Wedding Planning Step by Step

How to successfully plan a wedding

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Do you want to learn how to plan your clients weddings with ease and confidence? If so I would love to support you to do exactly this. I will show you what to do once that client signs your contract, and you have been asked to plan their wedding.

Why enrol on "Wedding Planning, Step by Step"?

This course is increasingly popular with wedding planners as it literally teaches you how to plan a wedding from start to finish. In fact students tell us their course notes remain their bible for years to come. If you dream of having a career as a wedding planner and want to reassure clients their wedding is safe in your hands, then this course is perfect for you.

We will go through the essentials of wedding planning, from where to find the best suppliers for your couple and what are the right questions to ask, to showing you how to create a client budget and assigning what % of said budget should go to what areas. We show you examples of the different ceremonies in the UK and how etiquette plays an important part in todays weddings, albeit in a modern way! The final part of the course focuses on the wedding day itself, right from the ceremony through to the evenings entertainment.

Who is the course for?

The course is ideal for independent planners, venue co-ordinators and anyone that wants to understand more about the intricacies of weddings. In fact many venues have sent staff on variations of this course over the years

What will you learn throughout the course?

  • Marriage laws + different ceremony types in the UK
  • Etiquette scenarios
  • Sourcing the dream venue inc questions to ask them
  • Sourcing the dream team of suppliers incl. analysis of each category
  • Creating your clients budget and managing the finances
  • Creating the perfect wedding day schedule
  • What goes in an emergency kit
  • Organising the ceremony/drinks reception/wedding breakfast/evening party
  • Duties of the wedding party
  • Post-wedding services

Message from your trainer

"My aim for the course is to give you the confidence to plan a clients wedding with confidence. Just how do you source that perfect venue and suppliers, what are the legalities of weddings and how will you manage their budget? These are just some of the questions I will answer during our training.

Since 2004 I have trained hundreds of wedding planners many of whom are the leading planners in the UK. My teaching style is down to earth and aimed at guiding you to build a sustainable business for years to come. I was a successful wedding planner from 2002 - 2018 and in this time I saw many changes both in terms of weddings and business, but I adapted and continued to thrive in what could be perceived as a competitive industry.

And this is what I aim to empower you to do. I want you to thrive year after year"

What is the UKAWP?

The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners was established in 2004 with the main purpose of promoting professionalism within the UK wedding industry. We are known for empowering wedding planners through our training and membership, in essence they know their business is safe in our hands.


What is included with the course

1) Slideshow with video tuition split into manageable sections

2) Concise course notes for you to read at your leisure

3) Various templates to use in your business

4) UKAWP Trained with logo for your marketing

By purchasing this online course you are also eligible to apply for our wedding planner membership when doors are open.


Your Instructor


Bernadette Chapman
Bernadette Chapman

Bernadette Chapman was an incredibly experienced wedding planner from 2002-2018, she was well known for creating timeless classical weddings for clients through her planning company, Dream Occasions,. Over the years she planned and designed hundreds of celebrations with many logistically challenging marquees.

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 over 700 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. 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 consultancy business Bernadette Chapman Consultancy

She is the co-author of “Wedding Planning for Dummies” (2014), a sought-after speaker at industry events and nicknamed the mother of all planners.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Financial Planning
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  Etiquette
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  Ceremony (organisation)
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  Drink Reception (organisation)
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  Evening Party
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  Emergency Kit
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  Sourcing suppliers
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  Post Wedding Services
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  Further Services
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact [email protected] to discuss further
Are there any assignments?
There are no assignments to take, simply allocate time to watch the tuition and read the notes. Then refer back to it when you need to.
Will this teach me where to get clients?
NO. This course is all about how to plan a wedding. To learn where to find clients and what services to offer, look at our other course The Business of Wedding Planning.

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