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The Three R's to Success

Wonderful presentation by Abla Doku,  the visionary behind The A, a multi-faceted boutique event design, planning and staffing firm located in the Tysons corridor in Virginia. She outlined 'Door busting arsenals for upward business mobility'. With tips on how to tap into the digital economy, build strategic partnerships and resolve to success. It was a great discussion.

Special thanks to the Sheraton Tysons Hotel ( 8661 Leesburg Pike Tysons Corner, Virginia). They hosted us in the Shenandoah room; one of their 27 beautiful rooms. Perfect for a small rehearsal dinner. They also have the largest ballroom (over 10,000 square feet) in the DC Metro Area. 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 - March 28, 2017, at the Blackwall Hitch Annapolis, MD.
President's Letter


Welcome to the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC!  Our has been an intricate and essential organization to wedding professionals in the DC Metro area for over 25 years, and we salute all who have shared and continue to share in our success. 

As you engage with AWP and your AWP Member colleagues I challenge each of you to adopt the following metrics that will enhance your professional growth and business relationships:

  • Set quarterly goals for yourself & your business that are measurable and attainable
  • Open your mind to accept new concepts and ideas within the industry
  • Challenge your talents to exceed your comfort level
  • Get to know your professional colleagues regarding their talents, services, and the elements that sets them apart in the industry
  • Remember that the learning process is like marriage; it's a continuous circle.  Receive information openly from your colleagues and your clients
  • Be in FRONT and in THE KNOW; continuously improve your knowledge of the market, industry trends, your colleagues in the industry so that you are able to provide optimum and stellar service to your clients
  • Build your business on the foundation of strong ethics and values
  • Remember there is no competition...YOU are it!
  • Believe in YOURSELF!


To propel you in your growth, AWP will be here as your central resource for education, networking, and true knowledge of the wedding market.  Our passion is to embrace everyone whom we encounter and help you to develop as we develop and grow.  Each Member within our organization helps us to excel as an organization and each other as individuals. We have planned an exciting year for you and we hope that you will take this journey with us.  Experience our journey every fourth Tuesday of the month at our educational and networking meetings. We look forward to seeing you and having you as a part of our organization.  You are the best in the industry and together we will soar to phenomenal heights 2015!


Tara Melvin

President – The Association of Wedding Professionals





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Traudlinde’s Joyous Celebrations
Wedding & Event Planner 

We enjoy working with people who adore celebrating the little things in life of great importance such as anniversaries, graduations  including the major occasions such as weddings. We have great decision making skills, and love to be involved with family get-togethers and have the capability to multitask during small and grand events.  

  Or contact us directly to receive a customized proposal for your event needs.

Traudlinde's Joyous Celebrations



Phone: 540-846-0171




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