» Wedding MBA 2017: Special Savings for WeddingWire Members

Don’t miss three exciting days of education for wedding professionals at Wedding MBA this October 2-4th in Las Vegas!

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Did you know you can save extra on your ticket just by being a WeddingWire member? Register on the Wedding MBA website with the code WW3624 to save an extra $20 on the current price (your discount will be applied at checkout).

What will you experience at Wedding MBA?

  • Engaging education to promote your business success. Attend the event for more than 150 seminars geared toward business, technology and trends in the wedding industry. This year, there are category-specific seminars on the first day to supplement the industry relevant main presentations to attend.
  • Presentations from industry leaders and experts. Attend inspirational and informative presentations from top industry influencers including WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi, CMO Sonny Ganguly, Education Experts Alan Berg, Kathryn Hamm, Meghan Ely, and many more. View the full list of WeddingMBA speakers and sessions here.
  • Networking and celebrating with industry peers. Make new friends while attending the daily sessions, the annual much-anticipated WeddingWire Party, the WeddingWire Happy Hour and more. Plus, meet with members of the WeddingWire team to discuss your account and see what fun surprises we have in store at our Lounge!

Check out the highlights from last year’s event for an inside look at the conference, and get your ticket before the next price increase. See you in Vegas this fall!

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» Get Your Ticket for WeddingWire World 2017

www2017-logoTickets are now on sale for the the leading industry conference for wedding pros, WeddingWire World!

We’re excited to announce that based on popular demand, we’re bringing the latest education and top speakers to both the West and East coasts in 2017. WeddingWire World will be held on May 1-2 in Los Angeles, CA and on August 14-15 in Washington, DC.

Pick the location and date that works best for you, and register now to lock in the lowest ticket price that will be offered! Don’t delay – the low introductory rate of just $99 for standard tickets and $199 for VIP tickets is only available until 11/15/16.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Informative Presentations: Learn from industry experts, business leaders and top performing weddings pros to leave with actionable ways to set your business up for more success than ever before.
  • Personalized Education: Enjoy a variety of breakout sessions based on your business needs, and meet with an experienced Customer Success Manager one-on-one for custom account support.
  • New Connections: Meet new friends and connect with friendly colleagues at the event. Come together for daily celebrations and enjoy lots of networking over two fun-filled days.

For more information about WeddingWire World, visit the website and be sure to relive WeddingWire World 2016 by taking a peek at the highlight video. Stay tuned for more details on speakers, agenda and travel accommodations, coming soon! Save your spot>>
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» Highlights from Wedding MBA 2016

We had a great time at the Wedding MBA conference 2016 in Las Vegas last week! It was wonderful to connect with thousands of pros from all over the country and beyond, share some great education, and celebrate together throughout the week.

Here are some of our favorite conference highlights:

Lots of Learning

We loved getting to share some business tips, industry insights and education with you. Our team and Education Experts presented 11 times at the event — on a wide variety of topics from tech to social media to websites and more. Stay tuned for our presentations which will be emailed to attendees later this week so you can re-visit the presentations for any notes you may have missed.

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Fun at the Lounge

Thank you for stopping by the WeddingWire Lounge to say hello to the team, and grab some fun swag. We met with hundreds of pros to share account advice, set your business up for success on the site, or to collect your product feedback for future updates and improvements. We hope you enjoyed the fun surprises including the t-shirt press, the 360 photobooth and the slot machine prize give away.

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Celebrating with Pros

It wasn’t all business and learning — there was plenty of fun and celebrations along the way! It was great to unwind after a full day at the conference Tuesday night and take in some Vegas nightlife and great music at the annual party in Hakkasan Nightclub. Plus, we loved toasting to the end of the conference and sharing all we learned along the way at the conference ending Happy Hour on Wednesday evening following the final session of the day.

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Thank you again to our wonderful partners: Jason Jani of SCE Event Group for DJing our party and Happy Hour, DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design for making our Lounge pop, Promovizion for the awesome shades, and Open Air Photobooth for the photobooth fun at the party. Review the photobooth photos here!

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For more event take aways and to stay updated on all the latest WeddingWire happenings for pros, be sure to follow WeddingWireEDU on Twitter and Instagram. We hope you see you again next year!

