Posts by bernadette

Hot Chocolate Station Bar

Lets face it, we are definitely in winter now. The nights are cold and dark and all we want to do is cuddle up. In fact my office is so cold I even sit here with a hot water bottle! But do you know what is great about winter? Its having non guilt hot chocolate, after…

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Sundowners 40th Birthday Celebration

The moment I met Nicola I felt an instant connection and knew we would have a blast organising her 40th Birthday celebration. Both Nicola and her husband Simon love to party and their own celebration would be no exception. The party was to be held at their home in the garden with over 120 guests…

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How to plan your winter celebration

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If you are tempted to organise a Christmas party this year then now is the time to start organising. The festive season can be full with other engagements so get the date in peoples diary now.  Do you have a vision for the party, is this to be a fun celebration or opulent dinner? By knowing…

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21st Birthday Party: Modern vs Retro

I was contacted by Alan and his wife to organise a party for their sons 21st birthday party in 7 weeks time. Apart from choosing a date nothing had been arranged, invariably I organise parties in short lead times and I instantly knew what suppliers were suited for their needs. Charlie wanted his immediate family…

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Launch a profitable wedding planning business

UKAWP Coaching Service | Bernadette Chapman

Its around this time every year I begin to get very busy with “other job” as director and part owner at the wedding planning industry body UKAWP .    What is the UKAWP? The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners was founded to promote professionalism in wedding planning, evolving to include industry-wide educational and networking opportunities for…

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Getting organised for your upcoming wedding

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If you are getting married within the next 6-8 weeks then this blog post is for you. As a wedding planner the lead up is so busy with last minute organisation that I’m invariably incredibly busy. I often think how this time must be for couples organising their own wedding, dealing with last minute planning as well…

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Organising a garden party this summer

If you are organizing a garden party this summer then you might be wondering where to start. Regardless of whether the party is an intimate gathering or a much larger celebration, the planning fundamentals remain the same. The longer you have to plan the party the smoother the logistics will be. Formal or Informal? Invite…

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How To Get Married in the UK


It’s not hard to see the appeal of getting married in the UK, no matter what your wedding style – glamorous London hotels, rustic countryside barns, historic castles and drama coastal venues. We’ve got it all. But if you’re planning a UK wedding from abroad, it can definitely be a little more than overwhelming when…

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