» WeddingWire World 2015: Recap

WeddingWire World 2015We had an amazing time at WeddingWire World 2015!

The WeddingWire team was thrilled to host two full days filled with education and valuable information from industry experts and special guest speakers, along with networking and fun surprises. Thanks to all our Pros who attended the event!

WeddingWire World guests received great educational information to power their businesses from a variety of presenters, including Bill Rancic of NBC’s The Apprentice, Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, Chef Dana Herbert of TLC’s Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker, and more! Presenters held sessions on a variety of topics, from social media and online reputation to the legalities of small business and search engine optimization.

We hope all attendees enjoyed the conference as much as we did! Some of the highlights included:

  • The addition of Education Alley, where Pros could learn more about our industry partnerships, featured associations and educational resources
  • The opportunity for Pros to meet with our Customer Success team members one-on-one to discuss their WeddingWire accounts
  • A special Networking Night event following the first day’s presentations to offer additional networking opportunities and light refreshments
  • Special sessions held by representatives of LinkedIn, Pinterest, Animoto, The Bridal Society, Wish Upon a Wedding and many more
  • Free professional headshots taken on-site
  • Exciting WeddingWire product updates, including the new WeddingWire Review Manager for Pros mobile app and the upcoming WeddingWire Website Designer
  • Providing trophies for winners of the first year of the Weddi Awards, a new annual awards program for top Pros in the wedding industry
  • The awesome tweets and photos throughout the day to @WeddingWireEDU and using #wwworld across social media channels, giving feedback, top takeaways and more
  • Special prizes and giveaways throughout both days

Finally, a big thank you to our wonderful partners who helped make such a momentous event a success: our event photographers from Lux Photography, DJ extraordinaire David Grimm of Signature Talent, LLC and member of ADJA our music sponsor association, event videographer Jeremiah McLamb of JerFilm Productions, the folks of Open Air Photobooth, floral designs by Intrigue Designs, beautiful furniture from Party Plus Tents + Events, fun favors from Moments on Magnets, coffee talk mood music by Wescottage Music, and headshot photographer George Francis of George Francis Jr. Photography!

Check out some of our favorite photo highlights, below!

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» Day 2 of WeddingWire World 2015

Day 2 of WeddingWire World 2015We had a fabulous time at day one of WeddingWire World 2015, and we’re excited to kick off our first official second day of our annual educational users’ conference!

In addition to more opportunities for 1-on-1 time with your Customer Success Manager and a special ‘Coffee Talk’ featuring our guest speakers, day two of WeddingWire World 2015 will feature even more presentations from our industry experts and guest speakers, including Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and several Pro Panels highlighting a number of respected wedding industry veterans.

We’re also happy to announce the chance for attendees to update their  headshots with our featured professional photographer, George Francis, Jr. of George Francis Jr. Photography, plus an awards ceremony to close out the day, recognizing some of our most remarkable Wedding Pros.

Day two of WeddingWire World 2015 will also feature a number of breakout sessions, including:

  • Top Tools to Maximize Your Blog – Andy Ebon, WeddingWire Education Expert
  • Mastering Keys to Limitless Success – Laurie Hartwell, The Bridal Society
  • In His Moment: The Grooms Tell All – Ross Oscar Knight, photographer & author
  • Small Tips for the Big Day: Enhancing the Client Experience – Monte Durham, Bridals by Lori
  • The Importance of Reviews – Alan Katz, Great Officiants
  • Pros with a Passion: Giving back While Gaining More – Ali Phillips & Lacy Branch, Wish Upon a Wedding

As a reminder, don’t forget to follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter and Instagram to see key takeaways and fun behind-the-scenes photos from @WeddingWireEDU and our amazing guests.

We’re excited to welcome our Pros back today to continue the education and industry insights! Be sure to check back later this week as we continue to share event photos and highlights.

For more information about speakers, presentations and other frequently asked questions, visit WeddingWireWorld.com.

» Day 1 of WeddingWire World 2015

Day 1 of WeddingWire World 2015Today, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, wedding and event professionals from across the world will learn about the latest in the wedding industry and how to keep their businesses on top of the most important channels, including branding, business growth, review management, marketing strategies, networking and more!

