workshops for other wedding industry groups. Oh and I’m also a published author "Wedding Planning for Dummies".

UKAWP Owner Bernadette Chapman

Why Train With The UKAWP?

My approach to teaching is honest and down to earth, often bringing real-life scenarios to the training. I know the winning formula for success and happily pass this knowledge onto students through the UKAWP wedding planner courses. If you are looking for a course in a beautiful setting with exquisite styling – this isn’t for you. But if you are ready to be in a room with like minded career driven individuals then book your place here.

“Bernadette is a wonderful teacher, full of knowledge and passion about the industry and happy to help with any questions. I found her very approachable and felt I already knew her before I had met her, as I had previously been watching a few of her live Facebook videos!” Sam, February 2018

Which Course Is Right For You?

Business Practicalities

Ideal for those launching as independent wedding planners

Topics include:

Launching & running a wedding planning business
Personal branding and how this attracts the right client
Business branding to target your ideal client
Understanding your niche
Marketing your business in a modern world
Using PR & advertising for your business
Skills for success as a wedding planner
Importance of pre-launch research
Services to offer & pricing for profitability
Negotiating with your clients
Preparing for your first consultation, including a practical session
How to sell your self in your proposal to clients
Using social media for your business

Business Practicalities


Ideal for independent planners and venue co-ordinators.

Topics include:

Marriage laws
Etiquette scenarios
Sourcing the dream venue
Sourcing the dream team of suppliers incl. analysis of each category
Financial planning for your client
Creating the perfect wedding day schedule
Your emergency kit
Organising the ceremony/drinks reception/wedding breakfast/evening party
Duties of the wedding party
Post-wedding services


Included In Each Course:

Full lunch & refreshments
Concise course notes to take with you
Certificate of attendance
Attendance logo to use in marketing materials and websites
Downloadable templates to use in your new business
Entry into the student Facebook group

training for wedding planners

“Bernadette’s teaching is informative, honest, straight forward and thorough and leaves her students with a clear plan of how to go forward and succeed with the knowledge they need. I’m so glad I booked on the course and would highly recommend it to anyone considering or starting their career in the wedding industry. I hope to become a member of the UKAWP to continue working work this great alliance. Thanks Bernadette. Kim , February 2018

Available Dates:

Business Practicalities
London – 14th & 15th September 2019

London - 19th & 20th October 2019


Investment per course:

£500 + VAT
or £561 + VAT in 3 installments* (3 x £187 + VAT)

*Final installment must be paid no later than seven days prior to the course start date.

To find out more about the courses, please contact Bernadette on


Business Practicalities


BP + SBS (Combined)