» First Look: WeddingWire World Chicago

We are so excited for WeddingWire World Chicago coming up on Monday, August 11 that we can’t wait to show off the iconic venue – The Art Institute of Chicago.

WeddingWire World Chicago is the third of five stops on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014, but it’s actually the fifth WeddingWire World event we’ve had since our first WeddingWire World in 2012. With our inaugural WeddingWire World held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, we’re continuing our tradition at another fantastic venue known for its vast cultural and educational value.

The Art Institute of ChicagoFirst Look: WeddingWire World Chicago (AIC) is known for representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public. With an exterior as beautiful as the interior, the building itself is a legendary landmark in the city of Chicago. The collections therein, however, are what really make the AIC shine – with over 260,000 works of art, it’s a beautiful place to get inspired!

Here’s what you can expect from WeddingWire World Chicago at The Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Beautiful event spaces – with the main presentations taking place in the Rubloff Auditorium, guests will enjoy luxurious, multi-tiered seating along the main floor and upper balcony. With our Customer Success Station in the Millennium Park Room and breakout sessions in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, you’ll have access to a number of lovely park views and distinguished architecture.
  • Great networking opportunities – since the city of Chicago and surrounding communities have a huge number of wedding and event professionals, you’ll be provided with several networking opportunities to connect with other Pros both within your service category and outside of it. WeddingWire World Chicago is a perfect time to meet and greet new people!

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» 2013 WeddingWire Annnual Survey: Key Takeaways

In order to provide the best experience for our wedding and event professionals, we rely on feedback through ongoing surveys and conversations with our members. One of our biggest sources of feedback is our annual WeddingWire survey specifically focused on your business needs. Surveys like this help us learn what we’re doing well and how we can improve.

At the beginning of 2014, we sent the annual survey focused on 2013 to our entire membership and we thought you might be interested in the response!

WeddingWire's 2013 Annnual Survey: Key Takeaways

» WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids

Tuesday night, Wedding Pros gathered at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids 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 our raffle winner! Congrats to Patti Zylstra of Catered Creations, Inc., the winner of a WeddingWire prize pack!

Finally, as mentioned at the conclusion of the presentation, we encourage you to take advantage of your free registration for WeddingWire World Chicago! As a WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids 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!

WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids

WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids

WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids

WeddingWire Networking Night Grand Rapids

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» Pro Forum Buzz: WeddingWire World Chicago, Unplugged Weddings 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!

WeddingWire World Chicago

Our WeddingWire World Tour 2014 is coming to Chicago! WeddingWire World is a great place for Pros to network and learn the latest from industry experts. Have you heard about it? Are you going? Start networking for the event now!

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Pro Forum Buzz: WeddingWire World Chicago, Unplugged Weddings and MorePut down those cell phones

A wedding photographer who has had a lot of ruined photos as a result of amateur guest “photographers” seeks advice from wedding planners on how to address mobile usage during wedding ceremonies. What is your advice on how to “unplug” a wedding?

Offer your advice >>

How do you turn an email/price inquiry into a booking?

Email leads: How do you answer the dreaded “How much?” question? Have you found a successful method for converting email leads and short price inquiries? Vendors everywhere tackle this same topic – seek or give your advice here!

Share your thoughts >>

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Milwaukee

Monday night, Wedding Pros gathered at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts for WeddingWire Networking Night Milwaukee!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee 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 our raffle winner! Congrats to Kimberly Wesler of Wesler Photography, the winner of a WeddingWire prize pack!

Finally, as mentioned at the conclusion of the presentation, we encourage you to take advantage of your free registration for WeddingWire World Chicago! As a WeddingWire Networking Night Milwaukee 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!

WeddingWire Networking Night Milwaukee

WeddingWire Networking Night Milwaukee

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» WeddingWire Workshop Toronto

Yesterday, local Toronto Wedding Pros gathered at the Eglinton Grand for one of our WeddingWire Workshop events, 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 learned more about eventOS tools, met their local WeddingWire representatives, and enjoyed light snacks and beverages while networking with other local Pros after the training session.

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. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop Toronto 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 evening possible:

Finally, congrats to Jorge Pineda of 586 Event Group, the winner of a WeddingWire prize pack!

WeddingWire Workshop Toronto Team

WeddingWire Workshop Toronto

WeddingWire Workshop Toronto

WeddingWire Workshop Toronto

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» Inside WeddingWire: Collaborate 2014

Every summer, the entire WeddingWire team to comes together for a day of team-building, learning and fun at WeddingWire Collaborate.

Collaborate is a one-day off-site conference for WeddingWire staff. The first half of the day is when all employees come together for an extensive all-hands meeting where we reflect on accomplishments made so far this year and followed by important updates about our upcoming ideas, products and programs. The afternoon is spent doing team-building activities which bring together members of different departments to work together, problem solve, communicate and get creative!

This year, we celebrated Collaborate 2014 at The Westin Annapolis! Our team-building activities were facilitated through two representatives from TrainingPath, who led our staff through a variety of games designed to create situations where our team had to work together (or against each other!) to reach a common goal. While it was all “fun and games,” our staff realized our greater potential working together to achieve the best results. Our Executive Team also unveiled this year’s Collaborate video, which featured a spoof of a famous scene in the movie Zoolander.

