» WeddingWire Workshop Phoenix

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

At the WeddingWire Workshop, Pros gathered for a comprehensive presentation on the tools available within the Clients Tab of a premium members’ WeddingWire account. In addition to learning these tips, attendees also enjoyed a Peer Insights Panel discussion, 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 Brilliant Bridal, ASU Kerr Cultural Center, Bamboo Bakery and DePoy Studio. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop Phoenix 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 Charles of Redstone at Oak Creek Country Club, the winner of the WeddingWire prize pack!

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» Welcoming Wedding Planner (Bodas) to the Family!

Welcoming Wedding Planner (Bodas) to the Family!We are thrilled to announce that WeddingWire has acquired Wedding Planner, S.L., the largest operator of online wedding sites across Europe and Latin America. Today’s acquisition now makes us the global industry leader powered by a team of over 650 talented employees.

Over the past eight years, we’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the number one resource in North America that connects engaged couples with trusted wedding professionals. The acquisition of Wedding Planner accelerates our international expansion across 12 countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Mexico and Brazil. We have market-leading brands, including Bodas.net, Matrimonio.com and Casamentos.com.br, that create the largest global resource for online wedding planning from Washington D.C. to Honolulu, and now also from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro.

WeddingWire will continue to provide the same great service that our wedding and events professionals are accustomed to – there will be no change for businesses on WeddingWire. Our team remains focused as a partner in success to deliver business to our community.

We hope you’ll join us in taking a moment today to celebrate this union and welcome all the new members of our family!

For additional information, please visit global.weddingwire.com.

» Customer Success Profile: Shayna D.

Did you know that all premium WeddingWire Pros have access to a dedicated Customer Success representative?

Our Customer Success Team is there to share ideas and tips to help you get the most out of your account. No matter if you have a specific question or you’d like recommendations on best practices, the WeddingWire Customer Success team is dedicated to helping you grow your business.

In our Customer Success Profile series, we interview a member of our Customer Success team each month. Get to know your Customer Success representative and learn more about how they can help your wedding business!

NCustomer Success Profile: Shayna D.ame: Shayna D.

How long have you worked for WeddingWire?

3 years and 2 months

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part of my job is getting the opportunity to talk to so many different Pros each day. I really feel like I am helping them grow their businesses and I love when I hear about their success with WeddingWire. I recently moved into my market and I really enjoy being able to make a stronger connection with my local Pros, but I’m also excited to see how I can become more of a face in the local wedding community!

What’s your favorite tip to help Pros?

I always share with my vendors how important reviews are. People today use reviews to evaluate everything, from a restaurant to a dentist to a plumber. Weddings are the biggest day in a couple’s life, so they are going to want to read reviews to find out what to expect. Even if your business gets a lot of bookings through word of mouth, couples are still going to go to search your business name and expect to find reviews.

How do you keep up with technology trends?

I read blogs all the time. I am big on business and tech blogs such as TechCrunch and Mashable. I think we live in a tech-focused world and it’s great to see what is new.

How do you keep up with trends in the wedding industry?

I love Pinterest and Instagram. I think both platforms are great for inspiration but also to see what’s trending!

If you’d like to learn more about the WeddingWire Customer Success Team or find out who your Customer Success representative is, please email pros@weddingwire.com!

» Pro Forum Buzz: Reasonable Pricing, Contact Forms 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: Reasonable Pricing, Contact Forms and MoreThe word “reasonable”

When a client uses the word “reasonable,” what do you understand that to mean? Pros talk about the best way to communicate with clients who want to lower your price, and how to help them understand what is actually considered reasonable in the wedding industry.

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Adding contact information

Where do you post your contact information on your business’ website? On a topic fresh from this month’s educational webinar with Alan Berg, Pros discuss best practices for contact forms to help get more qualified inquiries.

