Events Managers Andrea Brown and Adriana Dormann and Assistant Director for Events Management & Conference Services (EMCS) Nikki Lee presented the extended education session “Here Comes the Bride…Now What?” on UTSA’s wedding program at the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors-International (ACCED-I) annual conference held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 17-20, 2013.
The session covered how EMCS created a wedding business from the ground up beginning with the formal approval to host weddings on the main campus that was granted several years ago. The UC now facilitates as many as 10 weddings per year. Andrea, Adriana and Nikki discuss successes, challenges and plans for the future. More than 30 people attended the 90-minute session.
“The session was really well-received,” said Adriana. “Many participants came up to us after the fact for more information or to tell us how we inspired them to begin a wedding business of their own.”
ACCED-I is the leading professional organization for event professionals in a higher education setting and is made up of more than 1500 members at colleges and universities throughout the world.
“Members of our staff look forward to the ACCED-I conference every year,” said Lee. “The conference provides excellent development opportunities and helps us to both learn and share best practices regarding special events and conferences in the higher education setting.”
The University Center (UC) is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise funded primarily by a designated student fee.
Hosting special events such as weddings allows the UC to better serve students and alumni. These types of events also allow the UC to maximize the efficient use of its facilities, especially at times when student usage is minimal and helps offset operational costs–lessening reliance on student fees.