Upcoming events

    • March 29, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Emory Conference Center - 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

    Topic:  Speed Networking & Why WNUSA!

    Welcome to the 2017 kick-off event for the Atlanta Chapter!  We can't wait to have you join us this evening.  Come meet the local executive team as well as our National Director of Business Development Jason Freshly and learn about 'Why Wedding Network USA' and what's in store for the Atlanta Chapter in 2017!

    Come ready to network with your fellow wedding professionals as we host a round of speed networking with everyone in attendance.  Don't forget your business cards and marketing materials as you meet all the great vendor partners in Atlanta.

    As an added bonus for those who attend the meeting - Become a new member (or renew your membership) at the door and receive $50 off your membership!

    Contributing Wedding Professionals

    Parking:  Self parking in lot on site


    • Please RSVP by the Friday before the meeting to take advantage of discounted pricing
    • All RSVP's after Friday (and walk-ups) will be assessed a late fee.


    Irene Tyndale, Local Chapter Director

    • Ticket purchase is valid for this event only and non-refundable.  Ticket may not be used for any future events.
    • An RSVP without payment is still considered an RSVP and you will be responsible to pay whether you attend or not.  You may cancel your RSVP by going to your profile on the website.
    • If you are unable to attend, someone else may come in your place - please email atlanta@weddingnetworkusa.com and your guest to verify.

    • March 29, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Foundry- 4130 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134

    Topic: How to Plan for Retirement 

    Do you have a retirement plan for your small business?  Do you know how much you need to be setting aside each month?  Do you know how much you need to retire on?  If the answer is no to any of these questions, you need to come to this months Wedding Network meeting where we'll be discussing these topics and more with Don Stout of Edward Jones Investments.

    **Please be aware that with the nature of and interest in this topic, the meeting may until 10pm.**

    Venue:  The Foundry

    A homegrown company founded in 1999, we are honored to be one of the region’s premier catering and events companies. Our team of more than 100 service staff and culinary professionals is dedicated to providing attentive, friendly service and delicious food.

    Our commitment to our clients and ourselves to create unforgettable experiences begins with our deep partnerships with regional suppliers and vendors and ends with a common goal to exceed our clients’, and their guests’, expectations.

    We are rooted in our region, sourcing fresh and local ingredients from area producers and farmers.  Our menus reflect the bounty of the Pacific Northwest to create unique culinary experiences. In contributing to our local economy and agriculture community, we demonstrate a sustainably-minded sourcing strategy that benefits everyone.

    Our venues maintain the authenticity of their origins with a subtle infusion of elements that reflect our company style. You’ll find a special attention to detail that is inherent in everything we do.

    By consistently wowing our clients and improving our practices for nearly fifteen years, we have become a renowned full service catering and events company. We also had the privilege of opening our own restaurant, Fresh Bistro in spring 2009.

    Speaker:  Don Stout of Edward Jones Investments

    As your Edward Jones branch team, we believe it's important to invest our time to understand what you're working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. I can also help with your retirement savings so you have more options when you retire, regardless of what you decide to do.

    I began my Edward Jones career in 2013 as a financial advisor in Mercer Island, WA. Prior to coming to Edward Jones, I worked for Genesee Investments, a hedge fund of funds, located in Bellevue, WA, from 1995 to 2011. In addition, I worked for Coldstream Capital Management, a wealth management organization also located in Bellevue, from 2011 to 2012.

    I earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Idaho in 1993 and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University in 1994.

    My wife, Kara, and I have been married since 1995, and we have two daughters. Originally from Genesee, Idaho, where I grew up on a wheat farm and cattle ranch, my family and I have lived in Bellevue since 2000.

    I am currently a trustee for the Barker Wealth Management Foundation at the University of Idaho and a member of the advisory board of the University of Idaho Department of Business.

    At Edward Jones, we're focused on you. The firm has thousands of people and advanced technology supporting our office so that we can help you reach your long-term financial goals. 

    Menu- Family Style:  

    Passed Appetizers:

    Pesto Ricotta Tartlet with marinated cherry tomato and micro basil.

    Signature Sweet Potato & Dungeness Crab Cakes with chipotle remoulade & minced chives


    Artisan Rolls with sweet cream and Herban butter

    Red Quinoa, Kale & Apple Salad with grain mustard, maple & apple cider vinaigrette

    Rosemary Tortellini Pasta Salad with roasted olives, pear tomatoes, winter greens, herbed vinaigrette

    Honey Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts with sweet honey-dijon sauce & rosemary


    Thyme Crusted Chicken Breast with honey and lemon emulsion and three-herb gremolata

    Zucchini and Potato Cake with tomato and caper relish (Vegetarian Option- By request)


    Hosted non-alcoholic beverages

    2 drink tickets per person then to cash bar for alcoholic beverages

    Contributing Wedding Professionals:


    Self parking is available in spaces out front of venue.

