Wedding MBA 2017 – Fairy Godmother Friday

This past Sunday the Fairy Godmother squad loaded up and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2017 Wedding MBA

Our dear friend Allison of Allison Claire Photography joined in on our crazy road trip learning adventure! 

Did we mention that we packed matching shirts for each day of the conference? 

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Upon arriving and checking into our hotel, we knew that one thing was certain… We needed to stop and get some Fairy Fuel- STAT!

It was almost as if the van had autopilot to the nearest Starbucks…

After wrapping up dinner and making a few stops into the shops on the strip the Fairies made their way back to rest their wings before kicking off their Monday at the conference. 

Just as we got back into our hotel room we received a call about the horrific events that would soon be recognized as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, just a short distance away from where we had been eating dinner and shopping minutes before. Immediately, the Las Vegas strip and all hotels, including ours, was put on lockdown as they would stay until the next morning as they searched for rhyme or reason to the tragedy.

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With heavy hearts, the conference went on Monday paying close attention to the events of the evening prior. 

Wedding MBA kicked off with speakers like Brian Leahy of Brian Leahy Photography, Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events, and the founders of The Wedding PLanners Institute of Coordination Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews!

Talk about amazing, these are just a few of the many fabulous speakers who took the time to share about their business, what has made them successful, and how they have conquered any obstacles that they may have faced. 

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Tuesday, bright and early, we headed over to the convention center for day 2 of the conference! Speakers included Vanessa Joy of Vanessa Joy Photography and in closing, Sonny Ganguly of Wedding Wire sharing marketing tips!

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We even got to listen to George Zimmer, the founder of Generation Tux and former CEO/Founder of Men’s Warehouse!

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The Gen Tux gang!

While the vibe wasn’t the same as years prior, the masses of vendors in attendance came together showing their love and support for the victims, families and Las Vegas first responders.

In fact, the second night of the conference usually concludes with two afterparties, one hosted by Wedding Wire and the other by The Knot

Before the party, the Fairies and our honorary Fairy, Allison, made our way over to Bardot Brasserie for dinner! 

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This year, to benefit the GoFundMe account created for the victims and their families, Wedding Wire and The Knot came together to throw one party at JEWEL nightclub inside the Aria Hotel and Casino.

The only thing the two competitors asked was for a $10 donation per attendee, that they would match.

With over 1,500 guests in attendance, the two companies ended up donating over $15,000! 

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Talk about a sense of togetherness and community!

Closing this three-day conference we had one of our favorites, Alan Katz, our dear friend David Tutera and Meghan Brown!

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The Fairy Squad with David Tutera!

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Our sweet friend Meghan Brown!

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The Fairies hanging out at in The Knot lounge!

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Having some fun at the Wedding Wire photobooth!

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We discovered this Fairy Godmother in her natural element!

As wedding season is in full swing, we are thrilled to be able to take our knowledge straight to our clients and help their wedding and event dreams come true. 

And of course, thank you to all of those who checked on us during the time of tragedy- we are so fortunate to have such a great group of people who love and care about us! 

2016 Wedding MBA – Magical Monday

To kick off wedding season, the Fairy Godmother team packed up their bags and made their way to

Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2016 Wedding MBA!

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The Wedding MBA is a three day conference carefully crafted for professionals in the wedding industry. The MBA has everything from professional photographers, to well known bloggers to the best florists in the business… All have something to share about their time in the business.

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This was Fairy Godmother’s 3rd year in attendance at Wedding MBA. We are firm believers in power in numbers! The first year only two planners attended, the second year there were four, and this year six of the Fairy Godmother team went.

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As you already know, the wedding industry is a forever changing, forever learning kind of business. With no two events ever being the same, there is always a yearning for knowledge. When professionals from all the world get together in one building, the possibilities are endless! We believe that it is a truly wonderful thing when the focus is on collaboration and there is no room for competition.

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Spaghetti cake crafted by Carlo’s Bakery, Las Vegas

At Fairy Godmother, we call wedding planning the “happy business!” There is something so magical about taking the dreams and pieces of an engaged couple to create a magical wedding day as they shift to newly weds. With a growth in knowledge, we are able to provide an even more immaculate service to our clients, and what is better than that?!

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Wedding planners have dreams, too! Fairy Godfather TJ got to fulfill a dream and stop in at The Black Tux booth! We would also like to announce that Fairy Godmother is an official preferred vendor of The Black Desk, the premier concierge service of The Black Tux.

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We had the great pleasure of listening to so many great speakers, BB Webb and Linnyette Richardson-Hall just to name a few. These speakers gave us insight to new and upcoming trends, assurance of what we have been doing, and then some new tips and tricks for what we should try to implement.

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Wedding Wire had awesome booths with lovely giveaways, items ranging from tickets to Wedding Wire World all the way to sweatshirts and keychains. Fairy Godmother Cassandra gave her best spin on the Wedding Wire slot machine!

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The Knot and Wedding Wire were sponsors for the conference, and they even threw their own after parties for all the attendees. The Knot’s event was “The Greatest Event On Earth” held at Chateau atop the Paris Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

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The ladies at Enchanted Bridal Boutique were sure keep us in style with all of our custom shirts! The Fairy Godmother squad had matching shirts for each day, and talk about a hit! We had creative partners, strangers, and admirers point out our shirts each day… Such a fun way to show our team spirit!

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The Fairy Godmother team is proud to share that we are officially 2016 Wedding MBA graduates! We cannot wait until next year!