The UKAWEP Launches……..Academy Live

The UKAWEP launches Academy LIVE – where Creativity meets Connectivity


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The  UK Academy of Wedding and Event Planning  are delighted to announce the launch of Academy Live which is a brand new product from the academy designed to help those starting out in the wedding industry and those already established to come together to Learn, be Inspired, Educate and Connect in a more personal way.

Director of the UKAWEP, Kylie Carlson said: ‘Academy LIVE is a free social learning platform hosted on the UK Academy of Wedding and Event Planning website that offers industry professionals the chance to connect with the team at the Academy, as well as each other, using interactive tools such as Google Hangouts, Video and Twitter. As the leading wedding education company in the UK it is the UKAWEP job to help move the industry forward with new and innovative ideas in a world where we all live our lives so virtually.’

Let’s have a look at what Academy LIVE offers you:

  • Monthly Google Hangouts –  every third Thursday of every month at 11am the UKAWEP will be hosting a live Google Hangout where they will be chatting to students and industry professionals live on air and answering questions about the Business of Weddings.
  • Twitter Hour#WedBizHour is a twitter chat focused on answering questions about being in business in the wedding industry. It will take place every Tuesday evening between 8pm and 9pm and it will cover a wide variety of topics.
  • WedBizHourPodcast Series – Once a month the UKAWEP will be interviewing a top expert from within the wedding industry asking questions about how to make your business a success. The podcast will then be available on Academy LIVE for you to listen to in your own time.
  • Academy TV – since the beginning of the year the UKAWEP director, Kylie Carlson, has been attending events, venues and more with her video production team . These videos are full of advice, inspiration and tips from industry professionals.
  • The WedBiz Supper Club – this brand new initiative for the UKAWEP where a maximum of 15 people to join a team from the academy for an evening of fine dining, brainstorming and business talk.
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Supplier Spotlight – Brachetto Weddings

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Minihaha Garande from Brachetto Weddings to talk about her and her business


 Hi, tell us a bit about you: 

Shopping, Makeup and Passion fruit martini’s is a little way to describe myself. My name is Minihaha Garande and I am the owner and Certified Wedding and Events planner at Brachetto Weddings. I am an eclectic as well as a perfectionist; all which are personal traits that aid in planning special days such as weddings. I thrive in excellence and often find myself up at 4am researching and exploring possible designs. 


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Supplier Spotlight – Wedding Tea Towel

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Karen Brown from Original Wedding Tea Towel to talk about her and her business


Hi, tell us a bit about you:

My name is Karen, I’m a mum of two under 5s and wife to my lovely husband, Ben. We live and work in a teeny tiny village called Ridgmont in Bedfordshire.


Tell me about your business:

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Supplier Spotlight – Off The Wall Decals

On our Follow Friday blog this week we welcome Kate Boonham from Off The Wall Decals Ltd to talk about them and their business

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Hi, tell us a bit about you:

Bethan and I are two mums who met at the school gate and one day, over a cup of tea, we discovered we both wanted to run our own business and move away from the corporate world. Bethan’s background is in the retail, banking, and FMCG sectors, working in event organisation and management, office administration and customer service support. Bethan is the creative force behind Off the Wall. My background includes work in Sales & Marketing and Operations Management in industries as diverse as paper and banking, so I look after the financial and business aspects of the company.  Together we have complementary skills, ideal in running a business.

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Supplier Spotlight – Congenial Diamonds

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Maria Farrugia from Congenial Diamonds to talk her about and the business.

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Hi, tell us a bit about you:

Diamond trading and diamond jewellery is a family heritage since three generations. Over 40 years ago, the family set up business in Antwerp, the diamond capital of Europe, buying rough diamonds and selling the polished gemstones to wholesalers.  Over the years, the business expanded into the retail space, selling diamond jewellery directly to customers. I am proud to embrace and build on this family tradition. I started my training in the family-owned jewellery boutique in Guildford. Throughout the years, I have gained an extensive knowledge in jewellery and in diamonds, in particular. I complemented this hands-on experience with training at the Diamond High Council in Antwerp, successfully qualifying as a Diamond Grader in 2011. Diamond jewellery is not only what I do. It is a passion, which I share with our clients through Congenial Diamonds.


