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WPIC Year in Review: 2015

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Every year, we at WPIC, start writing about the year past, and every year we are amazed at just how much fabulous we can pack into 365 days!

We now have over 6,500 WPIC Alumni all around the world, including: Canada, USA, Mexico, The Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbuda, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, England, France, Brussels, Germany, Spain, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Ghana, Nigeria, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Australia, and more!

We started the year off with an International Class held in Jamaica, at Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios, lead by WPIC Instructor Monica Caesar.

Our WPIC class at Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Our WPIC class at Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The lovely class break hosted by Couples Resorts

The lovely class break hosted by Couples Resorts

For the last few years WPICers have started the year off with the “WPIC Kickoff”, an event put together by our WPIC Regional Representatives.¬† 2015’s theme was “Be Bold” and our Reps didn’t disappoint! Check out the video courtesy of EventSource.

See more photos and the complete write-up here. 2016’s Kick-off promises to be amazing!

At the Kickoff, we said we were going to focus on featuring our WPIC Alumni, their events and accomplishments.  Our Alumni have given us tons to gush about!

Within our “Featuring You Campaign” we launched the hashtag #LifeofaWPICWeddingPlanner for Twitter and Instagram.¬† Alumni can tag their photos of events and we might repost it on our WPIC Instagram feed @WPICinc.¬† We have also featured many events and weddings here on the WPIC Blog.

In March, WPIC Co-founders Danielle and Tracey participated in the Hong Kong Overseas Wedding Show!

While out for a morning walk along the streets of Hong Kong, they were thrilled to see the WPIC Logo go by on a city bus and then found it at a bus stop when they were walking by.  What an exciting surprise!!

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We brought WPIC Alumni, Janis Martinello of Brocade Events, on as our WPIC Regional Representative Manager to help oversee the WPIC Regional Representatives and help provide stellar Professional Development Events for our Alumni.

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Janis Martinello of BrocadeEvent.com and WPIC Regional Representative Manager Photo by PhatDogVisuals.com

We also held our Wedding Pro Workshop in Calgary at the end of March.

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See our recap Blog of this amazing two-day event here.

In April, we sponsored The Wedding Lounge at the Canada Special Event Conference featuring Youngsong Martin from Wildflower Linens and Renee Strauss of Beverly Hills Bride fame.

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In June we took 11 Destination Wedding Coordinators with us to visit the Couples Resorts in Jamaica.

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Photo: PhatDogVisuals.com

Watch the Video shot by Rohan Laylor of Phat Dog Visuals and edited by Wedding Films Toronto below.

Co-founders Tracey and Danielle then flew to Barbados to deliver an International Wedding Consultant and Coordinator Certification class at Ocean Two.

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During the summer, we had a custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted WPIC sign created for us by Love Letters by Elite Designs.  WPIC Office Manager, Kaley Campbell, obviously loved the sign and insisted on bringing it everywhere.  We posted the photos of her and the sign in some strange places, on our Instagram account @WPICinc.

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“We don’t know why she brings the WPIC sign everywhere! LOL”

In July, we took over the studios at Phat Dog Visuals and had a “WPIC Office Design Challenge.”¬† We each were assigned a chair flower and given $150 to design a theme around that flower, using similar elements.¬† Our Alumni and Blog readers then voted on their favourite design.

Read the Blog about the Challenge to see the full designs and then the Results Blog.

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One Table, Three Looks

Early in August, WPIC Co-founders Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews Sunkel, went onsite at Jewel Resort’s Runaway Bay location to train and certify the wedding and event staff at all of the Jewel Resorts, as well as the Hilton Rose Hall Spa Resort.

The wonderful group at Jewel Resorts & Hilton Rose Hall during their WPIC Certification Training

The wonderful group at Jewel Resorts during their WPIC Certification Training

Also in August, we held a fantastic Destination Wedding Specialist Certification class, followed by a pool party at the Radisson Admiral Hotel in Toronto.  The pool party was a major success to cap off the event thanks to D & W Entertainment.  Check out some of the photos of the event courtesy of A. Vision Studios or visit their Facebook page to see all of the photos.

