We had the opportunity this year to attend the amazing DWP Congress and we are still in awe from this enriching conference for wedding professionals. For three days, we connected, exchanged ideas, learned from talented wedding pros in an event that is considered to be the world’s biggest B2B congregation for the destination wedding industry. Imagine 3 days with 500 leading luxury wedding connoisseurs from over 70 countries under the same roof!
From the inspirational and highly informative speeches, the countless networking opportunities with likeminded wedding professionals, to the opulent decorations and unforgettable entertainment, we left with the best impressions.
Following are some of our most favorite details:
Inspirational and informative speeches
When successful wedding professionals share their insights and knowledge it is always inspirational and helpful for everyone who is working in the wedding industry. There is always something that you can learn and always you can do to improve yourself as a professional. We truly enjoyed listening to impressive line up of key note speakers including Preston Bailey, Fabrice Orlando, Mahesh Shirodkar, Liene Stevens, Nadia Duran Vandana Mohan, the amazing team behind Design Lab Experience (Mootassem Elbaba, Hibah Albakree and Marwan Maalouf), Ali Bakhtiar and so many more! The journey of knowledge continued with impactful breakout sessions and of course we are very proud of our editor and founder Eleni Balkouli that held the Masterclass “The Impact of Social Media and Marketing your Brand Digitally”!
Networking coffee breaks and meals
Food and coffee are almost essential, right? The inspirational speeches were divided with networking breaks and meals that gave the opportunity to the attendees to relax, enjoy new tastes and communicate with other professionals. Especially, the networking coffee breaks were a great way to enjoy your coffee with new people, create relationships, partnerships or even friendships that will last in time.
The styling, concept and decoration of the entire event was simply magical! Except from the breathtaking architecture of the hotel and the magical setting, each corner of the congress was perfectly decorated with impressive, opulent floral designs and lovely details. Huge letters adorned with florals, arches, garlands, hanging fresh flowers and crystal creations were just some of the additions that make the place look absolutely stunning! Main colors of the designs were cream, pink, peach, fuchsia, white and gold. The scene was completed with impressive lighting that created the ideal atmosphere each time.
We fell in love with the crystal hanging lighting decoration that created the most spectacular entrance for the Gala Dinner. A glam, sparkly design made gorgeously by Ali Bakhtiar Designs! The reception of the Gala was straight out of the most luxurious fairytale! It was overloaded with shine and elegance that stole all the impressions from the very first moment. A red carpet, hanging lights full of diamonds, crystal candlesticks, candles, flower bouquets with gorgeous white flowers, wonderful centerpieces and tableware created a majestic result!
After a brilliant gala dinner, it was time for the winner announcement of the DWP ACE awards! The awards honored the significant efforts of talented professionals in wedding industry who have shown their creativity and commitment all these years. Of course we were elated that our flagship brand Love4weddings won the prestigious DWP ACE AWARD for the best wedding blog! The awards announcement was also a moment that will be unforgettable!
After Party & Entertainment
After party was the opportunity for everyone to relax and party all night long! After the glamorous gala dinner and the awards, it was time to celebrate the ending of this 3-day trip in the magical world of Dubai and the ending of the 6th Annual Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress. The entertainment was incredible to say the least. La Cle Entertainment offered a variety of spectacular shows including live musicians, bands and djs, themed and choreographed dancers, aerial acts, arabesque entertainment and digital installations. The entertainment was an extremely enjoyable part of this event that take it to a whole other level!
From the beginning to the end, this congress was an experience full of opportunities that will be memorable!