» 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 Richmon 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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» Congratulations to the Winners of our December Review Contest!

Congratulations to the Winners of our December Review Contest!During the month of December, we asked WeddingWire couples to leave reviews for their wedding professionals for a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card for themselves AND a $1,000 Amazon gift card for the Pro they reviewed.

We’re happy to announce that the winners of our December Review Contest are Brian and Amanda of Dallas, TX for their review of Black Tie Sounds and Lighting!

To make it easy for our Pros to prioritize and collect reviews, we added pre-populated messaging in the WeddingWire Review Collector tool to help spread the news about the contest. The Review Collector allows premium Pros to create email templates for review requests and schedule them to send on a future date.

When it comes to collecting reviews, WeddingWire is the most trusted resource for engaged couples searching for their wedding team, with over two million reviews and counting! And don’t forget – you can earn awards for the quantity and quality of your reviews through annual programs like the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® and WeddingWire Rated.

While this contest ended in December, we offer an ongoing review program that rewards reviewers with up to $75 in gifts just for writing reviews. Feel free to share with your clients as an added incentive all year round!

Congratulations again to Brian, Amanda and Black Tie Sounds and Lighting, and good luck to all our Pros collecting reviews all year round!

» Pro Forum Buzz: Responding to Reviews, 2015 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, 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: Responding to Reviews, 2015 Weddings and MoreHow do you deal with inaccurate reviews?

Pros discuss the best way to professionally respond to negative reviews, especially those which you feel misrepresent facts or opinions. Feel free to jump in and share your tips for responding to reviews!

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Turning down clients

At what point is it right for your business to turn down a client? If a potential client isn’t the right fit for your business, how do you deal with it? Pros weigh in on possible strategies.

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2015 wedding schedule

How is your 2015 shaping up? Pros across all categories discuss whether or not they’re seeing more or less bookings than in 2014, and what could be affecting the low number of events many Pros are seeing.

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» Customer Success Profile: Katey H.

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!

Customer Success Profile: Katey H.Name: Katey H.

How long have you worked for WeddingWire?

2 glorious years and 7 months!

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

The many opportunities our team has to meet our vendors face to face (through Networking Nights, Mix & Mingles, Workshops and WeddingWire World events). It is incredibly rewarding to meet our advertisers and hear about how WeddingWire has brought them success.

What’s your favorite tip to help Pros?

Utilize your network. A vendor can build a strong reputation by getting their friends, family, clients, and colleagues involved in spreading the word. This can be done via word of mouth, social media, events, email, and the collection of reviews.

How do you keep up with technology trends?

I’m a big fan of following tech blogs. My two favorites are Mashable and TechCrunch. I also follow them on Facebook and learn a lot directly from their posts.

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

Hi, my name is Katey and I’m addicted to Pinterest. Pinterest is a fantastic way to keep up with the ever evolving trends in the wedding industry. I follow all of the top wedding blogs and sites on Pinterest to keep myself informed. I always suggest this to my advertisers – it’s important to know what is trending so that you are well informed when working with today’s couples.

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!

» WeddingWire Networking Night Charlotte

On Tuesday, Wedding Pros gathered at The Westin Charlotte for WeddingWire Networking Night Charlotte!

At the Networking Night, Pros from the Charlotte 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 Greater Charlotte Facebook Community!

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 David Stelzl of Something Gourmet Bakery!

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 Charlotte 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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» Get Featured in the WeddingWire SpringBook

Showcase your favorite spring inspired work, inspire couples, and grow your business reach by being a part of the WeddingWire SpringBook!

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

We are actively looking for the following:

  • Weddings taken place in the springtime within the past two years.
  • Inspiring and creative details (bouquets, centerpieces, stationery, food, favors, and more!) – and lots of ‘em!
  • Submission must include at least 50 photos, mostly in color
  • High-quality images with no watermarks

We can’t wait to see what you share! Easily upload your photos at RealWeds.com by Wednesday, February 4th to be considered for inclusion.

What are you waiting for? Submit your photos »

Submit to the SpringBook

Also, be sure to check out our newly launched WinterBook to see examples of real weddings we love!

Photos by Sun & Sparrow Photography

» Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015: Hear from the Winners

Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015: Hear from the Winners

Last week, we were thrilled to announce the winners of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015!

