The results of the Wedding Planner Magazine survey that was completed at the Business of Brides 2011 have been tabulated. On a scale of one to 10, you rated us 9.5! Overwhelmingly, you voted Real Weddings and Best Practices as your favorite features and our first issue, the color issue in March/April 2011 as your favorite.

To paraphrase Sally Field, upon winning her second Oscar, “You like us, right now, you really like us!” We feel just as thrilled as she did at that moment, because we took a risk this past year in creating Wedding Planner Magazine. We felt passionately about increasing the level of professionalism in this industry and bringing you the very best. Business of Brides keynote speaker Grace Ormonde said, “To make a mark, you have to risk.” We hope to have made a mark in the wedding industry. We are humbled and honored by your support and aim to keep getting better and better. That is our New Year’s resolution to you.

What is your New Year’s resolution? Get inspired with this issue of Wedding Planner Magazine. Refresh yourself with or visit anew the recap of Business of Brides 2011 in Baltimore. Find out what dazzled and inspired attendees. Get tips from other members in Best Practices to see how they are jumpstarting their businesses in a sluggish economy.

Consider a resolution to advance your ABC accreditation. Find out what it means to be a Master Bridal Consultant™ (MBC), and then read about our first MBC™ , Mimi Doke. Or, increase your knowledge of green weddings with the expertise of Green Bride Guide’s Kate Harrison. Learn about the art of branding from Edna Dratch Parker, PBC™. Find out what’s new in ceremony details and much more.

As 2012 begins, let’s resolve to continue advancing the quality and professionalism of the wedding planning industry. Keep reading, stay active, continue learning. Sign up for local and regional ABC conferences. Consider attending the first-ever Asia Pacific Wedding Professionals Conference in March (pg 19), and be sure to register early via www.BridalAssn.com for the Business of Brides 2012: Diamonds & Denim, Nov. 11-13, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt in Denver.

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