» NACE Experience: Special Savings for WeddingWire Members

NACE Experience logoWeddingWire believes in the value of ongoing education to support your business growth in the wedding industry, and we’re excited to share a special offer to save on tickets to the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience 2016! This three day educational conference for all catering and events industry professionals is being held July 17-20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Register today and save $50 on your ticket by using promo code WPM50E16, applied during checkout.

The NACE Experience includes:

  • Design Experience, a one of a kind interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips
  • Culinary Experience, a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seats as they are being prepared on site
  • National speakers from all over the industry, such as personalities from the Food Network, Hard Rock International, and more

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy breakout sessions, award-winning national keynote speakers, networking with other catering and event professionals, and a Marketplace Expo with top industry companies – including WeddingWire!

For additional details, view the full schedule, speakers, and travel and hotel information, and follow along on social media with #NACEEXP16.

Planning to attend? You’re invited to join the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau for their Wedding Planning Destination Experience 2016, immediately following the NACE Experience 2016. Conference attendees who attend the event receive one complimentary hotel night with their registration!

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» 4 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

In honor of #GivingTuesday, check out our 4 ways to give back this holiday seasonFor busy wedding professionals, it can be hard to find the time to do any extracurricular activities. With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re likely to add shopping, baking, and hosting to your to-do list! There’s no shame in enjoying the holiday season, but it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate and in need of our help.

Since today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back, we thought we’d share a few of the ways you can give back this holiday season:

Volunteer

If you can spare some time out of your packed schedule, volunteering is one of the easiest ways to give back to the community! There are a ton of opportunities to help in your local area – every city has food banks, homeless shelters, animal shelters, youth clubs, or other organizations that could use some extra help around the holidays. There are also plenty of national charitable organizations you can look into for events coming to your area where you can donate your time.

Donate food

There’s typically no shortage of leftover food after a wedding! Instead of letting it go to waste, consider the possibility of donating it to a food bank or shelter in your area. Donating food requires little extra time on your part while benefiting many who are in desperate need. Programs like the New England NACE Feeding Our Neighbors program facilitate this process with local food rescue operations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island – learn more about the laws surrounding food donation here.

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» Join Us at Wedding Trends 2013!

WeddingWire is excited to participate in the Houston Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Event’s annual, award-winning Wedding Trends event! This year, the theme is Weddings, Wired: New Texas Trends and our own Sonny Ganguly, CMO, is the featured presenter.

We hope to see local Houston Pros on Wednesday, April 17th from 5:30-10:00pm at the Bell Tower on 34th for an evening of great education on industry trends, food and fun. Wedding Trends 2013: Weddings, Wired, New Texas Trends will offer the latest trends in the wedding market with regards to theme, décor, food and beverage, fashion and entertainment.

In addition to the presentation, attendees will enjoy delicious specialty drinks and enjoy a wide array of Texas-style snacks. Don’t miss out; get your ticket today!

Additionally, we hope to meet local Houston Pros at our WeddingWire Networking Night Houston on Tuesday, April 16th from 6:00-8:00pm. This free networking reception will bring together local Pros to mix and mingle, meet members of the WeddingWire team, and enjoy a brief educational presentation by Sonny. Learn more and register here!

We can’t wait to see you in Texas!

» WeddingWire @ NACE – New England

This past Tuesday, Sonny Ganguly, WeddingWire’s CMO,  joined the New England chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) for their September monthly meeting at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Just over 50 Wedding Pros from the Boston area attended and enjoyed the evening. Members enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by opening remarks and an educational presentation by Sonny who discussed ‘Let’s Go Fishing: How to Catch Brides in the Digital World.’ He shared tips and trends on leveraging online resources, social media, mobile marketing and the next wave of technology to find customers. Members were also invited to bring new or used Childrens’ Clothing to help support Cradles to Crayons. A special thanks to Person + Killian Photography for their images!

Other members of the WeddingWire team in attendance were Molly Lanigan, the local Boston representative, and Erica Smith Cohen.

Here are a few photos from the event:


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