Happy 11th Birthday, WIPA! 

Did you know that WIPA was born on July 14th, 2008? We have come such a long way in these past 11 years, thanks in large part to the contributions of our founding members and past board members. I want to take this opportunity to give a quick shout out to all of our Past Presidents - Rrivre Davies, Brit Bertino, Carol Rosen, Sharon Dexmier, Pauline Parry, and Joyce Scardina Becker. We truly would not be where we are today without the support, guidance, and wisdom of these amazing individuals! Thank you all for your years of service to WIPA! As a way to share in the celebration, I encourage you all to post a photo on WIPA's birthday, July 14th, and tag as many members as you can. Let's see how wide the celebration can get!

 This past month we had the opportunity for our International Board Retreat and Chapter Leaders Retreat in Chicago. It was a very productive couple of days and it was so great to interact with leaders from all across the country. Thank you to everyone for making the trip! I would also like to give a special thank you to WIPA Chicago for being such gracious hosts. This was my first time to Chicago and while I had a fantastic time with my WIPA peeps, I'm looking forward to coming back to see a bit more of the city, enjoy some delicious deep dish pizza, and experience more of Chicago's hospitality! 

As I reflect on the 11 years of WIPA I am reminded of this quote from Maya Angelou - "All great achievements require time."  I'm excited to see what we can achieve in the next 11 years!  

Kevin M. Dennis, CPCE
2019 WIPA President

The 2019 Awards of Excellence will be hosted by WIPA New Orleans on November 14, 2019.
To begin your submission visit our awards entry site.

Awards will be Presented in the Following Categories 

Wedding Planner of Excellence (Wedding size over 101)
Wedding Planner of Excellence (Destination Wedding) 
Wedding Planner of Excellence (Wedding size under 100)

Venue Categories
Boutique Venue of Excellence
Full Service Venue of Excellence

Design Categories
Florist of Excellence
Designer of Excellence
Lighting Designer of Excellence
Linen Provider of Excellence
Rental Company of Excellence

Food and Beverage Categories
Caterer of Excellence
Cake Artist of Excellence

Entertainment & Service Categories
DJ/Entertainer of Excellence
Photographer of Excellence
Film Maker of Excellence
Stationer of Excellence
Hair and Makeup Artist of Excellence
Officiant of Excellence
Clothier of Excellence

View All Awards Details HERE

Save by Entering Early! 

Entry fee for submitting awards in 2019 are as follows:

Awards completed by September 1 submissions fee is $75
Awards completed from September 2 through September 10 submissions fee is $100
Awards completed from September 11 through September 16 submissions fee is $125. 

WIPA Members - watch your email for a membership survey 
that you will be receiving soon.

The WIPA Board of Directors wants to hear from you so that we can serve you to the best of our ability. We want to exceed your expectations, fulfill your needs and help support you with whatever you need to grow yourself and your business.

So we can make sure we're providing what you want and seeking out what you desire, we've create a quick two-minute survey to gather your feedback. 

Once we have these results, we will review, create a strategic plan around your feedback and share this plan with you. 

Thank you for your feedback, honesty and time - we are better united in our industry together and look forward to reaching new heights together!

Using Your Member Resources 

Looking for inspiration, industry education and entertainment? Click on any of the chapter links on WIPA.org - scroll to the bottom of the page and view the creative offerings from WIPA meetings around the country in the Video Library.  

There will no WIPA Members Only webinar in July because of the holiday.  
Webinars will continue on August 7. 

Previous webinars can be found online at https://wipa.memberclicks.net/webinars once you are logged in to the members only area.  Webinars for the remainder of 2019 will take place on the first Wednesday of each month with email registration reminders sent monthly. 


Chapters in Formation Upcoming Events 
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San Francisco Bay Area Event
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Rachel Sheerin will be presenting her brand new talk, "Hello: I'm Awesome" at NACE Experience in Cincinnati, OH where she is nominated for Speaker of the Year alongside WIPA powerhouse Meghan Ely! Rachel will also be presenting her "Thrive + Survive: How to navigate and conquer busy season" program to WIPA Toronto in July, a brand new chapter doing big things in Canada!

Cindy Burreson of The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, was nominated for the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce’s coveted George V. Berkey Sr. - Citizen of the Year Award.  Later in the week, she was installed for her second term as a Board Member with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Bespoke Edge was awarded Readers' Choice for best Local Men's Boutique in 5280 Magazine! 

WIPA member and owner of New Moon Entertainment, Matthew Gucu, was sworn in on June 26th as the Las Vegas Chapter President of ILEA (International Live Events Association). The 2019-2020 Board of Directors Installation was held at Club 172 inside the RIO Hotel and Casino. The event had a rock and roll theme supporting the organizations mantra for this season… ILEA Rocks! 

