THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2017 PANELISTS AND GUESTS!
STAY TUNED FOR 2018 DETAILS COMING SOON!


 

2017 SCHEDULE

 

8AM-9AM

  • Lobby/Atrium - Registration, Gift Bag distribution & Continental Breakfast

  • Lobby/Atrium - Vendor Networking (available all day)

9:00-9:05AM

  • Main Stage - Opening Remarks

9:10AM-10AM

  • Main Stage - Wedding Planning Power Hour - Master Timeline & What Things Cost: The Wedding Market from A to Z - And A Day-of Schedule Of Events

Every website has their own checklist, but some are overwhelming and not catered to you or the market you live in.  Learn from veteran wedding planners who give you the lowdown on what you REALLY need to accomplish by when AND what those will things really cost in the DC/MD/VA wedding market.

Perfect for our spring brides – jump right in and learn from experts the common things every bride forgets to include in their day of timeline and how to ensure your day is flawless.

10:05AM-10:50AM

  • Main Stage - Get Reception Site Savvy

The area’s top catering executives teach you common fee structures, packages, and additional inclusions you can expect or avoid when looking for your perfect site. Guidelines on how to make the most of your wedding budget at top facilities.    

  • Breakout #1 - Welcome to the Caterer's Kitchen

Comparing apples to apples is tough when talking about catering!  Come and hear one of our most fantastic panels of the event tell you what you should be looking for in a caterer,  what you should be paying, tips you need to know about hosting an event, and more.  

  • Breakout #2 - Get Entertainment Savvy

Are you overwhelmed with different booking agencies?  Not sure what is a reasonable fee?  How do you know that a band is going to be good on your wedding day? So you saw a 30 second video online — now what?  Do I need a booking agent?  What should I be paying for a DJ?  These questions and more are addressed.

11AM-11:45AM

  • Main Stage - Get Photographer Savvy

With an explosion of competition in the DMV, it’s a great opportunity for the consumer to get a quality product and a reasonable fee.  Find out how to execute a meaningful search and negotiate the best deal for your needs.  Hint: It’s so much more than a great styled shoot photo!

  • Breakout #1 -Paper Paper Paper!!! Invitation Etiquette

Do you need an inner envelope?  How do I word my invitations if my parents are divorced?  Our top invitation experts dispel the rumors, ashew outdated etiquette, and what you absolutely must include!

1145AM-12PM

  • Lobby/Atrium - Lunch Served

  • Lobby/Atrium - Vendor Networking (available all day)

12PM-12:30PM

  • Main Stage - 'Ask Me Anything: Get Your Toughest Wedding Planning Q's Answered Seasoned Wedding Planners

Come ready with your wedding questions!  Seasoned Wedding Planner Raquel Shutt will be fielding your questions that you can submit upon arrival to the show or ask live during lunch!  Start writing your questions down now and get them answered on the 11th! 

  • Lobby/Atrium - Vendor Networking (available all day)

12:40PM-1:25PM

  • Main Stage - Design and Decor Defined: (Hint: It's not what you think!)

D & D might be THE buzzwords of this wedding era– but what on earth do they really mean?  And how do you incorporate design and decor into your event?  Play a fun “jeopardy” style game to learn more and the chance to win some fabulous prizes for your wedding day!  Sponsored by Select Event Group

1:30PM-2:10PM

  • Main Stage - Get Florist Savvy  

So many florists, so many different things to consider!  Style, price, reputation — what should you be looking for and what to steer clear of.  How to stretch your budget and when to spend up.  Another dynamic panel of some of the best share the secrets of what makes a florist your most favorite vendor!  

  • Breakout #1 - The Dos and Don'ts of Private Home Weddings

Our top experts explain what you need to know when considering or hosting a private home event.  What’s the difference between a century tent and a frame tent?  What size generator do I need?  And what’s a reasonable price for a restroom trailer?  Learn more here.

  • Breakout #2 - Hair and Makeup Panel

Airbrush vs. traditional makeup?  — On site or Salon? What should I be asking when interviewing a hair or makeup team?  Should I pay for a trial run?  Get educated and know what it expect and what is fair by hearing from our top -rated panel of experts.

2:10PM-2:40PM

  • Main Stage - One on One with Ariel Lewis

This is your chance to have your personal hair and makeup questions answered by one of the very best in the biz!  Ariel Lewis and her team will be answering YOUR personal questions about skin, hair, makeup and more.  Don’t miss your chance for great advice from a seasoned pro.

  • Breakout #1 - Daddy Knows Best

A FOB (Father of the Bride) has lots of roles and responsibilities when it comes to his daughter's big day. How does a dad "give away" a bride at the altar? Is he expected to give a toast? Our top experts dish on the information you really want to and SHOULD know!

2:45PM-3:25PM

  • Main Stage - Romance Travel, Honeymoons, Destination Weddings, and More!

Have you considered a destination wedding?  Want to learn more about honeymoon options?  What's the deal with room block contracts?  Attend this session to hear the area’s top travel experts tell you what’s hot, what you can expect to spend, and what’s overrated.

3:30PM-4PM

  • Main Stage - Laura C. Cannon - Marriage by Design: Planning for Life After the Big Day 

Ever wondered what makes a successful marriage?  Wedding officiant and couples coach Laura C. Cannon shares candid insights and practical tools for consciously co-creating your married life together, and the secret to truly enjoying your wedding day. 

4PM - Raffles (Mexico All-Inclusive Stay) and Event Ends