    Seattle Executive Team:

    Ticket Info:
    • Tickets are non refundable
    • Tickets are valid for this event only
    • Tickets may not be used for any future event
    • If you are unable to attend, another person may use the ticket
    Registration - By Friday, March 24th
    $35.00 Wedding Network Members
    $45.00 Non-Members - New Attendee
    $55.00 Non Members - Attended in the Past

    Late Registration - Starting Saturday, March 25th
    $45.00 Wedding Network Members
    $55.00 Non-Members - New Attendee
    $65.00 Non Members - Attended in the Past

    Rebecca Grant, Local Chapter Director
    Wedding Network USA
    • April 12, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MDT)
    • Larimer Social-1427 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

    Meeting Topic: 
    Pricing F
    or Profit-

    How do you determine your pricingAre you profitable on every job? Can you prove it? Do you find it difficult to justify your pricing to clients? Do you understand the different pricing models and which best apply to your projects?  If you said “no” to any of these questions, this session is for you!  Come learn how to price for real profit and eliminate the stressful guessing game about making enough money. You will leave with tools that can transform your business from a hobby to a financial success story.

    Speaker: Tami Forero- 

    Owner, Forte Events

    Tami Forero is a strategic event planner and CEO of successful, Colorado Springs-based company, Forté Events, Inc. With twenty-four years of event planning experience, Tami helps clients meet goals using experiential events and is a sought-after speaker nationwide, on subjects of sales, work life balance, and profitability. Forté Events has created unique training and leadership development programs that have earned international recognition and awards. Tami has helped companies significantly increase their profits in record time, attract and retain employees, and successfully launch products and community programs. Over the past ten years, Forero's company has doubled or tripled sales each year, even during economic recession. The Forté Events team not only plans and executes corporate, non-profit, and social events worldwide, but also enjoys working together for their "perfect" clientele.


    Venue: Larimer Social

    Overlooking historic Larimer Square in downtown Denver, Larimer Social offers over 6,800 square feet of flexible space that can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and 480 guests for a standing reception. Whether you’re planning a private party or hosting a corporate event, Larimer Social combines the energy and charm of Larimer Square with a modern, updated and flexible space.

    Desserts: Little Red Mixer Bake Shop

    Little Red Mixer Bakeshop is a shop specializing in cupcakes located in the Platt Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. I’ve dreamt of the bakeshop since I was a kid and made my first Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

    Cupcakes are for me because they’re single serving, this way I can’t eat an entire cake although the number of cupcakes I eat in one sitting is a secret. I am a Colorado native and love spending my time with my husband and little girl.

    The Bakeshop is always looking for new flavors and new challenges and I would love my shop to be a part of your special moment.


    Audio/Visual: Sound Master Entertainment 

    Denver Executive Team:

    • Chapter Co-Directors: Laney Hall & Haley Hyman
    • Communication Chair: Emily Miller
    • Education Chair: Brittany Bowman
    • Logistics Chair: Angela Alizadeh
    • Membership Chairs: Brooke Kletzli
    Ticket Info:
    • Tickets are non refundable
    • Tickets are valid for this event only
    • Tickets may not be used for any future event
    • If you are unable to attend, another person may use the ticket
    Registration - By Wednesday, April 12th
    $20.00 Wedding Network Members
    $30.00 Non Members


    Laney Hall, Local Chapter Co-Director
    Wedding Network USA


    • April 12, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Benson Hotel

    Meeting Topic:

    The Benson and AWE Productions present a 1920's Style Cocktail Hour with Real Couple Q&A Panel

     Join us at The Benson Hotel for a laid back, Speakeasy-themed early evening of cocktails and heavy appetizers. Before you arrive, obtain the secret password, then follow the signs in the lobby enter to the super-secret entrance.

    Our educational topic will feature a panel of local newly-wed couples from 2016. Bring your burning questions you always wanted to ask a client after their wedding! This is your chance to get candid answers about the highs & lows of the wedding planning process, how they choose their wedding vendors and what they may have done differently. You may also email your questions to jenn@awecelebrations.com prior to the meeting!

    Prizes: Your lovely April WNUSA Meeting Hosts Jenn Reyes and Janet Kearney have graciously donated One Free Night at The Benson and a $50 gift card to any of The Coast Properties. 

    For every non-member wedding vendor
    guest you bring, you’ll receive one entry to the raffle
    (bring 5 guests --- 5 chances to win!). 


    5:00pm-5:45pm: Registration/Cocktails & Networking

    5:45pm-6:00pm: Opening announcements & Introduction                                       to Meeting Hosts

    6:00pm-6:45pm: Real Couple Q&A Panel

    6:45pm-7:00pm: Networking/Wrap Up


    Deviled Eggs 3 Ways: Traditional, Sundried Tomato and Smoked Salmon

    Shrimp Cocktail Shots

    Assorted Domestic, Imported and Artisan Cheese Tray

    Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Sausage

    Caesar Salad

    Contributing Professionals


    The Benson Hotel : Venue, Food & Beverage


    Explore all Portland has to offer from one of the city’s most treasured historic landmarks. Founded in 1913, The Benson features elegant European design with a host of modern amenities. See why U.S. Presidents and CEOs have made The Benson their home away from home for a hundred years—and why The Oregonian voted us Best Portland Hotel in 2012.