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Joining area Facebook Groups

Do couples in your market participate in local Facebook Groups to discuss wedding planning? Pros talk about how these groups are a new trend among couples and vendors alike, and how some vendors are trying to advertise or argue on these pages in an inappropriate way. Continue reading

» An Insider’s Look at WeddingWire World

We can’t believe that we are just one month away from WeddingWire World 2015! This year marks our fourth annual educational conference for wedding and events Pros, and will be bigger and better than ever before. Get excited for a special two days full of brand new presentations, amazing speakers, networking opportunities and (of course) lots of fun.

The WeddingWire World team had our final walk-through of the beautiful event space at the Gaylord National Resort outside of Washington, DC last week. We are excited to share a sneak peek of where the conference is taking place in the photos below! Now the only thing missing is our conference décor, wonderful Pros like you and some fantastic speakers! We’re proud to feature entrepreneur and winner of The Apprentice Bill Rancic, wedding style icon Monte Durham from Say Yes to the Dress, sales expert Alan Berg, tech predictor Sonny Ganguly and many more.

Have you gotten your ticket yet? Don’t delay; there are only a limited number of tickets left! Be sure to grab yours now at the discounted rate of just $199 through February 20th.

Get all the event details!

Look below for a sneak peek of where the event will be taking place!

View from the Main Stage

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» WeddingWire Workshop Atlanta

Earlier this week, more than a hundred local Atlanta Wedding Pros gathered at the Loft at Castleberry Hill for WeddingWire Workshop Atlanta, an event focused on managing your business!

At the WeddingWire Workshop, Pros gathered for 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 enjoyed a brief panel presentation, 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 Hip & Hitched and Unique Events. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop Atlanta 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 Daphne Simpson of Elite Designs, the winner of the WeddingWire prize pack!

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» WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Jacksonville

Yesterday afternoon, Wedding Pros gathered at The River Club for WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Jacksonville!

At the Mix & Mingle, Pros from the Jacksonville 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. 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, 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 Mix & Mingle Jacksonville 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:

We’re also excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Jay Rockwitz of A-1 Majestic Sound!

Finally, as mentioned at the conclusion of the presentation, we encourage you to take advantage of your discounted registration for WeddingWire World! As a WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Jacksonville attendee, you may use the promo code provided at the event for your ticket. Please email events@weddingwire.com if you have any questions!

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» Hear What Pros Are Saying About WeddingWire World!

Have you gotten your ticket yet for WeddingWire World? Don’t miss two full days of education guaranteed to drive your personal and professional success this year! Hear what Pros like you have to say about WeddingWire World – from the educational seminars, to the networking opportunities and fun surprises.

This year, we are excited to be hosting our first two-day educational conference for wedding and event professionals in Washington, DC on March 16-17th. From well known speakers such as wedding trends expert Monte Durham and winner of NBC’s The Apprentice Bill Rancic, we have a killer line up of speakers, never before seen presentations and much more.

Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what the Pros have to say about past WeddingWire World conferences.

“WeddingWire World in 2014 was a great opportunity to network David Rothstein Musicwith professionals in a wide variety of wedding related fields. You can learn from top wedding vendors and attend seminars from the biggest names in the wedding marketing business. It’s a great way to pick up some new ideas and get a quick dose of inspiration. Bring your business cards, notepad and you’re bound to come away with new friends and new ideas.”

David Rothstein, David Rothstein Music

Ceremonies by Bethel “I was so glad that I took the time and effort to attend WeddingWire World!  It was a day filled with education, inspiration, and connections with many great wedding pros.  And, a very-needed chance to focus ON my business and not just another day IN my business.”

Bethel Nathan, Ceremonies by Bethel

 

Classic Catering & EventsWeddingWire World was filled with great ways to market your wedding business. The speakers were knowledgeable and passionate about their topics. The best part was it was interesting and fun to listen! They truly wanted wedding professionals to succeed. The day was very educational filled with thoughtful and insightful views from WeddingWire, for an array of wedding vendors.”

Emily Klutts, Classic Catering & Events

Get your tickets today. Prices increase on February 20th! Questions? Email events@weddingwire.com and we will be in touch soon.

