Launch a profitable wedding planning business


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 related businesses. We’ve definitely come a long way since our launch back in 2004!

Some people wonder why Sandy and I would invest our time and knowledge into training future planners, many exclaim but they are your competition! But for us for us we believe nurturing those entering the industry ensures we are building a stronger wedding planning industry.

UKAWP Coaching Service | Bernadette Chapman

Over the years we have trained hundreds of amazing wedding planners and have continued to support and nurture them as their business grows. Despite the wedding industry being competitive, our members and past students are a community of supportive industry peers offering support and love frequently to others.


Do you want to launch a profitable and successful wedding planning business?

Sandy and I know what it’s like to start your own business; we understand the struggle of standing out in a competitive market, of being entrepreneurs. We have made mistakes and learnt lessons and just like you, we too recognise the need to constantly evolve and develop our business so as to keep up with our dynamic industry.

We run classroom-based courses to enable students to interact not only with their experienced tutors but also their fellow students. Each tutor has approximately fourteen years of experience as a full-time wedding planner, enabling them to bring real-life scenarios to the training.

“Thank you again for your time this weekend! I loved attending the course, and have come away really inspired, excited, and determined.” Valentina, September 2016

Our commitment

We want you to launch a profitable and successful wedding planning business, so the support we give you doesn’t stop with our courses as we hold regular events throughout the year including an bi-annual seminar, educational workshops and social evenings. The UKAWP are very much a community and this is why our courses are so popular. Every student has access to our very active student Facebook page where you can interact with fellow UKAWP past and present students.

As working wedding planners, we know the job and understand its good – and frustrating – sides. This helps us train and mentor planners, lead the UKAWP and nurture and support our wonderful members.

What training courses do we offer?

Business Practicalities’ is recommended for those thinking of becoming a planner or to newly launched companies. It goes through the practical elements of how to conduct your research and how to ensure you launch successfully. We show you formulas to use in your business ensuring each service is priced profitably. We even hold mock consultations so you can gain a greater understanding of what questions to ask a bride and groom.

Dates: 9th & 10th September / To confirm your place book here

Step by Step’ is designed to help students understand the process of planning a wedding day to day. We run through the moment you are hired until the wedding day itself. We offer guidance on how to select a wedding venue and how to source those all important suppliers.

Dates: 7th & 8th October/ To confirm your place book here

“Thanks again for a great course, I think this may be an amazing turning point in my life.” Karen, September 2016

Investment per course:

£540 (or £600 in 3 x £200 installments*) *Final installment must be paid no later than seven days prior to the course start date. Please visit our training page to fill in the appropriate booking form

  • Included in each course:
  • Full lunch & refreshments
  • Concise course notes to take with you
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Attendance logo to use in marketing materials and websites
  • Downloadable templates to use in your new business
  • Entry into the student Facebook group

If you have any questions about how to launch a profitable and successful wedding planning business via our upcoming courses please don’t hesitate to contact Bernadette on or 01376 561 544

p.s If you’d like a taster in how we teach sign up for our free 10 day mini course

Photos by Kate Nielen and Phil Drinwater 

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