August  2017



   WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand

In case you missed the recent WIPA Members Only Webinar presented by Melanie Marconi called the BOUTIQUE GUEST EXPERIENCE it’s not too late. All programs are archived so you can view at your convenience. Just go to

This is a “members only” resource so you must be logged in at with your personal user name and password to access these four previous webinars. Also listed are the upcoming webinars scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. So plan to take advantage of the expert presenters that are available to you at no charge. When the registration link is emailed it only takes a moment to register. The WIPA Programs and Education committee is always open to ideas for sessions you would like to suggest so if you have ideas, please email your suggestions to Chairman Carolee Higashino  [email protected]

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Speaker Kevin Dennis,  Fantasy Sound Event Services 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Wedding BIZ Law, Speaker Caroline Fox,  The Law Office of Caroline J. Fox 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Market Research/Advertising ROI, Speaker Christie Osborn, Mountainside Media 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST





Wedding Industry Forms 

 AVAILABLE FOR WIPA MEMBERS -- Log into your online WIPA account and download an array of Wedding Industry Forms

Thanks to the WIPA Advisory Board, Immediate Past President Brit Bertino has completed an effort to provide standard forms for many of the Wedding industry disciplines, AND, here is the best part, as a member of WIPA there is no charge for accessing the forms and using them whenever you need to find one for your business use!  So please take a look at this valuable member benefit by logging in to the Members Only section of  with your email and password. There under the Resource tab you will scroll down to the Member Library and can download any of these forms for your use.

Here is the list of forms:

Band/DJ Checklist

Wedding Stationery Checklist

Day-Of-Wedding Party Sample Schedule

Floral Checklist

Hotel Room Block

Videographer Checklist

Photography Checklist

Wedding Day Production Schedule

Wedding Day Don't Forget Checklist

Wedding Guest RSVP


 Exclusive Offer for WIPA Members

A discounted rate of $1600 to all WIPA members to attend Be Sage Conference with use of the code “WIPA” upon registration at: . This is $200 off the regular rate.

Sage Wedding Pros is dedicated to creating financially and operationally sustainable businesses in the wedding industry.

We hope to see you at Be Sage, December 4-7! 


Join Us in New Orleans!

At The Special Event (TSE), the industry’s largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals, you’ll connect with over 5,000 event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors. We hope to see you on the exhibit hall floor, we’ll be in booth #1310.

Register with discount code WIPA for special pricing or a free exhibit hall pass!

Wedding MBA 2017




WIPA would like to welcome & thank our newest members for joining and supporting our organization as we continue to expand across the nation! Please be sure to reach out and welcome these new members.  


Erika Your Truly Cupcake  

[email protected] | | 303.638.3528


Sherri Innis - Love Story Films

[email protected] | | 404.432.9278

Raw, unique & deeply emotional wedding highlight films


Brittany Robertson Kimpton Hotel Born

[email protected] | | 303.323.0024

Offering relaxed sophistication and a downtown Denver location, Kimpton Hotel Born brings our signature hospitality and unrivaled amenities to the region.


Kendal Young - Kimpton Hotel Born

[email protected] | | 303.323.0024

Offering relaxed sophisticaiontn and downtown Denver location, Kimpton Hotel Born brings our signature hospitality and unrivaled amenties to the region.


Hawaii Chapter-In-Formation New Members 

Pamela Shepard-Henderson - The Mill House @ Maui Tropical Plantation

[email protected] | | 808.270.0310

62 acre venue able to host in upwards of 6500 guests. 


Las Vegas Chapter New Members

Koutney Buck Casa de Shenandoah

[email protected] | 702.776.8020

The 52-acre celebrity estate in the heart of Las Vegas. 


Anna Long - Casa de Shenandoah

[email protected] | 702.776.7465

The 52-acre celebrity estate in the heart of Las Vegas. 


Adam Trujillo - Adam Trujillo Photography & Cinema

[email protected] | | 702.235.7788

Wedding and Portrait Photography and Cinema


 Javier Valentino - Javier Valentino Events

[email protected] | | 702.886.1289

Event Planning & Floral Design 


Other / At Large Chapter New Members

Jo-Anne Brown - Celebrations Ltd.

[email protected] | 345.623.2044

Event & Wedding Design Planning Floral and Production Company


Kristen Brown - Celebrations Ltd.

