» 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!

WeddingWire Workshop Seattle

WeddingWire Workshop Seattle

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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!

» Updates to Your WeddingWire Analytics Reporting

Updates to Your WeddingWire Analytics ReportingWe’re excited to announce that as of May 1, 2015 your WeddingWire Storefront traffic in your account Analytics is reported through Google data services and displays Storefront Visits in place of Storefront Clicks.

In order to provide more in-depth Analytics information, we transitioned to Google data services. Google Analytics is regarded as the industry standard for traffic reporting, and we want to provide a consistent experience when reporting your Storefront traffic.

Here’s the breakdown of the new metrics you’ll need to understand and how the data points differ:

  • Unique Visits: A unique visit consists of the activity of a single user on your Storefront. A unique visit ends when a user is inactive for more than 30 minutes. Unique Visits do not reflect how many times someone clicks on tabs and links within your Storefront or how often a single user returns to your Storefront during the visit.
  • Storefront Visits: Cumulative monthly unique visits to your WeddingWire Storefront compared to the median number of visits to other Storefronts in your region and service category.

In reporting Storefront Visits instead of Clicks, you now have a more transparent view into the number of unique visitors viewing your Storefront each month. This update – based on feedback from our members – will give you access to enriched Analytics and set the foundation for future Storefront data improvements.

It’s important to note that your Website Click and Review data within Analytics will remain upunchanged during this update! While we have updated some functionality over the past year, our goal is to continue to surface more information to you in future versions. If you have any feedback or improvement requests based on these updates, please complete this form.

WeddingWire Analytics, along with guaranteed directory placement, is only available to premium WeddingWire members. Learn more about upgrading at vendors.weddingwire.com or get started by contacting us at sales@weddingwire.com.

» WeddingWire Mix & Mingle San Diego

Yesterday afternoon, San Diego wedding professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla for WeddingWire Mix & Mingle San Diego!

At the Mix & Mingle, Pros from the San Diego 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 presentation, the WeddingWire Education Guide, and great photos from the afternoon (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 San Diego board in the Pro Forums!

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

Finally, we’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack: Congrats to Sean Oliver of High Power Prodcution!

WeddingWire Mix & Mingle San Diego
WeddingWire Mix & Mingle San Diego
WeddingWire Mix & Mingle San Diego
WeddingWire Mix & Mingle San Diego
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» 1,000 Reasons to Love May Review Contest

1,000 Reasons to Love May ContestIn addition to fresh flowers and warmer temperatures, WeddingWire is giving your clients 1,000 more reasons to love spring.

During the month of May, each wedding review written on WeddingWire is another chance for your clients to win $1,000! Invite your clients to review you all month long and they could win money just in time for the summer months.

We know that the spring and summer months can be extremely busy for many wedding and event professionals, and it can be hard to get couples to follow up after the big day. The prospect of winning some extra cash is a great incentive to motivate your clients to write a review of your business!

Remember that customers look at the quality, quantity, recency and consistency of your reviews, meaning that you should be collecting at least one review each month. And with 88% of consumers trusting online reviews as much as personal recommendations, reviews go a long way towards building your online reputation.

To make it easy to share this contest with your clients, we’ve added pre-populated messaging in the Review Collector to help you spread the word when you request reviews. Additionally, you can share with your clients on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, as well as within your emails and more. Each review written during the May review contest is another chance to win, so start collecting now!

If you have any additional questions regarding our December reviews contest, please see our Official Rules.

» Infographic: 8th Birthday Milestones

As we celebrate this important day for WeddingWire, we want to extend a huge thank you to all the amazing wedding and event professionals, large and small, who have been part of the journey to reach this moment in our company’s history.

To continue celebrating WeddingWire’s 8th birthday, we’ve created with an infographic that showcases our transformation over the past eight years!

Infographic: 8th Birthday Milestones

» Celebrating WeddingWire’s 8th Birthday

In 2007, newlywed Timothy Chi had first-hand experience in how painful wedding planning could be. As a technologist, he knew there had to be a better way. His mission: to create a more transparent, online marketplace to help engaged couples and merchants connect online.

In the past eight years, WeddingWire has grown that idea to become the largest and most trusted online marketplace in the wedding industry. We’ve come a long way from where we began, but our focus on helping wedding professionals reach more couples remains unchanged.

Despite some major updates, wedding professionals have always been at the forefront of WeddingWire.com. Just take a look at our homepage in 2007 compared to 2015:

Celebrating WeddingWire’s 8th Birthday

Not only has WeddingWire grown, we’ve been a proud partner in helping our community of wedding and event professionals grow, too. We simplify their daily business needs by unifying lead generation, marketing, and business management tasks, all while helping them to generate leads by providing online exposure. Below are some wedding business growth stories we’re happy to receive (and share)! Continue reading

» WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Salt Lake City

Yesterday afternoon, Salt Lake City wedding professionals gathered at Pierpont Place for WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Salt Lake City!

