Welcome to the National Wedding Council!

Protecting couples, Empowering vendors.

The National Wedding Council is the industry watchdog whose mission is to protect engaged couples, and maintain integrity in the marketplace, by holding vendors to the highest professional standards. We deliver this promise through our Wedding Certified program, which was developed by practicing industry professionals who honor the commitment of delivering exceptional wedding days. We are the only organization comprised of front-line wedding professionals, who maintain an up-to-the-minute pulse on the market, and are committed to protecting couples on this scale.

What is Wedding Certified? Wedding Certified is designed to protect couples by only promoting the industry's top professionals. Unlike many advertising-driven wedding sites, all certified vendors must undergo an extensive business evaluation and pass a phone interview to earn accreditation. Backed by the National Wedding Council, top wedding professionals are honored with our Certified Wedding Vendor designation.

Wedding Certified is open to all full-time wedding professionals that are committed to delivering exceptional service to their couples.

Mission & Goals

GOAL: To create and restore ethics, trust and professionalism in the marketplace between wedding vendors and engaged couples.

MISSION: To protect the wedding industry and its participants, including couples, vendors and venues and maintain its integrity through education, certification and awareness programs.

1) Trust: The most essential element in the vendor / client relationship when dealing with a once-in-a-lifetime event such as a wedding. We encourage full transparency and honesty to develop trusting vendor / client relationships.
2) Professionalism: Adhere to the ethical standards of the National Wedding Council and practice your craft professionally.
3) Excellence: Deliver the product or service that is promised to the client with exceptional quality and timeliness.

Meet the Team

Spencer Potter

Spencer N. Potter, CFE

Mr. Spencer Potter joins the National Wedding Council as 20-year wedding entertainment professional and a dually trained Certified Fraud Examiner. His unique background makes him the perfect fit as our Executive Director to oversee wedding-related consumer protection issues. A renowned wedding business expert, he propels the council’s mission to protect the wedding industry including couples, vendors and venues, and maintain its integrity through education, certification and awareness programs.

As the proprietor to a successful 5-star wedding production and entertainment company, Mr. Potter has been at the forefront to nearly 1000 wedding events in the world’s largest wedding market, New York. His innovations continue to lead our industry and he's credited with implementing early reception dance sets that have become popular in recent years. Featured in the New York Times, Mr. Potter is considered one of the most recognizable figures in our industry.

Under Mr. Potter’s guidance, the National Wedding Council has grown from a regional organization to a global brand watchdog for the wedding industry.

He currently resides in Westchester County New York with his fiancé Nicole, who is planning their own wedding using the principles defined by the National Wedding Council.

For media inquiries, interviews, speaking engagements and partnership interests, please contact: contact@weddingcertified.com

Jade O’Connell

Jade O’Connell

Mrs. Jade O’Connell joins the National Wedding Council with over a decade of hands-on wedding experience as proprietor to a successful photography company with territory in New England and New York metro areas.

Jade leads our couples education initiatives and provides the human element to our organization. She knows how to handle any situation and is respected as one of the best in her field. We are honored to have her wisdom lead couples to have better weddings.

Learn more about Jade’s professional work here: Upliftphotography.com


Rui Mota Pinto

Rui Mota Pinto has been one of Portugal's foremost Wedding Planners over the past two decades and has launched several innovative services including such as PopUp Weddings, Trendy Wedding Planners by Rui Mota Pinto, Wedding Advise, Legal Wedding Advise, and most recently, Tejo Weddings.

He's recognized as a visionary whose creative talents and outstanding reputation gave him a tremendous success in Portugal and worldwide. Rui Mota Pinto has been awarded 3x with the Belief Awards at the International Wedding Planners Community Belief IWP, being one of the most awarded Wedding Planners in this prestigious community and the most internationally awarded Portuguese Wedding Planner. Rui brings a global perspective to the Council and will be an important liaison for our international expansion efforts.”

Learn more about Rui´s work at ruimotapinto.com

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman

Mrs. Laura Lippman joins the National Wedding Council with over 15 years account management experience leading The Knot during the e-commerce boom and with various wedding publications.

Laura is a crucial part of our new member registration program.


Kristin K. Sullivan

Ms. Kristin Sullivan joins the National Wedding Council adding 18 years of Hospitality Management to the Team. Kristin began her career as an owner of a small boutique travel agency with a focus on honeymoons and destination weddings. Kristin expanded into a role as a Global Travel and Events Director in the technology sector for 5 years. Kristin has spent the past 11 years planning and directing luxury destination special events across North America from Weddings to Corporate VIP programs.

Kristin has a passion for event perfection and protection of the Wedding Industry. Kristin will focus on expanding the National Wedding Council on the East Coast.


Randy Taylor

Based in Durham and serving all of North Carolina, Randy and his team of wedding officiants has been celebrating unions and recognized as a leader in the industry across the state of North Carolina.

His services include full service Wedding Officiant and Day-of-Wedding Planning. Committed to excellence and the highest level of customer satisfaction, everyone on the team honors the commitment made by all couples and faith traditions, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, ethnic background, age, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation. Randy brings a very experienced background and passion for excellence to the Council and will be a trusted advisor in the North Carolina region. We are excited to have him on our team!

Learn more about Randy's team at RandyTaylorWeddings.com