ABC MidWest Retreat at West Baden Springs Hotel

I was extremely honored to be asked by our local Kentucky chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) to be a speaker at the Midwest Retreat. This 2-day event took place at West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana and included Wedding Planners/Coordinators (and other great wedding professionals too!) from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.

I had given a short presentation a year or so ago to our local chapter entitled, “Why are Wedding Planners so Mean?”. I discussed the high stress (did you know that in 2016 Forbes.com named Event Coordinator the 5th most stressful job?! Event Coordinator has been on the top 10 list for most stressful jobs for almost 5 years in a row!) nature of our jobs and how to keep calm in stressful situations. I was pretty surprised, when the President of the Kentucky Chapter nominated my presentation for the Midwest Retreat. I was even more surprised when they picked me!

I created a 75 minute presentation discussing how wedding planners get a negative reputation, why other vendors sometimes don’t like working with planners/coordinators, and what we can do to change that. I brought in a lot of scientific research about ego, aggression, and using mindfulness as tool to combat both ego and aggression (aggression, meaning passive types…not fighting!). In return for my presentation, I was delighted to be given admission to the whole educational conference (a day full of presentations by professionals from across the Region) along with 2 nights stay at West Baden Springs Hotel, a formal dinner upon arrival, and a luncheon midway through the educational portion.

All of the presenter’s did a wonderful job and I received great feedback on how unique and helpful my presentation was to all small business owners. I also, have the fun job of being Bethany Tiesman’s (Beauty by Bethany) model for her makeup demonstration:

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One of my very favorite parts was that I brought my little girl, Rori, and my Mama along to have fun while I was at the Conference. There was a Trolley that ran between West Baden Resort and French Lick Resort and Rori rode it at least 3 times:

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If anyone is looking for a not-so-far destination wedding that includes many different luxury offerings in house please let me know. I found some stunning images of West Baden Weddings from Mon Amie Events and Nathaniel Edmunds Photography:

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Maggie