» Where to Find WeddingWire at Wedding MBA

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Wedding MBA is almost here! We can’t wait to meet pros from around the country attending the educational conference this week in Las Vegas. If you are attending, take a look below to learn where to find us, and about some fun happenings you won’t want to miss.

Learn from Experts:

Start the conference by connecting with the team. Bring your online marketing questions to our Ask the Expert room Monday morning from 9-11:00 AM in the Saguaro room. Throughout the conference, attend exciting and informative sessions from WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly and our Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, Meghan Ely & Kathryn Hamm.

Meet the Team:

Visit the WeddingWire Lounge for a one-on-one consultation, collect fun swag, take a picture in the 360 photobooth,  select your favorite style at the t-shirt press, and come back for more surprises each day. Plus, be sure to stop by the WeddingWire family booths — GayWeddings, liveBooks and Newlywish. They would love to meet you too!

Celebrate at the Annual Party:

Mix and mingle at our annual WeddingWire Party! Conference attendees are welcome to join us Tuesday at 9:00 PM at the Ling Ling Club, located above Hakkasan Nightclub in the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Come ready to unwind, dance and enjoy great music!

Toast to New Friends:

After your final day of education on Wednesday, it’s time to celebrate all you have learned! Enjoy drinks, music and networking at the event closing Happy Hour, located in the WeddingWire Lounge starting at 6:00 PM.

Let’s Connect:

Don’t forget to follow @WeddingWireEDU on Instagram and Twitter! We will be posting key takeaways from Education Expert sessions, reminders for important event details, special contest information and more. Plus, we will be sharing some great posts from other conference attendees, so be sure to tag us and #WeddingMBA to be featured.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

» Wedding MBA: Don’t Miss Ask the Experts and Exciting New Content!

We can’t wait to see wedding pros from around the country for three full days of top-notch educational seminars at Wedding MBA this October 3-5 in Las Vegas. Don’t miss the fun and lots of exciting new content!

This year, the conference will start Monday morning and end after our celebratory Happy Hour at the Exhibit Hall Wednesday evening. Be sure to plan your travel accordingly to not miss any valuable sessions!

What can you expect at Wedding MBA?

  • The conference kicks off with a brand new track — Ask the Experts. During these sessions from 9am-12pm on Monday, you will be able to visit a variety of rooms on topics that matter to your business success and ask tough questions to experts in categories such as Online Marketing, Websites, SEO, Legal and more. Bring your toughest questions, or just pop around and learn tips from the questions posed by your peers. WeddingWire is sponsoring the Online Marketing track, so stop by to ask your questions our CMO Sonny Ganguly and Education Experts Alan Berg and Meghan Ely!
  • Monday afternoon you can follow the breakout track that applies to your business category and learn from other successful pros in your area of service such as Venues, Wedding Planners, DJs & Lighting, Photography, Officiants and more.
  • Tuesday starts bright and early at 8am with exciting sessions from top industry professionals including our own CMO Sonny Ganguly and CEO Timothy Chi, WeddingWire Education Experts and many more. Come ready and charged up for a full day of note taking and social sharing!
  • What’s a trip to Vegas without hitting the town? Stay tuned for more details on our can’t-miss annual party Tuesday night for conference attendees.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday from 12-6pm you will be able to visit the businesses participating in the Exhibit Hall. Don’t miss the fun give aways and surprises we have planned each day in the WeddingWire Lounge!
  • Wednesday is another full day packed with valuable business presentations you won’t want to miss. You’ll leave with a full agenda of ideas to apply to your business this year and beyond.
  • Join us to cheers to the end of a great conference with new friends, music, and a celebratory drink (or two!) at WeddingWire’s complimentary Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall starting at 6pm.

Not yet signed up to attend? Don’t miss out! Register using this special link to save an extra $20 on the current ticket price simply by being a WeddingWire member (your discount will be applied when you complete checkout). See you in Vegas!

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» Have You Registered for Wedding MBA?

Have You Registered Wedding MBA?Don’t miss three exciting days of presentations and seminars from top-notch wedding professionals and favorite industry experts at Wedding MBA this October 3-5th in Las Vegas!