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Just some of the Destination Wedding Professionals in attendance. Photo by AVisionStudios.ca

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We had to get a photo with some of our Alumni with the WPIC sign in front of the iconic CN Tower. Photo by AVisionStudios.ca

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Devon John of D & W Entertainment Group Photo by AVisionStudios.ca

September is always a very busy month for us at WPIC, and this September was no different.¬† Co-Founders Danielle Andrews Sunkel and Tracey Manailescu were not only speakers for the 8th time at the Wedding MBA Convention in Las Vegas, but they also MC’d and managed the new Wedding Planner Track breakouts.

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WPIC Cofounders, Tracey and Danielle, with WPIC Alum, Colleen Ashton of DreamWeddingsinParadise.com. They had just finished their 2nd seminar on “International Wedding Trends” at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas. Colleen presented T & D with lei’s Fed Ex’ed for their presentation all of the way from Hawaii!

Before the conference ended in Las Vegas, Danielle and Tracey were on a plane to Jamaica to speak at the Jamaica Wedding Professionals Conference for the second year.

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WPIC Instructor and Destination Wedding Planning Guru, Monica Caesar of Aisle Plan Your Day, was also a speaker at the Conference.

WPIC Instructor Monica Caesar speaking at the Jamaica Wedding Professionals Conference.

WPIC Instructor Monica Caesar speaking at the Jamaica Wedding Professionals Conference.

They then taught a Wedding Consultant and Coordinator Certification course at the Couples Swept Away Resort.

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Our students from Jamaica, England, USA and Canada!

A week later WPIC held its Semi-Annual “Working Head Shot Extravaganza.” This is a chance for our Alumni to get amazing photos by professional photographer for their website and Social Media pages. Over 30 vendors came together to create stunning backdrops for our Alumni. See this phenomenal video by Tom Sokalski of Wedding Films Toronto showcasing the event.

December means the Love Mexico Conference for WPIC.¬† Each year we are proud supporters of this amazing event in which many WPIC Alumni always attend.¬† This year we were extra proud because two WPIC Alumni were also speakers at the Conference!¬† Paras Mehta delivered a fabulous seminar about Destaintion Wedding Decor and Jamie Valdes-Reich sat on a panel for Destination Wedding Travel Agents.¬† Danielle and Tracey were thrilled to present the 2-hour seminar, “Anatomy of Destination Wedding Planning” to a stand room-only group, along with Deborah Moody, Executive Director of the ACPWC.

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After Love Mexico, Danielle and Tracey stayed on in the Riviera Maya to facilitate the 4th WPIC training and certification of the Palace Resorts Wedding department.

The fabulous students in our 4th Palace Resorts class!

The fabulous students in our 4th class at Palace Resorts!

We are always striving to improve our courses & Alumni Association, and 2016 will be no different.  We have FAM trips, specialized classes, professional development events and course improvements planned and scheduled.

Christmas Wonderland Inspirational Shoot

Submitted by WPIC alumni, Amanda Douglas of Amanda Douglas Events

OK, who doesn’t love Christmas? The presence, delicious food, the colours, lights, music, and of course celebrating with family and friends.

We wanted to put together a photo shoot, and tablescape, that captured some of those fun and whimsical elements of Christmas. Most people think of the traditional Christmas being lots of red and gold. We want to change it up a little bit and bring in some more unexpected colours.

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Photo: Sunny S-H Photography

The rich sugar plum purple, mixed with deep metallic red, and the neutral of the kraft paper really made the table pop. And of course presents, why not presents on the table? Doing this at a dinner party, and having fun grab gets in the middle of the table, would be a fun surprise for any guest to encounter.

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Of course, one of the really exciting things about Christmas is decorating the tree, so why not decorate the table with some of your extra ornaments? And there’s always the candy and sweets. So instead of the typical party favour, or place cards and menus you put something sweet at each place setting.

To make this table just a touch more chic we added accents of gold through the cutlery, decorations, and of course some of the stationary.

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Vendors:

Because Christmas is one of our favourite holidays, and it should be just a little over the top, we did a fun Christmas Wonderland photo shoot.

