» 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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» WeddingWire World 2016: Day 1

WeddingWire World 2016: Day 1

Today’s the day! We’re kicking off our biggest WeddingWire World yet with thousands of dedicated wedding professionals in Washington, DC. Since our first WeddingWire World event in 2012, we’ve been building our educational conference to help our community of wedding pros get the resources and tools they need to take their businesses to the next level.

Over the next three days, WeddingWire World 2016 attendees will hear from a variety of featured speakers, industry experts, and skilled entrepreneurs with tons of wisdom to share! Today’s exciting main stage presentations include:

  • Top Pro: 10 Steps to Success by Sonny Ganguly, CMO of WeddingWire
  • Building Your Brand from Scratch by Sylvia Weinstock of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
  • Ready, Set, Network: Building Your Business through Your Buddies by Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting LLC
  • Dream Big and Keep a Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson, Gold Medal Olympian
  • Listen Up … and Sell More! by Alan Berg, Certified Speaking Professional®

We’re also excited to feature a number of breakout tracks throughout the conference that focus on a particular theme! Follow one track to learn more about running your business, marketing your business, or managing your clients, or select the presentation that best fits your interests – breakout sessions today include:

  • Legal 101: Setting Up Your Business by Caroline J. Fox, Esq. of The Creekmore Law Firm, PC
  • The Brain Behind the Business by Natalie Franke, Co-Founder of The Rising Tide Society
  • Understanding Your Clients: Having Empathy in Sales by Andy Ebon of Wedding University
  • 5 Tips to Get More Reviews by Mike Walter of Elite Entertainment
  • Panel: Advice from the Engaged & Newly Married moderated by Andy Whittaker, Director of Market Insights at WeddingWire
  • Productivity & Time Management Hacks to Build Your Business by Amanda Miller Littlejohn, PR Strategist and Personal Branding Coach
  • Same-Sex Couples and the Modern Market by Kathryn Hamm, Publisher of GayWeddings.com

Below are a few other helpful day one notes for WeddingWire World 2016 attendees:

  • Get answers to your account questions and advice to help your business succeed at our Customer Success Station in Baltimore 4-5, open today from 12pm-5pm.
  • Stop by Baltimore 3 to have your professional headshot taken (for free!) anytime between 12pm-6pm today.
  • Purchase WeddingWire swag and learn more about our speakers and partners at our Marketplace, open today from 12pm-5pm.
  • Tweet your own takeaways and follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter, where @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting and responding to feedback and more!
  • Foster the new connections you’ve made throughout the day at our Networking Night reception following the day’s presentations in Eastern Shore.

Check back tomorrow morning for additional day two information! We hope all our Pros enjoy day one!

» WeddingWire World 2016 is Almost Here!

WeddingWire World 2016 is Almost Here!We are so excited that WeddingWire World 2016 is this week! If you’ll be attending, be sure to review these key details below so you’re prepared for an awesome two and a half days of education, networking, and fun.

Travel Details to Get You There

The conference is being held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. If you are driving, on-site parking at the Gaylord is available, or park a block away at the St. George Garage. For additional information, review the full travel details.

Event Reminders and Recommendations

Come prepared for a great day! Breakfast and coffee is available for purchase at the hotel and at restaurants around National Harbor. We encourage comfortable business attire for the event. Wear walkable shoes and bring a sweater in case it gets cool. Don’t forget your business cards for networking!

There is a forecast for minor snowfall and potential accumulations affecting the Washington, DC area from Monday night into Tuesday. We are planning to proceed with the conference on schedule, but will be in touch with any updates via email and the website should they arise. Please travel safely, and allow for extra time if needed.

Save Time and Visit Registration Early

Early registration will be open today from 3:00-6:00pm, and registration opens tomorrow at 7:00am before the day starts at 9:30am. Registration is located outside of the main event space, Prince George’s Exhibit Hall D on the Atrium level. Look for WeddingWire World signage in the Gaylord National Resort® hotel to direct you.