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from leading wedding industry professionals, special guest speakers, Education Experts and WeddingWire staff over the course of two full days. Our Customer Success team will be available throughout each day for on-site consultations and help our members take advantage of everything their WeddingWire account has to offer.

Below are a few other helpful day one notes for WeddingWire World 2015 attendees:

  • Check in and start the day in the Potomac Lobby, where WeddingWire staff will be ready and waiting to welcome our Pros with a special gift.
  • Download the ProWire mobile app on iTunes or Google Play and select WeddingWire World 2015 so that you’re able to access everything you need to know, on the go!
  • Catch up and create new connections with your fellow Wedding Pros at our Networking Breakfast from 8am-9:15am.
  • Join us in Potomac AB for main stage presentations, followed by special gatherings and breakout sessions in various rooms throughout the day.
  • Learn more about our industry partnerships and featured associations with educational resources available at the first ever Education Alley, open from 1pm-5:30pm.
  • Tweet your own takeaways and follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter, where @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting and responding to Pro feedback and more! We also welcome guests to post their own behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram for a chance to win a WeddingWire Education Prize Pack (see official rules).
  • Foster the new connections you’ve made throughout the day at our Networking Night reception following the day’s presentations in Eastern Shore 1-3.

Check back tomorrow morning for additional day two information, including a few special surprises for attendees!

Thanks to all the Pros joining at WeddingWire World 2015! For more information about speakers, presentations and other frequently asked questions, visit WeddingWireWorld.com.

» WeddingWire World 2015: Meet the Speakers

We’re only one week away from WeddingWire World 2015, and tickets are sold out! We’re so excited to welcome hundreds of wedding and event professionals for two full days of education and information to help you grow your business.

In addition to your WeddingWire World favorites like CEO Timothy Chi, CMO Sonny Ganguly and our team of Education Experts, we’re proud to host the following special guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds! Get to know a little bit more about each of them below:

speakers-bill-rancic@2xBill Rancic

Entrepreneur & Author, Winner of NBC’s The Apprentice

Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC’s breakthrough program The Apprentice. The published author of a New York Times best-selling book, Bill wrote “You’re Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life.” This book chronicles Bill’s successful life, experience, and proven advice. He continued to make a name for himself as an author by writing “Beyond the Lemonade Stand” to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents and abilities at an early age. All proceeds from the sale of this book have gone to charity.

speakers-monte-durham@2xMonte Durham

Fashion Director, Bridals by Lori, TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

Monte Durham is the Fashion Director at Bridals by Lori, the South’s premier bridal salon featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. A native of small-town West Virginia, Monte describes his ascension from one-room schoolhouse to the fashion industry as an unlikely story. Before he found his way to bridal, Monte worked in fashion merchandising and hair styling, then made a name for himself as a Washington, DC-based bridal image consultant. His work has appeared in the pages of The Washingtonian, Martha Stewart Living, Brides Magazine, and several other publications. Monte’s no-nonsense fashion commentary and naughty sense of humor have made him a favorite and regular guest on CNN and Fox.

speakers-dana-herbert@2xDana Herbert

Owner, Desserts by Dana, Winner of Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker

Dana Herbert, owner of the award-winning Desserts by Dana, resides in Bear, Delaware. Chef Herbert lives and breathes in the sweet and artistic world of pastry art, where flavor and color come to life in his wonderful wedding cakes, sugar sculptures, custom cakes, and tasty miniature desserts for all occasions. Dana is an expert sugar artist with a number of nicknames. He’s best known as “The Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, but is also known as Delaware’s “King of Cakes.” Dana leads a talented group of cake makers and designers that have been named top 100 Bakeries in the United States by Brides Magazine, routinely receive the Best of Delaware and People’s Choice Award for their amazing cakes. Chef Herbert was named Top Ten Cake Designers in the United States by Dessert Professional Magazine in 2014. Continue reading

» An Insider’s Look at WeddingWire World

We can’t believe that we are just one month away from WeddingWire World 2015! This year marks our fourth annual educational conference for wedding and events Pros, and will be bigger and better than ever before. Get excited for a special two days full of brand new presentations, amazing speakers, networking opportunities and (of course) lots of fun.

