Meet the UKAWP Founder
From planning the perfect wedding to teaching others how to do the same, whether for brides and grooms or planners and suppliers, the UKAWP excels at bringing people together. I am proud of our community of phenomenal wedding businesses.
Bernadette Chapman has been creating timeless classical weddings for clients since the launch of her company, Dream Occasions, in 2002. In 2018, Bernadette chose to officially put her away her clipboard, with hundreds of flawlessly planned weddings under her name. It was time to focus solely on the UKAWP.
She is the original founder of the UKAWP after recognising a need for excellence in an unregulated industry. She is passionate about the wedding industry and empowering others to create the life and business they desire.
Since founding the UKAWP she has trained 600+ wedding planners, many of them among the top rated planners in the UK. She has seen the industry go through incredible changes since launching her own business and thrived even in a recession. She knows how vital it is to be flexible in order to not just survive but thrive. She now also works with wedding businesses through her wedding consultancy business "Bernadette Chapman Consultancy" helping even more businesses create clarity and strategy.
She is the co-author of “Wedding Planning for Dummies” (2014), a sought-after speaker at industry events and workshops.
She spearheads the UKAWP with the amazing backup of her assistant Lisa and member ambassadors.
Recognising a huge need for such a group, Bernadette Chapman launched the UKAWP as a partnership organisation for professional wedding planners in the UK. Theirs was the country’s first written wedding planning course and only membership organisation for wedding planners.
The UKAWP was re-launched as the UKAWP Ltd. alongside Kelly Chandler and Britt Armstrong-Gash from The Bespoke Wedding Company, who together ensured a suitably professional image with new branding and marketing.
Pursuing career interests outside the wedding industry, Britt resigned from the UKAWP and Sandy Moretta from ternevents joined as the third director.
Kelly Chandler stepped down to devote more time to her young family and The Bespoke Wedding Company, with Sandy and Bernadette remaining as sole directors.
In response to many requests from professional wedding industry suppliers, a two-year pilot scheme was launched, offering wedding supplier membership to those wishing to work closely with professional wedding planners.
As membership and activities grew, the directors appointed five regional ambassadors from amongst experienced, UK-wide members, each providing local support in membership, training and development. They now also have additional ambassadors covering wedding supplier partners and special projects.
A fresh rebranding marked the UKAWP’s ten years of service and exciting vision for future growth.
In April Sandy Moretta steps down from her directorship but remains part of the UKAWP as regional ambassador Channel Islands.