Speaking at Wedding MBA conference in Vegas again, September 2014

March 26 2014 | arielmstallings

WMBA 2012 (9)

Anyone remember back in October 2012 when I was a speaker at the Wedding Merchant Business Association conference in Vegas? Well, I've been invited back to speak in the main room again this fall, and this time I'm bringing friends…

I've spent the last year scheming with the boys from Lovesick Inc, culminating in the six at-capacity Lovesick Expos we did nationwide this winter. Once the expos were all done, we decided we weren't done working together, so our triad is hitting Las Vegas to co-present for 3000 wedding vendors.

Thursday September 18, 2014 / 9:00 am


Why Every Wedding Is A Hipster Wedding
Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of Offbeat Bride, publisher of offbeatbride.com
Tom Wright & Jon Holmes, producers of Lovesick Expo

Creativity in the wedding market is upping its ante, and quickly becoming the new normal. Don't fall behind the learning curve. Two brands immersed in the indie wedding culture share their tips so your business can ride the crest of the edgy wedding wave.

Come to this seminar to learn:

  • How to ensure every single one of your clients feels hip — even if you're not!
  • How to get more progressive clientele, embrace the Etsy movement, and recapture your passion for the wedding world
  • DIY doesn't include you… or does it?

Now, shh, my little offbeatlings: Don't be put off by the language. As I learned in 2012, Wedding MBA is primarily attended by vendors who have extremely limited experience with nontraditional weddings. While I know this seems weird to those of us immersed in alt-wedding culture, the vast majority of the wedding industrial complex really just doesn't know any better… which is why it's always such an honor to be invited to introduce thousands of these small business owners to the weirder corner of the wedding industry. I love that so many of them are so curious about it!

If you're interested in attending, tickets are $229 until March 31, 2014! Prices increase to $339 after that.

This year, I for sure will not be doing a booth, and I'm extremely relieved that my co-presenters happen to do cinematography, so that I don't have to freak-out non-stop about the presentation software and A/V set-up like I did in 2012.

…Speaking of last time, here's the first half of my talk from 2012. Weird to think that Offbeat Bride's traffic has doubled since then:

  1. Hi Ariel! I want to attend the conference to see your talk but it's not listed on the convention agenda! Am I looking in the wrong place?

    • AND… I found it! Right there under Thursday Morning 9 AM! Yay! I hope to be able to make it!

  2. Met you (or someone at your booth) in 2012 who introduced me to your site and have loved it ever since! I am signed up for the conference this year and will make sure to attend your session, looking forward to it.

  3. Man, I have no reason to be at this expo/conference, but I live in Vegas and almost want to crash it just to hear your talk and say hi to you afterward!

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