» Hot Off the Presses: Two New Guides from WeddingWire

We’re delighted to announce the release of two brand-new guides from the editors at WeddingWire. These guides aim to educate and inspire couples as they plan their weddings.

Our 2017 WeddingWire Budget Guide features brand-new statistics and data, money-saving advice from experts, and a helpful tipping section. We frequently hear that couples can’t get enough budget advice, so this guide is sure to be a must-read for anyone planning a wedding.

We all know that having plentiful and delicious food is a major part of any wedding (no one wants hangry wedding guests!), so the WeddingWire Catering Guide is essential reading material. You’ll find catering trends, budget tips, real wedding menus, and much more. One warning: Don’t attempt to read this guide on an empty stomach!

Check out all of our planning guides on WeddingWire and feel free to share them with your clients. Stay tuned for many more guides to come in 2017!

Catering Guide cover photo by Megan Clouse Photography 

» New Event! WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition Boston

On Tuesday, local Boston venues and caterers gathered at the Hyatt Regency Boston for our first ever WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition, an event created specifically for these businesses!

At the WeddingWire Workshop, Pros enjoyed a brief presentation that included the latest insights on today’s engaged couples followed by an interactive Peer Insights Panel. In addition to the presentation and panel, guests also had the opportunity to chat with their local WeddingWire representatives, and network with other local  venues and caterers.

WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition is 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 and WeddingWire Networking Nights.

Thank you to all the wonderful Pros who joined us and participated in the Workshop, including our panelists Jennifer Nicholson from the the Hyatt Regency Boston, Salvatore Degeorge from the Taj Boston, Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara from Unique Weddings by Alexis, and Susan Earabino from Himmel Hospitality, which includes Grill 23 & Bar, Harvest, and Post 390. If you want to continue the conversation with some of the Pros you met at the event, check out the WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition Boston board in the Pro Forums.

We’re excited to share some highlights from the event including the educational presentation, 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 Taylor of the Le Meridien Cambridge, the winner of the WeddingWire prize pack!

WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition Boston
WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition Boston
WeddingWire Workshop: Venues & Caterers Edition Boston
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» Profile of a Wedding Catering Expert

How do you establish yourself as an expert in your industry? Jody and Richard Wimer, Founder and Executive Chef of JPC Event Group, each bring their strengths and skills to the table. Jody started the company in 1998 as a complement to husband Richard’s restaurant. Since then, the couple has expanded their offering, network, and business by keeping their focus on fine ingredients and attention to detail.

What have they done to become so successful? Read below to learn more and get inspired for your own business.

Get Involved. The wedding industry is incredibly network driven. It’s important for you to get out there and get connected with other Wedding Pros and Associations. Jody sits on the Board of Directors of the International Caterers Association (ICA) and Richard is a member of the ICA culinary council. Getting involved not only helps you network, but also will help you stay on top of industry trends.

Showcase Your Work. Word of mouth and referrals are just as important when finding new clients. Get your name out there and show off your past work on your website, blog, and WeddingWire Storefront. Just recently JPC Event Group was written up in Catersource Magazine as well as Views & Voices Magazine. They also became listed as part of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book.

Additionally, Jody is an active featured Wedding Pro on WeddingWire’s blog Wedding Aces, where she shares her advice and inspiration with brides-to-be planning their weddings. Getting your business in magazines and on different websites helps to establish a greater presence in the industry while increasing the possible outlets where potential clients can find you.

Have a recent idea or accomplishment that you’d like to share with your fellow Wedding Pros? Leave a comment below or send us an email.