Membership

UK Wedding Planners

UK Wedding Planner Membership

We have been empowering UK wedding planners since 2004 through training and membership. Whether you are new to business, or a wedding planner pro, we’ve got your back.

Did you know many of our members stay with us year after year? They stay because they trust their business in our hands. If YOU are an integrity led UK wedding planner, and believe in community over competition, you will LOVE being part of our wedding planner family.

We’ll help you stand out in an increasingly crowded field, adding an extra level of reassurance for your clients.

And, we will ensure you are increasing your knowledge through our monthly masterclasses

If you agree with our code of business practice then joining the UKAWP should be a no brainer. In fact , why wouldn't you join? There is no-one else that UNDERSTANDS wedding planners quite like we do.

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, review the below table for further clarification

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
35+Yes

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

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Benefits of Membership for UK Planners

  • Full page profile (description, testimonial, social links, web link, gallery)
  • Promotion across social media
  • Private members Facebook group & exclusive planners Facebook group
  • Certificate of membership & membership badges to showcase your credibility
  • Referrals from your fellow members
  • Fortnightly zoom calls
  • Monthly masterclasses
  • 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

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 of Wedding Planning and/or Step by Step), or another *UKAWP approved course.
    OR
    Completed 1:1 consultancy with Bernadette (over 3 months)
  2. Have public liability (when you launch) + professional indemnity (when you get your 1st client) 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 35 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 35+ weddings
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Investment

OUR MEMBERSHIP FEE IS SPLIT IN TWO PARTS
1. *Application & joining fee of £100 + VAT
AND
2. The membership fee which can be paid one of two ways:
12 months in advance £250 + VAT
Monthly payments £25 + VAT

* This covers all the admin related to checking your references, insurance and loading you onto our directory. Please ensure you check our code of business practice and entry requirements before paying.

Applications for membership of the UKAWP are now closed. 

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

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