We can’t wait to see you in March!

» WeddingWire Networking Night New Orleans

On Monday, Wedding Pros gathered at the JW Marriott New Orleans for WeddingWire Networking Night New Orleans!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the New Orleans 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. 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, 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 New Orleans 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:

We’re also excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Lauren Wightkin of Swiss Confectionery!

Finally, as mentioned at the conclusion of the presentation, we encourage you to take advantage of your discounted registration for WeddingWire World! As a WeddingWire Networking Night New Orleans attendee, you may use the promo code provided at the event for your ticket. Please email events@weddingwire.com if you have any questions!

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» Add Pricing Information to Your WeddingWire Storefront

If you’re a Ceremony and Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Caterer or Photographer you may have noticed new pricing-related questions within the FAQ section of your WeddingWire account.

Add Pricing Information to Your WeddingWire StorefrontThe answers to these basic pricing questions will display on your Storefront and provide important information to engaged couples evaluating your business. We’ve implemented this addition after our researched showed that 88% of WeddingWire couples want to see pricing information before they reach out to a vendor. After months of collecting feedback from industry professionals and vendors across all service categories, we are excited to start sharing this important information on WeddingWire.

Many wedding professionals already provide general pricing information on their business website to set better expectations with consumers, ultimately allowing them pre-qualify their inquiries and focus on prospective clients who are serious about booking their vendors.

Pricing questions are customized for each service category and currently apply only to venues, rehearsal dinner venues, caterers and photographers; however, we will gradually introduce custom FAQ and pricing updates for all categories over the coming months.

Be sure to check out Alan Berg’s tips for handling pricing questions with potential clients, including:

  • Tell the client why you charge what you charge, not just what you charge. We offer you the ability to upload a PDF in addition to answering generally pricing questions. This will help your business better qualify what you offer and share different packages available.
  • Leverage online reviews to let past clients do the selling for you. We already took care of this one for you! Since the information will show on your Storefront where couples are also able to easily view your past client reviews.

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» Review Your Fellow Pros with Endorsements

Review Your Fellow Pros with EndorsementsCollecting feedback about your wedding business is an important part of your business’ growth. With over two million reviews collected so far on WeddingWire.com, we know that reviews play a huge role in a business’ online reputation in today’s modern world!

Did you know that in addition to collecting reviews from your clients, you can also collect endorsements from other wedding professionals through your existing WeddingWire account?

Think of an endorsement as a review from a fellow wedding professional. Reviews from your clients show potential clients how well your business delivered on the day of the wedding or event, but endorsements from other professionals help potential clients see how credible your business is amongst your peers. Both reviews and endorsements, together, give a full picture of your business’ reputation.

Not convinced? Here are three reasons why professional endorsements should be part of your feedback process:

  • Getting professional references has never been easier. Easily receive endorsements for your skills and business practices from other Wedding Pros you’ve worked with and build more credibility with potential new clients.
  • Build instant credibility and strengthen your professional brand. Accumulating endorsements from other local Wedding Pros will instantly add credibility to your business and show that your professional network recognizes your work.
  • Endorse the Pros you know and give back to your peers. Endorsing other businesses is a great way to recognize your colleagues and help strengthen your peer connections within your network.

Use the Pros I Know tool to send or accept invitations to connect with other wedding and event professionals you know or have previously worked with. You can easily navigate between your connections, those you sent invitations to, and those who you received invitations.

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Richmond

Last night, Wedding Pros gathered at Maggiano’s Little Italy for WeddingWire Networking Night Richmond!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Richmond 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. 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, 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 Richmond 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:

We’re also excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Andrea Pesce of Andrea Pesce Photography!

Finally, as mentioned at the conclusion of the presentation, we encourage you to take advantage of your discounted registration for WeddingWire World! As a WeddingWire Networking Night Richmond attendee, you may use the promo code provided at the event for your ticket. Please email events@weddingwire.com if you have any questions!

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