About  Us




The Bridal Society is the largest wedding planner membership and the leading certification program in the world. The founder and CEO, Laurie Hartwell, created this wedding planner lifestyle membership with the intention of supporting successful wedding planners and elevating new ones. The Bridal Society's certification program is taught by Laurie Hartwell and Krisy Thomas, two award-winning wedding planners with a combined 40 years of experience in the wedding industry. Laurie and Krisy care very deeply for every member of The Bridal Society. Community over competition is the philosophy of this organization. The Bridal Society believes that successful wedding planners lift each other up rather than tear each other down. Raising the standards in the wedding industry among communities across the globe is their number one goal. Meet the executive team below:

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Founder & CEO

Laurie Hartwell

Laurie Hartwell has nearly 3 decades of experience in the wedding industry, teaching certification conferences and planning weddings across the country. She has earned many awards over the years, has planned weddings for celebrities and other elite clientele, and recently won "Most Helpful Mentor" at the National WEDDI AWARDS for all the help she gives to wedding planners all around the world. Laurie has been a speaker for several national industry companies including:

  • WeddingWire

  • The Knot

  • Aisle Planner

  • Timeline Genius

  • Wedding MBA

  • and more!

For more information about Laurie, click here


Vice President

Philip Hartwell

Philip Hartwell began his career in the hospitality industry in 1984 with the Walt Disney company. He went on to work with the Hilton Hotel corporation, and he served as the Vice President of a national medical supply company before joining The Bridal Society in 2009. His primary responsibilities include maintaining relationships with key influencers in the wedding industry. He also oversees all aspects of community outreach and works with universities across the country to bring The Bridal Society's program to their students. As the husband of our founder and CEO, Laurie Hartwell, Philip shares her passion for bringing a higher level of professionalism and cooperation in the wedding industry.

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Krisy Thomas

Krisy Parker Thomas, owner of Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning, is a Master Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society. Southern Sparkle is an award-winning wedding planning team with locations in Nashville, Jackson, and Memphis, Tennessee. Southern Sparkle’s work has been featured in wedding publications and blogs such as Better Homes & Gardens, MidSouth Bride, MOD Weddings, Classic Bride, Ruffled Blog, The Wedding Playbook, Southern Bride Blog, and the list goes on. Southern Sparkle was also named one of The Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Wedding/Event Planners. 

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Member Concierge

Joel Parra

Joel Parra is the owner of Just Planned Events which is based in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Emmanuel College and an M.B.A from SNHU. In addition, he is a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society and the Membership Concierge for the organization. With over five years of experience in the wedding industry, he has planned weddings throughout the country but his home base in the New England region. His focus is on one goal, and that is to create, plan, and execute spectacular, love-filled events that bring happiness and joy to his clients and their loved ones.


 ETHICAL. Everything The Bridal Society does is based on being ETHICAL.


about the wedding industry, education, and building relationships with our Certified Wedding Planners.

INTEGRITY. We feel that 

INTEGRITY is one of the most important values a company can have. We will always do the right thing for our members.

COMMITMENT. The Bridal Society is COMMITTED to raising the standards in the wedding industry and to the success of our members.


Knowing that success in the hospitality industry is achieved through hard work, patience, experience, and ongoing education, we strive to offer programs that give our attendees and members the best chance at professional and personal growth. TBS has memberships that last a lifetime, and the TBS certification conference is guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

Our vision is to raise the standards in the wedding industry. Check out all of our certification programs by clicking here. We look forward to welcoming you into our loving family of wedding planners!


 The Bridal Society provides lifetime membership to thousands of wedding planners and venues. You can view the membership levels and benefits by clicking here. The Bridal Society is known as one of the most informative and affordable certification programs and memberships in the world. This program attracts planners and venues from all over the globe! Take a moment to read a few of our testimonials by clicking here. Planners with little experience and planners with decades of experience alike say that this program is the best of those available by far! 


The Bridal Society members believe in community over competition. Our organization feels more like a family than just a "group." Our members talk every day on our private discussion forum. They support each other in every way. This is the most loving group of Certified Wedding Planners and Venues in the world. TBS works in cooperation with hospitality associations, 

educational institutions, and top industry leaders from around the globe. Get certified today to see why The Bridal Society is a favorite in the wedding industry.