January 2018


Welcome 2018! 

We're excited to announce we've launched our new website WIPA.org with a sophisticated new logo and brand! 


Our Code of Ethics


Our mission is to provide industry-leading education for our members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry. Our founding board worked with a diverse group of WIPA members to develop the professional conduct and code of ethics to achieve the highest standards of excellence.


   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 https://wipa.memberclicks.net/education.

This is a “members only” resource so you must be logged in at WIPA.org with your personal username 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 JP Reynolds, [email protected]


 Upcoming Webinars: 

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 - How to Gain Publicity for Your Business by Sasha Vasilyuk of I DO PR 

                      Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 -  "The People Plan Lite" - Hiring, Training, Managing by Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros                                                  

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 www.WIPA.org  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


Join us in Las Vegas for a full lineup of Catersource activities! Plan to arrive on Saturday, February 17 and depart after 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Find us on the Trade Show Floor. Use Promo Code: WIPA18 for a $50 discount at registration.


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!


Congratulations to the 2017 WIPA Award Winners!



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.  


Atlanta New Members

Sandra Scott

Picture This! Photography

[email protected]



Wedding and corporate event photography


Chicago New Members

 Frank Andonoplas

Frank Event Design

[email protected]



Full-service Wedding and Event Planning/Coordination/Design


Michele Gustin

figMEDIA incorporated

[email protected]



 Dj, Emcees, photographer & digital film


Christine Janda

Christine Janda Design & Events

[email protected]



 Wedding Planning, Design and Floral


Kyle Nash

Chicago Ceremonies

[email protected]




Colorado New Members

 Kinsey Roberts

Vista View Events at Open Heart Ranch & She Creates Business, a Podcast for Wedding Pros

[email protected]

www.vistaviewevents.com, www.shecreatesbusinesspodcast.com


Vista View Events at Open Heart Ranch is a wedding and event venue on our private ranch in Western Colorado.


Las Vegas New Members

Samantha Merry

The International School of Hospitality

[email protected]


Lauren Tieru, DMCP

Hosts Las Vegas

[email protected]




Aaron Tully

Lucky Devils Band

[email protected]



 The Lucky Devils are a premium, 3-14 piece customizable band specializing in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events and private functions.


New Orleans Members

Christie Chopin

Mise En Place Events, LLC

[email protected]



Wedding Planning and Event Management


Philadelphia New Members

Jason Klock

Klock Entertainment

[email protected]



DJ Talent, Live Talent, Lighting, Design, Rentals, Production


Phoenix New Members 

Jo Ann Grant

Apropos Creations

[email protected]



Apropos Creations Mission...  to create and deliver an exceptionally superior, personalized and stress- free planning, styling, and coordinating, one client and one celebration at a time.


Corissa McDermott

The Boulders Resort

[email protected]


 Hotel with Sleeping rooms


San Francisco New Members

Kristan Shamus

Cora Bella Weddings & Events

[email protected]



 Wedding and event planning


San Francisco New Members

Haley Jaramillo

Renaissance Hotel Newport Beach (Currently known as "The Duke")

[email protected]



Renaissance Hotel in the heart of Newport Beach. We do large scale weddings!




Las Vegas Chapter: WIPA Awards 




Thanks to our wonderful sponsors! 



Chicago Chapter: Festive Fling 





Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Décor: HMR Desings

Entertainment: Beatmix Music

Furniture: Bowery and Bash

Graphic Design + Printables: Elizabeth Grace

Photography: Nakai Photography

Videography: Poetic Productions

Media: Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago

  Linens: BBJ Linen 

Rentals:  Halls Rental 



Philadelphia Chapter: Reading Terminal Market



Thanks to our lovely sponsors! 


Phoenix Chapter: Winter Wonderland 





Special thanks to all of our sponsors! 



Vibiana was featured on California Wedding Day for Ronit and Jonathan's winter wedding. On Sunday, January 28 Vibiana will host the seventh annual I Do! Bridal Event, a luxury bridal showcase featuring a premiere collection of LA’s best wedding vendors. 