A big thanks to all of the talented vendors that brought it all together:

Photography: Sunny S-H Photography 

Styling/Design: Amanda Douglas Events 

Hair: Hair by Randi

Floral: Oak & Lily 

Dress: Bliss Bridal Boutique 

Jewelry/Fur: Amanda Douglas Events

Location: The Gates on Roblin 

Makeup: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup 

Linens/Chairs: Planned Perfectly 

Real Wedding of John and Trevor

WPIC alumni, Trevor Frankfort of Trevents shares his very own amazing wedding with us. ¬†You do not want to skip past this one…

We have waiting forever it seems, to get our hands on this super sweet, fun and romantic wedding.  Congratulations to you both, and thank you for allowing us to share your special day on our blog!

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Danielle Matar Photography

June 26, 2015. Our officiant arrived at our condo early in the morning to marry us in front of our 2 witnesses (2 of our best friends). We were married in our pyjamas sipping coffee in our kitchen. We kept this a secret along with all the information about our actual ‚Äúceremony‚ÄĚ that was going to happen later that evening. Even our parents didn‚Äôt know what we had planned.

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Danielle Matar Photography

The weather outside was perfect for our beautiful photoshoot in a graffiti filled laneway in Little Italy, Toronto. We were joined by our ‚Äúgroomsmaids‚ÄĚ and immediate family for more pics and then proceeded to enjoy a delicious 3 course meal in the private dining room at Bar Italia. We listened to our groomsmaids speeches and shared laughter and tears with our wine and meals.

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Even though we were secretly married earlier at home, ¬†after being together for nearly 11 years our guests were expecting to see us tie the knot. The rest of our friends and family arrived after dinner to witness our ‚Äúceremony‚ÄĚ which we helmed as the #secretweddingproject. What we had in store for them was epic.

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Danielle Matar Photography

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When we got engaged we agreed that we didn’t want our wedding to feel like any other wedding so we came up with the #secretweddingproject

Our guests had no idea that they were about to witness a wedding officiated by Cher, Madonna & Joan Rivers (directly from heaven) all via skype (A Drag Queen of course).  After the #secretweddingproject the bar was open and the hors d’houvres flowed through the crowd. The music began and the dancing didn’t stop until 2am.

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Danielle Matar Photography

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Our wedding was perfect. Everything went off without a hitch. We had so much fun. We wanted our wedding to be memorable and entertaining. We succeeded.

See the preview video here (Warning: language):

or watch the entire ceremony here (Warning: language):

Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Trevents  www.trevents.ca
Venue: Bar Italia
Flowers: J’adore Floral Boutique
Décor: Oudalova Events & Design
Photography: Danielle Matar Photography 
Cupcakes: Nina’s Cupcakes 
Favours: Demo Soap 
Suits: Topman 
Drag Queen Officiant: Charlie Hides 
Officiant: Alex Rajak of Wedding Heaven 

 

New to the Wedding Industry? 6 Tips to Help When You Lack Experience

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By: Tracey Manailescu

In our WPIC certification classes we find such a diverse group of students.  Some are retired, some are newly married, some are fresh out of university, some are working for venues and resorts, some work for decorators, catering companies, or for other established wedding planners, some are established wedding planners already,  and some have no experience in the wedding industry, whatsoever. This blog is for you!

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Everyone needs to starts off somewhere, right? Below are some tips that should ease your mind and get you headed in the right direction.

Volunteer: The WPIC Alumni Association (which is *free to all graduates of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada) has a volunteer program in place to help you get more experience.¬† We recommend that all new grads utilize this program. This is a great chance to find out how other WPIC’ers run their wedding planning companies and work with clients. It is an opportunity¬†to see firsthand how valuable a wedding planner is to a couple.¬† It is also a great chance to see what you might do differently when working with your own clients after this experience.¬†Hopefully the planner you will be working for will provide useful tips and guidance to you during the process. It is expected that you will fulfill requested duties, and be able to think and act quickly¬†on your own with the information and timelines provided. You¬†must have a signed contract in place between you and the planner. You need to remember that you will be working for someone else, and therefore need to represent that planner’s company, only.¬† You are not there to promote yourself. We also have paid positions for those who already have experience but would like to know more about a certain culture or want to see how other planners do things.

