» Today is WeddingWire World Houston!

Today is WeddingWire World Houston!WeddingWire World Houston is the fourth of five stops on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014!

Today, at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, wedding professionals from the Houston area will learn about the latest in the wedding industry and how to keep their businesses on top of all the most important channels, including sales, reviews, marketing, business management, networking, and more!

Attendees will hear from leading wedding industry professionals and special guest speakers, in addition to visiting with our Customer Success team that will be available for on-site consultations to answer questions and help our members take advantage of everything their WeddingWire account has to offer.

Below are a few other helpful notes for WeddingWire World Houston attendees:

  • Check-in and start the day at 8am – our staff will be ready and waiting to assist you!
  • Catch up and create new connections with your fellow Wedding Pros at our Networking Breakfast from 8am-9:15am.
  • Earn raffle tickets throughout the day to be entered in our drawing to win an iPad Mini, $100 Amazon gift card or tickets to WeddingWire World 2015!
  • Tweet your own takeaways and follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter, where @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting and responding to Pro feedback and more! We’ll also post some behind-the-scenes photos on the WeddingWireEDU Instagram account.

Be sure to check back later this week as we continue to share photos and highlights from the event.

Thanks to all the Pros joining us today!

Not in the Houston area? There’s still one stop left on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014! We invite our west coast Pros to check out the schedule and register today for WeddingWire World SoCal on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by visitinghttp://weddingwireworld.com/socal.

» MONDAY: WeddingWire World Houston

Win Tickets to WeddingWire World Houston!

We can’t wait for WeddingWire World Houston on Monday!

The 2014 WeddingWire World Tour officially kicked off in June with WeddingWire World Miami andWeddingWire World DC, followed byWeddingWire World Chicago in August. We’re excited to bring our full day conference to the next city on the WeddingWire World Tour – Houston!

WeddingWire World Houston will feature main stage presentations from our industry experts and guest speakers, including WeddingWire’s own CMO, Sonny Ganguly, plus Education Experts Alan Berg, Kathryn Hamm and Andy Ebon. We’re also excited to feature Traci Brown, Body Language and Persuasion Expert, who will speak about the importance of body language for the success of your wedding business.

Attendees will also have time to meet 1-on-1 with our Customer Success Managers as well as several opportunities to network with other local Pros at our Networking Breakfast in the morning and Cocktail Reception following the day’s presentations!

WeddingWire World Houston will also feature several breakout sessions, including presentations on the following topics:

  • Blogging and how it can help your wedding business succeed
  • Everything you need to know about serving same-sex couples
  • Proven success strategies from other industry Pros to help you build your wedding business
  • Reaching, attracting and impressing potential clients with WeddingWire tools

Don’t forget that you can still follow along with the fun by searching the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter! @WeddingWireEDU will be live tweeting all day with key takeaways, Pro feedback and more. You can also see some behind-the-scenes photos on the WeddingWireEDU Instagram account.

Your wedding business will be joining hundreds of other wedding professionals for a full day of education and networking to help grow your wedding business.

For full details about WeddingWire World Houston, including full schedule and session locations, please visit http://www.weddingwireworld.com/houston.

» Pro Forum Buzz: Welcome Kits, Marketing Advice 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.

Here’s what Pros are talking about this month in the WeddingWire Pro Forums!

Pro Forum Buzz: Welcome Kits, Marketing Advice and MoreWhat’s in your welcome kit?

Do you provide a welcome kit for your clients? If so, what’s in it? Pros discuss the value of creating these kits for new clients, and what is seen as important to have versus nice to include.

Give your thoughts >>

Advice for invitations Pros

A Pro is looking for creative and out-of-the-box ideas to help propel her invitations business forward in this changing world of predominantly online shoppers.  Jump in and join the debate!

Join the debate >>

Feeling a little burnt out

What do you do at the end of a long season when you’re feeling completely burnt out? Pros discuss the feeling and their tips for rest and rejuvenation into the next season!

Share your tips >>

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» Introducing the WeddingWire Education Guide

WeddingWire believes in the power of education to keep your business ahead of the competition so you can new clients. We’re excited to announce that the 2014-2015 WeddingWire Education Guide is here, full of tips and strategies for growing and improving your weddings and events business!

The WeddingWire Education Guide provides lots of great content to answer your most pressing business questions from how to get more reviews and marketing strategies that work to the top client advice, networking suggestions and much more.

Check it out today!

Education Guide

» It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week!

It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week!

