The Wedding Professionals
of Greater Wilmington and
Southeastern North Carolina
A voluntary organization of wedding vendors
The Association is a voluntary organization
of wedding professionals and vendors in Wilmington and the Lower Cape
Fear region of North Carolina. It is intended to improve communication
among wedding professionals, uphold the highest professional standards,
and provide a guide to brides and grooms in choosing vendors.
All members of the Cape Fear Wedding Association
agree that they will abide by the Association's Code of Ethics. Members
in good standing are entitled to use the association's logo in their
advertising and other literature, and to incorporate the Code of Ethics
in their sales literature, advertisements, web sites, etc.
The Association conducts monthly networking
events focused on particular professions or business issues that wedding
professionals have in common.
To promote our region as a wedding destination,
the Association has taken the lead in a co-operative marketing campaign through
the Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau's annual visitor guide. A multi-page
advertisement, with participation by individual vendors and adjacent editorial material,
encourages non-local brides to use the Association's online member directory as a
Through its Membership and
Standards Committee, The Association offers brides and grooms a forum to register
complaints involving members. If a consumer makes a specific, documented
complaint against a member, alleging a violation of the association's
Code of Ethics, the Committee will ask the member to provide a reply
and, if possible, to resolve the issue. While the Association cannot
guarantee that it can resolve all consumer complaints, the Membership
and Standards Committee can revoke the membership of vendors who are
found to have violated the Association's standards, including the
Code of Ethics.
Vendors doing business with
Cape Fear Wedding are granted Association membership during the term
of their contracts, if they agree to observe the Association's Code of Ethics
and remain in good standing. This applies to advertisers in Cape Fear Wedding
and exhibitors in the Cape Fear Wedding Show. Dues are included in advertising
and booth rental fees. Vendors who do not advertise or exhibit in the show are
welcomed as members, as noted above.
The Cape Fear Wedding Association
is a proprietary organization, wholly owned by Cape Fear Images, Inc.
Resources for small business
These are links to the groups that contributed to the "Survive and Thrive" panel discussion at our
Jan. 21, 2009 meeting, as well as other resources for small business:
SCORE Wilmington Chapter: www.wilmingtonscore.org
U.S. Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov
UNCW Small Business Technology Development Center: www.sbtdc.org
Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center: sbc.cfcc.edu