Strong Association Presence at Wedding MBA Conference

September 25, 2008 by Andy Ebon

Each association or networking may have different reasons for being at the Wedding MBA Conference (Phoenix, AZ), but you can’t miss them at the Trade Show.

BSPI-Logo.jpgBSPI (Bridal Show Producers International) is one group you may not be that familiar with. It is a group of seasoned wedding show producers, with specific requirements for membership, including tenure in the industry.

Typically, at an industry trade show, such as this one, BSPI is sharing the wisdom of exhibiting in one of their member shows. However, there were many businesses-in-formation, so the association representatives found themselves providing more basic information to some attendees.

adja.gifADJA (American Disc Jockey Association) continues their campaign of branding itself as ‘the organization for professional mobile disc jockeys.’

Fresh of its involvement in the NACE 50th Anniversary Conference in Philadelphia (August 2008), ADJA continues to represent its members by educating wedding professionals about distinct differences between its members and other DJ companies.

acpwc-logo.jpgACPWC (Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants) that focuses on education and certification for wedding planners.

There are several organizations that compete in this type of work. However, ACPWC is one of the originals. Based in Silicon Valley, ACPWC has chapters in a number of markets around the U.S. and various training gatherings throughout the year.

awpi125TRANS.gifAFWPI (Association for Wedding Professionals Internationals) is a networking organization, based in Sacramento, with a half-dozen chapters around the country.

It sports a huge website to promote its members to brides. Its local AFWPI meetings are strictly networking and lots of it.

Association of Bridal Consultants is a widely recognized, national trade association based in connected. ABCLogocolor_webpageonly.JPGABC has local chapters (usually with state representatives). The organization also has a national conference in November, this year.

A big contingent from Toronto, Canada, made the trip with WPIC (Wedding Planners Institute of Canada). The entourage of nine members participated in the trade show.

WPIC_logo_wflag.gifSpeaker, Tara Murney (A Green Tie Affair), presented on the ‘Eco-Chic Bride.’ The concept of ‘green weddings’ is still to many in the industry. Her presentation was many people’s first exposure about what purports to be a burgeoning segment of the wedding industry.

Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Blogger

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Keith Alan has been in the DJ biz since 1975, started hosting weddings in 1982 and went full-time in 1993. While personally hosting over 60 weddings a year on the weekends, his mid-week programs generate income through out the year. Young children and seniors are the strong points of the business. Outside of the weddings division of Keith Alan Productions, Keith’s summer program, Campardy™ has grown from 1 event in 2000, to 75 events within a 6 week window! Keith is busy with game shows, trivia, photo booths and extreme bingo the other 46 weeks of the year.


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