» 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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» It’s Here! The 2014 WeddingWire FallBook

It may still feel like summer outside, but at WeddingWire we’re dreaming about fall foliage, pumpkin-flavored everything, apple-picking…and of course, fall weddings! That’s right, our 2014 WeddingWire FallBook is finally here, and we’re thrilled to share it with you! As always, our newest interactive magazine features fresh inspiration and advice from Wedding Pros like you – in fact, over 200 WeddingWire Pros are featured in this issue. Check out just a sampling of the features:
It’s Here! The 2014 WeddingWire FallBook

  • We interviewed over 30 caterers for our WeddingWire Catering Guide, where the Pros share their top advice for wedding-planning couples.
  • Our Groom’s Guide will help guys with the wedding planning process from start to finish (there’s even some tips from the grooms on the WeddingWire team!).
  • We received an incredible number of real wedding submissions on RealWeds.com, and had the hardest time narrowing it down to just four! Check out the amazing real weddings featured in our FallBook.
  • Plus, you’ll find beautiful vineyard wedding venues from around the country, reception styling ideas, unique bouquets, colorful accessories, and more!

Be sure to check out our full 2014 WeddingWire Fallbook and feel free to share your comments and questions with us. Interested in being featured in our upcoming e-magazines or WeddingWire in general? Check out RealWeds.com for more information on submitting real weddings. While we’re not officially on the hunt for winter real weddings just yet, watch this space for the big announcement!

» WeddingWire Named in the Inc. 500|5000 List for Third Consecutive Year!

WeddingWire Named in the Inc. 500|5000 List for Third Consecutive Year!We’re excited to announce that WeddingWire has ranked on the Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies for the third consecutive year since 2012!

This year, we’re ranked number 741 out of 5000. The list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, presenting the most comprehensive look at America’s entrepreneurial businesses, while recognizing superior innovation and industry initiative.

Last year, WeddingWire ranked second among Maryland job creators in the second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards (our second consecutive year on the list!), 79th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ and, 309th on the Inc. 500 list in 2012.

Every year we look forward to raising the bar by creating innovative technology solutions for our valued clients, and we’re continually grateful to our outstanding network of wedding and events professionals who have been our partners in success. Thanks to all the Pros who’ve helped us reach this point!

Read more about this exciting announcement in our official press release.

» WeddingWire Networking Night Salt Lake City

Tuesday night, Wedding Pros gathered at This is the Place Heritage Park for WeddingWire Networking Night Salt Lake City!

At the Networking Night, 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 educational 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 Salt Lake City 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 excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Irene Bozich of Utah Vows!

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

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» WeddingWire Networking Night San Francisco

Monday night, Wedding Pros gathered at The City Club of San Francisco for WeddingWire Networking Night San Francisco!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the San Francisco 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 educational 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 Greater Area San Francisco Facebook page!

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

We’re excited to announce the winner of our WeddingWire Prize Pack! Congrats to Darold Parcon of Flix in Motion!

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

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Payment Services, Creating Reception Energy 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, Pros 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 Pro Forums!

Mobile credit card processors

Which service do you use to process mobile credit card payments, Square or PayPal or another service? Pros weigh in on the different rates as well as customer service issues for the various service providers.

Add your thoughts >>

DJs: Creating energy on the dance floor

A DJ’s job during the reception is to create energy through music to get people on the dance floor. Some couples, though, don’t enjoy dancing, which can affect the energy of the whole reception. What’s your advice for working with this type of couple?

Give your advice >>

Accepting final payments

When do you accept final payments from your clients? Some Pros add a specific date in their contracts, while others accept final payments within a certain time frame such as the month or week before.

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» First Look: WeddingWire World Houston

We can’t wait to host WeddingWire World Houston on Monday, October 20 at the brand new JW Marriott Houston Downtown, and we wanted to give our Pros a first look at this luxury venue!

WeddingWire World Houston is the fourth of five stops on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014, which has so far hosted fantastic events in Miami, DC and Chicago. We’re less than two months away from our Houston event, and we’re getting excited about the prospect of hosting at such a lovely location.

First Look: WeddingWire World HoustonSet in Houston’s first skyscraper, the JW Marriott Houston Downtown is a new hotel that eloquently carries the rich legacy of Houston into modern day. When it opens to the public in September 2014, the JW Marriott Houston Downtown will also offer direct access to the tunnel system which is ideally located on both rail lines, ensuring plenty of opportunity to explore nearby attractions.

Here’s what you can expect from WeddingWire World Houston at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown:

  • Stunning event spaces – named after famous artists, the event rooms at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown match the contemporary elegance of the rest of the hotel. As you wander from Picasso to Monet during breakout sessions and up to Dalí to meet with one of our customer success representatives, you’ll get beautiful views of downtown Houston to keep you inspired.
  • Plenty of networking – as the fourth largest city in America, Houston provides the perfect backdrop for WeddingWire World Houston attendees to network and connect with other Pros both within your service category and outside of it. WeddingWire World Houston is a perfect time to meet new members of the WeddingWire community, as well as members of our staff!