At the Mix & Mingle, Pros from the Salt Lake City 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 presentation, the WeddingWire Education Guide, and great photos from the afternoon (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 Salt Lake City board in the Pro Forums!

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

Finally, we’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack: Congrats to Cherie Johnson of Mon Cherie Catering & Events!

WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Salt Lake City
WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Salt Lake City
WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Salt Lake City
WeddingWire Mix & Mingle Salt Lake City
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» WeddingWire Workshop Denver

Yesterday, local Denver Wedding Pros gathered at The Denver Athletic Club for WeddingWire Workshop Denver, 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 account. 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 Frontrange Floral, Mountains and Meadows, Lyssabeth’s Colorado Wedding Officiants, and Ignight Entertainment. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop Denver 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 Heather of Wedding Treasures Bridal & Tuxedo, the winner of the WeddingWire prize pack!

WeddingWire Workshop Denver
WeddingWire Workshop Denver
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» Support Marriage Equality with #WedWeCan!

Support Marriage Equality with #WedWeCan!

Today, April 28th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court will hear cases on the matter of marriage equality from four states: Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The cases have been consolidated under the name of the Ohio case, Obergefell v Hodges, and will test two questions: whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage and whether states have to recognize the same-sex marriages of other states.

Currently, same-sex marriages are legal in thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and the status of marriage equality is on stay pending appeal in seven additional states where the constitutional bans were overturned.

We’ll be watching and waiting for a decision from the Court into May or June, but in the meantime we would like to invite our community of wedding and event professionals to show your support for marriage equality and join our Wed We Can movement!

Wed We Can was developed from the partnership between WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com, the leading niche-based wedding planning resource and boutique, dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999. The campaign represents our shared investment in and commitment to the unions of all loving couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Today, we’re unveiling a new logo for same-sex marriage supporters to share across their favorite social networks. We invite you to share images of what love means to you with the hashtag #WedWeCan, and help us make history as one movement that stands for marriage equality and a commitment to be inclusive of all couples!

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Fall 2015 Bookings, Contract 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: Fall 2015 Bookings, Contract Advice and MoreContract advice

Do you allow anyone other than the engaged couple to sign a contract? If the bride or groom isn’t the person paying for your services, is the paying party authorized to sign the contract? Wedding Pros from various categories share their experiences.

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Fall 2015 bookings

Pros discuss their bookings so far for the 2015 fall season and whether or not they have the capacity for more. Also discussed: booking patterns, booking variances by month and what constitutes a “busy” month for different types of Pros.

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Sharing price quotes

An Invitations Pro believes that her prospects and some wedding planners are using her price quotes to haggle with competitors in the area. Have you ever experienced this sort of situation? How would you prevent price-shopping clients from ruling you out right from the beginning?

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» Top Wedding Planning Tools for Your Clients

Top Wedding Planning Tools for Your ClientsAs the wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community know, we’re committed to providing the top tools to help Pros build, manage and grow their businesses. What many wedding professionals may not know, however, is that WeddingWire is also a valuable resource for brides and grooms! We not only help them find their perfect professionals, we also provide tools to help them plan each important detail related to their wedding.

The more educated and organized couples are before they make an appointment with your wedding business, the better understanding they’ll have of the value of your service and all the ways you can help them plan and execute their wedding vision. Find out more about the wedding planning tools we offer for engaged couples below!

Wedding Websites

Creating a wedding website is a great way for couples to put all the pertinent information regarding the Big Day in one place for all their friends and family to see. Your wedding clients can personalize their WeddingWire wedding website easily with our sleek new website editor that even allows couples to use their own photo as a custom backdrop for the design. Couples can create their own custom web address and interact with guests before, during and after the wedding with a social guestbook. Plus, our wedding websites are mobile and tablet friendly, with a stacked design that displays perfectly no matter what device your clients prefer.

Wedding Budget

One of the most important aspects of wedding planning – not to mention one of the first tasks necessary to start booking wedding professionals – is to set the budget. The WeddingWire budget tool helps your clients track spending across all service categories by suggesting budget allocations for each part of the wedding. Couples can then add or remove line items depending on their specific needs, as well as redistribute funds based on which areas are most important to them. Your clients can also set up payment schedules by recording due dates and creating payment reminders to make sure nothing falls through the cracks! A good understanding of their budget will help couples understand the true value of the different service categories, which means they’ll be better prepared for your appointments.

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