Wedding Planning Associations in Australia - are there any?

Nov 3 10:00 2009 Kylie Carlson Print This Article

Is there a Wedding Planning Association in Australia? This is a question that we are asked nearly every day at the Academy.

In truth,Guest Posting the wedding planning industry is currently unregulated in Australia, and therefore there isn’t actually any incorporated association for our industry. There are legitimate associations within the events industry here in Australia and they are as follows:

MEA - Meetings and Event Australia
ISES - International Special Events Society
PCO - Professional Conference Organisers Association
EEAA - Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia

Any other so called ‘Wedding Planning Associations’ in Australia are organisations that have been put together by individual commercial entities, who have done so to help promote their own product or service. The Wedding Planning Association of Australia (WPAA) is a good example of this. It is NOT an incorporated association and isn’t registered as a not-for-profit entity, which is usually a requirement of a registered association. It is run by one person who sells wedding planning courses, and is there purely for commercial gain and not for the good of the industry. Whilst we actively support any initiative that is there to try and move the industry forward, we don’t believe that this accredits any education offered by such organisations.

Our industry is a difficult one as there aren’t any wedding planning courses that are fully accredited in Australia. So, as private educators any company offering training within wedding planning has to seek accreditation in other ways. At the Academy we have chosen to become members of ACPET (Australian Council of Private Education and Training) and we are in the process of becoming members of IADL (International Association of Distance Learning). By doing this we are showing our commitment to offer quality education and training. These organisations help us to stay informed of what is happening in the education industry. We also travel to both the UK & US to attend conferences & workshops held by international experts in the Wedding Planning Industry. This helps us to stay abreast of all the latest innovations in the industry and allows us to pass this knowledge onto our students.

We hope that one day an aspiring group of wedding planners will join together to form Australia’s first wedding planning association. However, it needs to be done without commercial gain and purely to push our industry forward and allow members to have those all important networking opportunities, and help to launch and run their businesses. In the meantime, the Association for Wedding Professionals International (AWFPI) is a great organisation that caters for planners all over the world. So until Australia has an Association of it’s own, the Academy has decided to join as members of AWFPI, and although they are based in the US we have been impressed by their professionalism and the benefits they offer.

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Kylie Carlson
Kylie Carlson

Kylie Carlson, has a Diploma in Wedding Planning which was gained in the UK. She comes from a successful background of 8 yrs organising weddings at many 5 star London venues including: The Dorchester, The Ritz, The Savoy and The Langham. She also spent a year in New York working as a Wedding and Etiquette Coordinator. This combined with a year working on the world renowned resort of Hayman Island as Events Operations Manager she has a wealth of experience and ideas to offer. Kylie now runs the Australian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning www.aawep.com.au and she also blogs for www.eventexperts.com.au

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