Special Opportunities for VIP Guests

Take advantage of your VIP ticket holder benefits:

  • Breakfast will be provided to VIP guests on Tuesday in the Eastern Shore room from 7-9AM
  • Use the VIP ticket holder priority seating section in the main event space for a great view
  • Join the Weddi Awards™ ceremony and VIP reception for light fare and drinks Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm in the Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
  • Pre-schedule your time to meet with a Customer Success Manager and discuss your account.

Don’t forget to share your favorite takeaways and moments with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @WeddingWireEDU using our official hashtag #wwworld! We’ll be reposting a few of our favorites for some special prizes (and bragging rights).

We can’t wait to see you all this week! If you haven’t attended a WeddingWire World event with us before, be sure to check out last year’s recap to see what to expect.

» Event Recap: The Planners Suite Conference

Event Recap: The Planners Suite Conference 2016This past Monday, event planners of all different backgrounds and stages of their careers gathered for The Planners Suite Conference at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA!

WeddingWire was thrilled to have our own Kyle Mihalcoe in attendance to speak about how your business can stand out on social media, but the conference also included a number of expert speakers on a variety of topics surrounding the core message of the day – turning passion and purpose into profit!

After a warm welcome from Jon’ll Boyd, CEO of Completely Yours Events and Founder of the Planners Suite Conference, and emcee Candice Camille, WellologistTM, attendees observed a ton of great presentations from true industry experts, including:

  • Tips on grabbing the attention of key sponsors for events from Stacey Ferguson of Blogalicious
  • Instructions for creating successful and full proof contracts from Rebecca Melone of Melone Law, P.C.
  • Lessons on managing your finances from Sonya Smith-Valentine of Financially Fierce
  • Helpful marketing advice and strategies from Sherron Washington of P3 Solutions
  • Guidelines for effectively and gracefully executing a styled shoot from Christina Grimes of Completely Yours Events
  • Reasons why it’s so important to take control of your own A/V from Taren Bradley of PSAV
  • Sales automation best practices from Che Brown and Trevor Otts of Peak Performers Institute
  • Engaging tips for taking the plunge and investing in your own success from Cheryl Wood of Cheryl Wood Empowers
  • Keynote presentation by the one and only Jodi Moraru of EVOKE
  • Suggestions for learning how to charge what you’re worth from Shelby Tuck-Horton of Exquisite Expressions and Events
  • Branding strategies and reminders from Amanda Miller Littlejohn of The Branding Box
  • Steps to building and maintaining a successful team from host and creator Jon’ll Boyd of Completely Yours Events
  • Information for defending against copyright infringement from Jennifer Reitmeyer and Kyle Bergner of WeddingIQ

Attendees finished a very long, inspirational day with a happy hour and mixer filled with the constant exchange of advice, laughs, and business cards. But the best part about the conference was the unity among attendees. Each planner was there to grow themselves, and their business, but they left with plenty of connections and an extended network.

In addition to the amazing planners in attendance, The Planners Suite Conference featured the wonderful work of the following pros:

Check out a few photo highlights from Chip Dizárd Weddings, below!

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» WeddingWire World Speaker Announcement: Bethenny Frankel!

Bethenny_Frankel@2xChef, best-selling author, reality star and businesswoman behind the Skinnygirl brand, Bethenny Frankel is the latest featured speaker who will be joining us at WeddingWire World 2016!

Bethenny gained notoriety on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, is known for her wit, wisdom, and humor, and was named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by Forbes magazine. At WeddingWire World, Bethenny will share how she built a multi-million dollar brand, and her professional journey along the way.

In addition to Bethenny Frankel, other featured speakers include Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta star Monte Durham, and top industry names including Education Guru Alan Berg, WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly, and many more.

Learn more about WeddingWire World, the other top speakers, and the full agenda here! Be sure to register before the next price increase on 12/14/15.

» Planning Your Continuing Education for 2016

The following post was written by WeddingWire Education Expert Andy Ebon. Andy is the Founder of Wedding University and The Wedding Marketing Blog, and is an International Public Speaker, Writer and Consultant based in Las Vegas. Andy travels across North America and beyond, presenting to Associations, Wedding Industry Conferences, Regional Gatherings, and Local Meetings.