Did you know you can save extra on your ticket just by being a WeddingWire member? Register using this special link to save an extra $20 on the current ticket price (please note your discount will be applied when you complete checkout).

What can you look forward to at Wedding MBA?

  • An entire first day  filled with specialty content covering a variety of categories. There will be Wedding Venue Seminars, Photobooth Seminars, Decor Seminars, Florist Seminars, and many more! Attend the sessions to learn from your peers.
  • Many WeddingWire Education Experts will be in attendance, such as WeddingWire Education Guru Alan Berg, who will be presenting his own talk, “Wedding Cashers,” on making more sales in less time. Alan’s other presentation, “Word Up,” will discuss ways to optimize your website text. You can also hear from WeddingWire Education Expert Kathryn Hamm on “Serving Same-Sex Couples: The Real Story”, and Meghan Ely on “One for the Money: Ten Ways to Boost Sales Without Discounting.” Plus, WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly has three main stage sessions you won’t want to miss.
  • WeddingWire is excited to have our booth, annual party, and to sponsor a Happy Hour as the closing celebration for the event Wednesday evening! We can’t wait to show you what fun surprises we have in store this year.

The event will be here before we know it! Don’t forget to register now and save on your ticket before the next price increase on Saturday, June 25th.

» NACE Experience: Special Savings for WeddingWire Members

NACE Experience logoWeddingWire believes in the value of ongoing education to support your business growth in the wedding industry, and we’re excited to share a special offer to save on tickets to the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience 2016! This three day educational conference for all catering and events industry professionals is being held July 17-20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Register today and save $50 on your ticket by using promo code WPM50E16, applied during checkout.

The NACE Experience includes:

  • Design Experience, a one of a kind interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips
  • Culinary Experience, a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seats as they are being prepared on site
  • National speakers from all over the industry, such as personalities from the Food Network, Hard Rock International, and more

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy breakout sessions, award-winning national keynote speakers, networking with other catering and event professionals, and a Marketplace Expo with top industry companies – including WeddingWire!

For additional details, view the full schedule, speakers, and travel and hotel information, and follow along on social media with #NACEEXP16.

Planning to attend? You’re invited to join the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau for their Wedding Planning Destination Experience 2016, immediately following the NACE Experience 2016. Conference attendees who attend the event receive one complimentary hotel night with their registration!

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» Wedding MBA 2016: Special Savings for WeddingWire Members

Wedding MBA: Special Savings for WeddingWire MembersDon’t miss three exciting days of education for wedding professionals at Wedding MBA this October 3-5th in Las Vegas!

Did you know you can save extra on your ticket just by being a WeddingWire member? Register with this special link to save an extra $20 on the current ticket price (your discount will be applied when you complete checkout).

What will you experience at Wedding MBA?

  • Great education to boost your business’ success. Attend the event for 100 seminars focused on business, technology and trends in the wedding industry. This year, there are category-specific tracks the first day in addition to all the industry relevant main presentations to look forward to.
  • Presentations from industry leaders. Experience inspirational and action-oriented presentations from top industry speakers including WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi, CMO Sonny Ganguly, Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, and Kathryn Hamm, and many more. View the Wedding MBA website for all speakers and sessions!
  • Networking and celebrating with industry friends. Make new friends while attending the daily educational seminars, the annual much-anticipated WeddingWire Party, the WeddingWire Happy Hour and more. Plus, meet with members of the WeddingWire team to discuss your account and see what fun surprises we have in store at our Lounge this year.

Check out our highlights from last year’s event for an inside peek at the conference, and get your ticket before the next price increase. We hope we’ll see you in Vegas this fall!

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Cleveland

Earlier this week, wedding professionals gathered at The Club at Key Center for WeddingWire Networking Night Cleveland!

At the Networking Night, Cleveland pros had the opportunity to enjoy the stunning venue space, network with other local professionals across all service categories, meet members of the WeddingWire team, and listen to an educational presentation by WeddingWire’s Regional Manager for Customer Success, Megan Hayes.

