» Pro Forum Buzz: 2015 Pet Peeves, Closing Sales Emails, 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!

Biggest pet peeves for wedding professionals2015 pet peeves

Pros blow off some steam by venting about their biggest pet peeves of 2015 so far. Complaints include grammar mistakes, awkward requests, and drunken bridal party members. Share your biggest pet peeves or check out what other Pros are saying!

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Tips for closing sales emails

One of WeddingWire Education Guru Alan Berg’s best sales closing tips is to always end your email with a question to keep the conversation going. Do you use this tip? What questions do you use at the end of your emails? Pros offer their best practices.

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Mentoring a potential competitor

Where do you draw the line between mentoring someone and potentially giving away your hard-earned industry experience and trade secrets? A photographer shares her experiences with a colleague who is new to the industry, and seeks advice for how to handle a tricky situation.

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Same-Sex Wedding Advice, Contract Mistakes, 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!

Same-sex wedding adviceSame-sex wedding advice

A venue coordinator is about to host her first same-sex marriage and wants to make sure she doesn’t offend the two brides. Other experienced Pros offer advice for same-sex wedding etiquette and special considerations for newer traditions.

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Handling contract mistakes

What happens when you make a mistake in your initial contract? A southern wedding planner seeks advice on a contract mistake which has resulted in an unexpected fee. Who should be responsible for paying the difference?

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Working with verbal contracts

A beauty Pro expresses her frustrations regarding a client who keeps changing the services requested, but there is no written contract to enforce. How do you suggest she work with this client to find a good solution based on a verbal contract?

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Client Complaints, DIY Nightmares, 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!

Clients working with vendorsTop client complaints

A Pro shares a link to our wedding forums where brides discuss their most frustrating interactions with wedding professionals. On the board, Pros talk about the most common complaints and how they address them in their own businesses.

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DIY nightmares

A florist seeks advice for dealing with couples who incorporate do-it-yourself elements into the décor. What happens when something goes wrong with the client’s DIY? Whose responsibility is it to come up with an alternate plan? Pros chat about what to do.

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Experience with wedding expos

Is it OK to register for wedding expos even if you don’t plan on purchasing a booth? A Pro seeks advice from others about wedding expo best practices and following common courtesy with other professionals in the industry.

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» Pro Form Buzz: SEO Tips, Blogging Questions, 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.

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SEO tips for top rankings

In a Tech Tuesday post from WeddingWire Associate Director of Customer Success Brendan McClellan, Pros discuss SEO tips to help them climb to the top of search results. Plus, WeddingWire Education Expert Andy Ebon weighs in on whether or not to consider using multiple domains.

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Blogging questions

A Pro asks for help in coming up with blog post topics and tips for blogging consistently. Other Pros share their own blogs and blogs that they follow to make blogging easier, and some share their conventional wisdom based on the impact blogging has had on their search engine rankings.

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Putting together a styled shoot

A wedding planner asks for help when putting together a styled shoot. She feels she’s spending more money and time on the shoot than other Pros involved, and she wonders if that’s how it normally goes. Pros give their opinions on what she should expect and how to avoid the same issues going forward.

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Getting on Google, Counterfeit Wedding Dresses 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.

Pro Forum Buzz: Getting on Google, Counterfeit Wedding Dresses and MoreHere’s what Pros are talking about this month in the WeddingWire Pro Forums!

Getting on Google

What are your best SEO tips for boosting Google search ranking for your business’s website? WeddingWire Pros weigh in to help a new business learn how to optimize their website and online properties in order to rank higher in search results.

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Counterfeit wedding dresses

Pros talk about a recent segment on Good Morning America about counterfeit wedding dresses and why it’s not a good idea to order items with a drastically-reduced price from unfamiliar websites.

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Vendors sampling at a wedding

Should other vendors working at a wedding be able to sample food or drinks during cocktail hour? Pros debate whether or not it’s generally considered acceptable, and who should have the final say – the couple or the venue.

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Fall 2015 Bookings, Contract Advice 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: Fall 2015 Bookings, Contract Advice and MoreContract advice

Do you allow anyone other than the engaged couple to sign a contract? If the bride or groom isn’t the person paying for your services, is the paying party authorized to sign the contract? Wedding Pros from various categories share their experiences.

