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August 14, 2014 8:40 am

Events for Wedding and Event Planners

Calling all Wedding and Event Planners!

Check out these upcoming events for wedding and event planners and see if there are any you can attend. These kind of events provide a great venue for networking, meeting other professionals in the industry, sourcing inventory, and staying on top of the latest styles and trends.

If you know of any upcoming events for wedding and event planners in your area, let us know in the comments!

United States

The Event Planner Expo

This expo brings together more than 1500 industry professionals and over 100 booths exhibiting venues and services to do business.

WHERE: The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York

WHEN: October 8th, 2014

MORE INFO: The Event Planner Expo



Event Expo

Event Expo is great for anyone who wants to plan outstanding events. It is Cleveland’s premier trade show for anyone that has ever planned an event, office party, or company retreat.

WHERE: The Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

WHEN: October 2nd, 2014

MORE INFO: Event Expo


BizBASH Expo

The BizBASH Expo will provide attendees with innovative and thought-provoking information from thought leaders and creative thinkers in the industry. They will learn of the newest trends, and meet the perfect vendors to create memorable events that “pop”.

WHERE: Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center (Hall A), New York

WHEN: October 28th, 2014



Wedding Market Expo

The goal is to help wedding and event professionals of all expertise levels to increase their business knowledge, stay on top of current trends, and network with other professionals.

WHERE: Multiple locations

WHEN: Multiple dates

MORE INFO: Wedding Market Expo



SHOWTIME Special Events Party Expo

The show caters to all aspects of the Event Planning industry and can be an invaluable resource when planning an event.

WHERE: 2-35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto

WHEN: October 1st, 2014

MORE INFO: Showtime Events Party Expo


IncentiveWorks Show

Canada’s largest event for professionals who plan, organize, or influence meetings and events. Education sessions and workshops provide insight, tips, trends, and memorable learning experience for every level of planner or supplier.

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto

WHEN: August 19-20, 2014

MORE INFO: IncentiveWorks Show




National Bridal Show

Taking place for three days, this event will showcase some very important exhibitions that include the latest in everything wedding, from registries to fashion accessories to favors and more.

WHERE: International Centre, Mississauga

WHEN: September 5 – 7, 2014-08-11

MORE INFO: National Bridal Show


United Kingdom

International Confex

International Confex is the UK’s all-encompassing meetings and events industry exhibition. It is a key calendar date for anyone involved in organizing, running, marketing or selling events.

WHERE: Olympia London, London

WHEN: 18-19 February 2015

MORE INFO: International Confex


The North East Wedding Show

This bridal show is set to be the biggest wedding event in the North East and is the perfect place to meet many of the region’s finest wedding specialists.

WHERE: The Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

WHEN: 13-14 September 2014

MORE INFO: The North East Wedding Show


New Zealand

North City Wedding Expo

This expo features many different booths with all sorts of wedding-related information. Great for getting ideas and making connections with some of the best in the New Zealand Wedding industry.

WHERE: Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua City, New Zealand

WHEN: 25 January 2015

MORE INFO: North City Wedding Expo





Sydney Olympic Park’s Annual Wedding and Bridal Expo

This expo showcases over 140 wedding and bridal exhibits.

WHERE: Sydney Olympic Park, Sports Centre

WHEN: August 31st, 2014

MORE INFO: Sydney Olympic Park’s Annual Wedding and Bridal Expo


Liverpool Wedding Expo

This expo sports over 70 wedding and bridal exhibits including photography, gowns, invitations, cars, hair, makeup, flowers, venues, DJ’s and more.

WHERE: Liverpool Catholic Club, Liverpool

WHEN: Sunday September 28th, 2014-08-13

MORE INFO: Liverpool Wedding Expo


event planners

Something will inevitably go wrong at every wedding. As a photographer, having an event planner onsite to trouble-shoot problems is truly a blessing. With an event planner’s help, I can devote 100% of my time to the job at hand- capturing precious moments.

Event planners are detail orientated. They are prepared for everything and anything. They are calm, articulate and pretty well have super powers to be able to pull off successful events time after time. That alone pretty much sums up why they are wonderful. But to break it down…

Here are a few reasons why event planners are truly lifesavers:

– Getting an itinerary in advance directly from a bride is often challenging. Working with a planner guarantees an accurate schedule far enough in advance in order to plan an arrival time, the arrival of the 2nd shooter, and the scheduling of any rental equipment.

– They always seem to have a secret stash of protein bars on hand. It must be a secret language that our stomachs communicate with… and trust me, extra energy is required when you’re working 12 hour days!

– Planners are excellent with time management. Follow their schedule and you’re set. Less time worrying spent worrying about the schedule means that I can put all of my energy into nailing creative shots.

– Bridezillas are not entirely our problem anymore. Truthfully I’ve never encountered one yet, but I know they exist! I’ve been told this is where telephoto lenses come in handy…

– Referrals: word of mouth is the best form of advertising in the wedding industry. There is no room for errors or arrogance during a wedding, so vendors like to be selective with who they work with. Make a planner happy and their word is gold.

– Cocktail hour, otherwise known as chaos for the photographer. The ceremony has finished, and everyone is ecstatic and carefree except you are on a specific time-frame for the family and bridal portraits. Who is Uncle John again? How many cousins were there? A planner keeps you sane during this stage of any event and generally has a glass of wine ready for you at the finish line.