Thank you to all the wonderful pros who joined us! We’re excited to share highlights from the event including the educational presentation, our newest issue of WedInsights, and great photos from the evening (as seen below). If you want to continue the conversation with some of the pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Networking Night Cleveland board in the Pro Forums.

We would like to say a special thank you to the amazing event partners who helped make the evening possible:

We’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack – congrats to Meg of Meg Bowman Photography!

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» WeddingWire World 2016: Recap

WeddingWire World 2016Thank you again to all our pros for making WeddingWire World 2016 so great!

The entire WeddingWire team was thrilled to host our ninth WeddingWire World in just five years last week at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. We had an amazing time learning, growing, and laughing with the nearly 2,000 wedding and event pros in attendance.

We were blown away by all the posts, comments, tweets, and memories shared at WeddingWire World 2016! Be sure to catch up on all the great activity by checking out the official event hashtag #wwworld on Twitter and Instagram.

In case you missed it, highlights from our inspirational and educational presentations included:

  • Special sessions to help you gain outside perspectives featuring representatives of other industries, including Shawn Johnson, Bethenny Frankel, and Frank Supovitz
  • Trends-based presentations to keep you in the loop from speakers like Sylvia Weinstock, Monte Durham, and WeddingWire’s Director of Market Insights Andy Whittaker
  • Breakout sessions that covered other business disciplines you may be overlooking, including legal concerns, accounting advice, sales best practices, and more
  • Panels and presentations aimed at bringing attendees up to speed on the LGBTQ community and how to move forward in support of same-sex couples looking to get married
  • Main stage and breakout sessions from our WeddingWire Education Experts, who went above and beyond in both their presentations and their conversations and advice for pros in attendance

All attendees will receive the slides for all presentations, so keep an eye on your inbox to keep the education and excitement flowing!

Other WeddingWire World 2016 highlights included:

  • The Marketplace, where attendees could learn more about our industry partnerships, featured associations, and educational resources
  • Our free t-shirt press, featuring multiple fun designs and colors for attendees to customize
  • Free professional headshots taken on-site by George Francis Jr.
  • The opportunity for attendees to meet with our Customer Success team members one-on-one to discuss their WeddingWire accounts
  • A Networking Night event following the first day’s presentations to offer additional networking opportunities and light refreshments
  • A special reception for VIPs and Weddi Award nominees, where Weddi Award winners received trophies and recognition from some of our top executives
  • The addition of Shop WeddingWire, where attendees could purchase additional WeddingWire branded swag items
  • Special prizes and giveaways throughout both days – an Apple Watch, FitBits, prize packs, and more

Finally, we’d like to extend one more big thank you to all the partners who made WeddingWire World 2016 possible: Tania Hossain Photography, Promovizion, DJ Jason Jani and SCE Event Group, Chauvet DJ, Open Air Photobooth, JerFilm Productions, George Francis Jr. Photography, Signature Talent, Snap Entertainment, Moo, and Hilton.

Again, thank you to all the pros who traveled from far and wide to join us this year. We’ve picked some of our favorite photos from WeddingWire World 2016 below, but you can check out the full album and our 360 degree video on our Facebook page!

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» WeddingWire World 2016: Day 3

WeddingWire World 2016: Day 3

It’s our first-ever day three of WeddingWire World! We’re thrilled to have spent so much time with our wedding professionals so far, and we’ve got some more awesome education in store in our sessions today!

Today’s sessions are all breakout sessions to accommodate as many speakers and topics as possible! We also added a fourth theme to our breakout tracks – our Discovery Track aims to help you discover some new ideas and open your eyes to some great advice from our experts. Today’s breakout tracks are:

