Conversation is powerful. Let's talk and be human together.
Join 200+ wedding industry professionals in Washington, D.C. for a gathering that is part conference part experiential. This year’s theme is Conversation is powerful. Let’s talk and be human together.
DCWW 2019 Schedule
(Speakers and events will be updated in Real Time)
Day 1 - April 23, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Kick-off Social at District Winery
We’re starting DCWW 2019 with wine and bites by District Winery, entertainment, photo fun, and networking. We’ll also recognize the 2019 DC Wedding Week Trailblazer and Industry Honorees and give guests a run down of what to expect throughout the week. Tickets for other DCWW events will be available for purchase at this event.
Day 2 - April 24, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Industry Brunch with The Knot at Josephine Butler Parks Center
Attend this week mid-week brunch with industry professionals and friends from The Knot. The Knot will lead a discussion about the industry while guest enjoy a delightful meal from Get Plated, something bubbly, sweets, and leave with gifts! This spring themed event will also include surprise entertainment and beautiful decor from our floral partner White Magnolia Designs and rentals partner Party Rental LTD.
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm Wed Talk: Staying Ahead of the Curve - Top 10 Things to Consider in 2019 with Nadia Pessoa In an ever-changing industry, how do you stay relevant, while managing different aspects of your business? The secret is embracing change, and working smarter, not harder. Join harpist and online marketing expert Nadia Pessoa as she reveals ways to leverage technology to streamline and grow your business. Discover must-know trends, and get practical tips you can apply to your website and social media accounts, your workflow, and in person.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wed Tech Talk with Aisle Planner A tool for how to manage the business and client work and a real-time interaction to show us how it works - yes please. Our wed tech partner Aisle Planner, will demo their wedding planning and business management tool and show us how it can help streamline how we do business and engage with our wedding clients.
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Coffee and Conversation at Social Tables, Moderated by Jasmine Smith
Come enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to curated, transparent business stories and lessons learned from some of the best in the wedding industry including Andre Wells of Events by Andre Wells, Laura Ritchie of Grit & Grace, Dawn Crothers of Something Vintage, Ben Lin of B.Lin Catering, and Uche Ojunta of Designs by Oochay. Get your questions ready as each panelist will take questions following a moderated Q&A with our Founder and Creator Jasmine Smith. Ticket price includes one custom coffee mug and guests are encouraged to stay after to network and chat.
Day 3 - April 25 Workshop Day 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Session 1
Workshop: Building the Business with Sarah Campbell Growing a business is difficult and we want to share some of the best strategies used to foster growth. Join Sarah Campbell, Founder of Pollyanna Events, for an in-depth discussion of how to grow your small business so you can feel accomplished and ready to take on the world! Despite having ZERO experience, Sarah grew a company in an unknown territory with no training or knowledge of the industry. She will touch on advertising, the power of community, expanding to new areas, and so much more!
Wed Talk: A Conversation with Photographers, Moderated by Pamela Spencer We are bringing together a dynamic group of Photographers from D.C. to Pennsylvania for a panel about finding a niche, building a portfolio and, challenges associated with work being published, shared and not credited. This talk features wedding photographers Natarsha Wright, Nessa Kessinger, Erika Layne, and Megan Butcher and will be an engaging and insightful session for new or experienced photographers and wedding vendors interested in working better with photographers.
10:30 am to 11:30 am, Session 2
Workshop: Contracts for Wedding Vendors with Ashlee Hightower Join Ashlee, a practicing attorney and owner of Contracts for Creatives, for an informative workshop where she makes legal contracts a little less intimidating. Learn the basics on why it's important for wedding vendors to have legal contracts in place, why contracts should be created and/or reviewed by an attorney, plus items that should always be included in vendor contracts.
Workshop: Niche Marketing with Feyisola Ogunfemi Simply put, couples gravitate to wedding vendors that they like, and who also understand their specific needs. Defining and understanding a specific niche can help you speak to that need. This workshop on marketing to a niche will show some of the methods used by Feyisola Ogunfemi, Owner of Statuesque Events, to position Statuesque Events first as a Nigerian wedding planner, then eventually as a multicultural and intercultural wedding planner. She will discuss ways to speak to your niche in your marketing materials as well as your sales and follow up process to get more of the kinds of leads that you want, and to expand into new market.
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Session 3
Workshop: Creating a Brand for Your Business and Clients with Neela Asaadi Join New York based Neela Asaadi, a branding design expert and owner of Asaadi Graphics, for an engaging workshop on strategy and how to create a brand either for your business or client wedding. Neela will share fundamental knowledge on the importance of consistency in visual communication and branding considerations. In this workshop, you will learn all about how design impacts a business and similarly the expectations of getting a bride and groom to their wedding day in style.
Workshop: Working IN vs. ON Your Business with Irene Tyndale Running a business requires a mindset shift. Along with servicing clients, you have to work "on" your business. Join Irene Tyndale, Chief Event Officer of Irene Tyndale Events & Design for an enlightening workshop on the differences between working IN and ON your business. There is a difference between the two, and knowing the differences will help you manage a successful business and not a hobby.
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, Session 4
Workshop: Tips to Elevate Your Social Media Images with Jennifer Domenick In this session, Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images will share tips for creating compelling images to share on social media. She will share basic lighting and composition that anyone can implement immediately with simple tools and will share her favorite smart phone apps for organizing and editing photos. Come gain insight into how to make the most of your session with a professional photographer to get tons of fresh imagery for your social media and brand.
Wedding Talk: Crisis Management for Wedding Professionals with Kawania Wooten Come discuss three brief case studies with Kawania Wooten Principal Consultant at Howerton+Wooten Events that cover the possible risks, emergencies, crises, and disasters (natural and manmade) that wedding planners (and professionals) can face at any given time. She will share tips for how to proactively avoid and/or mitigate them and lead an interactive discussion how to respond to each of the situations described in the case study.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Session 5
Panel: How to Get Published, A Conversation with Editors Amy Moeller and Janelle Erlichman Getting published is a big deal in the wedding industry but many people don’t know how or what Editors look for to make this happen. We’re bringing in Amy Moeller Editor-in-Chief, Washingtonian Weddings and Janelle Erlichman Diamond, Managing Editor, Baltimore Weddings to share their perspectives on what they look for when making a decision to publish a wedding, as well as the process for submitting photos and expected communication during and after the process.
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm DCWW Pop Up
We’re curating a pop up experience with custom items created specifically for wedding professionals. Stop through for molecular ice cream by Molecular Food & Cocktails, networking, and shopping. Details coming soon.
We are grateful for our partners
DC Wedding Week is and will always be driven by the support of our Partners. There is no way we could produce this experience without them and we are grateful for their support and commitment to a more diverse and connected wedding industry. See the partners from DC Wedding Week 2018 here.
Interested in a 2019 Partnership? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org