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Supplier Spotlight – Sapphire Groove

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Tania Pieri from Sapphire Groove to talk about her and her business

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Hi, tell us a bit about you:

Tania Pieri is a dancer and singer who lives in London with her new little family. After working in musical theatre, Tania went back to her childhood ballet roots and trained at Rambert Ballet and Contemporary Dance School. Following this she found a love of Lindy Hop, Swing, Charleston and Tap, performing all over the UK with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers. Now she is combining all this knowledge and amazing group of dancers to create Sapphire Groove workshops, lessons and performances.

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Supplier Spotlight – Fusion Events

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Andrew Jones from Fusion Events  to talk about him and his business

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Hi, tell us a bit about you:

I have always had a passion for lighting and how it can transform the atmosphere of a room. This started in my work as a carpenter, I would suggest ideas and give tips on where to best place lighting and make a feature of it to gain the most from a room. I enjoyed quite a few years of bespoke room designs for clients. However during the recession I noticed a decline in my work and felt I needed to look at other avenues to make a living.

Combining another passion of mine, DJing I decided to run a disco company on the weekends for weddings and parties. The perfect fusion of lighting and music to enhance the atmosphere of the evening. After a few years I believed the disco lighting wasn’t enough and that many venues needed that extra bit of sparkle to create a wow factor for my clients. I came across LED (mood lighting) furniture and this was the start of what is now Fusion Events.

I haven’t looked back and a part time business has turned into my full time occupation and my passion for lighting lives on.

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Tell me about your business:

Fusion Events is a supplier of premium event equipment and LED furniture. We were first established in 2009 under the name Fusion Mobile Disco. We were originally a simple disco hire company for weddings and parties. When we realised there was a gap in the market for niche lighting products, we added some LED furniture to our discos in 2012. This proved to be extremely popular so in 2013 we invested further into LED furniture and products and became Fusion Events.

Today Fusion Events not only provides superior audio, lighting services and LED furniture but also dance floors and an extensive range of props and room decorations for hire to create the perfect atmosphere. Our latest project at Fusion is combining our LED products with the fairy-tale vintage, shabby chic theme.  We constantly review our stock and services to meet client demands and market trends keeping the company on the pulse of new technologies, which enables us to offer bespoke packages, giving a wow factor.

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What services do you offer:

LED Furniture:

  • Cubes (which can be used as seating, tables or simple décor)
  • Spheres (3 sizes and are great for table and floor décor)
  • Poseur/Cocktail Tables (great for round a dance floor)
  • Champagne Tables (works well with the cubes as seating)
  • Ice Buckets
  • Cherry Blossom/Message Trees
    • Use to make a statement for the entrance to your event (option for bespoke decoration)
    • Use as a message tree where guests can leave messages to hang on the tree which will be given to you in a presentation box after your event.

Room Decoration:

  • Up-lighting
  • Hanging Lanterns (with lighting)
  • Hanging honey combs
  • Festoon Lighting
  • Bespoke Table Décor
  • Inflatable Champagne Bottles (option to add balloons for champagne effect)

Disco Hire Dance Floor Hire Event Consultation Services

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How to get in touch:

Phone: 01527 570033 or 07791 503732


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Supplier Spotlight – Zoots The Band

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Jamie Goddard and Harriet Lowther from The Zoots to talk about them and their business

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Hi, tell us a bit about you:

I began making music when I was 7. I used to play the drums in the attic of my parents house, it was the only place I could make some noise without disturbing the neighbours! It was at this time, I knew music was what I wanted to be doing. From the attic, I went from gigging with local groups on the local scene, to forming & fronting my own group ‘Jamie & The

First Class’ – , a school themed party band. We perform at weddings, corporate events and parties all year round. You’ll find Jamie & The First Class regularly touring throughout the UK as well as touring over 30 other countries too. Harriet joined the business in 2009. She’s a marketing whizz, fine art photography master & has a special way with words. She also has a lot of on stage energy too. You’ll usually find her on twitter: @thezoots

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Tell me about your business:

In 2009, fans of Jamie & The First Class asked us if we could put on a 1960s show. We jumped at the chance, worked hard on the show and totally smashed it! They loved it and demanded more! So ‘The Zoots’ were born! The Zoots are so much more than a 1960s tribute show. Our current repertoire spans 6 decades, boasting the best of Rock ‘n’ Roll, pop, funk and soul, and Indie hits. We usually perform a mix of songs from every era and genre. We get booked to perform at all sorts of events all over the globe. This year we’re looking forward to performing in Sweden, Spain & Sardinia as well as up & down the UK.

