The “WOW” in Weddings

November 21, 2008 Weddings Unlimited, Inc.

Joyce with Colin Cowie, Designer to the Stars

Joyce with Colin Cowie, Designer to the Stars

The Association of Bridal Consultants ( recently held their annual conference in Newport Beach, CA. Over 350 wedding planners and vendors attended, with five from Cincinnati and one from Cleveland, Ohio. So many wedding related topics were crammed into the two days, including advise from a handful of Master Bridal Consultants (including myself) available to answer question. “Meet the Masters” was like 10 minute speed dating, only many new planners and vendors did not want to rotate during the three sessions. Brain picking left me completely drained, but proud I could offer my expertise!

Keynote speakers were Barbara Wallace and Colin Cowie. Ms. Wallace, a Master Bridal Consultant and Gala Award winner, gave the attendees so much insight into wedding day photography. I can’t wait to share her comments to my clients. I also recommend that everyone in the wedding industry purchase her book: Wedding Vendor Handbook.  She gives practical advice on building teams for your events. 

 Well, what can you say about Colin Cowie? He is definilty the “WOW” in weddings. He spent almost two hours sharing his weddings with us. Can you imagine doing a $25,000,000 wedding? Yep, that’s one he highlighted and had the attendees gasping! I can’t imagine.  Look for his newest book release in early January…Wedding Chic-1001 ideas for every moment of your celebration. Latest news is that Mr. Cowie will host the second season of Get Married on Lifetime TV.

The Association of Bridal Consultants offers a Miss Dorothy Scholarship to help new consultants attend the annual conference without financial worries. This year (as in the past), Colin offered our members a chance to work on one of his weddings. Bidding began at $2000 and soon escalated to $10K. Appears that 14 planners will be called up to work for Colin. Miss Dorothy (a dedicated member that passed away) would be so proud.  

Next year’s conference will be in Indianapolis. See you there!     



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