TSE Spotlight: It’s Wedding Season

Here come the brides – finally. After nearly two years of postponements and cancellations, 2022 and 2023 are about to see an onslaught of weddings, and Catersource + The Special Event has an insider’s look at what to expect.


Honest Mistakes in Business, Told by Marriage Industry Veterans

Thursday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m.

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Presented by Nora Sheill (Co-Founder, Rock Paper Coin); Bron Hansboro (Founder and Owner, OFD Consulting); Courtney Hopper (Co-Founder, Hustle + Gather); and Renee Dalo (Founder and Owner, Moxie Bright Events)

To err is human – mistakes happen. For many entrepreneurs, the slightest mistake can feel like a colossal failure. Yet the reality is that everyone learns hard lessons from time to time – even those who seem to have it all figured out. Hear a panel of experts share their own business mistakes, how they learned from them, and why they think failure isn’t a bad thing. This session is a candid, candid discussion that will remind attendees that success is born from mistakes and ensure that everyone leaves knowing they are in good company.


big big indian weddings

Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m.

Presented by Ruchir Mewawala (Guru of Luxury Ethnic (South Asian) Weddings & Special Events Worldwide, Rose Events Planners)

Ruchir Mewawala aka The (Indian) Wedding Guru pioneered multi-day, multi-site, multi-million dollar luxury South Asian wedding planning in North America in the early 2000s. Since then, he has planned countless ethnic weddings on WeTV’s Platinum Weddings and now consults five-star hotels and resorts from Italy to Istanbul about these lavish celebrations. Join him in this session as he transports you from Hindu traditions of ancient India to Indian gay weddings for the LGBT market as close to Anaheim and the Sangeets filled with helicopter arrivals at the double Baraat of a married on elephants, this year’s TSE attendees are sure to leave with ideas for creating unique cultural experiences for their guests!


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Wednesday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Kristy Rice (Owner, Momental Designs)

Engaged couples entering the planning process in the age of COVID are understandably fearful and unsure of the journey ahead. These newly engaged couples place great importance on the seller-customer relationship; they want confidence, comfort, and deeper connections than ever before. So while you know without a doubt that you can deliver that experience, how can you actually showcase that empathy, fairness, and compassion in your sales pitches and beyond? In this talk, Kristy Rice of Momental Designs will break down the science of customer touchpoints and teach attendees how they can build trust from start to finish with engaged customers.


Four weddings, four budgets – for profit in the post-pandemic world

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Presented by Jaclyn Watson (Senior Planner, Jaclyn Watson Events)

The three most used wedding budget words are medium, luxury and ultra-luxury. But these words mean different things to different people, depending on the state or states you work in. Join wedding planner Jackie Watson as she offers advice on what to charge – now – in 2022. This isn’t your pre-pandemic market anymore. Learn how to plan, prepare and execute with purpose your sales in 2022 and beyond!


A clean slate: reinventing yourself to keep up with the ever-changing wedding industry

Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m.

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Presented by Bron Hansboro (Founder and Owner, The Flower Guy Bron); Gretchen Culver (Founder and Owner, Rocket Science Events); Renee Sabo (Founder and Owner, Urban Soiree); Margaux Strawberry (Founder and Owner, Harmony Creative Studio); and Dana Kadwell (Co-Founder, Hustle + Gather)

Creative entrepreneurs are idea generators, and for many there is always another act up their sleeve. The innovative nature of wedding professionals is what keeps the industry fresh and interesting – but putting new ideas into action can feel like a lot of weight to carry on top of an existing workload. Tune in as top wedding professionals discuss their own experiences with career pivots and business shifts, sharing valuable insights on finding inspiration, balancing multiple brands, marketing a new industry of business and profitability in the new landscape of the wedding industry.


What Luxury Wedding Clients Really Want

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Presented by Paulina Corvi (Founder and CEO, Events by Paulina)

We all want to work with high net worth clients in the wedding industry, but how exactly do we approach this type of clientele? What are the tips for earning their business? In this session, Paulina Corvi, Founder and CEO of Events by Paulina, shares her business best practices from her experience of nearly a decade at JP Morgan Private Bank before becoming a luxury destination wedding planner. Learn the rules of engagement to take your business to the next level.


Global Wedding Trends 2022/2023

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Presented by Tara Melvin (Founder | Creative Director, Perfect Planning Events)

Each year, a collective of the world’s top wedding professionals share their insights into what’s going to be big in the coming year, from food, drink and décor to destinations, flowers and colors. During this robust session, Tara Melvin will present the 2022/23 Global Wedding Trends Report, dissecting what’s happening in the world, what’s happening and what’s next.


Couple Insights: What you need to know about the next generation

Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

Presented by Meghan Brown (Director of Marketing, The Knot Worldwide)

During this session, Meghan Brown, Director of Marketing at The Knot Worldwide will share everything you need to know about the 2022 couple, all based on recent research studies from The Knot Worldwide. Find out what couples value, how they buy, how to adapt your business practices to them, and much more!

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