Wedding Industry Forum

Save the Date

Save the Date for the 2017 Wedding Industry Forum

Monday, November 6

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott

Save the date for Visit Loudoun's 3rd Annual Wedding Industry Forum! You don’t want to miss this event designed to educate, encourage and equip you, the wedding industry professional. The forum opens with a light breakfast and networking, followed by industry experts delivering key plenary sessions including Branding, Social Media, Ethnic Weddings and Sales & Service. There are also two interactive and informative panel discussions: one featuring industry professionals and one with recently married couples. Lunch is included for additional networking time with your industry peers. And there is an added bonus of fabulous prizes to be won! 

Current speakers (more coming soon):

Meghan Ely

Meghan ElyOFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. She is a WeddingWire Education Expert as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business Magazine, Catersource and

Meghan represents clients globally and has earned them coverage with the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Brides, Bridal Guide, the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Brit & Co and Refinery 29, among others.

Meghan is the national Vice-President for the Wedding International Professionals Association and the 2017 chair of the NACE conference education committee.  She is also an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations.  Most recently, Special Events honored her as one of the top 25 young professionals in the event industry.

Kevin Olivera – MC & Moderator
Kevin OliveraKevin Oliver, President of Olivera Music Entertainment, has worked in the special event industry for over 30 years as an event producer, entertainment manager, and musician. OME has been awarded the International Special Events Society’s “DC Capital Award” for Best Entertainment Production three times. Kevin is also the president of Hunt Country Celebrations and serves on the Visit Loudoun Wedding Advisory Committee.

Paula Safran, CMP, CPCE, LES, CWP
Paula SafranPaula Safran is the Director of Catering Sales for West Belmont Place/National Conference Center. Her over 30 years’ experience in the food and beverage and event planning industry has taken her from resorts in Italy and California and many high-end venues in-between. Paula has a degree in hotel restaurant management; dedicated to her field, she has earned the professional designations of certified meeting planner, learning environment specialist, certified professional catering executive, certified wedding planner, and certified ACE trainer.

Jamie Kutchman Wynne
Jamie WynneJamie Kutchman Wynne, founder of Marigold & Grey, made the leap from corporate world to creative world after recognizing the need for boutique gifting services after her own 2012 wedding. M&G is an artisan welcome gift company with a simple mission: they want you to love what you gift and have your guests giddy over what they receive. Jamie spent a year dreaming up a business that would make the tedious welcome gift process feel like a piece of cake to her clients. They are offered plenty of chic, unique, locally-inspired choices. Jaime also offers business mentoring and product styling services to entrepreneurs. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine, and countless other industry blogs and publications.

Full details and registration will be announced soon. For questions or further information, please contact Dana Henry, Social Sales & Client Services Manager at 703.669.2007 or