  • Live Website Reviews: Turn Visitors to Clients by Alan Berg, Certified Speaking Professional®
  • Achieving Email Excellence: Subject Lines, Stats and Standout Messaging by Bart Thornburg, Senior Manager of Email Marketing at WeddingWire
  • What’s the Q? Best Practices in Language for LGBTQ Weddings by Bernadette Smith, Founder of 14 Stories & President of Gay Wedding Institute
  • Wedding Show Success Secrets: Face-To-Face Marketing in an Online World by Marc McIntosh, CEO of Wedding Experience
  • The Success Mindset: 10 Traits of Top Performers by Laura C. Cannon, Owner of Ceremony Officiants
  • The Importance of SEO by Sonny Ganguly, CMO of WeddingWire
  • It’s Raining Men (and Women)! Marketing Your Business to Engaged Same-Sex Couples by Bernadette Smith, Founder of 14 Stories & President of Gay Wedding Institute
  • Creating the Experience by Jeremy Brech, Owner of DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design
  • Leading Like A CEO, Managing Like A Pro by Jon’ll Boyd, CEO of Completely Yours Events
  • Instagram for Wedding Professionals by Natalie Franke, Owner of Natalie Franke Photography & Co-Founder of The Rising Tide Society
  • Wedding Trends for 2016: What Couples Are Liking, Loving, and Leaving Behind featuring Kim Forrest, WeddingWire Editor & Sarah Zlotnick, Washingtonian Bride and Groom Editor in Chief
  • Pro Panel: Destination Weddings, featuring Joann Gregoli of Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli, Destination Wedding Planner Maria Lugo, Vanessa Velez of Vanessa Velez Photography, and Marilyn Cairo of AskMeWeddings
  • Industry Networking: Developing Powerful Relationships that Fuel Referrals by Andy Ebon, VP of Marketing at Wedding University
  • Blog Like It’s Your Business! by Jennifer Reitmeyer & Kyle Bergner of WeddingIQ
  • Top Highlights from WedInsights by Andy Whittaker, Director of Market Insights at WeddingWire

We’re also happy to host Sonny’s Marshmallow Challenge at the end of our fourth round of breakouts, which is a fun and interactive group session aimed at helping you improve team communication.

We’ll also be adding photos to our Facebook page this week, plus a full event recap next week with all of the important details!

» WeddingWire World 2016: Day 2

WeddingWire World 2016: Day 2

Yesterday we were blown away by the great speakers, main stage presentations, breakout sessions, and crazy amount of attendee social media activity of WeddingWire World 2016 – and that was just day one!

We’re even more excited to begin day two of WeddingWire World today, and we’ve got even more great education and surprises in store. In the main exhibition hall, presentations include:

  • Traditions to Trends: What’s Old is New Again by Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and Bridals by Lori
  • Tim Talk: Entrepreneurship by Timothy Chi, CEO of WeddingWire
  • What To Do When Things Go Wrong by Frank Supovitz, President & CEO of Fast Traffic Events and the Former Senior Vice President of Events for the NFL
  • Chef to CEO: Turning Simple Ideas Into Extraordinary Results by Bethenny Frankel, Creator of Skinnygirl Lifestyle Brand, Reality TV Star, and Best-Selling Author
  • The Evolving Tech Landscape by Sonny Ganguly, CMO of WeddingWire

We’ll continue tomorrow’s schedule with even more breakout sessions, including:

  • Business Accounting: Make Your Finances Work for You by Michael Klipper, Principal at ENGAGE CPAs
  • Win the Hearts of Couples with Social Media by Kyle Mihalcoe, Associate Director of Customer Success at WeddingWire
  • Business Etiquette: Strategies to Impress Clients & Build Successful Relationships by Laurie Hartwell, Founder & CEO of The Bridal Society
  • Work Harder and Smarter…Growing Your Business by Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel & Elevate by Bethel
  • Branding & Boundaries: Attracting Your Dream Clients & Managing the Nightmares by Jennifer Reitmeyer, President of My Deejay and Founder of WeddingIQ & Authentic Boss
  • Panel: Leading Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage moderated by Kathryn Hamm, featuring Bernadette Smith of Gay Wedding Institute & Journalist Steven Petrow
  • The Importance of Add-On Sales & Services by Brian Lawrence, Founder of BrianLawrence.com
  • Mythbusters: Decoding Common Couple Misconceptions by Marty Kaufman, VP of Customer Experience at WeddingWire

Below are a few photo highlights from Tania Hossain Photography of our day one sessions so you can catch up on all the fun! And don’t forget to keep tweeting your own takeaways and follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter and Instagram, where @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting and responding to feedback and more, plus check back tomorrow morning for information on day three.

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