Last years highlights included; being selected to perform at the exclusive Angry Birds Go launch for Rovio; being chosen to entertain those technical gurus at Nokia for their Christmas party and being asked to perform again at the Sega & EA Sports sales rally. As well as entertaining guests in their hundreds at lots of weddings throughout the UK! This year is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.


What services do you offer:

are a highly entertaining band, outstanding at entertaining guests for weddings, events and parties. We usually perform between 50 – 60 awesome songs that everyone knows and loves. In two packed one hour shows we will have bring one of the largest and best PA System to every event, much larger and top of the range than many other acts.

Our PA gives great depth to our music, creating music more of an atmosphere. You might not be able to put your finger on why it sounds so good, but you’ll certainly be able to feel it. The Zoots also provide an excellent lighting system which contributes to the atmosphere and feeling of the evening. We have 250 songs in our repertoire ranging from as far back as Dean Martin and Elvis Presley and all the hits from the 60s,70s,80s,90s through to modern day chart hits.

We really love doing what we do and it shines through in every performance, we always have such an amazing response at all of our shows. We like to look our best. always. We like to make a show of every performance. We are friendly and professional. We’re popular at weddings and often get booked 2 years in advance.

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How to get in touch:



Tel: 01672 841 257 / 07887 990 400

Or on Facebook or Twitter @thezoots

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Supplier Spotlight – Platinum Ring Company

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Nick Streets and Andy Rees from Platinum Ring Company to talk about them and their business


Hi, tell us a bit about you:

The business was created by Nick Streets and Andy Rees in May 2004. Nick has worked within the Jewellery industry for 30 years so establishing a good network within the trade. Andy is an exceptional graphic designer and very forward thinking when it comes to e-commerce.  The combination of the two directors professions and their dedication to business has made platinum ring company a successful online platinum jewellery business. 

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Tell me about your business:

Platinum Ring Company are a quality online jeweller’s selling the best in platinum engagement, wedding and eternity rings. Without the overheads of a physical store, Platinum Ring Company are able to offer  hallmarked quality platinum rings at excellent prices,  with a secure track and trace system to ensure your rings will be delivered. Focusing on providing excellent customer service

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strong>What products and services do you offer:

We  make platinum diamond engagement rings offered with official diamond certificates. A large comprehensive range of platinum wedding rings. Plain traditional wedding rings, patterned platinum wedding rings, diamond set platinum wedding rings and many other contemporary individual pieces. We also have platinum diamond eternity rings. From the traditional half eternity ring to the more sophisticated full diamond eternity ring. We also offer aftersales service and repairs.

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How to get in touch:

We are based at Platinum Ring Company,  57 Cowbridge Road East,  Cardiff,  CF11 9AE

Telephone 02920 399980

You can even find us on Facebook and Twitter






Supplier Spotlight – Caroline Atelier

On our Supplier Spotlight blog this week we welcome Caroline Matthews from Caroline Atelier to talk about her and her business


Hi, tell us a bit about you:

I originally wanted to do have my own fashion label and never dreamed of bridal and for some reason I had picked up a few magazines and started to look through them and just saw the same dresses over and over so I decided that with my fashion background I would start my label. I studied at Leeds University and worked for a number of fashion houses including working for Caroline Castigliano in Leeds before I went travelling to Australia and ended up there for 4 years where I did some intern ships for New Woman Magazine, and Elle. I chose to move to Ireland afterwards and started Caroline Atelier.

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Tell me about your business:

I started to design bridal wear a number of years ago as I felt that there was a gap in the market for contemporary bridal wear that wasn’t too out there but suited the bride who wanted to be more stylish on her wedding day, Since then we now operate out of a studio where we see private clients and also have a small number of boutiques in Ireland who stock our collections and some new ones opening in the UK shortly. I design contemporary bridal wear focusing on my signatute style of backless wedding dresses with a vintage inspired twist. All our gowns are made from Silk Satins, French corded lace and silk crepes. Brides can choose from collections currently available from boutiques or if they come directly to us they can mix and match the styles or we can design them a dress completely from scratch. Caroline Atelier has won a number of awards for our bridal wear and we now have an agent who is working with us to increase our brand exposure internationally. All of our collection pieces have very art deco inspired details ranging from heavily beaded applique shoulders to bias cut skirts and detachable trains. All of the backless dress have support in them.

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How to get in touch:

Contact us on –  studio is based at: 7 South Mall, Cork City, County Cork, Ireland

Or by phone – 00353 877704341

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