The WeddingWire World team had our final walk-through of the beautiful event space at the Gaylord National Resort outside of Washington, DC last week. We are excited to share a sneak peek of where the conference is taking place in the photos below! Now the only thing missing is our conference décor, wonderful Pros like you and some fantastic speakers! We’re proud to feature entrepreneur and winner of The Apprentice Bill Rancic, wedding style icon Monte Durham from Say Yes to the Dress, sales expert Alan Berg, tech predictor Sonny Ganguly and many more.

Have you gotten your ticket yet? Don’t delay; there are only a limited number of tickets left! Be sure to grab yours now at the discounted rate of just $199 through February 20th.

Get all the event details!

Look below for a sneak peek of where the event will be taking place!

View from the Main Stage

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» Hear What Pros Are Saying About WeddingWire World!

Have you gotten your ticket yet for WeddingWire World? Don’t miss two full days of education guaranteed to drive your personal and professional success this year! Hear what Pros like you have to say about WeddingWire World – from the educational seminars, to the networking opportunities and fun surprises.

This year, we are excited to be hosting our first two-day educational conference for wedding and event professionals in Washington, DC on March 16-17th. From well known speakers such as wedding trends expert Monte Durham and winner of NBC’s The Apprentice Bill Rancic, we have a killer line up of speakers, never before seen presentations and much more.

Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what the Pros have to say about past WeddingWire World conferences.

“WeddingWire World in 2014 was a great opportunity to network David Rothstein Musicwith professionals in a wide variety of wedding related fields. You can learn from top wedding vendors and attend seminars from the biggest names in the wedding marketing business. It’s a great way to pick up some new ideas and get a quick dose of inspiration. Bring your business cards, notepad and you’re bound to come away with new friends and new ideas.”

David Rothstein, David Rothstein Music

Ceremonies by Bethel “I was so glad that I took the time and effort to attend WeddingWire World!  It was a day filled with education, inspiration, and connections with many great wedding pros.  And, a very-needed chance to focus ON my business and not just another day IN my business.”

Bethel Nathan, Ceremonies by Bethel

 

Classic Catering & EventsWeddingWire World was filled with great ways to market your wedding business. The speakers were knowledgeable and passionate about their topics. The best part was it was interesting and fun to listen! They truly wanted wedding professionals to succeed. The day was very educational filled with thoughtful and insightful views from WeddingWire, for an array of wedding vendors.”

Emily Klutts, Classic Catering & Events

Get your tickets today. Prices increase on February 20th! Questions? Email events@weddingwire.com and we will be in touch soon.

We can’t wait to see you in March!

» See the WeddingWire World 2015 Agenda

See the WeddingWire World 2015 AgendaWe are so excited for the two-day lineup at WeddingWire World 2015!

In 2014, we took our award-winning day-long users’ conference on a tour of five U.S. cities. This year, we’re happy to bring WeddingWire World back to its inaugural location, Washington DC, for two full days of education and information to help you grow your wedding and events business.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve filled the two days of WeddingWire World 2015 with amazing guest speakers and experts to get your business motivated and prepared to succeed across all of the most important channels for your business. Below is a quick sampling of some of the new and exciting sessions featuring our fantastic lineup of speakers:

Monday, March 16th

  • Pinstabook: Social Media Must Do’s – Sonny Ganguly, WeddingWire
  • Build Your Professional Brand Online – Alison Mann & Alexander Reznikow, LinkedIn
  • Tough Pricing Questions: Turning “How Much?” into “YES!” – Alan Berg, AlanBerg.com
  • How Marriage Equality Impacts Your Business – Kathryn Hamm, GayWeddings.com
  • Take Your Blogging to the Next Level – Andy Ebon, The Wedding Marketing Network
  • Be Your Own Wedding Publicist – Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting
  • Video Marketing: Creating Quality Content – Animoto, WeddingWire Partner

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» Join Us (And Monte Durham!) at WeddingWire World 2015!

