Code of Ethics

AWPA strives to educate, advance and promote the Austin wedding and event industry and its network of professionals. In doing so, we require all members to agree to the Code of Ethics.

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Crave relationships with other planners in Austin? Wonder how your practices compare with those of your competitors? See the value in elevating the local market for the good of all involved? 

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2018 Membership (pro-rated for June-December)
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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

 

  1. Providing you with a network of quality peers

  2. Enabling you to share knowledge and, in turn, learn from others

  3. Enriching you through targeted educational programs

  4. Granting you access to Austin’s top event planners and vendors

 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

 

AWPA has three levels of membership, each with unique requirements and benefits as follows:

 

NOVICE LEVEL

Requirements:

  • Demonstrates excellence as a wedding planner

  • Live in the Austin area

  • Own or be employed by an Austin wedding planning firm that maintains all of the following:

    • DBA/tax ID

    • Operating website

    • Current Business Liability Insurance with at least $1 million in coverage

  • Actively accepting clients for wedding planning as a source of income

  • Wedding Planning provides main source of income of wedding-related businesses

  • Have completed weddings where a non-family member paid you a professional fee to perform wedding coordinating/planning.

  • Of reviews posted online of individual’s wedding planning services, 95% must be of excellent rating

    • Fulfill a membership application and submit required fees. Upon approval of your application:

      • You will be required to read, sign, and uphold AWPA’s Standing Rules, including the AWPA Code of Ethics

      • Memberships are non-transferable. Membership is dedicated to this individual with this particular business only.

 

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to vote in AWPA elections

  • Listing on AWPA website with link to your business website

  • Membership in private Facebook group

  • Participation in vendor mixers, gala, and general membership luncheons

  • “AWPA Professional” badge for individual’s website/bio/email signature/promotional materials 

*Membership is specific to individuals, not companies. General website use is permitted if the majority of the business’ wedding planners are members. Otherwise, badges are best used on individual bios when used on company websites.

 

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Requirements: same as Entry Level PLUS:

  • Prior completion of at least 15 weddings as the paid, lead wedding planner with signed contracts for each

 

Benefits: same as Entry Level PLUS:

  • Eligibility to hold a position on the Board of Directors

 

MASTER LEVEL

Requirements: same as Professional Level PLUS:

  • Prior completion of at least 100 weddings as the paid, lead wedding planner with signed contracts for each

  • At least 5 real weddings featured/published by exclusive wedding blogs/websites or nationwide print magazines 

  • Served as panelist, moderator, roundtable leader, or presenter at an AWPA meeting/event or that of a similar wedding-related organization

  • Wedding Planner Certification (from an approved source) and/or College Degree (bachelors or higher)

 

Benefits: same as Professional Level PLUS:

  • Eligibility to hold a position on the Board of Directors

  • Distinguished name badge for AWPA events

  • Business featured prominently on AWPA website (business name and logo, planner’s name, 25-word blurb, 1 featured image of choice, link to business website)

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

For future board seat eligibility, members must be:

  • Current membership achievement of Professional Level or Master Level

  • Have been a member of AWPA for a minimum of 1 year

  • No leaves of absence within the prior 12 months