Gown by Amsale, photo by Dan Lecca

Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week (or Bridal Market, as it’s known to insiders) and the WeddingWire team will be there to get a sneak peek of the newest wedding dresses, bridesmaid styles, and accessories. In fact, we will be viewing over 80 collections at fashion shows and private appointments over the next week (that’s a lot of gowns)! These are the wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses that brides will be buying and wearing in 2015, so as a Wedding Pro it’s a good idea to know what’s hot and what’s not!

Want to get the inside scoop on the latest and greatest in wedding fashion? Our editorial team will be posting updates throughout the week on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, WedStyle, and (new this season!) Snapchat, where you can follow ‘weddingwire.’ And to view the full collections, visit our Bridal Market page, which we’ll be updating with the newest photos and trend reports as they come in.

If you’ll be attending Bridal Market, be sure to stop by the WeddingWire booth at Pier 94, complete with snacks, drinks, and a charging station so you can power up your mobile device.

And don’t forget to watch this space for a Bridal Market Trend Report, which we’ll get to you after we’ve seen the new dresses and collections.

» Win Tickets to WeddingWire World Houston!

Win Tickets to WeddingWire World Houston!

We’re only a few weeks away from our next stop on the 2014 WeddingWire World Tour in Houston! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, we want to give you a chance to join us for free!

We’ve reserved a select few WeddingWire World Houston seats to give away to our Pros, and now’s your opportunity to get them for free! Complete the entry form and and a limited number of entrants will receive two free tickets to join us at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown on Monday, October 20, 2014 while supplies last. One lucky winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card! See Official Rules for more details.

You could receive two tickets to a day full of great information to power your business, industry-leading speakers, one-on-one sessions with our Customer Success Managers, networking with other wedding professionals and more – for free! Regularly-priced tickets are $199 each, so don’t miss your chance at this deal.

Good luck, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Official Rules

Don’t want to wait? Guarantee your seat and buy your ticket today! Learn more and purchase tickets to WeddingWire World Houston here.

» Getting Ready for Winter! Send Us Your Winter Real Weddings

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more. 

Even though our FallBook just launched, the WeddingWire Editorial and Design teams are already starting to work on our WinterBook (yes, we are aware that it’s still t-shirt weather in many parts of the country!). We are now accepting real wedding submissions for this e-magazine and would be delighted to consider your work.

Getting Ready for Winter! Send Us Your Winter Real WeddingsVisit RealWeds.com to share your real wedding photos with us, and remember – the WinterBook will only be featuring weddings that took place during the winter season (late November through early March). However, we are looking for both wintry weddings (think snowy backdrops and hot cocoa!) and destination weddings in warmer climates, as long as they took place during the winter season! You are welcome to consider weddings from other seasons to us, but we will only consider those for WeddingWire’s real weddings section or Project Wedding.

A few other tips for submitting winter real weddings:

  • Please share at least 75 photos from the wedding
  • Posed and candid couple photos
  • Lots of detail photos, the more creative and unique the better!
  • Mostly color images, some black & white is fine
  • Images should be at least 900 pixels wide

If your work is selected for our e-magazine, we’ll link to your Storefront as well as the Storefronts of the other participating vendors and share your photos with thousands of couples. The deadline for submissions is October 17th.

Be sure to check out RealWeds.com for more information and to upload your photos!

Cover photo by Lauren Fair Photography

» WeddingWire Networking Night Indianapolis

Tuesday night, Wedding Pros gathered at the Conrad Indianapolis for WeddingWire Networking Night Indianapolis!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Indianapolis area 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 by WeddingWire Education Guru, Alan Berg . 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 Alan’s presentation, the WeddingWire Education Guide, 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 Indianapolis 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:

And finally, we’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Kelly Robertson of Canal 337!

WeddingWire Networking Night Indianapolis

WeddingWire Networking Night Indianapolis

WeddingWire Networking Night Indianapolis

WeddingWire Networking Night Indianapolis

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» WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night Austin

Yesterday, local Austin Wedding Pros gathered at the Westin Austin at The Domain for a special WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night series of events, focused on education and networking with area Pros!

Austin Pros kicked-off the afternoon together with a WeddingWire Workshop, a comprehensive training on the tools available within the Clients Tab of premium members’ WeddingWire account. In addition to receiving hands-on WeddingWire account training, attendees also met their local WeddingWire representatives and enjoyed light snacks and beverages. Immediately following the Workshop, attendees joined us for a Networking Night, sharing conversation and tips with other local Pros and the WeddingWire team.

