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 850+ 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.