» WeddingWire Networking Night Puerto Rico

Earlier this week, Wedding Pros gathered at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort for WeddingWire Networking Night Puerto Rico!

At the Networking Night, Puerto Rico Pros had the opportunity to network with other local Pros across all service categories, meet members of the WeddingWire team and listen to a brief presentation.

Thank you to all the wonderful Pros who joined us! We’re excited to share highlights from the event including the educational presentation, our newest issue of WedInsights, and great photos from the evening (as seen below). If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Networking Night Puerto Rico board in the Pro Forums!

We would like to say a special thank you to the amazing event partners who helped make the evening possible:

Finally, we’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Beatriz Collazo of Beatriz Collazo Event Planning + Design!

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» Pride Month Recap: Marriage Equality, GayWeddings.com News, and More

Each June, the LGBTQ community is celebrated at Pride festivals and parades in communities all over the country (and world!). With so many great things that happened this Pride Month, we wanted to provide a quick recap so none of these awesome events go unnoticed! Check out our highlights below.

Capital Pride Parade

WeddingWire staff, along with LGBTQ-friendly couples and wedding professionals, showed support for same-sex couples and allies throughout the nation by walking in the Capital Pride Parade. Our team was also joined by Kathryn Hamm, Publisher of GayWeddings.com.

2015 marks the third year WeddingWire has been involved in DC’s Pride Month celebrations. Our team was at Capital Pride in both 2012 and 2013 to help festival-goers learn about the Wed We Can campaign, and in 2014 when we joined the parade on its walk through the District.

Check out the following photos from the parade!

Capital Pride Parade 2015

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» Pro Form Buzz: SEO Tips, Blogging Questions, and More

The WeddingWire Pro Forums are a great place to meet and connect with other Wedding Pros across the country to grow your network. Every day, wedding professionals are talking about a variety of topics, from client concerns to professional advice and best practices.

Google search on mobilee deviceHere’s what Pros are talking about this month in the WeddingWire Pro Forums!

SEO tips for top rankings

In a Tech Tuesday post from WeddingWire Associate Director of Customer Success Brendan McClellan, Pros discuss SEO tips to help them climb to the top of search results. Plus, WeddingWire Education Expert Andy Ebon weighs in on whether or not to consider using multiple domains.

Offer your insights >>

Blogging questions

A Pro asks for help in coming up with blog post topics and tips for blogging consistently. Other Pros share their own blogs and blogs that they follow to make blogging easier, and some share their conventional wisdom based on the impact blogging has had on their search engine rankings.

Give your opinions >>

Putting together a styled shoot

A wedding planner asks for help when putting together a styled shoot. She feels she’s spending more money and time on the shoot than other Pros involved, and she wonders if that’s how it normally goes. Pros give their opinions on what she should expect and how to avoid the same issues going forward.

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Panhandle

Earlier this week, Wedding Pros gathered at 331 South for WeddingWire Networking Night Panhandle!

At the Networking Night, Panhandle Pros had the opportunity to network with other local Pros across all service categories, meet members of the WeddingWire team and listen to a brief presentation. Other networking events have been held throughout the country, with more exciting events and locations to come this year!

Thank you to all the wonderful Pros who joined us! We’re excited to share highlights from the event including the educational presentation, our newest issue of WedInsights, and great photos from the evening (as seen below). If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Networking Night board in the Pro Forums!

We would like to say a special thank you to the amazing event partners who helped make the evening possible:

Finally, we’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Cindy Warriner of Photocraft by Tom Warriner!

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» WeddingWire Workshop Chicago

Earlier this week, local Chicago Wedding Pros gathered at Loews Chicago Hotel for the WeddingWire Workshop Chicago, an event focused on managing your business!

At the WeddingWire Workshop, Pros gathered for an in-depth presentation on the tools available within the Clients Tab of premium members’ WeddingWire accounts. In addition to receiving this tutorial, attendees also enjoyed a Peer Insights Panel, met their local WeddingWire representatives, and networked with other local Pros during a closing reception.

WeddingWire Workshops are the newest addition to our variety of educational events and networking opportunities created for Wedding Pros, which include our annual user’s conference WeddingWire World, networking events such as WeddingWire Mix & Mingles and WeddingWire Networking Nights.

