Membership

Destination Wedding Planners

Join As A Destination Wedding Planner

The UKAWP offers membership to wedding planners organising international weddings.

If you are a wedding planner either based here in the UK or abroad, and serve couples wishing to marry outside the country we encourage you to apply for destination membership.

Rather than an unscreened listing of advertisers, our membership is based on the highest standards of excellence and professionalism, with members earning inclusion instead of simply paying for it.

Our destination wedding planners have a separate code of business ethics to comply with. We have 2 membership tiers for destination planners. Please review the criteria below to see which level is suitable for you.

Membership TierYears in BusinessInsuredReferences CheckedNo. of WeddingsLegally Binding Contract
Destination Wedding Planner1Yes1 x full planning client
1 x partial planning
1 x venue or supplier
Min. 3Yes
Elite5Yes4 x client references
2 x industry references
25+Yes
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Benefits of Membership

  • Certificate of membership & membership badges to showcase your credibility
  • Full page profile (description, testimonial, social links, web link, gallery)
  • Private members Facebook group & exclusive planners Facebook group
  • Discounted rates on events, training, coaching
  • Member focus on our blog, facebook, instagram
  • Opportunity to contribute to our blog & PR pitches
  • Access to discounts from select industry and business professionals
  • Opportunity to showcase your work across our social media and blog
  • Quarterly zoom calls for all members
  • Freelance rates from your fellow wedding planners
  • Referrals from your fellow members
  • Quarterly masterclass via zoom (elite members only)

Destination Planner

When planning a destination wedding, it’s vital that couples have an expert by their side that can advise of the best and most trustworthy venues and suppliers to use. Our destination planner members have to prove they have experience organising weddings internationally before being approved. Being accepted as a destination member will ensure you are able to demonstrate credibility when meeting with potential clients.

Entry Requirements

  1. Running their business for minimum 1 years
  2. Organised a minimum 3 weddings
  3. Copy of public liability and indemnity insurance
  4. Confirmed use of legally binding contracts
  5. References from:
    a. 1 full planning client
    b. 1 partial planning clients
    c. Character reference from a venue or supplier

Elite Planner

As the name implies our elite destination members are those which are truly exceptional and are leading the way in the wedding industry. They are planners who have been in business a minimum of 5 years and can show they have organised in excess of 25 weddings. In addition they must consistently provide an outstanding service to the wedding industry.

In addition to the regular benefits our elite members will also have quarterly Zoom calls with their fellow elite members.
Please note this tier of membership is by invitation only.

Entry Requirements

  1. Running wedding planning business for a minimum of 5 years
  2. Copy of public liability and professional indemnity insurance
  3. Confirmed use of legally binding contracts
  4. References from:
    a. 2 full planning clients
    b. 2 partial planning clients
    c. Character reference from a venue & supplier
  5. Confirmation they have organised 25+ weddings

Investment

The application & joining fee is £100 + VAT (which covers all admin relating to checking references, insurance and loading you onto our directory) and needs to be paid when submitting your application.

Your annual fee can be paid either:

12 months in advance £250 + VAT
4 x quarterly payments £68.75 + VAT (£275 + VAT)

If you have any questions about membership please email membership@ukawp.com

IMPORTANT
Our destination wedding planners have to comply with a slightly revised version of our code of business practice.
If you feel a member is not respecting the code please email bernadette@ukawp.com

Code of Business Practice

  • Respond to enquiries within 48 hours
  • Respect client confidentiality
  • Disclose any suppliers I have a vested interest in
  • *Disclose whether you operate on a commission structure
  • Ensure my Public Liability & indemnity 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

*Commission for International Weddings
The wedding industry internationally operates with local venues and suppliers working on a commission basis. Frequently local wedding planners will charge a much lower fee on the understanding they earn extra in commission. Therefore our code of business practice (for destination planners only) has been revised in 2019 to reflect this.

Applications for membership of the UKAWP are now closed and will reopen in April 2019. 

 

Please register your interest below to go on the waiting list.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

"Becoming a member of the UKAWP was one of the best decisions I made as a wedding planner. I've gained so much from being associated with such a great group of professional wedding planners. Bernadette and Sandy are so lovely and I cannot recommend membership more to anyone who is serious about building their profile in this business."

DOMINIQUE DOUGLAS - STYLISH EVENTS

"I have been a member of the UKAWP for three years now, and I can’t imagine not being one. I love the support I receive from Sandy & Bernadette and from my UKAWP colleagues. Being a member of an association that has such strict entry requirements gives me more credibility, and gives my clients peace of mind."

ELISABETTA WHITE - INTIMATELY INSPIRED EVENTS

"Being part of the UKAWP is an honour. We love sharing in such a beautiful community. What attracted us in the first place is that everyone is screened before being accepted. Insurance documents, referrals from clients - it’s not just a money making scheme. This ensures that everyone who is a member is of the highest standards. We have grown our network, making great friends within the industry. We get so much support for our business across social media too. It clearly shows how much Bernadette genuinely cares about the members and the reputation of the UKAWP."

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