September  2017



WIPA 2017 Awards are now open for entries 

The 2017 WIPA Awards of Excellence will recognize wedding professionals demonstrating excellence in their field representing over 16 rigorous disciplines. .Each will be judged anonymously by a group of their peers across the country. Open only to WIPA members, once you log in to your login will transfer to the entry site where you can begin your submission. You do not need to complete your entry all at once, you can log in as many times as necessary to submit photos, tr\weak the descriptions or update the details.

Important log in information. If you are using a third part marketing or public relations firm to submit your entry and they are a member of WIPA they can use their login and submit on your behalf. If the third party is not a WIPA member, they will use your log in to enter the entry site.

The WIPA Awards of Excellence will be hosted by the WIPA Las Vegas Chapter on November 29 at the J.W. Marriott Resort. Tickets for the event will be available October 1, 2017 AT

See Awards Categories




Nominations for WIPA Leadership Open until Oct 10

By Brit Bertino, Nominations Chairman

 It’s that time of year when YOU can take part in the future of WIPA.  WIPA is North Americas first nonprofit association for the wedding industry and in 2018 we will be marking 10 years as an organization.  Equally importantly, WIPA was founded to focus on improving the Wedding Industry, not just for professionals and creative partners in the industry, but also for our Brides their families and friends. 

 As a member, you have a right and a responsibility to be part of that success. 

 Nominations for leadership in your chapter and the International level are now open.  Have you had some great ideas to improve the organization and the industry?  Or have you identified someone you think would be a great asset to the leadership?  This is the one time each year you can step up and see that change take place.

 All members in good standing who are, according to the bylaws, eligible to vote are also eligible to nominate themselves or another person for either a Chapter Board Position or the International Board.  All three nominations forms are located on the Members Landing page page

Each form is submitted by the individual completing it and is held on file on the WIPA website where it can be viewed by administration.  Don’t delay -- Nominations will close on Oct 10, 2017.


   WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand

In case you missed the recent WIPA Members Only Webinar presented by Kevin Dennis, it's available online for viewing 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, 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

Join WIPA at the Wedding MBA 

Go To to register

Use This Discount Code to register WIP5537

October 2-4th 2017 

Over 150 classes, breakouts for your wedding specialty, and 150 exhibits. 

Las Vegas Convention Center

Click here for the Wedding MBA schedule of classes



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

Terry Saxe - SpecialTevents  

[email protected]404.216.7515 


Chicago Chapter in Formation

Masumi Amin - Christina Currie Events, Inc.

[email protected]224.622.6633


Andrea Antoniou - PartySlate

[email protected]


Beth Bernstein - SQN Events

[email protected]773.469.6095


Alicia Blumer - BBJ LInen

[email protected]847.933.5212

Specialty Linen Rental


Regina Brooks - Regine Danielle Events

[email protected]312.962.4816


Katherine Brown - Clover Events

[email protected]773.677.4100


Lauren Carter  - Curate Plan Style

[email protected]773.343.5108


Christina Currie - Christina Currie Events, Inc.

[email protected]224.558.1764


Dawn Davis - Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design

[email protected]630.546.7461


Rachel Fersten - Windy City Linen

[email protected]224.279.1500


Rebecca Ickes  - Rebecca Marie Photography

[email protected]773.614.7673


Katie Kozlowski - PartySlate

[email protected]


Kathryn Leavy - Galleria Marchetti

[email protected]312.563.0495


Natalie Madonia - Galleria Marchetti

[email protected]312.563.0495


Erin McLoraine - Life in Bloom

[email protected]312.301.0244


Kenny Nakai  - Nakai Photography

[email protected]312.298.9721


Stevi Savage - Averyhouse

[email protected]312.543.7671


Emilia J Schobeiri - Emilia Jane Photography

[email protected] - 312.772.3650


Andrew Weeks - Andrew Weeks Photography

[email protected] - 773.344.9211


Rachel Wyffels - Life in Bloom

[email protected]309.945.5224

[email protected]