Show That You are Interested in Learning: You need to let potential clients know that you are interested in learning more. Let them know about industry conferences that you have attended, or are going to attend. Have you attended any industry events around the city? Are you up to date on current wedding trends? Have you taken any courses that will help you in wedding planning such as business administration, book keeping, sketching, project management, floral design, wedding planning or event planning certifications? Are you a part of any industry related associations? Have you read any books that will help you have a better understanding of certain cultures and their requirements/guidelines in regards to customs and rituals for wedding ceremonies/receptions. Sometimes having a desire and passion for something can be far better than experience.

On a personal note, last year when we were looking for a new Office Manager at WPIC, our focus was not on finding someone who had wedding planning experience.  We were much more interested in finding someone who was willing to learn, who had good organizational skills, was a true people person and who could speak Spanish. We got everything we were looking for, except the part about speaking Spanish with Kaley Campbell, LOL!

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Positive Attitude: This really should go without saying. I am saying it¬†anyways because it is so very darned important!¬†¬†Sometimes little to no experience in something can be totally dismissed or overlooked,¬†because of a willingness to learn and a positive attitude.¬†Clients might¬†just get a good vibe from you (and you know that when you go with your gut it usually works out). Having a¬†certain calmness in tricky or stressful situations, being able to see the best in people, and always looking on the bright side, along with a go get’em attitude might be just what some clients are looking for. This will come in handy when dealing with difficult family members or friends. Heck, this might just be the thing that wins them over completely!

You Connect With The Couple: Do you get along and just seem to really fit with the couple on a personal level? You are going to work harder, better, faster and more efficiently if you are trying to please someone and keep them happy. Think about it. Sometimes people are willing to take a chance on someone because of the personal connection and sense of understanding or trust that you have established. Make it a personal challenge to yourself to absolutely ROCK this wedding and be everything that they need.

Ask Questions and Get to Know More Experienced Planners: Ask for help from your peers, join Facebook groups, attend industry mixers, utilize the WPIC Alumni Boards by asking questions, searching past articles, and finding the best and newest questionnaires, contracts, check lists and organizational systems. Have a welcome package, detailed list of services and set pricing. Have policies and strategies in place in case of “What If?”

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Talk up Your Strengths:   Stop focusing on your lack of experience, show your confidence and let them know what you are good at. If you keep reminding them that you are lacking experience they will automatically focus on that. Why do you think that you would be a great fit for this couple and their wedding? Are you great at working in a team environment? Can you think quickly on your feet?  Are you good at communicating your thoughts and implementing ideas? Are you a problem solver?

According to Planning Pod these are the “Top 8 Traits of Successful Planners“. The article is actually really good so you should check it out after you finish this one.¬† (Actually, I am a pretty big fan of their articles as there are lots of useful tips.)

1.Being prepared and planning for contingencies

2. Having passion for what you do

3. Flexibility

4. Staying level headed while under fire

5. Having a vision

6. Attention to detail

7. Ability to listen and understand your clients’ goals

8. Humility

*The WPIC Alumni Association is free to all graduates of our certification course.  It is a privilege and not a right. Membership is contingent on following the WPIC Code of Ethics

Do you have some other helpful and useful suggestions?  Please share them below.

WPIC’s Halton Region Social Media Seminar

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By: Suzzette Patten of Exquisite Occasions (WPIC Regional Representative for Halton/Peel)

As a regional rep for WPIC- The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada  Peel/Halton region, I am responsible for putting together professional development events/seminars for my fellow certified planners.

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As we all know things are forever changing in cyber world; so I planned a Social media seminar in which 34 Certified Wedding Planners from the GTA and surrounding areas got together with the lovely Cher Jones of Socially Active Training¬†to learn about how Social Media plays a huge role in a Wedding planner’s life.

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Cher talked to us about how we could start or continue to build our personal brands on Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn etc.

