» Highlights from Wedding MBA 2014!

The WeddingWire team had a fantastic three days of education, meeting wonderful wedding Pros, and fun at the annual Wedding Merchants Business Academy 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

Missed the event or want to recap some of the best moments? Here are some of our favorite highlights from the conference!

Great education:

Our team enjoyed checking out all the great educational presentations for Wedding Pros, which included five WeddingWire sessions hosted by WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly and CEO Timothy Chi. Additionally, WeddingWire Education Experts Alan Berg, Andy Ebon, Kathryn Hamm and Meghan Ely all shared their expertise with engaging sessions and Wed Talks throughout the conference.

Finally, be sure to check out our new Education Guide e-magazine for great tips to take your business to the next level including how to get more reviews, networking musts, marketing strategies, client tips and more.

Meeting wonderful wedding Pros:

Industry conferences such as Wedding MBA and WeddingWire World are a great opportunity to get to meet some of the fantastic wedding and event Pros we work with in person! Attendees stopped by WeddingWire’s main booth and lounge for one-on-one account support sessions, to say hello and meet team members, re-charge devices at our Power Stations, and learn more about WeddingWire.

After parties:

Every year, we host our annual WeddingWire party to bring together the team and attendees for an evening celebration to have fun and mix and mingle. This year, we had a blast at the Ling Ling Club, located within Hakkasan in the MGM Grand.

Also, we were excited to sponsor the Wedding MBA’s first ever networking Happy Hour event on Wednesday evening to have a drink and chat with new friends. A special thanks to our partners The Slow Motion Photo Booth and A Very Special Day for the fun pictures and awesome entertainment.

Fun surprises:

We love to share our “WeddingWire swag!” This year, each WeddingWire session had its own themed t-shirt, along with a bonus party t-shirt. Additionally, we had fun sharing our duel action stylus-pens, WeddingWire koozies, WeddingWire shades, brand bags, and more limited edition swag such as a teal hoodie and mobile charger.

To go along with our Back to the Future presentation theme, we also were excited to showcase a real Delorean in the Lounge, with special thanks to Delorean International Las Vegas NV, and a 3D Printer in action to showcase the future of tech.

Want to get an insider’s look at Wedding MBA? Check out some photos below and on WeddingWireEDU’s Instagram, and also review the Wedding MBA edition of our Featured Pro Tweets series.

What were your favorite Wedding MBA 2014 moments? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Timothy Chi presenting at Wedding MBA

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» Featured Pro Tweets: Wedding MBA 2014

In our Featured Pro Tweets series, we highlight great comments that we receive to @WeddingWireEDU. All this week, WeddingWire staff and our team of Education Experts joined Wedding Pros from across the country at Wedding MBA 2014 in Las Vegas!

WeddingWire had a great time at the conference with our presentations, meeting wonderful Wedding Pros from throughout the country and abroad, having one-on-one sessions at our Expo booth, and chatting at our Power Stations as Pros charged devices. Finally, we celebrated an exciting week at our WeddingWire after party at Ling Ling Club, located on the third floor of Hakkasan Nightclub in MGM Grand Las Vegas!

Check out some Twitter highlights of the conference! Thanks to all the Pros who tweeted us while at Wedding MBA 2014, and we hope to see you all next year!

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» Will We See You at Wedding MBA 2014?

Will We See You at Wedding MBA 2014?Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to participating in the Wedding Merchant Business Academy (Wedding MBA), one of the largest educational conferences in the industry.

Wedding professionals from throughout the U.S. and beyond gather in Las Vegas for several days of engaging seminars from industry leaders, networking and fun. We are excited to share what WeddingWire will be up to at the event this year, which will be held from September 16-18th.

Here’s what we will be up to at this year’s Wedding MBA:

Education & Learning

  • Main stage presentations from WeddingWire Execs Timothy Chi (CEO) and Sonny Ganguly (CMO) including Back to the Future: What’s Next in Tech, The Social Experiment, Transformers: The Responsive Generation and more!
  • Great new and engaging presentations from our WeddingWire Education Experts including Alan Berg, Andy Ebon and Kathryn Hamm. Check out the full agenda here.