Premiere Party Rents was featured on Wedding Chicks for this rustic-romantic Malibu vineyard weddingPremiere Party Rents was also awarded Rental Company of Excellence at the 2017 WIPA Awards of Excellence.
Good Gracious! Events, Vice President Joanne Purnell will be hosting a class at Catersouce titled, "You are going to want to eat your veggies! Plant-based perfection". Good Gracious! Events founder, Pauline Parry is quoted in the 2018 International Trend Report.   
LUXE Linen was featured in the latest issue of California Wedding Day for a beautiful speakeasy wedding celebration at The Estate on Second. They were also highlighted on Grace Ormonde and Style Me Pretty and awarded Linen Company of Excellence at the 2017 WIPA Awards of Excellence.

Rachel Dalton, formerly President of Premier Parties in New York, has recently rebranded.  The company is now called: Rachel Dalton.  Please note the new email address: [email protected] and new website: www.racheldalton.com  Rachel is an attorney who specializes in securing and producing celebrity entertainment for all types of events worldwide, and creates unique gift experiences as well (providing fabulous entertainment and gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season - such as dinner with your favorite rock star or athlete).

 The Moxie Band hired Atlanta musical icon Tom Grose in December!  Tom had his own award-winning band in the 80’s called Tom Grose and The Varsity. He won first place on the TV Show “You Write The Songs” with Ed McMahon. He has performed in The Ruperts Orchestra, The Mike Veal Band , Several touring groups, along with a Gregg Allman Tribute Band. Tom is an incredible singer/songwriter, and keyboard player. The Moxie Band now has 5 lead & background vocalists in the band!

Alan Katz of Great Officiants was awarded his 3rd Trendsetter Award from the Association of Bridal Associates Orange County Chapter (ABC OC) at their annual Trendsetter Ball in December. The category was Best New Concept or Idea. 

Alan submitted one of his wedding concepts for changing unity ceremonies form the standard candle or sand into one that more reflects the couples life story. In the submission, he showed an example of this as a latte ceremony This couple first met over coffee so at the ceremony they blended coffee and milk together and drank it. Click here is to view the video submission.

 Bespoke Edge was featured in Cherry Creek Now magazine; co-founder Ryan Wagner provided some holiday style tips for men!

Napa Valley Linens is expanding their reach through partnerships with other rental companies in 2018. Beginning January 2018, their linens will be available at Chic Event Rentals in Monterey, Stuart Rentals in Milpitas, as well as Bright Events in Orange County, Palm Desert, and Phoenix, Arizona. They currently provide specialty linens to Encore Event Rentals in St. Helena, Petaluma, and Healdsburg as well as Bright Events in Sonoma and Brisbane. Sharon Dexmier, president of Napa Valley Linens said, “This is an exciting time for Napa Valley Linens, we couldn’t ask for better partners to showcase our specialty linens”.   Sharon recently spoke at ILEA’s December event at Calistoga Ranch, on “Overcoming Obstacles”. She will be speaking again in March, at ILEA’s design challenge on the subject of trends.

Sweet Lady Jane is excited to announce a  partnership with Tommy Bahama to bring a taste of the islands to your table! Together they've exclusively handcrafted a slice of paradise delivered right to your door. Their crowd-pleasing Pina Colada Cake dessert starts with deliciously light all-butter cake, filled and iced with creamy white chocolate mousse and fresh pineapple. It’s finished with lightly toasted sweetened coconut and the perfect amount of Myers's Dark Rum for a celebration of island flavors. Perfect as a gift or to serve to your guests, you’ll enjoy this cake from the first bite to the last.  

Cake arrives packaged and frozen with dry ice. Serve cake at room temperature for optimum flavor.  Sweet Lady Jane is in talks to deliver other delicious Tommy Bahama products to customers nationwide.  Stay tuned for more delicious news!

https://www.tommybahama.com/en/Pi%C3%B1a-Colada-Cake/p/TH39721-199 .    https://mailorder.sweetladyjane.com/products/pina-colada-cake 

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ and Fantasy Sound Event Services was a featured guest writer for WeddingWire EDU with his article, Should You Rethink Your Sales Strategy in 2018? See it here. After his two talks at TSE in New Orleans, he will be heading to Las Vegas to present at Catersource on how to create a symbiosis between caterers and venues.   

Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design will be a moderator at TSE Conference, leading a panel on Experiential Weddings. She was also a recently featured guest writer on Every Last Detail with her article, Finding Wedding Inspiration When You're Ready to Quit Pinterest. See it here
After presenting two sessions at TSE, Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting will be heading to Los Angeles to present at WeddingWire LA Conference in February on the topic, The Art of Surprise & Delight. She recently shared insight with MarketWatch on how the upcoming royal wedding will affect weddings globally on the same day. 
Emily Sullivan Events recently shared the do's and dont's of attending a destination wedding with Style Me Pretty and Yahoo.  Next month, Emily will be traveling to Las Vegas to present "Surprise and Delight Catering" at Catersource. 
Phillip Van Nostrand Photography's second business La Rousse Shoppe was featured as a top gift to give this season with US News, LaurenConrad.com, Allure, Essence and Time Out New York. He recently joined his co-founder to discuss diversifying revenue streams on the Office Talk Podcast

The Fairmont San Francisco, where WIPA San Francisco member Sage McRae is a Catering & Conference Services Manager, is currently offering a special rate for the incredible “Sparkle Suite” on the 23rd floor of the hotel at the top of Nob Hill. This promotion features amenities from Moët-Chandon and runs until March 31, 2018.

Jesse La Plante of J. La Plante Photo was named one of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the World for 2017

Daniela Grafman of Vision Event Co. will be speaking at The Special Event Conference in New Orleans January 30th-February 1st on Creating Efficient Wedding Timelines, Wedding Planning in the Digital Era, and How To Maximize Your TSE Conference Experience. 

Frank J. Andonoplas, Master Wedding Planner of Frank Event Design, Chicago, Illinois has been nominated for a GALA Award for Best Wedding: Budget over $1,000.00 per guest.  The awards will be presented at The Special Event Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans on February 1st

Frank J. Andonoplas, Master Wedding Planner of Frank Event Design, Chicago, Illinois is featured in the Spring Summer Issue of Modern Luxury Magazine for a highly personalized wedding he designed and coordinated at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago. 

 Frank J. Andonoplas, Master Wedding Planner of Frank Event Design, Chicago, Illinois is featured in the Spring Summer Issue of Modern Luxury Magazine celebrating his 25th Anniversary of his business. 

Renee Dalo, Owner & Lead Planner of Moxie Bright Events has joined the board of the Association of Bridal Consultants, Greater Los Angeles as the Education Chair. Renee will also be speaking at Wedding MBA this November 5-8 in Las Vegas. 

Sandy Hammer and the AllSeated team will be on site February 20-21 in Las Vegas for the Catersource Tradeshow as part of the inaugural "Find my Favorite Things" event. 
Attendees will be able to test out the next level of Virtual Reality at the AllSeated Booth with Facebook's billion dollar investment OCULUS, giving you the opportunity to be transported into the virtually world of venues. The walk around will give you a sense of touch and feel an event space. Each person who attends will receive a free pair of corrugated Virtual Reality goggles.
Jose Graterol Designs  was featured in Front Doors Media and Azredbook for their stellar production of the 2017 Heart Ball in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 18.  They were also featured in Azed News and the Pheonix Union  for hiring local floral design students from Metro Tech High School in Phoenix to help produce the Heart Ball.
Jose Graterol Designs, was also featured in Washington Post for producing the 2018 New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL, with President and Mrs. Trump in attendance.
Electric Karma Therese Cole-Hubbs was presented Event Planner of the Year for the Houston NACE Chapter.
SocialLight SoCal was named The Knot Best of Weddings 2018 for the first year since joining the Knot in August.
Larkspur Events & Dining was mentioned in In Good Taste for New Year’s Eve round-ups  
Larkspur Events & Dining was included in Eater Denver on where to spend New Year’s Eve
Larkspur Events & Dining was included in The Know – Denver Post for New Year’s Eve parties  
Larkspur Events & Dining was included in Vail Daily for where to spend New Year’s Eve in Vail 
Larkspur Events & Dining was mentioned in In Good Taste for New Year’s Eve in Colorado
Larkspur Events & Dining was included in Rocky Mountain Food Report for their New Year’s Eve round-up
Larkspur Events & Dining was mentioned in Brides for Best Wedding Planning New Year’s Resolutions
Klock Entertainment continues their expansion in Central PA for weddingscorporate events, and social events. They have welcomed two, new, full-time membersto assist with this growth within the last year. They have also brought to the area new special effects to enhance and allow their clients and customers the ability to completely customize their event.




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