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AWP Annual Holiday Gala

We had a great time at The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington DC. For such a cold rainy night, the venue was very warm and inviting.

Special thanks to all our sponors:  Tierra Floral Design, Lil Pearlz Cheesecakes, Sweet Blossom Cakes, Dolci Gelati, Photo Solutions, Gala Cloths, Brides & Weddings of Northern Virginia, and without a doubt - DJ Angie D Entertainment for helping us dance-off the wonderful food and drinks.


Next Meeting: January 27, 2015, 6pm, Bazin's on Church "Winning Wit - Lights! Camera! Double Your Business Techniques to Build you Business!


ATTENTION AWP MEMBERS - Don't miss WEDDING WIRE WORLD 2015  March 16th - 17th at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor.   Use the link below for your discounted rate:

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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