Colorado New Members

Tamara Adams - Flying Diamond Ranch Weddings and Events 

[email protected]  - 970.846.9229 


Brittany Artz  - Vail Resorts

[email protected]  - 970.754.7733


Kelly Braunstein - Peak Beverage

[email protected]720.722.1140


Lindsey Dienstbach - Bello & Blue Events

 [email protected]720.280.6731


Rori McBride - Peak Beverage 

[email protected] -720.722.1140


Jay Nixon - Colorado Party Rentals

 [email protected] - 303.781.1111


Courtney Pett  - Park Hyatt Beaver Creek 

[email protected]970.827.6526


Ryan Wagner - Bespoke Edge

[email protected]970.218.0885

Las Vegas New Members

Veronica Bellande - Veronica's Weddings

[email protected]702.556.9863


Mike Fox - Mike Fox and Company

 [email protected]702.239.1385


Norina Leyde - Norina Kaye Photography

 [email protected]702.419.8020


Christina Rogers - Chapel in the Clouds

 [email protected]702.383.5361


Angela Williams - Epic Event Rentals

 [email protected]702.399.2314 



Phoenix New Members

Leslie Blalock - Leslie D Photography

 [email protected]480.399.3374


Erica Gallo - Bright Party Rentals

[email protected]602.232.9900


Casey Green - Casey Green Weddings, LLC

[email protected]602.448.8133


Deidre Laskoskie - dei-zinz fresh studio

[email protected]480.368.2254


Matiana Mitchell - DANG! Fine Rentals & Designs

[email protected] 818.448.5593


San Francisco Bay New Members


[email protected]888.641.8885


Southern California New Members 

Chris Clark - ChristopherRobin Weddings 

[email protected]818.926.2308


Ashley Davidson - Hotel Maya

 [email protected]562.481.3895


Carole Grogan - Bright Blue Events

[email protected]310.408.8142


Sanaz Heydarkhan - Sanaz Photography

 [email protected] - 310.270.7896


Kristina Kovacic - Hotel Maya

 [email protected]562.481.3927




Colorado Chapter - Sneak Peek

Can we just talk for a second about the sheer fabulousness, beauty and fun from the Wipa Colorado event at Flying Diamond Ranch!!This is just a glimpse of all the beauty and we can't wait to show you so much more from this spectacular event planned by Go Bella Design and brought to you by WIPA Colorado!  More to come next month!

Photo | Cameron Kelly Studio 

Chicago Chapter Launch

 Photos courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography, hosted at Galleria Marchetti.

Sponsors: Hall's Rental Service, Windy City Linen, Life in Bloom, Sarlas Music, Inc., MDM Entertainment, Elysia Root Cakes, Erickson Design


Hawaii Chapter Launch


New York Espace Event 

WIPANYC hosted a mock Wedding last month at Espace. Guests were amazed by the wonderful food, decor and entertainment. The guest speaker, Peter Shankman, gave humorous and insightful tips on how to provide customers with a higher level of service. WIPANYC was also officially sworn in as a chapter by WIPA’s National President, Rrivre Davies.

Our mock Wedding last week was an amazing success! Thanks to everyone who attended and a HUGE thank you to all of our fabulous sponsors for making it such an exciting celebration!

Phoenix Chapter 


Philadelphia Chapter News

 These absolutely stunning images from Rebecca Barger Photography are making us wish we could do our WIPA Philadelphia event all over again!

 Thank you to all our sponsors, members, future members, and board for a fabulous event!



Thank you to Rebecca Barger Photography for all images and to all of our sponsors tagged below.



Southern California 




VENDORS: Venue/Catering: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Planner: Good Gracious! Events Chargers/Chairs: MTB Event Rentals DJ: David Krieger Linen: BBJ Linen Photography: Loreen Sarkis Videography: Impressive Creations Lighting: The Lighter Side Florals: Butterfly floral & event design Live Music: Lori Andrews Photobooth: SocialLight Photos SoCal Step and Repeat: The Party Solution Panel : Lucas Rossi of Lucas Rossi Photography, Marissa Chiechi of Rayce PR and Marketing, Katrina S. L. Centeno-Nguyen of Calligraphy Katrina Jason Rhee of Rheefined Company Panel Moderator: Percy Sales of Percy Sales Events


Mountain Shadows is now open in Scottsdale, Arizona. This new boutique resort features modern styling and venues with unparalleled views of iconic Camelback Mountain. The resort condominiums and suites will be completed this November, offering the most luxurious experience at the resort just a short drive from Downtown Scottsdale.

Bespoke Edge was named Top of the Town Readers’ Choice by 5280 Magazine this year under the category of best Men's Clothing Boutique. The family-run groom's custom clothier was also featured on the cover of Colorado Expression magazine. 

