was established to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence in the wedding industry across the Caribbean. This event will enable all participants to experience the Caribbean, as one of the best wedding destinations in the world. This unique educational and networking three-day familiarization-event will showcase the Caribbean as the premier destination for Weddings, Honeymoons and Romance and will include hundreds of Destination Wedding planners, romance-oriented travel agents, suppliers, and wedding related vendors. This will enable them not just to learn, but even better, EXPERIENCE the magnificence of one of the best locations in the world and also much more about the Caribbean as the perfect destination for weddings, honeymoons & romance. Let our expertise and international partnerships help you every step of the way!!

2018 Exhibitor Info

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2018 Sponsorship

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Our Speakers

Check out the amazing speakers we are proud to have presenting!

Thomas Curtin

Industry Insider- Romance Travel

Research to identify opportunities

Jacqueline Vazquez

International Master Wedding Planner

Lifetime Events by Jacqueline

Jeff Hendlin

Publisher at Bridal Guide magazine

Publisher at Naturally, Danny Seo magazine

Matt Cooper

Chief Marketing Officer

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

Program Schedule

Check out the CWIA schedule and see all the opportunities for networking, learning and more.


    6:00 – 10:30 PM
    Rose Hall Great House

    Welcome Cocktail Reception

    Upon arrival guests will be greeted by the animated sounds of the
    Silverbirds Steel Band and served a Welcome Witches Brew. The main lawn
    will be transformed into a tropical paradise with cabanas for lounging and
    bistros throughout. The aromas and flavors of the island will come alive in
    live food stations and the tropical bar will flow all night. Pace Band will
    then ignite the group with a Live Band Performance. The Great House will
    be Open for Tours throughout.

  • Luncheon

    Time: 12 pm—1 pm

    Venue: Montego Bay Convention Centre, Grand Ballroom

    Montego Bay Convention Centre Website:

  • Opening Ceremony

    8:30:00 AM
    Official opening ceremony of the Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards
    Exhibit Hall A
    Montego Bay Convention Centre

  • Expo Day 1

    10:00 – 6:00 PM
    Expo Open to the Public
    Exhibit Hall A
    Montego Bay Convention Centre

    Montego Bay Convention Centre Website:

  • Conferences Day 1

    10:00 – 6:00 PM
    Block C
    Montego Bay Convention Centre

    Montego Bay Convention Centre Website:

  • Luncheon

    12:00 – 1:30 PM
    Jamaica Tourist Board Hosted Networking Luncheon
    Grand Ballroom
    Montego Bay Convention Centre

    Montego Bay Convention Centre Website:

  • Conferences Day 2

    10:00 – 6:00 PM
    Expo Open to the Public
    Exhibit Hall A
    Montego Bay Convention Centre

    Montego Bay Convention Centre Website:

  • Expo Day 2

    9:00 – 12 PM
    Prescheduled Appointments with Caribbean Suppliers
    Exhibit Hall A
    Montego Bay Convention Centre

    Montego Bay Convention Centre Website:

  • Awards Dinner

    Hilton Rose Hall Ballroom

Our Sponsors


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Industry Opinions:

  • The Caribbean offers honeymooners a wide variety of experiences – from large islands to small islands, there’s something for every couple in the Caribbean.

  • According to the last two Destination Weddings Studies issued by, the Caribbean continues to dominate, by a healthy margin, as the most popular place for nuptials outside the continental U.S.

    – The Knot
  • Nothing can soothe the stress of wedding planning like soft sands, calm waters and a warm Caribbean breeze. Newlyweds can’t get enough of these islands’ swanky beach resorts and laid-back vibes.

    – U.S. News & World Report
  • I wanted to let you know that even while I wasn't in attendance, I have received feedback from several of the agents. Have you or are you planning on sending out a survey?

    From what I have heard, the events were beautiful, and this event has a lot of potential to be THE event of the Caribbean! I would love to stay involved with the event.

    While the event is still fresh in our minds, should we schedule a call to go over things and review any feedback?

    Have a great Monday!
    Sunny regards!

    Lisa Sheldon, CTC, CTIE
    President, DWHSA
    M: 608-774-2789

    – Lisa
  • It was our pleasure participating in this event. Feedback received from members was that it was very successful and worth their participation.

    We would like to wish you the very best in the future.

    – Omar
  • Greetings from Toronto Canada, and we hope you are well. Congratulations on a fabulous party and fantastic award show! Thank you for connecting with us; we appreciate the opportunity to join you in celebration of the best of the best in our wedding industry.

    Visit our website in the next few days for a blog post and photos of our experience. Do keep us in mind for future events. With much appreciation,

    Veronica K Fazio, BBA DWP WPICC
    Veronica Events Inc. | Principal Planner
    The Wedding Planner Lifestyle Magazine

  • Really great initiative set out for the Caribbean and wider region. A platform that is sure to assist in the recognition and reward for all Wedding Professionals. This would definitely increase morale, propel the industry further and establish new working relationships.

    Keep up the work!

    - Lem Joseph Photography
  • Great and inspiring speakers. Wonderful to being both suppliers and local vendors together to showcase and work together for the benefit of wedding couples!! See ya next year!

    – Niki Rakowitz- Travel Agent
  • Very happy to have this kind of awards finally! It’s a great honor to be nominated, and to be part of the wedding industry, cakes are my life!

    – Michelle Sohan, Bakery Treatz, Trinidad
  • This initiative is timely and necessary! Bravo to the CWIA for stepping up. It's about time we started to recognize our wedding industry professionals and create a forum for our international travel partners and wedding industry professionals to meet connect and build relationship capital!

    – Ophelia McKnight
    President, Jamaica Wedding Professionals Association
  • This is an absolutely empowering initiative for Caribbean wedding professionals. The introduction of these Awards is very positive as it establishes a standard of excellence and gives our industry an international voice.

    – Ann Smith, Invitiokens