Still not believing me? No problem! I’ve saved the most important fact for last…

The cake will get eaten, the flowers will wilt away, and the decorations will all get packed up. What remains as a daily reminder of the wedding are the photos. There are no excuses when it comes to not getting ‘the shot’, but a planner can really help alleviate the risk of failure. They have spent weeks with the bride, so when things go wrong they already have that bond where a single glance can turn to giggles. The event planner will ensure that you get the shots you need because remember, those shots are equally important to them! Those photos are their only tangible proof of a job well done.

Karen AsselinKaren is an Ottawa-based photographer specializing in wedding photography. Love & laughter describes the experience you will have and the pictures you will cherish. Getting married? Let’s grab a coffee and treat 🙂

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Meet QC grad, event and wedding planner Diane MerrissDiane Merriss believes in the power of education. That’s why she’s enrolled in QC’s Wedding Planning course. Her career has come so far since then, and she is now the owner of her own thriving event and wedding planning business. We’re so proud to share her story with our readers today, from her personal insight into the planning industry, to some seriously incredible photos of her work. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see them all!

Company Name: Event Wedding Planning
Description: Event Wedding Planning is a full service wedding planning company that can customize any package to make it fit your exact needs. From the intimate weddings to the spectacular – we offer more personalized services, from multi-cultural weddings and events to destination weddings.
Region: Southern California and beyond
Phone: 949-940-8884
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What motivated you to start your career as a professional event and wedding planner and how did you career unfold?

I was into photography for such a long time, and experienced a lot of behind the scenes of weddings and events. I thought that I would love to do it too, as I had always loved to host get-togethers. My ultimate dream goal was to own a luxurious wedding and event venue along the coast. I had thought about that goal many times over the years. I finally decided to go to school to be a wedding planner and start from scratch so I could learn the real way to plan weddings professionally.

I then enrolled in QC Event School’s Wedding Planning course, completed my course, and started by business, Event Wedding Planning, immediately. Less than two years later, QC called to let me know that they added the Core Event course and wanted to see if I was interested. I enrolled and completed it quickly, changing my designation from IWPP to IEWP (International Event and Wedding Planning Professional).

Right after completing the Core Event program, I started Special Event Producers, which is the corporate and private events side of Event Wedding Planning. I have planned many events and still love every minute of what I do.

In 2011 I decided that, knowing all I do about events, it was time to bring in even more education to my business to help with design, color schemes, and so forth, so I went back to QC for the Design and Decorating course. I love it! Adding professional design elements to my business gives me a greater advantage for designing an event from scratch and putting together color schemes. Most seasoned planners seem to have an interior design background, or vice versa.

What are some highlights of your career so far?

1. Planning an entire wedding from scratch in less than three months! It was challenging but fun, and worth every moment. The wedding turned out beautifully, just the way the couple imagined.

2. Having the opportunity to work with not only fabulous wedding couples, but also some amazing and talented wedding and event professionals, along with some amazing locations. We have developed long lasting relationships that are treasured by my business. I consider my preferred vendors and preferred locations like family, and I refer them to all my clients and to anyone needing their specific services.

3. Lastly, I had the opportunity to add “private estates” to my business to rent out for events. Great properties with great possibilities – I am just blessed to have been part of the estate renting experience, as it felt like my own wedding venues!

How did your course prepare you for working in the field?

QC’s courses taught me a lot about the business end, which is so very valuable to any business. Learning how to properly price my services, the do’s and don’ts of business, and legal information has been so very priceless. My business is stricter because of this.

Learning the cultural diversities and traditions that were broken down into detail in the course has been such a blessing for my business as well. I love, love, love the religious traditions for weddings and events! That is one thing that has made my business stand out a little bit more from some of the others. The knowledge of different cultures and religious traditions has brought more business to my company and that is one thing I honestly cherish about my wedding business.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out with their training or career?

My advice would be to finish all schooling first! I have many interns who want to “just be a planner already” and think they don’t need schooling. I quickly sit them down and tell them how important it is and how it benefits them for their own future businesses. Ultimately, having a certificate shows an employer how serious you are about this as a career and that it’s not just another job you are taking. Schooling shows you the back-end of running a successful business, how to run different types of events, and how to problem solve in worst-case scenarios, so it is very valuable to have.

Let’s have a look at some of Diane’s work…

Kerri & Jim’s Wedding

Photography by Jen Lauren Grant Photography

An example of QC grad Diane Merriss' work

QC grad Diane Merriss planned this beautiful reception

Creative ideas from QC grad Diane Merriss

Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding

Photography by Lin & Jirsa Photography

A stunning outdoor ceremony by QC grad Diane Merriss

QC grad Diane Merriss planned this impressive Gatsby wedding

A creative Great Gatsby-themed wedding by Diane Merriss

Jillian & Chris’ Wedding

Photography by Gavin Wade Photography

QC grad Diane Merriss is an impressive wedding planner

QC grad Diane Merriss

Rietkerk Wedding

Photography by Jim Kennedy Photographers

Wedding and event planner Diane Merriss

QC Event School grad Diane Merriss

QC grad and wedding planner Diane Merriss