Are you a wedding shooter who shoots professionally? You may want to be part of WPAM – The Wedding Professionals Association of Malaysia, to promote the business and band fellow wedding shooters together.
19 Dec 2019, The Wedding Professionals Association Of Malaysia (WPAM) was officially launched today at Photobook Worldwide HQ in Kuala Lumpur. Patrick Low, President of WPAM says “Our aim is to promote Malaysia to the world as a preferred destination for weddings by creating a professional infrastructure supported by diverse and experienced Malaysian wedding professionals and venues. By doing so, we hope to have the Malaysian wedding industry be recognised as one of the finest in the world through the promotion of wedding tourism, supported by an ecosystem of reputable wedding professionals who are knowledgeable, experienced and ethical”
Patrick added “At present, the wedding industry is made up of a diverse range of entrepreneurs who are skilled, with each forging their own paths in delivering the best service and experience to couples who are to be married. By coming together and harnessing expertise and synergies, we will be able to promote our industry more strategically, with greater reach and hopefully greater rate of growth too”.
The formation of the association is also in a sense, a formality. Groupings of wedding vendors, particularly those in similar fields and who have nurtured working relationships, are already finding ways to collaborate. WPAM hopes to bring these various groups of wedding vendors together to collaborate as a whole, covering the many segments of the wedding industry, be it photography, makeup and hair, wedding planning, floral design and décor, and so forth. Being part of WPAM also provides wedding professionals with the collective opportunity to seek assistance and strategic direction from government agencies, something which may not have been possible for them to do individually.
By speaking as one voice via a common platform, WPAM hopes to establish collaborative links with these government agencies like Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism, Matrade to tap their resources, know-how, distribution channels and networks to further enhance the Malaysian wedding industry’s standing internationally.
WPAM aspiration of being recognised internationally as a preferred wedding destination certainly aims to generate revenue for Malaysian wedding practitioners as well as venues, be they city hotels, resorts, restaurants, convention centres and event spaces.
Membership is open to wedding professionals and wedding venues with a one-time registration fee of RM30 and an annual membership fee of RM120. The criteria for membership are they must be in the wedding industry for at least 2 years, a registered company with Registrar of Business (SSM) for SME Corporate Membership category and for Individual Membership category, the member must be 18 years and above, and must obtain recommendations from 2 existing members.
If you want to know more about WPAM, kindly visit their website.