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While Cher was teaching us about Social Media;  The Mississauga Convention Centre was filling us up with delicious treats and beverages.

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BB Blanc (www.bbblanc.com) provided the audio and visual for this amazing seminar.

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Huge thanks to all those that attended :) Looking forward to planning many more events!

What the Heck Does a Wedding Planner Do Anyway?

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By: Tracey Manailescu

This article is not geared towards couples, this is written with you, the professional wedding planner in mind.

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Couples in Canada spend an average of $30k on their wedding according to Weddingbells. When that kind of investment is on the line, couples need some guidance on how best to spend, plan and implement their ideas. It is your job as a wedding professional to educate them on what is necessary, what is not, where they can save, where they can best allocate their hard earned dollars.

This can’t happen unless you are letting them know what you do, why you do it, and how you can help them.

There are still so many couples that don’t see the relevance in having you a part of¬†their wedding team.¬† What exactly are you doing to show them that having you on board is in their best interests? It’s easy to show pretty photos from past events and weddings on social media, a modern office space, and yes if you pay someone, you too can have a gorgeous website and beautiful business cards, but what about the nitty gritty?

How are you letting couples know what you are there for? Here are some ideas to help.

A Blog:  How often are you updating it? Show your expertise by discussing some challenges that you have had at weddings, and how you and your team overcame them such as the ceremony getting rained out, uninvited guests, unwelcome toasts, cake malfunctions, Officiate is lost, wrong florals were delivered, wardrobe malfunctions, cranky and over-tired ring bearers/flower girls, toilet flooding, food delays, makeup artist is missing in action, etc.

Social Media:

You need to be where your potential couples are.

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Be Willing to Share Some Helpful Tips: What are your most used items in your emergency kit? Have you come across any new wedding apps that you found were really great for guest RSVP tracking, seating charts or wedding websites? Share them on your business Facebook/Twitter page, or your blog. Do you have any advice for saving money? Best ways to allocate funds? What should not be skimped on under any circumstances? Tips for running a receiving line, helpful guidance for order and duration of speeches, new trends, pantones new colours for the year, etc.

Behind the Scenes Photos: Show yourself in action pinning on a boutonniere, cleaning chairs, stitching a bridesmaids strap, going over the timeline with  other vendors, putting out place cards, cuing the wedding party, etc.

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Photo of Janis from Brocade Events by PhatDogVisuals

Why Should a Couple Hire You, When They can Have a Friend or Family Member Step In?¬†Let them know some reasons. Who will be running interference for them when lights need to be dimmed, when the limo driver is demanding his tip before he leaves, uncle “Ed’ is drunk and hitting on the bridesmaids, four couples arrive after dinner is served and are demanding to be fed, a wedding band is lost, the wedding cake gets ruined because some little peoples fingers got into it, the late night entertainment has not arrived, limo has a flat tire, Grandma can’t stand the Bride’s father and decides now is the perfect time to pick a fight, guests are swarming the couple at cake cutting time, vendors are lost and need directions (they have your #), timeline (catering) needs to be moved to accommodate photography running late, etc.

Sharing Accomplishments: Have you been recognized in your industry with an award, quoted in an article, had¬†one of your couples¬†wedding’s feature on a wedding blog or magazine, or interviewed on tv?

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Sharing Your Education, Credentials and Memberships to Associations: Have you taken courses, attended conferences, joined an Association, invested in yourself in some way to gain further knowledge?  We strongly believe in continuing education. Never, ever stop learning!

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Do you have any tips to add to this?  We would love to hear them in the comments below.

 

Want to know about WPIC? Watch this video!

We recently held a Working Shot Photo Extravaganza at the Miller Lash House in Toronto.

Tom Solkalski, of Wedding Films Toronto, filmed it all and asked us to talk about The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, The Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination and WPIC Alumni.

Check it out!  Recording artist, Snow, even makes an appearance as one of our model grooms!!

WPIC at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas 2015

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By: Tracey Manailescu

We have been speaking at Wedding MBA for the past seven years, but this year the producers asked us to do something pretty darned groovy. ¬†A special “Wedding¬†Planner” track was added to the conference on Monday, September 14th, 2015. ¬†This made an additional day of learning (whoot whoot) and we were asked to speak at it, as well as moderate and MC the afternoon session.

