» Get Published in the WeddingWire SummerBook!

Showcase your work, inspire couples, and grow your business as part of the WeddingWire SummerBook!

Submit photos of your past summer real weddings (late June through late September) and summer-themed styled shoots to be featured in our upcoming e-magazine. If your work is selected, we’ll link to your WeddingWire Storefront and share your photos with thousands of couples across WeddingWire, social media, email and more.

Easily upload your photos at RealWeds.com by Monday, April 13th to be considered! Plus, check out our latest SpringBook to see examples of past real wedding features!

Submit your photos now »

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Photos by Katelyn James Photography

 

» Pro Forum Buzz: Search Engine Ranking, Elopements 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: Search Engine Ranking, Elopements and MoreRanking on Google

Calling all SEO aficionados!  What are your best tips for ranking on Google? Pros weigh in with tips that have worked for them as well as search engine optimization best practices to help a wedding favors Pro boost her search engine rankings.

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How do you feel about elopements?

Some Pros on the Pro Forums have seen an increase in elopement bookings, but it seems like certain categories see more than others. How do you define an elopement? Do you find yourself doing more or less of these? Love or hate them?

Join the conversation >>

Requesting reviews from clients

A wedding planner asks for advice from other Pros to help make asking for a review easier and part of the whole process. Share your best practices and tips on getting current and past clients to review you on WeddingWire!

Share your thoughts >>

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Cleveland

Earlier this week, Wedding Pros gathered at Driftwood Restaurant Group’s Cibreo Privato at Cibreo Italian Kitchen for WeddingWire Networking Night Cleveland!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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 Andy of AJF Photography!

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» WeddingWire World 2015: Recap

WeddingWire World 2015We had an amazing time at WeddingWire World 2015!

The WeddingWire team was thrilled to host two full days filled with education and valuable information from industry experts and special guest speakers, along with networking and fun surprises. Thanks to all our Pros who attended the event!

WeddingWire World guests received great educational information to power their businesses from a variety of presenters, including Bill Rancic of NBC’s The Apprentice, Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, Chef Dana Herbert of TLC’s Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker, and more! Presenters held sessions on a variety of topics, from social media and online reputation to the legalities of small business and search engine optimization.

We hope all attendees enjoyed the conference as much as we did! Some of the highlights included:

  • The addition of Education Alley, where Pros could learn more about our industry partnerships, featured associations and educational resources
  • The opportunity for Pros to meet with our Customer Success team members one-on-one to discuss their WeddingWire accounts
  • A special Networking Night event following the first day’s presentations to offer additional networking opportunities and light refreshments
  • Special sessions held by representatives of LinkedIn, Pinterest, Animoto, The Bridal Society, Wish Upon a Wedding and many more
  • Free professional headshots taken on-site
  • Exciting WeddingWire product updates, including the new WeddingWire Review Manager for Pros mobile app and the upcoming WeddingWire Website Designer
  • Providing trophies for winners of the first year of the Weddi Awards, a new annual awards program for top Pros in the wedding industry
  • The awesome tweets and photos throughout the day to @WeddingWireEDU and using #wwworld across social media channels, giving feedback, top takeaways and more
  • Special prizes and giveaways throughout both days

Finally, a big thank you to our wonderful partners who helped make such a momentous event a success: our event photographers from Lux Photography, DJ extraordinaire David Grimm of Signature Talent, LLC and member of ADJA our music sponsor association, event videographer Jeremiah McLamb of JerFilm Productions, the folks of Open Air Photobooth, floral designs by Intrigue Designs, beautiful furniture from Party Plus Tents + Events, fun favors from Moments on Magnets, coffee talk mood music by Wescottage Music, and headshot photographer George Francis of George Francis Jr. Photography!

Check out some of our favorite photo highlights, below!

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» Introducing…the 2015 WeddingWire SpringBook!

The WeddingWire team is thrilled to share the brand-new SpringBook with you!

We have to admit, we think it’s a pretty great read, particularly to help kick off wedding season. Our newest online-only, interactive magazine features both helpful advice and gorgeous inspiration from wedding pros like you! This season’s e-mag includes:

  • Five stunning spring real weddings, featuring the work of wedding professionals from around the country
  • A must-read bridesmaid guide that covers everything from etiquette to fashion, bachelorette parties, gifts, and more
  • “Breaking Down the Bouquet,” which not only inspires with gorgeous bouquet photos, but provides helpful information on the flowers included
  • Plus, you’ll find scenic venues, registry and wedding-day timeline advice, and much more!

