April 23 - 25, 2019

Washington, D.C.

2 Full Days. 5 Events. Speakers. Workshops and More.

Wedding industry professionals support couples year round. So we’ve created a part conference part live-event to support and inspire wedding industry professionals.

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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, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Kick-off Social at District Winery

We’re starting DCWW 2019 with wine, bites, pretty decor, entertainment 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 Breakfast at Josephine Butler Parks Center

Breakfast with our friends from The Knot. More details coming soon.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm Wed Tech at Venue TBD 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 at Venue TBD 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 (announcement coming soon) 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. More details about soon.

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 Laura Ritchie of Grit & Grace, Dawn Crothers of Something Vintage, Ben Lin of B.Lin Catering, and more. 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 at Breather 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Session 1

Workshop: Building the Business with Sarah Campbell We are happy to have Sarah Campbell (Founder, CEO and Executive Planner at Pollyanna Events) back with us this year. More details about her roundtable style workshop soon.

Wed Talk: A Conversation with Photographers, Moderated by Pamela Spencer We are bringing together a dynamic group of Photographers from D.C. to Pennsylvania to talk 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, 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

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

Wedding Talk: How to Get Published, A Conversation with Editors and Writers 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 two Editors from major wedding publications, a Writer and, Blogger to share their perspectives 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 Pop Up Experience at FOSTR

We’re curating a pop up experience with custom items created specifically for wedding professionals. Stop through for a cocktail, networking and shopping. More 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 sponsors from DC Wedding Week 2018 here.  

Interested in a 2019 Partnership? Please email us at hello@dcweddingweek.com

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