Thank you to all the wonderful Pros who joined us and participated in the Workshop, including our panelists from SQN Events, WeddingMix by Storymix Media, David Rothstein Music, and Rev. Giovanni Weddings. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop Chicago board in the Pro Forums!

We’re excited to share some highlights from the event and additional resources including access to our Clients tab Quick Start Guides, the WeddingWire Education Guide for more business tips, and great photos from the evening (as seen below).

We would like to say a special thank you to the amazing event partners who helped make the afternoon possible:

Finally, congrats to Kim Stafford of the Chicago Marriott Naperville, the winner of the WeddingWire prize pack!

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» It’s Official: WeddingWire Acquires GayWeddings.com

WeddingWire and GayWeddings.comWe’re ecstatic to announce the acquisition of GayWeddings.com, the pioneering wedding planning resource for same-sex couples!

From the day both companies opened our respective doors, WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com have shared a commitment to providing needed resources to all couples. Since January 2011, we’ve partnered with GayWeddings.com to develop a rapidly-expanding online database of over 120,000 wedding professionals who serve same-sex couples. Now, we’re happy to transition from partnership to acquisition to seamlessly extend the mission of both brands.

GayWeddings.com will continue to empower engaged couples and LGBTQ-friendly wedding professionals as part of the growing WeddingWire family of brands in the weddings and events category. Kathryn Hamm, President of GayWeddings.com, will continue on as Publisher to help guide the tools and resources provided for both Pros and engaged couples. And with Pride Month officially underway, there’s no better time to celebrate our union and raise a glass to an LGBTQ-inclusive wedding market!

Wedding and event professionals on WeddingWire can opt into the GayWeddings.com directory to show that they are ready, willing, and able to serve LGBTQ couples. Pros can also get up-to-date information, education, and resources to help them serve same-sex couples and understand the latest updates in marriage equality.

Same-sex weddings have been transforming the way wedding professionals think about their businesses and how engaged couples think about executing their wedding vision. We look forward to continued growth in creating a positive and helpful wedding planning experience for all couples and their wedding professionals as they plan the biggest day of their lives!

For additional information, please visit our Press Release.

» The 2015 WeddingWire SummerBook is Here!

The highlight of our summer is finally here: the 2015 WeddingWire SummerBook!

Read the SummerBookWe’re excited to share this season’s digital wedding magazine with you to spur your summer wedding inspiration! From stunning real weddings to our list of out-of-the-box venues, our 2015 issue features the work of brilliant wedding and event professionals from across the country. Check out a sample of the top stories and advice below:

  • Top fruit-inspired wedding décor to help you incorporate the season’s tangy citruses and juicy melons into your next wedding palette
  • Six wide-ranging real weddings featuring top Pros from around the country to provide inspiration for all your clients
  • A new section on summer wedding cake trends and the top flavors, fillings, and frostings real WeddingWire cake bakers are loving this season
  • Six curated looks for every kind of couple in our Styles for Every Aisle feature, inspired by the latest trends from Bridal Fashion Week
  • Inventive escort card ideas, popular reception seating styles, top groom FYIs, and much more!

We hope you enjoy reading the 2015 WeddingWire SummerBook just as much as we loved putting it together!  And if you’re interested in getting featured in an upcoming magazine or on our site, check out RealWeds.com for more information on submitting real weddings to our editorial team.

» Special Offer for Members of IAPWO

IAPWO-LOGO-1500We are excited to announce a new special offer for members of The International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO). The IAPWO is a global membership organization committed to supporting professional wedding Officiants and their businesses, with members receiving education, tools, benefits and more as they commit to upholding the standards of excellence for their vocation.

IAPWO members receive a special 15% discount* off of Featured and Professional premium advertising listings for new and lite members of WeddingWire. Along with an upgraded business listing on WeddingWire, premium members also receive access to industry leading business management and client management tools, a dedicated Customer Success Rep, free educational webinars and more!

To learn more about IAPWO, check out their website and educational articles today.

*This discount is valid for IAPWO members only. 15% off discount applies for Featured & Professional Officiant listings only, and just for new business. No other discounts or offers may apply. Discount expires on 12/31/15. Some exclusions may apply.