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Fall 2015 bookings

Pros discuss their bookings so far for the 2015 fall season and whether or not they have the capacity for more. Also discussed: booking patterns, booking variances by month and what constitutes a “busy” month for different types of Pros.

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Sharing price quotes

An Invitations Pro believes that her prospects and some wedding planners are using her price quotes to haggle with competitors in the area. Have you ever experienced this sort of situation? How would you prevent price-shopping clients from ruling you out right from the beginning?

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Search Engine Ranking, Elopements 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: Search Engine Ranking, Elopements and MoreRanking on Google

Calling all SEO aficionados!  What are your best tips for ranking on Google? Pros weigh in with tips that have worked for them as well as search engine optimization best practices to help a wedding favors Pro boost her search engine rankings.

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How do you feel about elopements?

Some Pros on the Pro Forums have seen an increase in elopement bookings, but it seems like certain categories see more than others. How do you define an elopement? Do you find yourself doing more or less of these? Love or hate them?

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Requesting reviews from clients

A wedding planner asks for advice from other Pros to help make asking for a review easier and part of the whole process. Share your best practices and tips on getting current and past clients to review you on WeddingWire!

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Reasonable Pricing, Contact Forms 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: Reasonable Pricing, Contact Forms and MoreThe word “reasonable”

When a client uses the word “reasonable,” what do you understand that to mean? Pros talk about the best way to communicate with clients who want to lower your price, and how to help them understand what is actually considered reasonable in the wedding industry.

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Adding contact information

Where do you post your contact information on your business’ website? On a topic fresh from this month’s educational webinar with Alan Berg, Pros discuss best practices for contact forms to help get more qualified inquiries.

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Joining area Facebook Groups

Do couples in your market participate in local Facebook Groups to discuss wedding planning? Pros talk about how these groups are a new trend among couples and vendors alike, and how some vendors are trying to advertise or argue on these pages in an inappropriate way. Continue reading

» 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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» Pro Forum Buzz: Best of 2014

Every day, wedding professionals are talking about a variety of topics in the WeddingWire Pro Forums. We regularly read these conversations to see what’s trending in the industry and how we can help our community of Pros. Some conversations attract Pros from all categories to weigh in on important topics and offer advice where possible – those are our favorite discussions!

Below we’ve identified some of the best WeddingWire Pro Forums conversations of 2014 – join in on these now or create your own to start preparing for 2015.

Pro Forum Buzz: Best of 2014Working without a guest list

What do you do when your clients won’t provide you with a clear (or at least estimated) guest count? Pros weigh in with their opinions on handling the situation and provide advice for explaining why a guest list is so important for wedding professionals.

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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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How to coexist with photographers

For DJs, caterers and wedding planners, it’s important that the newlyweds stick to a schedule for the reception, but often photographers need more time than allotted to get all the right shots. What suggestions can you offer to ease this type of situation?

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Raw Video Footage, Declining Weddings & 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: Raw Video Footage, Declining Weddings & MoreProviding raw footage to clients

Videographers: do you provide unedited, raw video footage to your clients? Do you charge a fee? Professionals discuss the possible pros and cons of selling raw footage of a client’s wedding day and how to handle any backlash.

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Declining weddings

When is it acceptable to decline working or performing at someone’s wedding? Wedding professionals discuss this topic as it relates to situations like prison weddings and how discrimination laws come into play.

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Attracting destination wedding couples

Destination Pros: How do you attract couples shopping for destination wedding? Join the conversation and exchange marketing tips from both vendor and consumer points of view.

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» Pro Forum Buzz: Welcome Kits, Marketing Advice 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: Welcome Kits, Marketing Advice and MoreWhat’s in your welcome kit?

Do you provide a welcome kit for your clients? If so, what’s in it? Pros discuss the value of creating these kits for new clients, and what is seen as important to have versus nice to include.

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Advice for invitations Pros

A Pro is looking for creative and out-of-the-box ideas to help propel her invitations business forward in this changing world of predominantly online shoppers.  Jump in and join the debate!

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Feeling a little burnt out

What do you do at the end of a long season when you’re feeling completely burnt out? Pros discuss the feeling and their tips for rest and rejuvenation into the next season!

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