So head over to our full 2015 WeddingWire SpringBook and share your comments and questions with us. If you’re interested in being featured in a future e-magazine, stay tuned for more information on our 2015 SummerBook—we’ll be sharing details very soon!

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Cover photo by Vicki Grafton Photography

» Day 2 of WeddingWire World 2015

Day 2 of WeddingWire World 2015We had a fabulous time at day one of WeddingWire World 2015, and we’re excited to kick off our first official second day of our annual educational users’ conference!

In addition to more opportunities for 1-on-1 time with your Customer Success Manager and a special ‘Coffee Talk’ featuring our guest speakers, day two of WeddingWire World 2015 will feature even more presentations from our industry experts and guest speakers, including Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and several Pro Panels highlighting a number of respected wedding industry veterans.

We’re also happy to announce the chance for attendees to update their  headshots with our featured professional photographer, George Francis, Jr. of George Francis Jr. Photography, plus an awards ceremony to close out the day, recognizing some of our most remarkable Wedding Pros.

Day two of WeddingWire World 2015 will also feature a number of breakout sessions, including:

  • Top Tools to Maximize Your Blog – Andy Ebon, WeddingWire Education Expert
  • Mastering Keys to Limitless Success – Laurie Hartwell, The Bridal Society
  • In His Moment: The Grooms Tell All – Ross Oscar Knight, photographer & author
  • Small Tips for the Big Day: Enhancing the Client Experience – Monte Durham, Bridals by Lori
  • The Importance of Reviews – Alan Katz, Great Officiants
  • Pros with a Passion: Giving back While Gaining More – Ali Phillips & Lacy Branch, Wish Upon a Wedding

As a reminder, don’t forget to follow along with the hashtag #wwworld on Twitter and Instagram to see key takeaways and fun behind-the-scenes photos from @WeddingWireEDU and our amazing guests.

We’re excited to welcome our Pros back today to continue the education and industry insights! Be sure to check back later this week as we continue to share event photos and highlights.

For more information about speakers, presentations and other frequently asked questions, visit WeddingWireWorld.com.

» Day 1 of WeddingWire World 2015

Day 1 of WeddingWire World 2015Today, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, wedding and event professionals from across the world will learn about the latest in the wedding industry and how to keep their businesses on top of the most important channels, including branding, business growth, review management, marketing strategies, networking and more!

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from leading wedding industry professionals, special guest speakers, Education Experts and WeddingWire staff over the course of two full days. Our Customer Success team will be available throughout each day for on-site consultations and help our members take advantage of everything their WeddingWire account has to offer.

Below are a few other helpful day one notes for WeddingWire World 2015 attendees:

  • Check in and start the day in the Potomac Lobby, where WeddingWire staff will be ready and waiting to welcome our Pros with a special gift.
  • Download the ProWire mobile app on iTunes or Google Play and select WeddingWire World 2015 so that you’re able to access everything you need to know, on the go!
  • Catch up and create new connections with your fellow Wedding Pros at our Networking Breakfast from 8am-9:15am.
  • Join us in Potomac AB for main stage presentations, followed by special gatherings and breakout sessions in various rooms throughout the day.
  • Learn more about our industry partnerships and featured associations with educational resources available at the first ever Education Alley, open from 1pm-5:30pm.
  • 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 also welcome guests to post their own behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram for a chance to win a WeddingWire Education Prize Pack (see official rules).
  • Foster the new connections you’ve made throughout the day at our Networking Night reception following the day’s presentations in Eastern Shore 1-3.

Check back tomorrow morning for additional day two information, including a few special surprises for attendees!

Thanks to all the Pros joining at WeddingWire World 2015! For more information about speakers, presentations and other frequently asked questions, visit WeddingWireWorld.com.

» Meet the New (and Improved!) WeddingWire Storefront

Meet the New (and Improved!) WeddingWire StorefrontWe’ve updated the look and feel of the WeddingWire Storefront with a new streamlined design, built with your business in mind!

The new modern, professional look will help your business photos and information stand out. Our goal is to continue to improve and optimize the Storefront to connect wedding professionals and engaged couples and deliver the best experience possible.

