Courtney and I are fresh off the heels of WeddingWire World 2016, a fabulous conference in Baltimore that brought together wedding planners from all over the world. And we’re so excited to bring what we’ve learned back home with us to Vancouver Island.
WeddingWire operates online marketplaces for the wedding industry in 14 countries all over the world, connecting marrying couples to expert vendors and helping them plan their weddings. Each year, WeddingWire hosts an international conference exploring the latest wedding industry trends. I make a habit of attending because I’m always committed to ensuring we’re offering our clients the highest possible standard in weddings and events.
So here are some of the highlights of this year’s conference!
Say Yes to Monte Durham
As one of the most important wedding industry events each year, WeddingWire World is always able to attract some wonderful speakers, and this year was no exception. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen my footage of Bethenny Frankel. Courtney and I enjoyed talks from her and many others … but the highlight was definitely Monte Durham from Say Yes to the Dress.
Monte spoke about current trends in wedding fashion and highlighted that what’s old is new again – as traditional styles are becoming much more popular. In particular, here’s some of what Monte sees in upcoming wedding trends:
- Victorian-style dresses – high necklines and long sleeves
- Fewer veils
- Men wearing bow ties
- Men with white cuffs showing below their suit jackets, à la like Kayne West at his wedding
I’m so excited for the new (old!) trends, so please stayed tuned – I’ll be doing another detailed wedding trends post soon.
Courtney and I were also really excited to be able to attend some seminars about gay marriages – so much so that we both signed up to take the world’s only LGBT wedding certification program for wedding professionals, offered through the Gay Wedding Institute. We are looking forward to learning more about laws and policies affecting same-sex couples, as well LGBTQ wedding data, trends, traditions and more.
All in all, it was great to join the 1750 other international wedding planners who attended WeddingWire World this year. We learned so much and got to meet some really great wedding professionals – and we can’t wait to use what we’ve learned to make even better weddings for couples on Vancouver Island.