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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!
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 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
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
MORE INFO: BizBASH Expo
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 chat..my treat 🙂
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Diane 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
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/EventWeddingPlanning1
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
Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding
Photography by Lin & Jirsa Photography
Jillian & Chris’ Wedding
Photography by Gavin Wade Photography
Photography by Jim Kennedy Photographers