Our annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in the wedding industry, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with their wedding professionals.

We are always excited to start the year by celebrating the success of these top-rated wedding professionals! In our seventh year of the awards program and now with over two million consumer and peer reviews, we continue to emphasize the power of reviews and their proven impact on these award-winning businesses that are committed to quality, professionalism and top-tier service.

Below is some of the feedback we received from a few of our wonderful winners who have seen how their WeddingWire reviews and awards have helped grow their businesses:

617 WEDDINGS ENTERTAINMENT“Our team is thrilled to be a recipient of the Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 from WeddingWire. Our primary focus is developing a collaborative planning method and empowering couples to actively create their day with us. That’s why we are so proud to have our business practices recognized by our clients on WeddingWire. We could not be more excited to be awarded this distinction by our couples, especially when entering a New Year!”

– Jimmie Espo, 617 Weddings, Woburn, MA

 
Carolina Event Design“It’s always encouraging and humbling to win the Couples’ Choice Awards. Past clients and referrals from WeddingWire are our biggest lead source and avenue for new business. It says a lot about any vendor when they receive so many reviews. And since people are usually pretty honest when reviewing companies, products, and services online, it speaks volumes of any business that receives this award.”

– Heather Bryson, Carolina Event Design, Charlotte, NC

 

For additional information, read the full press release. Congratulations again to all our 2015 winners!

» See the WeddingWire World 2015 Agenda

See the WeddingWire World 2015 AgendaWe are so excited for the two-day lineup at WeddingWire World 2015!

In 2014, we took our award-winning day-long users’ conference on a tour of five U.S. cities. This year, we’re happy to bring WeddingWire World back to its inaugural location, Washington DC, for two full days of education and information to help you grow your wedding and events business.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve filled the two days of WeddingWire World 2015 with amazing guest speakers and experts to get your business motivated and prepared to succeed across all of the most important channels for your business. Below is a quick sampling of some of the new and exciting sessions featuring our fantastic lineup of speakers:

Monday, March 16th

  • Pinstabook: Social Media Must Do’s – Sonny Ganguly, WeddingWire
  • Build Your Professional Brand Online – Alison Mann & Alexander Reznikow, LinkedIn
  • Tough Pricing Questions: Turning “How Much?” into “YES!” – Alan Berg, AlanBerg.com
  • How Marriage Equality Impacts Your Business – Kathryn Hamm, GayWeddings.com
  • Take Your Blogging to the Next Level – Andy Ebon, The Wedding Marketing Network
  • Be Your Own Wedding Publicist – Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting
  • Video Marketing: Creating Quality Content – Animoto, WeddingWire Partner

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» Announcing the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015

Announcing the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015

We are pleased to announce the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015! Our annual awards program recognizes wedding professionals across all service categories based on their overall achievements throughout the previous year.

The Couples’ Choice Awards® represents the top five percent of the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 Wedding Professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The winners are determined by recent reviews in recognition of excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.

The Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 winners were notified via email on January 7, 2015. Recipients also received the official WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 badge within their WeddingWire account, along with access to a suite of marketing tools to showcase the award.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are selected solely based on the reviews from past clients on WeddingWire, the nation’s largest wedding review website, featuring over two million newlywed reviews. To see a list of the winners in your region or category, please visit our Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 page.

Because collecting reviews is an important part of building your wedding business’ online reputation, we’ve teamed up with MOO.com to introduce branded Review Request Cards. Whether you won the Couples’ Choice Award® this year or not, take advantage of this cool new perk – plus, all WeddingWire Moo products are 20% off for WeddingWire members!

Congratulations to all the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 winners!

» Your 2015 WeddingWire Resolutions

Your 2015 WeddingWire ResolutionsNow that it’s 2015 (we can’t believe it either!), your business is likely busy preparing for the influx of 2015 brides and grooms who got engaged over the holidays and will begin planning their dream weddings. But before you hit the ground running, it helps to make a list of your business’ resolutions for the New Year.

For Premium WeddingWire members, many of your business’ resolutions can be tied to tools within your account! We’ve made a list of the top WeddingWire resolutions that will make your business more effective and efficient in 2015.

Take time to re-evaluate your Storefront.

