Until yesterday, Paper Passionista's blog had been quiet for a couple weeks while I was away on a marathon trip throughout the eastern part of the US. The journey began on November 5 with a trip to the international Business of Brides Conference for the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) in Baltimore, Maryland. This was my eighth time to attend this conference since joining ABC in 1994, but this year was by far the most exciting for me. On Monday, November 7 I was given the designation of Master Wedding Vendor (MWV) by the ABC, the highest level of recognition given to professional wedding vendors by the Association. Of the approximately 4000 members in the ABC, there are only 10 people who have received the MWV designation in the world. This is an exciting way to celebrate as January 1, 2012 will mark my completion of 20 years in the wedding invitations and stationery industry.
There were a total of 12 people receiving Master designations from ABC this year, 8 as Master Bridal Consultants and 4 as Master Wedding Vendors. There are currently 61 Master Bridal Consultants in the world.