[email protected] | 345.525.0533



RoseAlemi - Philadelphia Museum of Art

[email protected]/entertaining | 215.684.7312

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Rebecca Barger - Rebecca Barger Photography

[email protected] | 215.460.2229

Natural style Images by Lifestyle Photographers


Dan DutchBrulee Catering

[email protected] | | 215.923.6000

High-end caterer in Philadelphia with multiple exclusive venues


Phoenix Chapter New Members 

Tricia Beron - Luxe Linen

[email protected] | | 310.548.5183

Specialty Linen Rentals


Harley Bonham - Harley Bonham Photography

[email protected] | | 602.254.1711

Harley Bonham Photography provides artistic, innovative, photographic and video solutions for large events, weddings, conventions, and trade shows both locally and nationwide.


Kaila CalesKaila Cales Photography

[email protected] | | 602.427.8195

Wedding Photographers


Joyce Laszloffy - The Stylish Table

[email protected] | | 480.440.0723

I am a boutique party planner specializing in table designs for home parties and intimate affairs up to 100 guests. From design and styling, to full event coordination, The Stylish Table will take care of everything!


Mattie Tomasik - Lola Lee

[email protected] | | 480.231.9657

Custom wedding invitations & stationery


San Francisco Bay Area Chapter New Members

James Healy - Cheat A Little Catering

[email protected] | | 650.227.1125

Full Service Catering & Event Management Services


Brian Morriss - Cheat A Little Catering

[email protected] | | 650.227.1125

Full Service Catering & Event Management Services Southern California


Cherish Conklin Le Reve Films

[email protected] | | 951.719.4336

Wedding Films


George Loreto - Undercover Live Entertainment

[email protected] | | 949.612.7836

Undercover Live Entertainment offers the top wedding bands in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and destinations beyond California offering hip, fresh and exclusive live entertainment. We specialize in high energy dance band entertainment for weddings, corporate events and private parties.


San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

The most recent WIPA San Fran event was at Murrieta's Well in Livermore with Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting on "The Art of Surprise and Delight and Implementing it into Your Event Center". Many thanks to our sponsors for an eye-opnening and beautiful event! 



Murrieta's Well - |  Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting - | Todays Bride SF - | Fairy Tale Photography - | Classic Party Rentals - | Oye Productions - | Fantasy Sound Event Service - | Napa Valley Linens - |


New York Chapter

"The Wedding Celebration" at Espace with Guest Speaker Peter Shankman was a great time! Thanks to everyone who attended and a HUGE thank you to all of our fabulous sponsors for making it such an exciting celebration!







Diana Gouldt LTD. Custom Events Decor - | Espace New York - | Acute Inflections - | Total Entertainment - | Cloth Connection - | Butterfly Bake Shop - | Hechler Photographers - | Sen Sakana - | The Edison Ballroom - | NST Pictures - | All Seated - |


Las Vegas Chapter




Red Rock Resort's Crimson Terrace - | 


Philadelphia Chapter 




Starr Events - | Rebecca Barger Photography - | Rodin Museum - | Royal Valet - | East Coast Entertainment - | Party Rental LTD. - | CiqueCam Photobooths - | Eventions Productions - | Tweed Video - | Owowcow - | Something Borrowed Philly LLC. - | RAM Floral - | Chick Invitations - | Carley is Inspired - | 



Photography - Anna Kim Photography | Flowers - Country Bouquets Maui  | Rentals - Signature Event Rentals (navy couch, farm tables, contemporary chairs, fire pits, wooden shadow boxes) | Rentals - Rio Event Design (gold and white bar, gold and white couch, gold cocktail tables, farm tables)  | Venue and Catering - Four Seasons Resort Maui  | Entertainment - Manutea Nui E 





LUXE Linen is continuing to receive coverage from their LUXE Launch 2017 at Vibiana with print features in the latest issue of Novelty Bride Magazine and online at Inside WeddingsVarious weddings and styled shoots have been featured in California Wedding DayStyle Me Pretty, and PartySlate.

Lindsay Fogarty of Fantasy Sound Event Services has been named one of the 2017 Top 25 Young Event Pros to Watch, by leading event industry publication Special Events Magazine. 

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ shared notable tech apps on the NACE Blog to complement his upcoming NACE Experience presentation in Houston. He also discussed diversifying services on the Social Tables Blog, as well as shed insight on the growing trend of projection mapping with Brides

 OFD Consulting president Meghan Ely has been named one of the 2017 Top 25 Young Event Pros to Watch, by leading event industry publication Special Events Magazine. She will also be making her return to WeddingWire World in DC this August for two presentations. 

The Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine recently named Legendary Events’ Design Events Manager Brandon Taylor one their "Top 25 Young Event Pros to Watch for 2017” - Brandon started working with Legendary Events in 2015.