While we suggested it last year, re-evaluating your Storefront should be a recurring task. Update your messaging to include any new products or services, and try to upload some new photos to show potential clients that you always have new, fresh experiences to share.

Make your website work better for you with our Website Widgets.

Engage clients when they visit your website with helpful widgets offered through your WeddingWire Account, including the ‘Contact Us’ widget,the ‘Reviews’ widget, which showcases your recent reviews, and more. WeddingWire Widgets are easy to install – no need for a web developer.

Learn new things by registering for WeddingWire World 2015.

Join us for WeddingWire World 2015 in Washington, D.C. to learn from our lineup of industry experts and special guest speakers about what’s new in the wedding industry. WeddingWire World 2015 will be a two-day event March 16-17, so cross this item off your resolutions list now before prices go up!

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» Most Popular WeddingWire Infographics of 2014

Infographics are a fun way to display information on a specific topic, especially if you have statistics to share! Displaying information in this way is not only more shareable, it’s also easier for your readers to quickly digest and understand. We love infographics and try to create as many as possible for our Pros!

If you loved our top 10 posts of 2014, you’ll love this list – check out the top WeddingWire infographics of 2014, below.

Inclusivity Do’s and Don’ts for Serving Same-Sex Couples10.  Inclusivity Do’s and Don’ts for Serving Same-Sex Couples

Are you interested in serving LGTBQ couples? Whether your business actively serves, is starting to serve, or is open to serving same-sex couples, you can benefit from this great infographic of common do’s and don’ts to better serve all types of couples from WeddingWire Education Expert and President of GayWeddings.com, Kathryn Hamm.
 
 
 
The WeddingWire Mobile Revolution9.  The WeddingWire Mobile Revolution

Today’s engaged couples are tech-savvy and on-the-go, relying on mobile devices to help plan their big day. WeddingWire was built on “mobile-first” thinking to help wedding professionals keep up with today’s busy couples. This infographic has a recap of WeddingWire’s mobile evolution to date, with the goal of helping your business succeed!
 
 
 
How Reviews Impact Your Business’ Success8.  How Reviews Impact Your Business’ Success

Collecting feedback about your business should be part of your sales cycle. Today’s engaged couples are searching for their wedding professionals online, and trust what past clients have to say. One of the best ways to stand out from the competition is through great online reviews! Our infographic has the latest stats about the power of reviews and a few tips to help your business grow your online presence.
 
 
 
Favorite Social Networks for Wedding Pros7.  Favorite Social Networks for Wedding Pros

What’s your favorite way to stay socially connected? We asked our Pros to vote for their favorite social networks in January 2014 – check out our infographic to find out which networks are the favorite social networks for Wedding Pros, and how each ranks in popularity. This infographic will help you determine which networks to focus on in 2015.
 
 
 
5 Ways to Network Your Way to New Business6.  5 Ways to Network Your Way to New Business

Networking is an important part of your business’ growth – being a good networker will help you to get more leads, build a better reputation, and gain more industry knowledge. We know expanding your professional network can be tricky at times, even if you’re a member of an industry association or group. Check out these five tips for networking success from WeddingWire Education Guru Alan Berg.
 
 
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» Join Us (And Monte Durham!) at WeddingWire World 2015!

Join Us (And Monte!) at WeddingWire World 2015!You’ve seen him on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, CNN and Fox, now hear from Monte Durham live at WeddingWire World 2015!

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 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, D.C.-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. For more information on Monte, visit MonteDurham.com.

From Monte’s session, you’ll learn how to put a modern twist on classic traditions, exceed client expectations, and even ask the Martha Stewart Living and Brides Magazine published bridal guru questions of your own. You will also have the unique opportunity to hear from other leading wedding industry professionals and meet with our Customer Success Management team, who will answer your questions and ensure you are able to take advantage of everything in your WeddingWire account.

There’s no better time to get your tickets for WeddingWire World 2015! Prices increase on January 1st, so make sure you save your spot now. WeddingWire World 2015 will offer two full days of education and information to help you grow your business. As a wedding professional, you will become motivated and prepared to succeed across all of the most important channels for your business, including sales, marketing, reviews, networking, and more.

The full WeddingWire World 2015 agenda is coming soon, so stay tuned! We hope to see you March 16-17 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC!