» Wedding Community Comes Together for Wedding MBA 2017

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It has been difficult to find the words for the tragic events that took place in Las Vegas last week, but it was humbling to witness the outpouring of love and acts of kindness throughout the Las Vegas community and beyond. We are grateful for the wedding community of professionals who came together to turn a time of tragedy into a week of uplifting unity and support. Despite the unfortunate events, the community of wedding professionals at Wedding MBA came together to connect, learn and celebrate unity.

The week was filled with educational presentations, networking, and plenty of selfies (with confetti!) at the WeddingWire booth. WeddingWire Education Experts and WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly held nine educational sessions covering a wide variety of topics from tech trends to social media to closing sales and more.

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The WeddingWire booth was enjoyed by all, featuring a large LED screen displaying real-time Instagram posts from conference goers using #WeDoWMBA. Selfie and boomerang booths were set up in front of fun backdrops with bubbles and confetti galore. The hoodie and t-shirt giveaways were a hit, in addition to one-on-one meetings with Customer Success Managers, a coffee bar, a beauty bar, and so much more!

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In the spirit of unity, WeddingWire partnered with The Knot to turn our scheduled parties into one joint fundraiser in support of the Las Vegas victims and community. The fundraiser was held on Tuesday, October 3rd at Jewel Nightclub at the ARIA Resort and Casino. WeddingWire and The Knot each donated $5 per attendee totaling $16,000 given to the Las Vegas Victims’ fund on top of the suggested $10 donation for attendees.

A very special thank you to our amazing partners: Jason Jani of SCE Event Group and DJ Brian B for DJing our party, DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design for lighting up our booth and making it pop, Montell Jordan for the throwback entertainment, Ella Gagiano Studios for the in-booth headshots, Bobbie Pin Beauty for the pre-fundraiser makeovers, and The Photo Booth Group or the selfie/boomerang stations at our booth and party.

To see more photos check out the full album here. For more event takeaways and to stay up-to-date on all the latest WeddingWire happenings for wedding professionals, be sure to follow WeddingWireEDU on Instagram.

To help the victims of the Vegas tragedy, you can donate to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund at http://wed.li/helpvegas.

» 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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» 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.

» 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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» 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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» 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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» Have You Registered for the Wedding MBA?

Wedding MBA logoDon’t miss a great opportunity to learn from top industry leaders, celebrate with other Pros, and freshen your business perspective at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas this September 14-17, 2015!

Register for the Wedding MBA conference before the price increases! Save an additional $20 off the current price with this special link for WeddingWire members. Your discount will be applied in your shopping cart upon check out.

Speakers include WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly, CEO Timothy Chi, and WeddingWire Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon and Kathryn Hamm – among many other industry leaders.

Here are a handful of sessions you won’t want to miss:

  • Wheel of Fortune: Solve the Puzzle of the Future of Tech
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Mobile is the Final Answer
  • Jeopardy Daily Double: What are the Top Business Mistakes to Avoid?

Save your spot today!

Questions? Email info@weddingmba.com!

» Special Savings for Wedding MBA: Just for WeddingWire Members!

Don’t miss four days of education for wedding professionals at Wedding MBA this September 14-17th in Las Vegas! Invest in your business’ success this fall with great industry speakers including WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi, CMO Sonny Ganguly, Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon and Kathryn Hamm, and more.

Register with this special link to save an extra $20 on the current ticket price, just for WeddingWire members.

Why attend Wedding MBA?

  • Great education and the latest industry tips to boost your business! Don’t miss great presentations including: Wheel of Fortune: Solve the Puzzle of Tech, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Mobile is the Final Answer, Flavor of Love: Win the Hearts of Couples with Social Media, and Jeopardy Daily Double: What are the Top Business Mistakes to Avoid?
  • Networking with other industry Pros from around the country (and beyond!). Hundreds of wedding professionals from across service categories and all around the world will join together to learn, network and have fun. Make new friends and learn new tips from other Pros this fall! Plus, meet with members of the WeddingWire team to discuss your account and best practices.
  • Time for fun! Why turn down a business trip to learn in Las Vegas? WeddingWire will be hosting fun events like our annual Tuesday evening party and a Happy Hour at the convention space on Wednesday after sessions wrap for the day. Stay tuned for more details!

Check out our highlights from last year’s event post and the Wedding MBA official website for more information. We hope to see you at Wedding MBA 2015!

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