PartySlate is thrilled to welcome Cristofer Kowalsky as Vice President of Sales and Customer Success. Kowalsky will be instrumental as PartySlate expands into new markets. PartySlate will launch in the Hamptons on July 25 at Parrish Art Museum, Atlanta on July 31 at Southern Exchange Ballroom, and Napa on August 13 at Auberge du Soleil. With a continued focus on content curation, PartySlate now features over 500,000 professional event photos uploaded by the top event professionals from across the world. 

Kevin Dennis of Wedding IQ encouraged business owners on Catersource to invest in Summer Self-Care: Surviving a Busy Event Season. He also shared insight on  Common Mistakes Couples Make with Summer Weddings for Catalyst, while advising on how to change your name post-wedding on YourTango

Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros was featured on Total Party Planner this month sharing her expertise on Three Ways to Prevent Cash Flow Issues as a Caterer. She was also a featured guest this month on the Wedding Industry Insider podcast, discussing systems for managing your company's finances. 

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media recommended a Mid-Year Check-in: Evaluating Your Advertising and Marketing Efforts on Catersource. She was also a guest on the Wedding For Real Podcast discussing Marketing to Generation Z

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events is heading to Texas this October to present "Setting Boundaries for your Event Business" at the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of NACE. 

Katie Easley of Kate Ryan Design revealed her secret sales and marketing weapon in the Special Event's article Social Proof: An Event Pro's Secret Weapon in 2019. She was also published on Catersource where she advised on Managing Sales Expectations with a Large Team.

Heather Jones of Wente Vinyards was featured in Your Tango multiple times last month offering her best ideas for Vow Renewals, 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue', and 15 Best Candy Bar Ideas for a Sweet Wedding - Literally! You can also find Heather over at Martha Stewart Weddings discussing the pro's and con's of wedding buffets. 

Sandy Hammer of AllSeated was published on Catersource discussing Streamlining Your Event Layouts. You can also find her over at Total Party Planner, discussing layouts for corporate meetings. 

This month, Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting spoke with The Wedding Biz, discussing Wedding PR tactics for industry professionals. 

Magnolia is thrilled to be published in Modern Luxury Magazine as well as inducted into the Wedding Hall of Fame

Dalel Snider is a former corporate marketer turned floral curator as the owner of Glendora Florist in Glendora and Los Angeles Floral Couture in Beverly Hills, Orange County and the East Coast. Since walking into a business that she knew nothing about nine years ago, Dalel’s work has been featured in Ceremony Magazine, People Magazine, Access Hollywood, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times, among others. Not to mention that she’s grown her clientele base tenfold. Here, he award-winning florist shares the eight lessons that helped her do it... Full story here.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas was recently featured in the issue of Luxury Las Vegas Magazine, which highlighted the hotel. (Page. 50) Waldorf Astoria’s unique wedding experience the option to have a Moet & Chandon vending machine for a reception or a fully customizable pair of Jimmy Choo’s for your wedding elevates the unique factor!

"ArtMapMaker and artmapmaker.com were featured in the "Local Artisan" section of "Zip Code Magazines" and zipcodemagazines.com for the June/July issue for Las Vegas. ArtMapMaker purveys custom, hand-made honeymoon maps as a unique addition to a wedding package." See the full story here.

Creative Coverings' Nems Scarim joined the ILEA Portland Board of Directors as the new Director of Communications.   

PartySlate was featured in Betches for their amazing intake on throwing a bridal shower. PartySlate was also recently featured in the New York Post and for their captivating pictures and party professionals.

Tinsel Experiential Design has relaunched their website to showcase more recent work, like this year's Whitney Art Party, as seen in Vogue. The website also has a shiny new page to celebrate Tinsel's take on Weddings and Social Events -- notably more glam & gold than blush & bashful.

Liz Castelli of Tinsel Experiential Design was named one of BizBash's Top 50 Event Designers in the country. And following that honor, the team's 4-city activation for Creed Aventus was featured by the site.

ONTHEMARC Events has developed a network of private, picturesque barns and farm properties. With venues in Greenwich, Weston, Bedford and additional locations in the process of being secured, their ever-increasing roster makes them a perfect match for high touch farm weddings and events. To view their venue photos, click HERE.

Friar Tux is celebrating 45 years of style in 2019.  The company recently kicked off their 45th Anniversary celebration with the “Our True Love Story: Photo + Caption Contest to determine the most creative love story that ended in an engagement. The public can vote for their favorite Contest entry between 7.15 and 7.31. Friar Tux was also highlighted in the Long Beach Press-Telegram about the company’s history and tuxedo and suit trends over time.