Become a Member
WHO AWP IS FOR
The Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC (AWP) is an association by and for wedding creatives! If you service the wedding industry in any capacity, we welcome you to be a part of our distinguished family. Over the course of AWP history, we have proudly served members with businesses in the following avenues:
Bridal Gown Shop
Calligraphy & Hand Lettering
Etsy or Internet Supplier
Live Ceremony Music
Men's Attire Shop
Don’t see your business category listed? Join AWP and carve out your own lane!
Become a Member or Renew your membership today!
AWP Membership Fees*
$100 + waived application fee
$150 + waived application fee
Group Membership is typically designated for larger companies such as caterers, hotels, and venues.
*AWP Prorated Membership Fees
AWP membership fees are prorated based on the month in which you join/renew. Please view a list of current AWP membership fees.
Due to the nature of the services provided, AWP annual membership fees are non-refundable. Because of this, we ask that you make a very calculated and conscious decision to join prior to registering and submitting payment.
Being a member of AWP does have its perks. Connect with AWP to receive:
AWP Branded swag
Increased business credibility
Cutting-edge industry education
Discounted rates for monthly meetings and special events
Member-exclusive offers from local and national partners
Complimentary website directory listing
Complimentary marketing of your business’ special events and promotions
Insider access to exclusive AWP programs
A proving ground for business concepts and services
Networking access to in-demand industry leaders
Established cheering section of some of the most incredible service providers in the DC area
and SO MUCH MORE!!!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Want to know the ins and outs of how AWP membership works?! Check out some key essentials of AWP membership below:
1) Your AWP membership is for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31).
You have twelve full months to get engaged before you must renew!
2) AWP membership fees are categorized by the number of persons who work for a company.
Individual Membership is for businesses run by one person. Group Membership is typically designated for larger companies such as caterers, hotels, and venues. If your company employs two or more people that will actively engage as AWP members, you qualify for the Group Membership rate.
3) AWP membership fees are prorated based on when you join.
Outside of our discounted membership drives and annual renewal season, AWP Membership fees are based on the month in which you join and include an application fee. Please find the current AWP membership fees here.
4) You must register and/or pay to attend all monthly meetings and special events.
You may come to as many or as few meetings/events as you desire! If you join AWP as a group, each individual person on your staff must pay to attend the program. Also note that there is always space to invite your favorite non-member friend to attend—unless it is an AWP exclusive program! Virtual meetings are FREE for all AWP members, but you must still register to attend!
5) AWP meetings are constantly ON THE MOVE!
In-person monthly meetings are hosted in venues across the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area and are typically in venues that host weddings and events. Host venues are not always metro-accessible, but we do our best to select options that are.
6) GET ENGAGED!
To maximize your AWP benefits, it is highly recommended that members get engaged! From joining a committee, writing a blog post, networking, hosting an educational class, sponsoring a meeting, or even promoting your business endeavors, the BEST way to capitalize on the resources provided by AWP are for you to use them!
7) Not seeing something you like?! Create it!
We welcome you to draft a proposal to create an opportunity for AWP members. The proposed activity would be at the discretion and resources of the AWP Board of Directors, but it’s totally worth it to make your mark.
8) Your membership is what YOU make it!
We are an open and affirming organization; and we always desire to hear your ideas on how to improve AWP and create new ways to engage with our membership! Contact your favorite AWP Board Member to let your voice be heard!