Each morning will start with a group activity to get our minds and bodies warmed up, followed by breakfast. The main room at 501 Union will be open every day for co-working, collaboration and networking from 10am - 4pm. We will break bread together each afternoon. Pop-up panels and workshops will be happening through the day and into the evening.
Some workshops require advance registration, noted below.
Subject to change as we continue to add programming, so be sure to check back for updates!
8:30 - 9:30
Join us for a group yoga session in 501 Union's main room. Bring your own mat!
9:30 - 10:00
Check-In and Breakfast
Check-in and meet up over coffee and a breakfast spread provided by our friends Runner & Stone. Be sure to sign up for the day's activities in the cocktail lounge!
10:00 - 4:00
501's light filled main room will be set up with communal tables, cozy lounge areas and plenty of wifi so you can jam out on some projects. Or just set up all day at our puzzle table.
Blogger Coffee Talk
Join Jen Siomacco from Catalyst Wedding Magazine, Keriann Kohler of A Practical Wedding and Kate Schaefer from H&H Weddings as they give advice on building a portfolio that's inclusive of all couples, what they're looking for in a "real" wedding, what catches their eye, and what's next for wedding media.
12:00 - 1:00
Close your laptops and join us and Purslane Catering in the cocktail lounge for a seated lunch. Sign-up is closed, we are at capacity
1:00 - 2:30
You may be LGBTQ+ friendly, but is your business?
Kate Schaefer of H&H Weddings will be onsite for 1-on-1 reviews of your social media platforms to ensure that your marketing is completely inclusive and attracting all types of clients. To participate, send your name, company name, website and social media handles to firstname.lastname@example.org so she can take a look in advance, then sign up for a time slot when you arrive Wednesday morning.
1:00 - 4:00
Massages in the Cabana by Citywell
Relaxing and rejuvenating chair massage with customized aromatherapy to suit your needs that day.
Treat yourself! Register onsite; limited capacity.
1:00 - 4:00
Tarot Card readings by Tarot Society
Sit with one of Tarot Society's readers for a glimpse at what the new year has in store for you! Sign up sheet available upon check in
1:00 - 4:30
Update your headshot with photographer Amber Gress.
MG Hair & Make-Up is available to provide touch-ups in advance. Sign up sheet available upon check in
2:00 - 4:00
We believe that everyone has something to bring to the table, so we’ll also be hosting small breakout groups in the Cocktail Lounge each afternoon. You come up with the topic you want to address, and sign up to lead a 30 minute roundtable. If you're interested in leading a roundtable, please sign up here.
Wednesday's Small Talks Include:
How to be a resistor as a small business owner in the wedding world. An open discussion on how to navigate this new cultural/political climate and ensure that your work and clientele don't misrepresent your place on the right side of history.
3:30pm - 4pm Photographer Jon Lemon
"No Mo Fomo": How to remove yourself from the rat race of comparison.
2:30 - 3:30
Panel: "Something Old, Something New"
A conversation about celebrating responsibly, moderated by Basia Grocholski, Creative Director for Starling on Bond. We'll attempt to answer the question: how do we continue to create beautiful settings for our rites of passage in a resourceful and shared dynamic, without feeling like we are making a sacrifice? Featuring Colleen Doyle of Matter-Mind Studio, working at the intersection of design and psychology; Julia Capalino, co-founder of shared platform company for floral arrangements Bloomerent; and Eugene Lee, the president of eco-friendly printing company Rolling Press.
Snack Attack! Sponsored by Jam Jar Bakery
3:30 - 4:30
Crafternoon with Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design
How To Create An Expensive Looking Floral Arrangement from your Local Bodega. Rebecca will show us how to repurpose a not-so cute pre-made bouquet into something much chicer. Bring your own vessel so you can take your arrangement home with you. Sign-up is closed, we are at capacity
4:00 - 4:30
Coffee Talk with the Founders of Bloomerent
Join Bloomerent co-founders Danit Zamir and Julia Capalino for a discussion on introducing a new concept into the wedding space, building a community of vendors and how technology is disrupting the industry. They'll also be expanding on topics covered in the previous panel, so if you still have questions, now's the time to ask!
5:00 - 6:00
Join us for a beer or a glass of wine in the lounge. Today's happy hour nibbles are sponsored by Pinch Food Design.
6:00 - 9:00
Gowanus Hospitality and Ashley M Chamblin Events invite you to "In Sickness and In Health 2.0", a story telling hour inspired by the Moth for our pals to share their worst and craziest stories from the battlefield of weddings and events. If you attended the one we held at the Green Building back in August, you know how utterly hilarious (and cathartic!) this event can be.
We will begin with a little bubbly liquid courage and give you a chance to throw your name in the ever-popular mason jar to tell a horror story of your own. We will be pulling 10 people at random from the jar. Stories should be around 5 minutes long.
We'll close the night out with a dance party, tunes courtesy of DJ Ari Baby.
STUFd Food Truck will provide the treats.
This is a vendor only event. Check your cell phones and judgement at the door and let it all out.