As you look ahead toward all phases of your business development in 2016 and beyond, one of the key areas of growth is human development. Whether you are a company owner or general manager, it falls to you to think ahead and outline a companywide plan for continuing education and forward thinking.

Planning Continuing Education for 2016To keep up with the latest trends in the industry and continue your education as a wedding professional, attending conferences and joining associations is a big part of being forward thinking. Below I share the factors to consider when choosing which conference to attend, plus some tips for getting the most out of the events you choose.

Preparation: Review the conference agenda and education sessions well before you arrive. Identify the names of speakers and presenters you know or want to hear. Do this one task before you get there and your outcome will always be measurably better.

Attendance: For larger conferences, bring more people. There is nothing more frustrating than noticing three, four, five breakout sessions in the program, and realizing there is only one of you. Don’t try to hoard the education. Invest in a second or third attendee from your company. When you return home, the energy, knowledge, and momentum will just explode.

Price: If you’ve never attended an industry conference, the costs might worry you at first. But think of the expense as an investment in your business, giving you a ROI many times the price of admission. When deciding what to attend, be clear on what the conference registration fee includes. Conference registration, airfare, and hotel room blocks usually come at a significant reduction in price, so plan early and you’ll likely pay less.

Post-event: Bring the experience home to share with other staff members, share the photos, notes from the best sessions, and invigorate everyone. It’s generates pride when a person is working with a company with desire and goals to improve their product, service, and creativity… continually.

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» Share Your WeddingWire World #TBT Memories this November!

WeddingWire World 2016 is quickly approaching, and we love to look back on the past conferences to reminisce on our favorite moments, and see how it has evolved over the years!

Since we are just three months from the conference, this November we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday (also known as #TBT) all month on @WeddingWireEDU – and we want you to join in the fun!

How can you participate?

Every Thursday of November, share your favorite #TBT WeddingWire World or industry conference photos with @WeddingWireEDU on Instagram or Twitter. Simply post your photo and caption, but don’t forget to tag @WeddingWireEDU and use #TBT and #WWWorld.

The best part?

Not only will we be liking and re-sharing our favorite photos and memories, but you could win a pair of tickets to the event! Every Friday in November, @WeddingWireEDU will announce our weekly winner, who will get two free standard WeddingWire World 2016 tickets to the conference (a $1098 value!). See official rules for more details.

Since our inaugural one-day conference at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2012 with several hundred wedding professionals, to our multi-city ‘World Tour’ in five cities throughout the US in 2014, to our two day event at the Gaylord National Resort with over one thousand pros in 2015, we’ve had a lot of fun along the way – and 2016 will be the biggest and best conference yet!

Check out the great speakers and agenda for this year’s event, and register if you haven’t already done so. Don’t worry: any #TBT winners will be refunded for their tickets, so don’t let that hold you back!

Here are some of our favorite throwbacks from years past:

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» Group Rates Available for WeddingWire World!

Group Rates Now Available for WeddingWire World!We know that conferences are more fun with friends, so get a group of your colleagues, industry contacts, or friends together to attend WeddingWire World 2016! Not only will you be able to reconnect and learn together as a group, but you can also save on the cost of your ticket.

The more the merrier – and the more you can save! Check out the group rate offerings:

  • BUDDIES: Purchase 3-4 tickets at once to get 10% off standard ticket price
  • TEAMS: Purchase 5-9 tickets at once to get 20% off standard ticket price
  • SUPER GROUPS: Purchase 10+ tickets at once to get 25% off standard ticket price

What are you waiting for? Reach out to your colleagues, industry groups, and even your social networks to get a group together and register now!

No group? No worries! Individual tickets are available, too. Join us »

For WeddingWire World 2016 related questions, please email events@weddingwire.com.

» Highlights from Wedding MBA 2015!

The WeddingWire team had a great time at the annual Wedding MBA (Wedding Merchants Business Academy) 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada last week!

From lots of education to having fun with Pros, below are some of our favorite highlights from the conference! Plus, check out this awesome video recap from our friends at Big Dream Entertainment.