Join Us (And Monte!) at WeddingWire World 2015!You’ve seen him on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, CNN and Fox, now hear from Monte Durham live at WeddingWire World 2015!

Monte Durham is the Fashion Director at Bridals by Lori, the South’s premier bridal salon featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. A native of small-town West Virginia, Monte describes his ascension from one-room schoolhouse to the fashion industry an unlikely story. Before he found his way to bridal, Monte worked in fashion merchandising and hair styling, then made a name for himself as a Washington, D.C.-based bridal image consultant. His work has appeared in the pages of The Washingtonian, Martha Stewart Living, Brides Magazine, and several other publications. Monte’s no-nonsense fashion commentary and naughty sense of humor have made him a favorite and regular guest on CNN and Fox. For more information on Monte, visit MonteDurham.com.

From Monte’s session, you’ll learn how to put a modern twist on classic traditions, exceed client expectations, and even ask the Martha Stewart Living and Brides Magazine published bridal guru questions of your own. You will also have the unique opportunity to hear from other leading wedding industry professionals and meet with our Customer Success Management team, who will answer your questions and ensure you are able to take advantage of everything in your WeddingWire account.

There’s no better time to get your tickets for WeddingWire World 2015! Prices increase on January 1st, so make sure you save your spot now. WeddingWire World 2015 will offer two full days of education and information to help you grow your business. As a wedding professional, you will become motivated and prepared to succeed across all of the most important channels for your business, including sales, marketing, reviews, networking, and more.

The full WeddingWire World 2015 agenda is coming soon, so stay tuned! We hope to see you March 16-17 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC!

» WeddingWire World Tour 2014: SoCal

We had a great time at WeddingWire World SoCal!

The WeddingWire team was thrilled to come together one last time with hundreds of wedding and event professionals for a day of education from industry experts, along with networking and fun surprises. This event was the last stop on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014, with earlier stops in Miami, DC, Chicago and Houston. Thanks to all our Pros who attended our SoCal event!

Our guests received great educational information to power their businesses from our team of presenters. Sessions included main stage presentations from WeddingWire Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, and Kathryn Hamm in addition to two presentations from WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly.

We were also pleased to include a panel of local wedding professionals, featuring Scott Nelson of Scott A. Nelson Photography, Tina Moran of Oh So Swank!, Krissi Trevino of Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel.

WeddingWire World SoCal also featured two breakout session tracks, which gave attendees the option to choose between sessions on a variety of topics, including a deeper dive into WeddingWire tools, blogging, and same-sex weddings skill sets.

We hope all our Pros enjoyed the day as much as we did! In addition to the main presentations and educational sessions, some highlights from the day include:

  • Starting the day at the Networking Breakfast by learning more about Pros in attendance with a special version of bingo
  • Awesome tweets from attendees throughout the day to @WeddingWireEDU using the hashtag #wwworld
  • The opportunity for Pros to meet with our Customer Success team members one-on-one to discuss their WeddingWire accounts
  • Our networking roundtable breakout session to facilitate new connections both within Pros’ service category and with other types of local professionals
  • Announcing the winners to our raffle prize drawings, including an iPad mini, Amazon gift card and tickets to WeddingWire World 2015 in DC
  • Free t-shirts and luggage tags for all attendees

Finally, a big thank you to our fantastic partners who helped make this event a success: fantastic event photos by Scott A. Nelson Photography, exciting event music by Special Occasions DJ & Lighting, photobooth fun from Open Air Photobooth and beautiful mood music during our reception from Payam Larijani of WeLoveGuitar!

Although SoCal was the last stop on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014, we’re already busy preparing for WeddingWire World 2015! We’re happy to announce that our award-winning conference will extend to two full days in Washington, DC on March 16-17.

Check out some of the photos below, and see our full event album on the WeddingWire Greater LA Facebook community!

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» Today is WeddingWire World SoCal!

Today is WeddingWire World SoCal!WeddingWire World SoCal is the final stop on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014! Previous stops include Miami, DC, Chicago and Houston.

