Inclusive Awareness Conference

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

Join us in beautiful Indian Wells, California at the Hyatt Resort & Spa in Indian Wells for The National Gay Wedding Association’s Inclusive Awareness Conference, "Share-the-Love", 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. We are very excited to welcome a talented group of speakers from around the country, including Sara Cunningham of Free Mom Hugs, a few surprise guests and a dynamic lineup of educational and inspirational topics that will help you to navigate this growing billion-dollar industry. 

Join us LIVE, June 1, 2021 at noon PST, on PartySlate's Webinar as we announce our full line-up of keynote speakers and wedding industry professionals! Kicking-off PRIDE month like never before!

Our conference guests will stay at one of Coachella Valley's award winning resorts, the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Relax and enjoy yourself poolside or visit the area in one of our organized excursions. 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 in which the inclusivity we are learning already exists here in the Coachella Valley area.

Make sure to mark your calendar and watch PartySlate's PRIDE kick-off on June 1, 2021 for all the details.

Ticket reservations are available to members on June 1, 2021. NGWA Members save $100 on conference ticket. Not a member? Apply for membership in June during Pride month and save $100 on your first year membership! Tickets are available to purchase July 1, 2021 to the general public. Special event tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 1, 2021.

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Upcoming Events

Nov 2021

Wedding MBA Academy

Join us in Las Vegas this November 8-10, 2021. Are you an Inclusive Wedding Pro or seeking to raise your level of inclusive business practices? Stop in our booth. We would love to meet you and tell you all about our association.

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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 / $895.00 Non-member

Virtual Attendance: $195.00 Member / $295 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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