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Diversifying Your Business for Profit with Multiple Streams of Income

Invigorating presentation by Tara Melvin, Perfect Planning Events. After highlighting her 'southern roots' she explained 'Active and Passive Incomes', 'Secondary Income' and how to protect your primary or 'First Income Stream'. Why diversification helps your industry presence and builds you as an 'Influencer'. It was certainly a great discussion.

Special thanks to the Westin Alexandria ( 400 Courthouse S). They hosted in a small meeting room near the bar area. Perfect for a small rehearsal dinner. They have large ballrooms to reception sizes with guest counts from 35 to 420. The food was great and the support staff were excellent. Great wedding location for the DC Metro area.

Join us for our next networking event - May 16, 2017, at the Black Wall Hitch Alexandria
President's Letter

Amanda Smith


2017 is an election year. As the board wraps up the second year of the required two-year commitment, we are looking at better ways to communicate with the membership. Our mission is to provide support, assistance and educational opportunities. The 2017 board hopes this will go beyond the monthly meetings. Our closed group page is the perfect forum to ask other professionals. Stop by and let other AWP Members know what great things you are doing in the wedding profession.

The board is made up of seven positions, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Programs Chairperson, Sites Chairperson and Membership Chairperson. Candidacy filing will begin July 5th. Interested in serving the association?

It has been a pleasure to serve on the board and I look forward to seeing 2017 out. There are many more monthly educational opportunities and venues to visit. The board and I look forward to having you there with us. 

All the Best.

Amanda Smith

President – The Association of Wedding Professionals





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Harbour View 

Harbour View is a unique, private event venue located on the Occoquan River. The flexible event spaces include an elegant reception room with sweeping views of the river and the Harbour View_venuemarina, as well as access to the balcony for guests to enjoy the river breezes. The covered veranda overlooking the marina is ideal for a ceremony with an outdoor feel, without the weather worries. Best of all, the dedicated and talented staff are committed to the success of every event.

Harbour View_venueHarbour View is a woman-owned, family-run business, with a focus on legendary customer service. We know that every time you choose to host an event at Harbour View, you are Harbour View_venueplacing a huge trust in us. That is why we treat each of our hosts like they are part of our family.

Harbour View Events



Phone: 703-910-4273




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