Today, at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, wedding and event professionals from southern California will learn about the latest in the wedding industry and how to keep their businesses on top of all the most important channels, including sales, reviews, marketing, business management, networking, and more!

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from leading wedding industry professionals and special guest speakers, and our Customer Success team will be available all day for on-site consultations to answer questions and help our members take advantage of everything their WeddingWire account has to offer.

Below are a few other helpful notes for WeddingWire World SoCal attendees:

  • Check in and start the day on the second floor foyer, where WeddingWire staff will be ready and waiting to assist you.
  • Download theProWire mobile app on iTunes or Google Play and select WeddingWire World SoCal so that you’re able to access everything you need to know, on the go!
  • Catch up and create new connections with your fellow Wedding Pros at our Networking Breakfast from 9am-10am.
  • Earn raffle tickets throughout the day to be entered in our drawing to win an iPad Mini, $100 Amazon gift card or tickets to WeddingWire World 2015!
  • Tweet your own takeaways and follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter, where @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting and responding to Pro feedback and more! We’ll also post some behind-the-scenes photos on the WeddingWireEDU Instagram account.

Be sure to check back later this week as we continue to share photos and highlights from the event.

Thanks to all the Pros joining us today!

Missed the 2014 WeddingWire World Tour? Don’t worry! Join us March 16-17 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in Washington, DC for WeddingWire World 2015!

» WEDNESDAY: WeddingWire World SoCal

WEDNESDAY: WeddingWire World SoCal

We can’t wait for WeddingWire World SoCal on Wednesday!

The 2014 WeddingWire World Tour officially kicked off in June with WeddingWire World Miami and WeddingWire World DC, followed by WeddingWire World Chicago in August. We just wrapped up WeddingWire World Houston in October, which brings us to our last stop – Long Beach, CA!

WeddingWire World SoCal will feature main stage presentations from our industry experts and guest speakers, including WeddingWire’s own CMO, Sonny Ganguly, plus Education Experts Alan Berg, Kathryn Hamm and Andy Ebon. We’re also excited to feature a panel of wedding professionals who’ll be discussing their keys to success, moderated by WeddingWire VP of Operations Marty Kaufman.

Attendees will also have time to meet 1-on-1 with our Customer Success Managers as well as several opportunities to network with other local Pros at our Networking Breakfast in the morning and Cocktail Reception following the day’s presentations!

WeddingWire World SoCal will also feature several breakout sessions, including presentations on the following topics:

  • Blogging and why it’s so important for your wedding business
  • Serving same-sex couples and how to adjust your language and offerings
  • Service category networking roundtables offering even more peer insights
  • Reaching, attracting and impressing potential clients with WeddingWire tools

Don’t forget that you can still follow along with the fun by searching the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter! @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting all day with key takeaways, Pro feedback and more. You can also see some behind-the-scenes photos on the WeddingWireEDU Instagram account.

We’ll see our west coast Pros on Wednesday!

Missed the 2014 WeddingWire World Tour? Don’t worry! Join us March 16-17 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in Washington, DC for WeddingWire World 2015!

» Win Tickets to WeddingWire World SoCal!

Win Tickets to WeddingWire World SoCal! We’re only a few weeks away from our last stop on the 2014 WeddingWire World Tour in Long Beach! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, we want to give you a chance to join us for free!

We’ve reserved a select few WeddingWire World SoCal seats to give away to our Pros, and now’s your opportunity to get them for free! Complete the entry form and and a limited number of entrants will receive two free tickets to join us at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center on November 12, 2014 while supplies last. One lucky winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card! See Official Rules for more details.

You could receive two tickets to a day full of great information to power your business, industry-leading speakers, one-on-one sessions with our Customer Success Managers, networking with other wedding professionals and more – for free! Regularly-priced tickets are $199 each, so don’t miss out. Good luck, and we can’t wait to see you there!

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Don’t want to wait? Guarantee your seat and buy your ticket today! Learn more and purchase tickets to WeddingWire World SoCal here.