Here are a few of the major changes you’ll notice today:

  • New photo carousel highlighting the first fourteen photos on your account
  • Simplified About Us section that is optimized for desktop and mobile visitors
  • Additional ‘Email Vendor’ link to bring you more leads through your Storefront

These updates are based on a test of the new Storefront layout we’ve been displaying to a subset of WeddingWire traffic for several months. In this test we saw a significant overall increase in total leads submitted, so we feel confident that this new layout will help your business put your best foot forward!

In order to see the updated version of your Storefront, click the “Preview” button at the top of the page when you’re in Edit mode. We’ll keep you informed as we continue to update features within our site! As always, we welcome your feedback in the comments below or via this form.

» WeddingWire World 2015: Meet the Speakers

We’re only one week away from WeddingWire World 2015, and tickets are sold out! We’re so excited to welcome hundreds of wedding and event professionals for two full days of education and information to help you grow your business.

In addition to your WeddingWire World favorites like CEO Timothy Chi, CMO Sonny Ganguly and our team of Education Experts, we’re proud to host the following special guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds! Get to know a little bit more about each of them below:

speakers-bill-rancic@2xBill Rancic

Entrepreneur & Author, Winner of NBC’s The Apprentice

Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC’s breakthrough program The Apprentice. The published author of a New York Times best-selling book, Bill wrote “You’re Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life.” This book chronicles Bill’s successful life, experience, and proven advice. He continued to make a name for himself as an author by writing “Beyond the Lemonade Stand” to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents and abilities at an early age. All proceeds from the sale of this book have gone to charity.

speakers-monte-durham@2xMonte Durham

Fashion Director, Bridals by Lori, TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

Monte Durham is the Fashion Director at Bridals by Lori, the South’s premier bridal salon featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. A native of small-town West Virginia, Monte describes his ascension from one-room schoolhouse to the fashion industry as an unlikely story. Before he found his way to bridal, Monte worked in fashion merchandising and hair styling, then made a name for himself as a Washington, DC-based bridal image consultant. His work has appeared in the pages of The Washingtonian, Martha Stewart Living, Brides Magazine, and several other publications. Monte’s no-nonsense fashion commentary and naughty sense of humor have made him a favorite and regular guest on CNN and Fox.

speakers-dana-herbert@2xDana Herbert

Owner, Desserts by Dana, Winner of Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker

Dana Herbert, owner of the award-winning Desserts by Dana, resides in Bear, Delaware. Chef Herbert lives and breathes in the sweet and artistic world of pastry art, where flavor and color come to life in his wonderful wedding cakes, sugar sculptures, custom cakes, and tasty miniature desserts for all occasions. Dana is an expert sugar artist with a number of nicknames. He’s best known as “The Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, but is also known as Delaware’s “King of Cakes.” Dana leads a talented group of cake makers and designers that have been named top 100 Bakeries in the United States by Brides Magazine, routinely receive the Best of Delaware and People’s Choice Award for their amazing cakes. Chef Herbert was named Top Ten Cake Designers in the United States by Dessert Professional Magazine in 2014. Continue reading

» Make Pricing Information Available on Your WeddingWire Storefront

Florists, Videographers, Bands, DJs, Wedding Planners, Ceremony Musicians/Bands, Officiants, Beauty & Health professionals or Lighting & Decor businesses may notice new pricing-related questions within the FAQ section of your WeddingWire account.

Make Pricing Information Available on Your WeddingWire StorefrontThe answers to these basic pricing questions will display on your Storefront and provide important information to engaged couples evaluating your business. Many wedding professionals already provide general pricing information on their business website to set better expectations with consumers, ultimately allowing them to pre-qualify their inquiries and focus on prospective clients who are serious about booking their business.

As you add your pricing information, be sure to check out Alan Berg’s tips for handling pricing questions with potential clients, including:

  • Shift the conversation to focus on your service quality. Couples who ask about price don’t necessarily think price is more important than quality. They’re buying something they’ve never bought before, so use pricing questions as a starting point for a deeper conversation.
  • Make it clear that you’re on their side. Explain that you don’t want them to pay any more than they have to in order to get everything they want. Sharing general pricing information ahead of time means that couples will have a better expectation of your cost and will be more ready to start discussing how they can customize their plan.

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» 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.