Rebecca Barger, of Rebecca Barger Photography, was interviewed by Karen Hepp of Fox29 of Philadelphia.  Karen’s series Bizzy Mama, features women business owners in the Philadelphia area.  They discussed Rebecca’s creative approach. Video HERE.

Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events was featured on Borrowed & Blue for their recent romantic winter wedding at Sassi. 

Kristen Hansen of KMH photography recently did their first commercial shoot for the High Roller Wedding Chapel.

 Congratulations to Lucia Tovalin for being featured in Las Vegas Women's magazine for her work with By-Dzign.

Alan Katz of Great Officiants will be speaking again for the 4th year at Wedding MBA in October.

Alan and his team was also recently featured in the new TLC program Spouse House where the performed the weddings for the show. Also in September the final Prank on Disney’s Walk the Prank show will air. Let’s hope there are more shows to come.

SocialLight SoCal was featured for the second time in a row in Love Wins California Weddings second edition, a magazine designed exclusively for same-sex couples. The online version is here: Rancho Mirage Gay Wedding: Michael & Matt The after party was a prom theme since both groom didn’t had the prom. You can see all images here: Beilindor Prom Class of 2016

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ was recently featured on Catersource with his guest article, The Tech Apps that Keep My Business Running Smoothly. He will also be speaking at Wedding MBA in October on the topic, Let's Get Technical: Top Apps for Streamlining your Business, as well as a joint session with Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting called, Reel in the Likes.  

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events will be speaking in two sessions at Wedding MBA in October. Her first is called, Fab Finds: Wedding Personalization on Fire, and will be followed up with, The X-Files: When an Untested Wedding Pro is Thrown at You.   She debuted as a contributor on WeddingIQ this month, discussing how to manage vendor personalities, and shared insight on client boundaries on the Timeline Genius blog

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting will be speaking at Wedding MBA in October on the topic, As The World Turns: Fresh Content Ideas for your Blog, as well as a joint session with Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ called, Reel in the Likes. She also recently had an article published on Special Events with her guest article, Best Practices for Finding Your Niche

Occasions Catering is excited to host their Second Annual Autumn Soirée on October 8th! The festive, casual event is designed as a fun “thank you” celebration to all Occasions’ preferred partners, VIP clients, and their family and friends. Please join them for seasonal food, drinks, games, and crafts at the gorgeous Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms by RSVPing before October 3rd. Any questions can also be emailed to Occasions Marketing Manager Krista Pass.

Lisa Herrera, owner/lead designer of A Cake Come True, had her intricately detailed macrame inspired cake, published in the nationally recognized American Decorating Magazine Sept/Oct Fabulous Finishes and Textures. 
Premiere Party Rents is featured on Green Wedding Shoes for a romantic Hollywood Loft WeddingPremiere Party Rents is also featured on Ruffled Blog for this Citrus Hued Whimsical Wedding and this Soft and Romantic Lombardi House Wedding

Vibiana was recently featured on Inside Weddings and Grace Ormonde for vignettes created at Luxe Linen’s LUXE Launch 2017. On  September 12 Redbird | Vibiana will unveil the newest addition to the property, a garden, located in the outdoor space between Redbird, Vibiana and the Little Tokyo Library in Downtown Los Angeles. A multi-faceted endeavor, the garden functions as an additional private dining space for weddings, parties, brunches, dinners and more.

 LUXE Linen has recently been featured in VOGUEGrace Ormonde and California Wedding Day for various weddings and styled shoots. The company has recently added Tricia Beron as the Sales Manager for Arizona and Nevada and Mercedes Coy as a Sales Manager for Los Angeles.


Wedspire and CEO Afeisha James Kipps was recently featured on the Bridechilla podcast for how to achieve the work/life balance while planning your wedding. Also just launched this September is their partnership with Wedding Style brand Kennedy Blue and the Wedding Shoppe which offers a promotion on all Wedspire purchases of Kennedy Blue Bridal and Bridesmaid gowns.  




Colorado Chapter

Colorado Member Roundtable 

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


Las Vegas Chapter

 Official Hosts of the 2017 WIPA Awards of Excellence

November 29, 2017


Phoenix Chapter



New Orlenes Chapter 


San Francisco Bay Area

 Save the Date

October 12th, 2017

November 28th, 2017





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