Membership

UK Wedding Planners

Join As A UK Wedding Planner

The UKAWP offers membership to UK wedding planners with different levels to suit everyone’s experience. We are the leading membership organisation for wedding planners in the UK

If you are a UK based wedding planner, who abides by by our Code of Business Practice and you believe in community over competition we encourage you to apply for membership. We’ll help you stand out in an increasingly crowded field, adding an extra level of reassurance for your clients.

Our membership is based on the highest standards of excellence and professionalism, with members earning inclusion instead of simply paying for advertising.

We have 3 membership tiers for wedding planners. Please review the criteria below to see which level is suitable for you.

Membership TierYears in BusinessInsuredReferences CheckedNo. of WeddingsLegally Binding Contract
Associate0-2Yes*Non/aYes
Professional2+Yes1 x full planning client
2 x partial planning
1 x venue or supplier
Min. 5Yes
Elite (by invitation only)5+Yes4 client references
2 x industry references
25+Yes

*Some of you may not have planned a wedding yet.

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Benefits of Membership for UK Planners

  • 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)

Associates

We have always been committed to being the industry body not only for established planners, but equally for those starting out, or moving from in house wedding or events management to being independent.

Our associate level is aimed at the newly launched wedding planner who meets the following entry requirements. When you have been in business 2 years and have organised 5 weddings you can progress to our professional level.

Entry Requirements

  1. Completed either one of our courses  (Business Practicalities and/or Step by Step), or another *UKAWP approved course.
    OR
    Completed 4 month coaching with the UKAWP
  2. Have public liability insurance
  3. High quality website showcasing your brand (sites under construction or containing misleading information will not be accepted)

Professional

For the more experienced wedding planner our professional membership is more suitable. Being accepted as a professional member will ensure you are able to demonstrate credibility when meeting with potential clients. This level is for wedding planners who are already successful and experienced. Before being accepted you must provide details of past clients in order for us to collect references.

Entry Requirements

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

* if you only offer partial planning then we require 5 x partial planning references

Elite

As the name implies our elite 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
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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)

IMPORTANT
Please review our Code of Business Practice first before submitting your application.

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

Applications for membership of the UKAWP are now closed. 

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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