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"Summer & Sail with AWP and Entertainment Cruises"

It was our Annual AWP FUN Networker Lunch Cruise on the Potomac. We got a chance to relax, enjoy great food and take lots of 'selfies' as we sailed along the Potomac River!

Our sponsor, Entertainment Cruises (600 Water Street SW, Washington DC)  seated us on the beautiful Odyssey ship. Everyone arrived excited and we were not disappointed. We got to experience DC like never before.

Special thanks also to Rick Martin Photography for capturing the afternoon in wonderful photos. 

Annual BRIDAL FOCUS PANEL SEP 22, 2015  6:00PM - 9:00PM City Club of Washington 555 13th Street NW Columbia Square Washington DC 20004

The purpose of Bridal Focus is for recently married couples to candidly share their real life wedding experience and to educate wedding professionals in the Washington, DC Metro area on how we (wedding professionals) are performing in the market place with our clients.  As a panel participant you will share your wedding experience in front of an audience of local wedding professionals representing every business type.

If you'd like to be a possible panelist please fill in the application:  Thank you.


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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Bill and Joyce Cochran

Say I Do Your Way

     Bill and Joyce Cochran are both officiants certified to perform marriages in DC, MD & VA.  As officiants, we will listen to your hearts and help you design a ceremony that really fits your personalities.  The story of the events leading up to you marriage is always fascinating and your guests will appreciate learning how this wedding came to be!  Say I Do_Photo

We bring 40+ years of pastoral experience in officiating weddings and through those years, have probably experienced every scenario you can imagine in dealing with the unpredictable situations that come up at weddings.  We bring the greatest experience of all officiant’s in the DC area and would love to talk with you about how we can make your wedding a “one-of-a-kind” ceremony you will always cherish.

Get in touch with us today!

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