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Behind the scenes with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners!

Afternoon everyone – today’s blog post is a very clever collaboration with the lovely Lou at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. We’re introducing the UK Alliance of wedding planners (UKAWP) at work and play!

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Right here on English Wedding Blog I’m showcasing what wedding planners do: looking at the behind the scenes process of wedding planning. Over on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (wow Lou, typing your blog name is hard work! 😉 you get to see some of the wedding planners at play! They let their hair down a bit and got dressed up in wedding dresses to create a fun and inspirational shoot. Enjoy! The photos are all by Eliza Claire Photography.

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The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) exists to promote professionalism within the wedding planning industry, but also helps to educate brides (and suppliers!) about what wedding planners do. We have a large number of wonderful members across the UK, each working independently and running their own successful businesses, but with one single aim – to provide brides and grooms with a professional planning service for their wedding day.

Last autumn, several UKAWP members got together at the beautiful Warren House in Surrey to organise a photo shoot with a bit of a twist. Rather than just show the finished product of pretty reception tables, elegant cake displays and creative card tables, we decided to create a showcase that would demonstrate the type of work we regularly do on a wedding day – a sort of behind the scenes look at the work of a wedding planner!

Although the wedding planning industry continues to grow, many brides, as well as some venues and suppliers, don’t always fully appreciate or understand the benefits of having a planner involved in managing their day. With the ever-increasing popularity of photo shoots, we felt this was a great opportunity to visually demonstrate how we work alongside suppliers to ensure everything is meticulously organised with the utmost attention to detail, and dispel the unfortunate myth that we bang our clipboards, order everyone around are generally unpleasant to deal with!

Using a colour palette in keeping with the UKAWP logo colours of chocolate brown and blue, our members created various wedding day “scenes”, including indoor and outdoor ceremonies, two completely different reception tables, an escort card table, guest book table and drinks display. The displays featured beautiful floral arrangements by Euphoric Flowers, stylish stationery by Emily and Jo, tableware by Options Hire and delicious cakes and desserts from Cake by Sugar. Each display reflected our members’ individual creativity and style, but all were organised and set up with the same meticulous planning and exacting standards that are expected of a professional wedding planner.

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Don’t forget to head over to Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog to see the second part of the wedding planners’ shoot! http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/

Supplier Credits:

Venue: Warren House (www.warrenhouse.com)
Photographer: Eliza Claire (www.elizaclaire.com)
Style and Design: Members of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (www.ukawp.com)
Flowers: Euphoric Flowers (www.euphoricflowers.co.uk)
Tableware, linen and chairs: Options Hire (www.options-hire.co.uk)
Cakes and treats: Cake By Sugar (www.cakebysugar.com)
Stationery: Emily and Jo (www.emilyandjo.co.uk)
Wishing Tree: Simply Elegant Hire (www.simplyeleganthire.co.uk)

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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8 COMMENTS
  • Helen
    7 years ago

    Thanks for featuring the shoot Claire. Hope your readers find it useful to see us at work!

  • Caroline Gould
    7 years ago

    Thanks for posting this Claire. It was a tough day but we had a blast!

  • Ross Dean
    7 years ago

    Fab article guys! Refreshing to see planners showcased in this way. RD

  • Ladies, what a great idea to show a little of what we do behind the scenes and that we are lovely to work with!

  • Nathan
    7 years ago

    Very interesting to see, heck of a lot of mini bow tying to!

  • Nicola Jones
    7 years ago

    Great blog post, thanks so much for featuring – we had a great time doing the shoot : )

  • Rob Dodsworth
    7 years ago

    A great feature! I always enjoy getting to a venue early and seeing the work going on ‘behind the scenes’. It never ceases to amaze me, the effort and hard work that so many people put in to making a wedding day run so smoothly. So few people would ever even realise this and of course that means a job well done.

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