August is a special month for Legendary Events Founder & CEO Tony Conway. Tony has been invited to share his knowledge of ‘Luxury Event Brand Building’ with the International Live Events Association (ILEA) San Antonio Chapter on August 3rd at the Witte Museum. Later in the month, Tony is being honored with a ‘Most Admired CEO’ Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Their event to celebrate Atlanta’s top business leaders, takes place at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, on the 24th.

Cecilia Deangelis becoming the Director of Catering at the JW Marriott Essex House New York. 

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of award-winning boutique luxury resorts and residences, is No. 3 among the world's top hotel brands in Travel + Leisure's 2017 World's Best Awards.

Join Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia for DREAM Couture Bridal Fashion Show; let your dreams run wild during this inspiring runway event.  Explore an expansive collection of exquisite bridal designs tailored for your walk down the aisle. Discover this venue like never before with elite wedding professionals, chic event designs, Veuve Clicquot champagne reception and premier bridal gowns sweeping down the runway. We invite you and your guests to grace the white carpet for this intentionally exclusive event.   

Sonal J. Shah from Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants and Preeti Vasudeva from Preeti Exclusive are excited to announce "Bespoke South Asian Summit," an extensive conference for aspiring wedding planners and hospitality professionals. 
Hosted at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park on November 18, 2017, this full day seminar will prepare planners and professionals in the art of creating a luxury South Asian wedding. Attendees will learn and experience:
  • The importance of negotiating in the South Asian community
  • The immense dictionary of South Asian wedding terminology
  • The steps to creating a South Asian Wedding Package
  • How to build a manageable timeline
  • How to work with one decision maker vs. the whole family 
  • Panel discussions will be led by the creme de la creme in the wedding industry 
With over 30 years of combined experience, these stellar planners are ready to share their knowledge on this ever growing market. This event is not to be missed if you have ever wanted  to learn about South Asian weddings.
Early registration is $399 until September 1, 2017 and regular admission is $599. Breakfast and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your tickets soon! Email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Where Will They Stay? will be featured on the next WIPA Webinar Series, speaking about the topic “The Boutique Guest Experience.” The webinar will be on August 2, 2017 from 2:00-2:45 PDT. Click here for details and registration.

Here Comes The Guide loves being asked for their advice! Most recently, Media & Communications Director Jolene Rae Harrington answered several burning  budget questions for the Avant Garde Titanium style blog. Her savvy feedback topped the list  of their article, “Wedding Budget: 11 Wedding Experts Talk Surprising Costs, Splurging and Budgeting Tips.”  Most notably, Jolene urged the value (even for DIY couples) of investing in reliable professionals when it comes to details like photography and flowers. 

NST Pictures has been mentioned in the media in a variety of ways this month! They were included in this fourth of July inspiration round-up on WeddingLovely, were featured in this expertise article on Inspired By This on justifying the cost of a wedding videographer, and in this multi-cultural NYC wedding on The Overwhelmed Bride. They were also featured in this gorgeous cherry blossom wedding on Borrowed and Blue, and in this Pinterest-worthy rustic wedding at Stone Tavern Farmon Boho Weddings. Lastly, NST Pictures was featured in this romantic Central Park inspiration shoot on Aisle Society and are now a lifetime members of Matchology

David Kreiger started a new DJ residency at the new InterContinental hotel downtown! Great job! 

Bittersweet Confections was featured on Nola in an article about a bride and groom’s New Orleans style wedding., and  was featured on Muna Luchi Bride, a publication focused on cutting edge multicultural weddings. Bittersweet Confections owner, Cheryl Scripter, was also interviewed for an article in the Gambit’s “Party Planning Guide”!

Jessica Lauren Events was featured in a celestial "Over The Moon" styled shoot on Green Wedding Shoes at Malibu Rocky Oaks. 

Premiere Party Rents is featured in The Knot for David Tutera's opulent black-tie wedding. Premiere Party Rentswas also featured on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style for this stunning sophisticated styled shoot 





Chicago Chapter




Atlanta Chapter




Colorado Chapter

Colorado Member Roundtable 

Thursday, October 6, 2017 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM


Rave into the Woods 

September 6, 2017 | 5:00 - 10:00 PM

Las Vegas Chapter

Lip Sync

Tuesday August 16, 2017 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM

The Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas | 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S | Las Vegas, NV 89109

Members only

Phoenix Chapter


San Francisco Bay Area

Grow Your Team with Love

Wednesday, September 14, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM


Southern California



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