11th Edition of Exotic Wedding Planning Conference Ras Al Khaimah 2023: Press Release

The World’s Biggest Wedding Planning Conference comes to Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) will host the much-awaited 11th Edition of Exotic Wedding Planning Conference taking place at Al Hamra Conference Centre from 1st to 3rd March 2023.

EWPC is the benchmark for the global luxury wedding and events industry, bringing together the wedding coterie under one roof. The three-day event features plenty of learning, impactful networking, gala evenings, and entertainment.

The Conference is meticulously curated to bring together top-class wedding and event planners, hospitality vendors, tourism boards, travel experts, and wedding suppliers from across the world to build new business connections that will take the brands to new heights.

Industry pioneers and experts like Preston Bailey, President, Preston Bailey Designs, Inc., USA, Tomas De Bruyne, Found & CEO, Tomas De Bruyne – Floral Experiences Worldwide, Belgium, Tara Fav, Chief Planner, Tara Fay Events, Ireland, Bruce Russell, Managing Director, Bruce Russell Events, UK among many others engaging in crucial conversation to relevant and resilient.


Event highlights: ​

  • Stellar, global speaker line-up sharing learnings, lessons and recommendations
  • Masterfully curated sessions ranging from keynotes and panels to workshops​
  • World-class networking and exhibition opportunities ​
  • Learning interspersed with endless entertainment: Gala dinner, Networking Cocktail Party, and exclusive tours
  • APEX Awards ceremony to honor exceptional wedding planners and suppliers/properties


The three-day conference is packed with learning and networking opportunities with 15+ industry sessions and networking breaks. The summit will be brought to a close with appreciation and recognition of exceptional work done in the wedding industry through APEX Awards.

Key themes of discussions:

Incorporating cultural fusion into wedding planning.​

How to incorporate cultural traditions into the wedding ceremony and reception, such as wearing traditional attire or incorporating traditional customs or rituals. Honoring cultural traditions while still making the wedding personal and meaningful to the couple.

Ways to improve personalization at weddings.​

Ideas for incorporating personal details and elements into the wedding design and decor, such as family heirlooms, meaningful symbols or colors, or elements that reflect the couple’s interests and hobbies. How to customize the ceremony to reflect the couple’s personal style and preferences and creating personalized menus that reflects the couple’s personal tastes and dietary needs, as well as tips for working with a catering company or venue to create a customized menu.

An outlook for the weddings industry in the Middle East. Evolving dynamics, trends and what the future has in store.

The 40 minute session will provide you with a wealth of information and market leading intelligence. This meticulously curated session featuring leading industry experts specializing in weddings and events, armed with decades of industry experience, will take to the stage and share their expert insights on the wedding industry in the Middle East.

Serving the super wealthy. Peer into the changing mind-set of the luxury clientele.​

What emotion does the word luxury evoke? Can we quantify it to a few elements such as Exclusivity, Heritage, Quality, Comfort and Elegance or is there so much more? What is the future for luxury in the Middle East? Learn more during this keynote session that will leave you with a lasting appreciation for what makes a luxury brand successful and strategies brands employ to create a strong emotional response.

Secrets to scaling your wedding planning business.​

Understand what scalability really means and why it matters. How do you build a team that can grow your business while maintaining the highest levels of caliber and quality? What are the pillars you need to scale to a six-figure wedding planning business? Get the answers to all these questions and more, during this knowledge packed 20 minutes session as one of the world’s foremost wedding planners spills the beans on the secrets to success!



A how to guide to allocating your wedding budget. Negotiating costs, planning for contingencies and managing expectations.​

Ways to save money on wedding expenses, such as opting for a less expensive venue or choosing an off-peak wedding date. Ideas for how to track wedding expenses and stay on budget. Options for financing the wedding, such as using credit cards, taking out a personal loan, or using a wedding registry. How to handle unexpected expenses that may arise during the wedding planning process.

Creating a sensory experience by setting up the perfect menu.​

Tips for styling the food stations and tables to create a visually appealing and cohesive look for the wedding. Understanding dietary requirements and identifying crowd pleasing dishes. Types of different bar service options (e.g., open bar, cash bar, limited bar) and choosing the right option for the wedding. Managing the catering budget and finding cost saving strategies.


Under these broader themes, over three dazzling days, our speakers will share numerous lessons, personal accounts of resilience and business best practices covering every aspect of wedding planning in this new era.

Join us as we celebrate the undying love for weddings in the city of luxury and stoke the immense potential of the industry.

Rishikesh Shetty, CEO of Exito Media Concepts and EWPC commented: “We are excited to bring EWPC back to RAK in 2023 after 10 editions across the globe and bring 350+ Destination wedding planners from 50 different countries this time. It appears to be the Wedding business is back in full swing with businesses fitting in two years’ worth of postponed events into already-busy peak months. We look forward to making this the most successful edition & the largest B2B wedding convention event till date.”

You can click here to book your tickets.


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