WeddingWire hosts a 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, as well as tools trainings such as WeddingWire Workshops. We look forward to hosting more local WeddingWire Workshops and networking events in the near future!

Thank you to all the wonderful Pros who joined us and participated in the Workshop and Networking Night. 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 WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night Austin possible:

Finally, congratulations to Norma Beissner of Angel Springs Event Center, the winner of a WeddingWire prize pack!

WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night Austin

WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night Austin

WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night Austin

WeddingWire Workshop & Networking Night Austin

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» Highlights from Wedding MBA 2014!

The WeddingWire team had a fantastic three days of education, meeting wonderful wedding Pros, and fun at the annual Wedding Merchants Business Academy 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

Missed the event or want to recap some of the best moments? Here are some of our favorite highlights from the conference!

Great education:

Our team enjoyed checking out all the great educational presentations for Wedding Pros, which included five WeddingWire sessions hosted by WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly and CEO Timothy Chi. Additionally, WeddingWire Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, Kathryn Hamm and Meghan Ely all shared their expertise with engaging sessions and Wed Talks throughout the conference.

Finally, be sure to check out our new Education Guide e-magazine for great tips to take your business to the next level including how to get more reviews, networking musts, marketing strategies, client tips and more.

Meeting wonderful wedding Pros:

Industry conferences such as Wedding MBA and WeddingWire World are a great opportunity to get to meet some of the fantastic wedding and event Pros we work with in person! Attendees stopped by WeddingWire’s main booth and lounge for one-on-one account support sessions, to say hello and meet team members, re-charge devices at our Power Stations, and learn more about WeddingWire.

After parties:

Every year, we host our annual WeddingWire party to bring together the team and attendees for an evening celebration to have fun and mix and mingle. This year, we had a blast at the Ling Ling Club, located within Hakkasan in the MGM Grand.

Also, we were excited to sponsor the Wedding MBA’s first ever networking Happy Hour event on Wednesday evening to have a drink and chat with new friends. A special thanks to our partners The Slow Motion Photo Booth and A Very Special Day for the fun pictures and awesome entertainment.

Fun surprises:

We love to share our “WeddingWire swag!” This year, each WeddingWire session had its own themed t-shirt, along with a bonus party t-shirt. Additionally, we had fun sharing our duel action stylus-pens, WeddingWire koozies, WeddingWire shades, brand bags, and more limited edition swag such as a teal hoodie and mobile charger.

To go along with our Back to the Future presentation theme, we also were excited to showcase a real Delorean in the Lounge, with special thanks to Delorean International Las Vegas NV, and a 3D Printer in action to showcase the future of tech.

Want to get an insider’s look at Wedding MBA? Check out some photos below and on WeddingWireEDU’s Instagram, and also review the Wedding MBA edition of our Featured Pro Tweets series.

What were your favorite Wedding MBA 2014 moments? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Timothy Chi presenting at Wedding MBA

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» Featured Pro Tweets: Wedding MBA 2014

In our Featured Pro Tweets series, we highlight great comments that we receive to @WeddingWireEDU. All this week, WeddingWire staff and our team of Education Experts joined Wedding Pros from across the country at Wedding MBA 2014 in Las Vegas!

WeddingWire had a great time at the conference with our presentations, meeting wonderful Wedding Pros from throughout the country and abroad, having one-on-one sessions at our Expo booth, and chatting at our Power Stations as Pros charged devices. Finally, we celebrated an exciting week at our WeddingWire after party at Ling Ling Club, located on the third floor of Hakkasan Nightclub in MGM Grand Las Vegas!

Check out some Twitter highlights of the conference! Thanks to all the Pros who tweeted us while at Wedding MBA 2014, and we hope to see you all next year!

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Smartphone Vows, Late Payments & 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, Pros are talking about a variety of topics, from client concerns to professional advice and best practices.

Pro Forum Buzz: Smartphone Vows, Late Payments & MoreHere’s what Pros are talking about this month in the WeddingWire Pro Forums!

Smartphone vows

How do you feel about the couple (or officiant!) reading from a smartphone during the wedding ceremony? Is it “tech savvy” and eco-friendly, or just a distraction?

Share your thoughts >>

Dealing with late payments

What do you do when a client is late on their balance payment? Do you tack on a late fee or reserve the right to cancel the contract?

Weigh in now >>

Venue photo shoots

How much should a venue charge to rent out grounds for photo shoots? Photographers and venues alike weigh in about an acceptable fee for using a venue’s grounds for non-wedding photo shoots.

What’s your opinion? >>

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