    The Benson features two of the most beautiful ballrooms in all of Portland—perfect for weddings, conferences and other events. The Benson also has a range of meeting and private dining rooms to fit your needs. The catering and events staff are always available to lend their expertise and help create the perfect gathering that will be remembered by all your guests and attendees.

    Jenn Reyes, AWE Productions : Styling


    Jenn Reyes owns AWE Productions, a personalized wedding planning & styling service for to-be-weds. Jenn has been planning some kind of event or celebration for 20+ years from homecomings and DJ marathons to weddings and international technical conferences. Jenn's favorite part about the wedding industry is working with teams of creative people to bring a fun memorable day to her clients… she's a pretty good on-the-fly problem solver, too!

     In her free time, she enjoys a good cocktail, making terrariums, discovering new music and practicing mindful & transcendental meditation. When the need arises, she volunteer transports surrendered dogs for basset hound rescues in Oregon & Washington. In the past year, Jenn became an event volunteer for the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQIA+ community center and with a small group of fellow Portland wedding vendors, hosted the first annual, #iDoAtTheQ Free Elopement Day on December 30, 2016.

     Barclay Event Rental : Linens 

    Letters & Dust : Signage 

    NW Mobile DJ : Music 

     Floral Sunshine: Floral 

    Andrea Zajonc Photography: Candids Photographer

    The Benson Valet Parking $8.00. There is also The Union Bank parking lot on the corner of Broadway and Stark. There is a tunnel that leads directly from this lot into The Benson.

    Portland Executive Team:

    • Interim Chapter Director: Erin Hight Osaki
    • Communication Chair: This could be you!
    • Logistics Chair: Arliece Caro & Becca Jones
    • Membership Chair: Dee Richardson 

    Ticket Info:
    • Tickets are non refundable
    • Tickets are valid for this event only
    • Tickets may not be used for any future event
    • If you are unable to attend, another person may use the ticket
    Early Bird Registration until March 29!
    $30.00 Wedding Network Members
    $35.00 Non-Members

    Standard Registration, March 30-April 7th
    $35.00 Wedding Network Members
    $45.00 Non-Members - New Attendee
    $45.00 Non-Members - Past Attendee

    Late Registration, April 8-April 12
    $45.00 Wedding Network Members
    $55.00 Non-Members - New Attendee
    $55.00 Non-Members - Past Attendee

    Erin Osaki, Vice President
    Wedding Network USA
    • April 19, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Royal Oaks Country Club, 8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662

    You need to form your marketing
    foundation to meet the pain points
    of your Avatar.

    Chérie Ronning, WNUSA, President will
    facilitate this MasterMind breakfast topic.

    Come prepared to work on the determination of your|
    Avatar. Fun worksheets, we should get a
    ton of laughs from this class

    We start promptly at 9 am!

    Breakfast is Included - Country Club attire - No denim

    Directions and Parking:

    Google Maps directs people incorrectly to the property. The Waze app correctly guides guests to Royal Oaks.

    Getting to Royal Oaks from I-5

    1. Take Exit 2 towards WA-500 E
    2. Take the NE Thurston Way / Vancouver Mall Exit
    3. Turn Right onto Thurston Way
    4. At the second stop light, cross Fourth Plain Road to enter Royal Oaks Country Club
    5. Turn Right to stay on main drive
    Getting to Royal Oaks from I-205 North

    1. Take Exit 30 C West towards WA-500/City Center; Merge onto WA-500 W
    2. Take the NE Thurston Way / Vancovuer Mall Exit
    3. Turn Left onto Thurston Way
    4. At the second stop light, cross Fourth Plain Road to enter Royal Oaks Country Club
    5. Turn Right to stay on main drive

    Getting to Royal Oaks from I-205 South

    1. Take Exit 30 towards Fourth Plain Rd / NE Fourth Plain Rd; Keep Right towards WA-500 W/Vancouver/Westfield Shopping Center
    2. Take the NE Thurston Way / Westfield Shopping Center Exit
    3. Turn Left onto Thurston Way
    4. At the second stop light, cross Fourth Plain Road to enter Royal Oaks Country Club
    5. Turn Right to stay on main drive

    Ticket Info:

    • Tickets are non refundable
    • Tickets are valid for this event only
    • Tickets may not be used for any future event
    • If you are unable to attend, another person may use the ticket
    $20.00 Wedding Network Members
    $25.00 Non Members

    Chérie Ronning, President
    Wedding Network USA

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