» Update: WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings

At WeddingWire, we are constantly making improvements to further your online reach and drive high quality traffic to your business. We regularly evaluate our Network partner performance from this perspective, and occasionally reallocate our investment. On Monday, June 22, 2015, wedding and event professionals in the WeddingWire.com directory will no longer be listed on MarthaStewartWeddings.com.

Over the last year, the Martha Stewart Weddings partnership has contributed less than 1% of WeddingWire’s directory traffic.

Our Pros and their success remain our top priorities, and we will continue to dedicate our resources to partnerships and strategies to drive leads and bookings for your business. Should you have additional questions about this update or your account, please email support@weddingwire.com and we will be in touch shortly.

» Pro Forum Buzz: Getting on Google, Counterfeit Wedding Dresses and More

The WeddingWire Pro Forums are a great place to meet and connect with other Wedding Pros across the country to grow your network. Every day, wedding professionals are talking about a variety of topics, from client concerns to professional advice and best practices.

Pro Forum Buzz: Getting on Google, Counterfeit Wedding Dresses and MoreHere’s what Pros are talking about this month in the WeddingWire Pro Forums!

Getting on Google

What are your best SEO tips for boosting Google search ranking for your business’s website? WeddingWire Pros weigh in to help a new business learn how to optimize their website and online properties in order to rank higher in search results.

Give your advice >>

Counterfeit wedding dresses

Pros talk about a recent segment on Good Morning America about counterfeit wedding dresses and why it’s not a good idea to order items with a drastically-reduced price from unfamiliar websites.

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Vendors sampling at a wedding

Should other vendors working at a wedding be able to sample food or drinks during cocktail hour? Pros debate whether or not it’s generally considered acceptable, and who should have the final say – the couple or the venue.

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» WeddingWire Workshop Seattle

Earlier this week, local Seattle Wedding Pros gathered at Mayflower Park Hotel for WeddingWire Workshop Seattle, an event focused on managing your business!

At the WeddingWire Workshop, Pros gathered for an in-depth presentation on the tools available within the Clients Tab of premium members’ WeddingWire accounts. In addition to receiving this tutorial, attendees also enjoyed a Peer Insights Panel, met their local WeddingWire representatives, and networked with other local Pros during a closing reception.

WeddingWire Workshops are the newest addition to our variety of educational events and networking opportunities created for Wedding Pros, which include our annual user’s conference WeddingWire World, networking events such as WeddingWire Mix & Mingles, WeddingWire Networking Nights and more. We look forward to hosting more local WeddingWire Workshops in the near future!

Thank you to all the wonderful Pros who joined us and participated in the Workshop, including our panelists from Honey Crumb Studio, Dani Weiss Photography, 206 Events, and Seattle Wedding Officiants. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop Seattle board in the Pro Forums!

We’re excited to share some highlights from the event and additional resources including access to our Clients tab Quick Start Guides, the WeddingWire Education Guide for more business tips, and great photos from the evening (as seen below).

We would like to say a special thank you to the amazing event partners who helped make the afternoon possible:

Finally, congrats to Gayle of Gayle Orth Catering, the winner of the WeddingWire prize pack!

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» Stay Connected with Our New WeddingWire Mobile Apps for Pros

Stay Connected with our New WeddingWire Mobile Apps for ProsIntroducing the new WeddingWire mobile apps for Pros, My Reviews and My Clients! These new apps allow you to put your wedding business’ best foot forward and manage the most important parts of your business from the palm of your hand.

These new apps are exclusively for WeddingWire Pros so you can get immediate notifications and respond quickly when you receive new reviews and leads. Research shows that 50% of buyers choose the vendor who responds first – so responding quickly is extremely important!

The WeddingWire Review Manager for Pros allows you to receive instant review notifications and even request new reviews from your clients through your mobile device. Respond to, share or dispute reviews with a few easy clicks, plus view your current review status and any awards you may be eligible for on an ongoing basis.

Our latest addition, the WeddingWire Client Manager for Pros, helps you manage your inquiries and bookings on-the-go! See important client details like date, location and more right at the initial point of contact so you can determine availability at a glance. Manage the entire process and communicate with current clients from start to finish!

Both apps allow our Pros to easily access what you need from your WeddingWire account and sync new information automatically so you are always up to date. We’re happy to announce that they’re free to download for both Apple via the App Store and Android via Google Play.

Find out more about the Review Manager for Pros and the Client Manager for Pros and download the apps to your devices today!