Great Education:

Our team enjoyed all the great educational presentations for Wedding Pros, which included four WeddingWire sessions hosted by WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly and CEO Timothy Chi. Additionally, WeddingWire Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, Kathryn Hamm and Meghan Ely all shared their expertise with engaging sessions throughout the conference.

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Also, don’t miss our brand new WeddingWire Education Guide for our best educational content in one easy place! From infographics, to our top blog posts, free webinars and WedInsight Guides, the Education Guide will help boost your business’ success.

Meeting Pros:

Industry conferences such as Wedding MBA and WeddingWire World are a great opportunities to get to meet some of the fantastic wedding and event Pros we work with in person! Attendees stopped by WeddingWire’s Lounge for one-on-one account support sessions, to say hello and meet team members, have some fun and collect some awesome swag, and learn more about WeddingWire.

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» WeddingWire at Wedding MBA 2015

WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly presenting at Wedding MBAToday kicks off the first full day of presentations at Wedding MBA 2015, and WeddingWire is so excited to be attending again this year! We’re looking forward to all the great education and industry tips, plus plenty of time to mix and mingle with all our Pros.

Here’s an overview of where to find the WeddingWire team and some of the fun events we don’t want you to miss this year!

Relax with us at the WeddingWire Lounge

There are fun surprises in store at the WeddingWire Lounge. Come by during Expo hours to pick up awesome swag, play special games, charge your devices, check out new technology – and, of course, to meet the team for a one-on-one consultation or to the chance say “hello.”

Learn from the best in our presentations

WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi and CMO Sonny Ganguly are giving four great presentations full of tech, social media, mobile, and business tips. Plus, attend sessions hosted by our Education Experts Alan Berg, Kathryn Hamm, and Andy Ebon. Review the Wedding MBA schedule now to plan ahead!

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» WeddingWire World Speaker Announcement: Shawn Johnson!

Shawn JohnsonWe are so excited to announce our latest WeddingWire World 2016 Featured Speaker – Shawn Johnson!

Shawn is an impressive four time Olympic Medalist gymnast, receiving a Gold medal in the Balance Beam, and Silver medals in All-Around, Floor, and the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

Additionally, Shawn has been honored with an ESPY for Best U.S. Female Olympian, and as an inductee into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Outside of gymnastics, Shawn was crowned the Dancing with the Stars champion in 2009, and was the runner up on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars in 2012. She also appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2014. Her exciting news continues as she celebrated her engagement this year!

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Shawn and get inspired through her perseverance, dedication and motivation at WeddingWire World. Register for your ticket today to save before the next price increase!

Questions? Learn more about WeddingWire World, review the FAQ, and check out the agenda!

» WeddingWire World 2016 Agenda Announcement

WeddingWire World 2016 tickets are on sale, and we are excited to announce our conference agenda is now live!

We have packed three days full of top education for wedding professionals. Register for your ticket to learn from celebrity keynote speakers (shh – more speaker announcements are coming soon!), leading industry speakers, Pros like you who have excelled and are sharing their experiences, three new breakout tracks, business workshops, networking opportunities and much more!

Take a peek at some conference highlights below, and review the full agenda here:

  • Compelling main stage presentations on the client experience, technology, sales, networking, trends and more from top rated speakers including Sonny Ganguly, Alan Berg, Meghan Ely, and Monte Durham.
  • New breakout tracks with great speakers. Simply pick your session of choice for each breakout and opt to focus on a business, marketing, or clients theme, or follow your favorite track throughout each day for in-depth education on that theme!
  • Learn from experts during workshop sessions on the final day. Take a deeper look at WeddingWire marketing and client tools, business tools like email and social media, or learn from other successful Pros on important topics like finding your niche.

worldBe sure to check back soon for more agenda updates and speaker announcements!

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in all the new presentations, networking opportunities, and fun surprises we have in store. Get your ticket today for the lowest ticket price before the $150 increase on September 16th, 2015!

Questions? Email events@weddingwire.com and we will be in touch soon.