We were in the company of some talented and passionate wedding planners; Alison Howard of Alison Howard Events, Linnyette Richardson Hall of Premiere Event Management and Deborah Moody of ACPWC gave some wonderful tips and advice, as well as about 400 attendees were in the room to feed the wedding euphoria.

In fact, Danielle and I were asked to speak at two seminars this year; “Ooh La La: European Wedding Trend Forecast” where we discussed¬†the wedding market’s trend forecast, mixing and matching with a hands on color lab, and selfie stations done right.

Our second seminar was titled¬†“Eclectic Elegance: The 2016 Wedding Planner Forecast” in which we discussed¬†¬†the new twist on tasting stations and small sips, what’s hot and what’s not, and themes and colors for¬†2016.

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The awesome Colleen Ashton of Aloha Hawaiian Flowers and Gifts , WPICC¬†presented us with lei’s Fed Ex’ed for our presentation all of the way from Hawaii as part of our seminar where we discussed the guest experience.¬† A lucky winner was selected to receive a lei which was sent directly to her home.

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There were over 2200 wedding professionals of all backgrounds and countries in attendance.  There were over 90 seminars to choose from.

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Wedding MBA would not be complete without mentioning the amazing parties that are sponsored by WeddingWire and The Knot each year. It really is something that attendees look forward to after the seminars.  We can relax, unwind and network while being spoiled at some really great venues in Las Vegas.

Such a great time at the WeddingWire party at Ling Ling at Hakkasan! Loving our photos from #openairphotobooth

Such a great time at the WeddingWire party at Ling Ling at Hakkasan! Love our photos from Open Air Photobooth

Here is a great promo video produced by Godfather Films for Wedding MBA 2015 so you can get a better feel of the overall event.

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Next year’s dates have already been selected.¬† Mark your calendars for Wedding MBA 2016 on October 3-5, 2016.

WPIC at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas 2015

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By: Tracey Manailescu

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We have been speaking at Wedding MBA for the past seven years, but this year the producers asked us to do something pretty darned groovy. ¬†A special “Wedding¬†Planner” track was added to the conference on Monday, September 14th, 2015. ¬†This made an additional day of learning (whoot whoot) and we were asked to speak at it, as well as moderate and MC the afternoon session.

We were in the company of some pretty darned talented and passionate wedding planners; Alison Howard of Alison Howard Events, Linnyette Richardson Hall of Premiere Event Management and Deborah Moody of ACPWC gave some wonderful tips and advice, as well as about 400 attendees were in the room to feed the wedding euphoria.

From the Ground Up – WPIC Professional Development Event

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The Wedding Marquee at Nestleton Waters Inn

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On September 27, WPIC’s Durham Regional Representative, Amy Stevenson, put together a fabulous Professional Development Event for her fellow alumni called, “From the Ground Up”, at the beautiful Nestleton Waters Inn.

All the lovely WPIC Alumni who attended the event!  (photo courtesy of Nestleton Waters Inn)

All the lovely WPIC Alumni who attended the event!
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This event featured guest speaker, Claudia Kent, WPICC, the onsite Wedding Coordinator at Nestleton, educating our WPIC Alumni about coordinating tented weddings.

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The beautiful flower arrangements were created by Bella Donna.

The event also featured a site tour of the beautiful Nestleton Waters Inn, their tent venue and a beautiful High Tea service.

Each guestroom is decorated differently, this is my favourite inspired by the owners' time in Zimbabwe.

Each guestroom is decorated differently, this is my favourite inspired by the owners’ time in Zimbabwe.

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Love that there is a permanent floor!

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Even Gluten Free for me and the owner!

Even Gluten Free for me and the owner!

It was a lovely day with the perfect mix of education, networking, beauty and treats! Great job Amy!

Vendors:
WPIC Regional Representative: Amy Stevenson
Venue: Nestleton Waters Inn
Flowers: Bella Donnas Flowers
Catering: Lemon Tree Fine Foods