A special addition this year was our involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County! We were proud to welcome members of the BGCAA who explained their organization and the importance of their work. To thank BGCAA for all their great work in the community, our team built and donated bikes for the children in the organization! We had a great time building bikes for kids whose lives will be changed dramatically by receiving such a seemingly small gesture.

We capped the day with food and cocktails, and reflected on another great WeddingWire Collaborate! Check out some of the photo highlights below.

WeddingWire Collaborate 2014

WeddingWire Collaborate 2014

WeddingWire Collaborate 2014

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» WeddingWire Workshop Boston

Yesterday, local Boston Wedding Pros gathered at the Courtyard Boston Downtown for one of our WeddingWire Workshop events, 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 learned more about eventOS tools, met their local WeddingWire representatives, and enjoyed light snacks and beverages while networking with other local Pros after the training session.

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. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out our new WeddingWire Greater Boston Facebook community!

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 evening possible:

Finally, congrats to Julian Sayles of Team Sayles Music & Lighting, the winner of a WeddingWire prize pack!

WeddingWire Workshop Boston

WeddingWire Workshop Boston

WeddingWire Workshop Boston

WeddingWire Workshop Boston

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Providence

Monday night, Wedding Pros gathered at the Providence Biltmore for WeddingWire Networking Night Providence!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Providence 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 Providence 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, congrats to Lynda Williams of Formal Hair and Makeup Design, the winner of a WeddingWire prize pack!

WeddingWire Networking Night Providence

WeddingWire Networking Night Providence

WeddingWire Networking Night Providence

WeddingWire Networking Night Providence

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» Inside WeddingWire: Fun Summer Activities

It’s July 4th, a day to celebrate the freedom we have as a nation and the hard-working men and women who got us here. At WeddingWire, we know we have a lot of “freedoms” in our office that make our company a great place to work (and we’re hiring!).

So far this summer we’ve been working hard on new events, products and promotions that will help our Pros succeed, but we’ve also made time for summer fun. After all, one of our favorite mottos is “Work Hard, Play Hard!” As the days have gotten longer, our team has been enjoying the weather and good vibes.

Below are a few of the ways we’ve been celebrating our freedoms at WeddingWire HQ so far this summer!

Inside WeddingWire: Fun Summer ActivitiesA night out with the Nationals

Since we’re located in Chevy Chase, MD, we like to take advantage of fun activities within Washington, DC. In June, WeddingWire staff was able to reserve free tickets for a game at Nationals Park, where we got to enjoy a night of baseball in the nation’s capital! Many departments took the game as an opportunity to bond as a group and welcome new team members.

Ping Pong tournament

Many staff members at WeddingWire love ping pong (we have a table in our café), so we hosted an internal tournament complete with an official bracket! 40 players signed up, and the tournament took place over a full week before the exciting final match which the full office was invited to watch.

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» 4 Ways to Better Your Blog [INFOGRAPHIC]

Blogging can have a powerful impact on your business’ online brand exposure! Starting a blog is easy, but many find that blogging consistently and optimizing their blog for a good user experience can be difficult.

Whether you are new to blogging, post frequently or looking for new ways to boost your online exposure, these 4 recommendations will help better your blog’s impact and take your wedding business to the next level.

4 Ways to Better Your Blog

For more blogging tips, check out the recent webinar, Blog Your Way to a Better Business in the Education Center within your account.

» One More Reason to Collect Reviews This July

Give your clients another reason to write a review about your wedding business!

One More Reason to Collect Reviews This JulyThis July, invite your clients to review you on WeddingWire and let them know they’ll automatically be entered to win $1,000! Each review they write is another chance to win, so be sure to let them know that writing a review of your business on WeddingWire could mean money in the bank.

We want to help your business collect all the reviews you can get this July! Reviews are important for your wedding business because they create consumer trust in your business and show consistency in your work. Plus, reviews can actually help increase your number of inquiries – our research shows that average Storefront traffic increases 123% for Pros with 11-20 reviews.

We know that the summer is busy for many Wedding Pros, and it can be hard to get couples to follow up after the big day. In addition to the prospect of winning $1,000, here are a few ways to help you collect reviews from your past clients:

  1. Give them time. Don’t ask for a review the day after the wedding – they’re most likely on their honeymoon (and not checking email!). Wait 2-3 weeks following the event to make the request.
  2. Use the WeddingWire Review Collector tool to create a template for your review request email. You can schedule it to send at a certain date and time following an event, so you can set it and forget it.
  3. Follow up if they don’t write your review right away. Give them a few days to get to it, and then send a gentle reminder.
  4. Reply to all your reviews, whether good or bad. Writing a review is not a requirement for your past clients, so say thanks to the glowing reviews and reply professionally to the not-so-glowing reviews. Anyone who reads your replies afterward will know you learn from each experience.
  5. Show off your reviews on your website, blog, social networks, newsletter, email signature or even in your showroom! Couples will see your rave reviews and look forward to the moment when they’ll get to write their own.

Share our sweepstakes with your clients – it’s a win-win! We’ve got pre-populated messaging in the Review Collector to help you spread the word when you request reviews, and you can share with your clients on your website, social networks, emails and more.

If you have any additional questions regarding our July review sweepstakes, please see our Official Rules.

Interested in increasing your online reviews? Find out how WeddingWire can help your wedding business manage your online reputation.