We’re celebrating our first anniversary!

This issue of Wedding Planner Magazine officially marks the beginning of our second year in print. In one short year, we’ve taken the professionalism of the wedding industry to new levels. Within these pages, we bring you smart, informative ideas to grow your business, the latest trends and inspiration, as well as tips and Real Weddings from Association of Bridal Consultant (ABC) members. Since our first issue, we have featured hundreds of ABC members including Alan Berg, Mary Dann, Barbara Wallace, Sharon Naylor, and many more. Plus we’ve featured other industry professionals like the Pantone Color Institute’s Leatrice Eisemann, Jerry Edwards of Chef’s Expressions, The Wedding Report’s Shane McMurray, and Engaging Concept’s Renee Grinnals.

How will we ever top our first year? With the help of our new Advisory Board. Turn to page 13 to meet our inaugural board members. This eight-member team of ABC members has committed to moving us forward by sharing their expertise and insight. Ranging from masters to novice, they will guide us as we grow readership and make Wedding Planner Magazine the most indispensible professional toolbox for wedding industry professionals. Each member will serve no more than two consecutive one-year terms.

Also in this first anniversary issue is our annual Color Trends feature. This year, we talked to industry experts from Pantone, the Color Association of the United States, and the Color Marketing Group to get their insight on how color trends are predicted so you can stay ahead of the game. You’ll also see the latest trending colors and experience several palettes through our custom color photography shoots created by members Tammy Cunningham, PBC™; Ariel Yve, MBC™; and Diane Boone.

We’re even unveiling a new feature column, Business Basics. Certified Public Accountant Ed Jaekel shares his insight on the options you have to streamline your business through the “cloud.” ABC member Meghan Ely shares her take on dramatic lighting effects. And, you’ll read about Nigerian weddings, how members find inspiration, our profile on Camelú Millán Vargas, MBC™, and more.

The return of spring also means conference registration has begun. The first-ever Asia Pacific Wedding Professionals Conference will be August 22-24 in Singapore.
Find out more at www.apwpc.com. Business of Brides 2012: Diamonds & Denim is Nov. 11-13 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Register at www.BusinessofBrides.com or www.BridalAssn.com. Register by April 15 and save $90.

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