» 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.

» Share Your Story for a Chance to Attend WeddingWire World 2016

Share Your Story for a Chance to Attend WeddingWire World 2016Are you brand new to the wedding business? Do you value education and continued learning, but find that finances are too tight? Looking for a bit of good luck to kick off 2016? We’re here to help!

We believe that WeddingWire World has the power to make 2016 your most successful year yet, but we know that an industry conference can be a big commitment. That’s why we’re pleased to announce new WeddingWire World scholarships to assist our most deserving pros!

We’ve saved a select number of tickets for pros that are unable to attend because of circumstances beyond their control. Tell us what attending a top educational conference for wedding pros would mean to your business and why you feel you are deserving of the scholarship for your chance to attend WeddingWire World 2016 on us.

Fill out the form below and a limited number of entrants will receive up to two free tickets to join us at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC on February 9-11, 2016, while supplies last. See Official Rules for more details.

You could receive up to two tickets to access the latest industry education from top wedding and business speakers, with brand new presentations and themed breakout session tracks, networking opportunities, and fun surprises! Regularly-priced standard tickets are $499 each, so don’t miss this great opportunity to attend.

Good luck, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Having trouble viewing this form? Try entering here.

Last year’s event sold out – guarantee your seat and buy your ticket today!

» Voting is Now Live for the Weddi Awards™!

Weddi_Award16_logo_stacked-teal-black-TMThe Weddi AwardsTM, WeddingWire’s latest awards program for distinguishing exceptional service in the wedding industry, has now launched the voting pages for all Weddi Award nominees!

Earlier this fall, we launched the program and accepted submissions from Pros and peers to honor exceptional work in the industry through a variety of awards in the professional experience, customer excellence and innovation + creativity categories.

To vote, visit the website and click through the award pages to find out what Pros you know have been nominated, and vote for your favorite entry for each voting-based award. Each individual can only vote one time per award (per device), so pick your winner carefully!

The top three nominees with the most votes per award will move on to the final stage of the competition, and will win a free ticket to WeddingWire World 2016 and a special invitation to our Weddi Award reception at the event where the ultimate winner as determined by our panel of 11 industry judges will be announced!

If you or an industry friend has been nominated, share the news! Email, post, and tweet with a  link to their award’s voting page and ask your audience of past clients, colleagues, friends and family to vote from now through December 23, 2015 when voting closes at midnight EST. All nominees will be contacted to learn if they are in the top three per award by December 31, 2015.

For more information about the Weddi Awards™, please read our press release here.

Additional questions? Please refer to the Weddi Awards™ FAQ page, or you can reach out to us directly at weddiawards@weddingwire.com.

Good luck to all the nominees!

» 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.

» Submit Your Business for the Weddi Awards™!

The Weddi AwardsTM is WeddingWire’s latest awards program for distinguishing exceptional service in the wedding industry. You can submit your business or industry colleagues who deserve recognition to win!

Honor extraordinary work by submitting your business or a peer for a Weddi AwardTM in the main categories of Professional Achievement, Customer Excellence, and Innovation & Creativity. Business’ with the most total wedding reviews on WeddingWire in the US, Canada, by region, and by category will also win. View all awards on the Weddi Awards™ website, and see some highlighted awards below.

Weddi_Award16_logo_stacked-teal-black-TMYou could win:

  • Best Real Wedding
  • Most Creative Use of Social Media
  • Most Total Wedding Reviews by Category
  • Most Effective Branding
  • The Rising Star Award
  • Most Helpful Mentor Award
  • Most Charitable, Wedding Related
  • And more!

The top three candidates for each award will receive a complimentary standard ticket to WeddingWire World 2016, where candidates will be invited to a special awards reception where winners will be announced awarded with a custom trophy (and bragging rights!). Be sure to purchase your WeddingWire World ticket now before our next price increase, and any tickets purchased by winners will be refunded.

Applications close after November 18th, 2015, so don’t wait! You can submit to as many awards as you would like, but you can only submit once per award, per business.

Submit Your Business for the Weddi Awards™!

Learn more and start submitting today!

» 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.

» WeddingWire World Speakers: Back by Popular Demand

WWW2016-logoWeddingWire World 2016 tickets are now on sale, and we are excited to officially announce our first round of top rated speakers – all back by popular demand!

Join us February 9-11th, 2016 in Washington, DC for three days of top education to grow your business. Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in all the new presentations, networking opportunities, and fun surprises we have in store!

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Speakers include:

Check out the WeddingWire World 2016 website and announcement blog post for more details and additional confirmed speakers. Plus check back soon for new speaker announcements, agenda updates and more!

Don’t wait to register – ticket prices increase on September 15th, 2015. Sign up now to lock in early bird rates and our limited edition VIP ticket!

» On Sale Now: WeddingWire World 2016!

Join us at WeddingWire World 2016!We’re thrilled to announce that WeddingWire World 2016 tickets are now on sale!

Join us on February 9-11 in Washington, DC for three days of the latest education to grow your business. Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in all the new presentations, networking opportunities, and fun surprises we have in store.

WeddingWire World first began in 2012 in Washington, DC, and we followed up with another one-day event in 2013. In 2014, we took our conference “on the road” to visit WeddingWire Pros in four other major cities (Miami, Chicago, Houston, and Long Beach). In 2015, we brought WeddingWire World back to DC but extended the event to be two full days of presentations, education, and more.

With a new three day schedule, WeddingWire World 2016 will be bigger and better than ever before! Here’s what you can expect this year:

  • More presentations. WeddingWire World 2016 will feature exciting main stage presentations by big names and new sessions in segmented business tracks from top industry experts.
  • More education. In addition to the great presentations and speaker tracks, enjoy supplementary workshops to maximize your WeddingWire membership and answer your account questions.
  • More connections. Our 2016 event will provide new networking opportunities, daily celebrations with conference attendees, and one-on-one sessions with your account rep.

We will share more about our agenda, speakers, and presenters as we get closer to the event date! If you’re interested in submitting your information to be considered as a WeddingWire World 2016 presenter, please fill out our new speaker interest form.

Register now to take advantage of our lowest standard ticket price or book one of our new limited-quantity VIP tickets! Start here >>