Inclusive Awareness Conference

The National Gay Wedding Association Inclusive Awareness Conference - Share-the-Love!

Inclusive Awareness Conference

The National Gay Wedding Association Inclusive Awareness Conference - Share-the-Love!

Join us at the beautiful Indian Wells Hyatt Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California for the inaugural National Gay Wedding Association’s Inclusive Awareness Conference, "Share-the-Love" from January 4-6, 2022. 

Connect with like-minded LGBTQ+ wedding experts & pros for support, education, and advocacy in one of the country’s most inclusive cities. 

Our multifaceted and dynamic group of speakers are all leading advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, and topics are educational and inspirational to help and inspire you to navigate this growing billion-dollar industry.

Don’t miss our featured keynote addresses by Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, teacher, author, and activist, along with the award-winning Brian Green creative visionary and event architect, By Brian Green, and the amazing Sara Cunningham of Free Mom Hugs. There will also be some surprise guests! Come and wrap yourself in the support of like-minded inclusive wedding professionals. Learn and hear about best practices & creative solutions that have led to groundbreaking and life-changing weddings and fabulous events. Learn what it means to be an advocate for LGBTQ+ couples. What can you do to share the love of your services? Elevate your wedding business by learning about inclusive practices. Each conference attendee will walk away with a practical and inclusive business plan to grow their wedding business.

Our conference guests will stay at one of Coachella Valley's award-winning resorts, the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Relax and enjoy the sunny pool, or visit the area on an organized excursion. Virtual attendees will enjoy the beautiful views at every angle. Palm Springs’ large LGBTQ+ community (over 50% of the city’s population is queer) allows us to experience a world where inclusivity is the norm. If you can’t bring yourself to leave, special rate weekend packages are available for attendees wishing to extend into the weekend. Enjoy the world-famous tram up into the sky from the desert floor, go horseback riding, or just soak up the sun. Coachella Valley has it all!

NGWA Members save $300 on conference tickets. 

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Jan 2022

Inclusive Awareness Conference

January 4-6, 2022, Connect with like-minded LGBTQ+ wedding experts for support, education, and advocacy. Raising the bar for industry leaders and inclusive wedding pros to lead by example and teach others.

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In-Person Cost: $795.00 Member / $1,095.00 Non-member

Virtual Attendance: $195.00 Member / $595 Non-member

January 4, 2022

Day 1 - Welcome Dinner & Reception, 2 drink tickets.

             Hotel check-in 3:00 pm. Conference check-in 3:00 - Credentials, Tickets, SWAG Fun & more

             Welcome Reception & Dinner - Surprise Guest & Entertainment- 6:00 pm.


January 5, 2022

Day 2 - General Session & Virtual - 8:00 - Noon  Join us as we set the stage with our host & NGWA President, Cathy O'Connell. Welcoming industry leaders and advocates that will open your heart and challenge yourself to develop better business practices servicing LGBTQ+ couples.

            Keynote Luncheon Speaker & Virtual - Sara Cunningham, Founder Free Mom Hugs with a special guest.

            Breakout Sessions 1:30 -3:30 - Four Inclusive breakouts, photography, photo styling, wedding planning & hashtag training.

             Leisure Time 3:30 - 6:00 - Lay & soak up the sun or join an additional activity for a small fee.

             VIP Reception 5:00 - 6:30 - Meet & Greet with Keynotes, Sponsors & Invited Guests.

             Dinner 6:30 - Keynote Speaker - Chasten Buttigieg, "I have something to say." Looking your best on our formal event.

January 6, 2022

Day 3 - General Session & Virtual - 8:00 - Noon Join us on day #2 with your host & NGWA Vice President, Chanda Daniels. Welcoming industry leaders and wedding business owners who will help guide you through a plan of change. From social media to paperwork, we have the tools that you'll need to take away and begin to implement a higher level of inclusive service for LGBTQ+ couples and their families.

             Panel luncheon with industry leaders who will lead the conversations on hot topics and ideas. Virtual - Noon-1:30

             1:30 - 2:30 Bringing it home! Final Speaker - Get ready to be rocked! TBA

Join us virtually or live in-person from the beautiful Indian Wells Hyatt Resort & Spa with Industry Leaders, LGBTQ+ Advocates and Inclusive Wedding Professionals, as we make history! Recorded links will also be available.

Special event tickets are available to the public and guests for an additional fee beginning August 1, 2021.

Register early to secure your seat! Pay-in-full or payment plans available. Both in person and virtual tickets are limited!

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