A travelogue of my various seminar speaking enagements to promote TBWR…E!

The Western New England Fall Bridal Show

On November 21st, I presented a seminar about TBWRE at the Western New England Fall Bridal Show in Springfield, MA and we sold quite a few books very quickly.

Peter Merry with Jim Darby in TBWRE Booth

Peter Merry with Jim Darby in TBWRE Booth

My good friends, Jim Darby & Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby (with DreamView Productions) from Ellington, CT. The show’s producer, Lisa Powers, met me over a year ago at the Wedding MBA show. We have already discussed scheduling for me to speak at their Spring Bridal Show in early March 2011.

What a Great Group!

Today, I’m in Dallas, Texas presenting seminars at the “North Texas Entertainers Conference” at the Ruthe Jacskon Center. We’re in the middle of a seminar about marketing and, in my efforts to show them how effective a blog can be, I am posting this from my iPhone with a photo of the attendees…

North Texas Entertainers Conference (©Peter’s iPhone)


Catching a Plane!

I am leaving in about 5 hours to catch my flight to Dallas, Texas!


Dallas has always been one of my favorite cities to visit and I know I’ll be in for a great time.

I have 3 speaking engagements on Monday at the “North Texas Entertainers Conference” hosted by The D/FW Chapter of the ADJA. But Saturday, I’ll get the opportunity to watch two of my friends in action as they provide the entertainment at their respective wedding receptions. I’ll be observing Chad Wandel with AI Weddings during the afternoon. Then in the evening, I get the pleasure of watching Andy Austin of Lite Dallas while he serves as the Master of Ceremonies.

TBWR…E! at AWPI NorCal Regional Conference

Today I had the pleasure of kicking off the AWPI NorCal Regional Conference at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa. With about 80 wedding vendors in attendance, I shared stories, audio clips, and video highlights from The Best Wedding Reception…Ever! in it’s seminar form.

Book sales went very well and I received many kind words from the attendees. Richard & Julia Markel always manage to put these events together with such a great mix of high quality wedding vendors.

Audio support was provided by Mike Anderson of Creative Memories Entertainment…and I also highlighted him during my seminar for an amazing grand entrance idea which he had recently created. (That idea will be posted here soon.) Mike also gave an informative seminar on Business Etiquette as it relates to the unique sales processes and challenges we face as wedding vendors.

Video support was provided by Doug LaVine of Music on the Move…who also presented a seminar right after mine titled “Your Business Image.” Doug shared some great ideas on improving your image both in services and in marketing. Doug has a very creative logo that features the word “love” hidden in the “Move” portion of his Music on the Move logo.

Thank You Ventura NACE!

On May 22nd, I was invited to give the seminar version of “The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!” at the May meeting of the Ventura Chapter of NACE (National Association of Catering Executives). What a fantastic group of wedding professionals! This nice headshot was provided by photographer and affiliate member, Edo.

Peter @ Ventura NACE

Peter @ Ventura NACE

 I also received this nice note from Jackie Frame of Epicure Catering.

Ventura NACE Thank You Note

Ventura NACE Thank You Note

My appearance at this local NACE event was arranged by Matt Graumann of Matt Graumann Entertainment, who is also one of the first members of the new Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild.

I love speaking to NACE groups…so please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule my seminar for your local chapter as well.

I’ll be speaking at The Dallas Bridal Show!

I just spoke with Naomi Hulme at The Dallas Bridal Show and she has invited me to come and present my book to the brides who will be attending her show on July 14th & 15th! This will kick off 5 days of great promotional opportunities for TBWR…E! in Dallas, Texas. To see what else I will be doing in Dallas that week, be sure to check out the Upcoming Events page.

Dallas has always been one of my favorite cities to visit…so I am really looking forward to this trip.

Ventura ADJA May Meeting…Record Turnout!

We had about 35 people show up last night for the May meeting of Ventura Chapter of the ADJA! I was told that was a record turnout for them. Hats off to Debbie McKenzie of Amazing Sounds for organizing and promoting a very successful meeting.

What a positive, receptive group of professional wedding entertainers!

I’ll be back up in their neck of the woods again on the 22nd of May to address the Ventura Chapter of NACE at their May meeting. NACE meetings are fantastic opportunities for networking, and the food is always top notch as well.