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"The Power of Business Networking"

What a great way to start the year! Our speaker, Certified Meeting Planner, Kawania Wooten of Howerton Wooten Events, discussed 10 Tools for Power Networking. Do you know your 'networth/power? Are you strategic with your networking? Are you a social media champion? Do you know what things to avoid in business networking? Are you a 'goto' person? These were just a few of the areas addressed and discussed. Because business networking is much more than showing up at networking functions, shaking alot of hands and collecting a bunch of cards.

Special thanks to our sponsors, The Westin Alexandria for an awesome dinner in their newly renovated Edison ballroom; Bloom Fresh Flowers for the beautiful centerpiece decorations; and Capital Party Rentals for the wonderfully complimentary table linens.

Grow your business. Don't miss our next meeting is February 23, 2016, 6pm-9pm, "Getting Publish" at the Hilton Arlington, 950 N. Stafford St Arlington, VA.


President's Letter


Welcome to the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC!  Our has been an intricate and essential organization to wedding professionals in the DC Metro area for over 25 years, and we salute all who have shared and continue to share in our success. 

As you engage with AWP and your AWP Member colleagues I challenge each of you to adopt the following metrics that will enhance your professional growth and business relationships:

  • Set quarterly goals for yourself & your business that are measurable and attainable
  • Open your mind to accept new concepts and ideas within the industry
  • Challenge your talents to exceed your comfort level
  • Get to know your professional colleagues regarding their talents, services, and the elements that sets them apart in the industry
  • Remember that the learning process is like marriage; it's a continuous circle.  Receive information openly from your colleagues and your clients
  • Be in FRONT and in THE KNOW; continuously improve your knowledge of the market, industry trends, your colleagues in the industry so that you are able to provide optimum and stellar service to your clients
  • Build your business on the foundation of strong ethics and values
  • Remember there is no competition...YOU are it!
  • Believe in YOURSELF!


To propel you in your growth, AWP will be here as your central resource for education, networking, and true knowledge of the wedding market.  Our passion is to embrace everyone whom we encounter and help you to develop as we develop and grow.  Each Member within our organization helps us to excel as an organization and each other as individuals. We have planned an exciting year for you and we hope that you will take this journey with us.  Experience our journey every fourth Tuesday of the month at our educational and networking meetings. We look forward to seeing you and having you as a part of our organization.  You are the best in the industry and together we will soar to phenomenal heights 2015!


Tara Melvin

President – The Association of Wedding Professionals





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Simply Divine Weddings and Events, LLC

 is a one stop shop company that provides wedding related services ranging from when one says "I Do" to Simply Divine_HoneymoonHoneymoon Planning.  We offer special events planning such as milestone birthday parties, baby showers, theme parties and everything in between. 

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We are certified as a Sandals and Beaches Specialist and Weddingmoon Specialist.  We are authorized dealers with Weddingstar Favors/Accessories and Birchcraft/Carlson Craft Stationary and Invitations.  Our specialty are budget conscience bridal couples, who still want their dream vision, but just on a smaller scale. Simply Divine_Travel Theme

Professional memberships include the Association Of Bridal Consultants and  the Association of Wedding Professionals.  We have been planning weddings and special events since 2007.  Ms. Lawson is also licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. 

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