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» Share Event Photos on EventWire and Celebrations.com with RealEventPics!

Share Event Photos on EventWire and Celebrations.com with RealEventPics!

We hope you’ve checked out RealWeds.com, where you can submit real wedding photos for publication on WeddingWire and Project Wedding. But what about photos from all of those non-wedding events, from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to birthday parties to baby showers, corporate events, and more?

We’ve just launched RealEventPics.com, where you can share your non-wedding event photos for editorial publication on either EventWire or our partner site, Celebrations.com! You can learn more about the submission process, upload your photos directly through the form, and share all the details of the event with us.

If you are selected for a feature, your work will be credited and we will link to your EventWire Storefront, and the Storefronts of all vendors who participated in the event. Being featured in editorial is a great opportunity for publicity for your business. Any questions? Email realevents@eventwire.com for more information!

» WeddingWire World Tour 2014: Chicago

WeddingWire World Tour 2014: ChicagoWe had a great time at WeddingWire World Chicago!

The WeddingWire team was thrilled to come together with hundreds of wedding and event professionals for full day of education and valuable information from industry experts, along with networking and fun surprises. Thanks to all our Pros who attended the event!

Our guests received great educational information to power their businesses from our team of presenters. Sessions included main stage presentations from WeddingWire Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, and Kathryn Hamm in addition to several presentations from WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly. We were also pleased to include a panel of local wedding professionals, featuring Holly O’Neil of Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens LLC, Mike Staff of Mike Staff Productions, Taneel Fraley of The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, David Rothstein of David Rothstein Music and Carolyn Burke of Carolyn Burke – Wedding Coordinator/Officiant.

WeddingWire World Chicago also featured two breakout session tracks, which gave attendees the option to choose between sessions on a variety of topics, including blogging, same-sex weddings skill sets, and a deeper dive into WeddingWire tools.

We hope all our Pros enjoyed the day as much as we did! In addition to the main presentations and educational sessions, some highlights from the day include:

  • Starting the day learning more about guests in attendance and playing a special version of bingo at the Networking Breakfast
  • The opportunity for Pros to meet with our Customer Success team members one-on-one to discuss their WeddingWire accounts
  • The great key takeaways tweeted throughout the day to @WeddingWireEDU using the hashtag #wwworld
  • A new networking roundtable session to facilitate new connections both within Pros’ service category and with other types of local professionals
  • Announcing the winners to our raffle prize drawings, including an iPad mini, WeddingWire prize pack, Amazon gift card and tickets to WeddingWire World 2015 in DC
  • Free t-shirts and luggage tags for all attendees

Finally, a big thank you to our fantastic partners who helped make this event a success: event photos by Colin Lyons Photography, acoustic guitar tunes provided by Jim Perona Guitar, Inc and the beautiful venue provided by The Art Institute of Chicago!

For more information on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014 and to see where we’ll be headed next, be sure to check out www.WeddingWireWorld.com.

Check out some of the photos below, and see our full event album on the WeddingWire Chicagoland Facebook community!

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» Today is WeddingWire World Chicago!

Today is WeddingWire World Chicago!WeddingWire World Chicago is the third of five stops on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014!

Today, at The Art Institute of Chicago, wedding and event professionals from the Chicagoland 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 have the unique opportunity to hear from leading wedding industry professionals and special guest speakers, and our Customer Success team will be available all day 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 Chicago attendees:

  • Check in and start the day in the Columbus Lobby, where WeddingWire staff will be ready and waiting to assist you.
  • Download theProWire mobile app on iTunes or Google Play and select WeddingWire World Chicago 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-9:30am.
  • 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 Chicago area? Join the WeddingWire World Tour in a city near you – there are still two tour stops left! Check out the schedule and sign up to get updates to find out when tickets are available by visiting http://weddingwireworld.com/.

» MONDAY: WeddingWire World Chicago

MONDAY: WeddingWire World Chicago

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

The 2014 WeddingWire World Tour officially kicked off in June with WeddingWire World Miami and was quickly followed by WeddingWire World DC, and we’re excited to bring our full day conference to a new city on the WeddingWire World Tour – Chicago!

WeddingWire World Chicago 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. Attendees will also have opportunities for some 1-on-1 time with Customer Success Managers as well as several chances to network with other local Pros at our Networking Breakfast and Cocktail Reception.

WeddingWire World Chicago will also feature a number of breakout sessions, including:

  • Make Blogging Your Business – Andy Ebon
  • Walk the Talk: Refining Your Same-Sex Wedding Skill Set – Kathryn Hamm
  • Peer Insights: Service Category Networking Roundtables – Chicago area Pros
  • Reach. Attract. Impress. WeddingWire Tools for Success – Kyle Mihalcoe

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 Chicago, including full schedule and session locations, please visit http://www.weddingwireworld.com/chicago.