The Expo Experience

  • We are excited to announce the addition of a new WeddingWire Lounge! Come meet with members of our team, discuss your WeddingWire account, and take a breather from the busy day in the lounge.
  • Grab surprise WeddingWire swag and t-shirts at our main WeddingWire booth.
  • Conferences can quickly drain your smartphone or tablet! Stop by to charge your devices at our Power Stations located at our WeddingWire Lounge and Education Expert booths throughout the Expo to keep your battery going all day long.  Continue reading

» Wedding Winners: The 5 Things They Do Differently

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This post is by Shannon Underwood, the V.P. of Wedding MBA.  The Wedding MBA is America’s largest convention of wedding professionals dedicated to the business side of the wedding business. Register today and access your special rate as a WeddingWire member by signing up with this link. Check out highlights from Wedding MBA 2013 for an inside peek at the conference!

In this busy and competitive industry, we all want to be Wedding Winners! Below are the 5 keys to what makes a powerful ‘Wedding Winner.’ Follow these tips to learn how to effectively stand out as a top notch wedding Pro, a build stronger business, and get more clients this year.

Wedding Winners: The 5 Things They Do DIfferentlyWedding Winners raise the stakes 

Wedding Winners maximize their brand exposure at the best events for their business. Invest in a presence top bridal shows and local branding opportunities to establish your business name and reach your target audience. Remember that you get out what you put in, so make your presence known and don’t be afraid to market yourself!

Wedding Winners WANT to be where their competitors are and leverage brand exposure methods such as online sites, local magazines or shows. You will never hear them saying, “I don’t want to be listed with them because so many photographers, florists, caterers, etc., are already doing so!”  Wedding Winners like being associated in publications along with their top competition so they will also be seen by the best and get the largest relevant brand reach!

Wedding Winners never say no to creative ideas

Wedding Winners’ language reflects their excitement for working with a potential wedding couple throughout the planning process.  They treat every lead with respect. Receptive to new ideas, they can’t wait to try concepts outside of their comfort zone and add to their portfolio, while helping to bring the couples’ vision of their perfect day to life.

 Wedding Winners take their contracts seriously

The most successful small businesses uphold signed contracts with minimal exceptions.  They don’t need the added stress of determining which reasons would qualify for a cancellation. Why? Because they relied on this wedding to take place on this day.

Detrimental reliance means that you, as a small business owner, have relied on the fact that you are contracted for a wedding on this date and will be compensated accordingly. You might have turned down several brides and grooms to make yourself and your services available.  Based on your anticipated business volume, you may even have purchased a piece of equipment to provide better service for those contracted weddings.  Be sure to add a legal clause to your contracts to protect your business, and make all expectations clear. Wedding Winners are professional and courteous in dealing with any issues so as to maintain their strong brand reputation, and they never back out of their agreement expectations. Continue reading

» Don’t Miss Wedding MBA 2014!

Every year, wedding professionals look forward to Wedding MBA, one of the largest educational conferences in the industry for several days of engaging seminars from industry leaders (like WeddingWire’s own CMO, Sonny Ganguly), an exciting Expo, networking and fun – all in fabulous Las Vegas.

Considering attending next year’s Wedding MBA? Save big by getting your ticket before the New Year! Prices increase on December 31st at midnight – and save an additional $20 just for being a WeddingWire member using our special link!

Want to learn more? Visit Wedding MBA’s website for more information, and check out our event highlight post from last year’s conference on our WeddingWireEDU blog. Treat yourself this holiday season and take a step towards building your business expertise next year by registering today!

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» Highlights from Wedding MBA 2013!

The WeddingWire team had a fantastic three days of education, meeting wonderful wedding Pros, and fun at the annual Wedding Merchants Business Academy (WMBA) 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada!

We are already looking forward to next year! Don’t miss Wedding MBA 2014, and lock in the lowest ticket price with a WeddingWire discount today, here!

Here are our top 5 highlights from the conference:

1) Great education: Our team enjoyed checking out all the great educational presentations for Wedding Pros, which included four WeddingWire sessions, such as ‘Star Tech Generation Boldly Go Where No Pro Has Gone Before’ and ‘Planet of the Apps – How to Tame the Mobile Jungle’ to name a few. Additionally, WeddingWire Education Guru, Alan Berg, presented several times, with sessions such as ‘Make Your Fortune – One Cookie at a Time.’ Want more? Be sure to check out our new Education Guide for great tips to power your business from social media cheat sheets to sales strategies and much more.

2) Meeting wonderful wedding Pros: Industry conferences such as Wedding MBA and WeddingWire World are a great opportunity to get to meet some of the fantastic wedding and event Pros we work with in person! Attendees stopped by WeddingWire’s main booth for one-on-one account support sessions, to say hello and meet team members, and learn more about WeddingWire’s Network and tools.

3) Partying at the Palms: Every year, we host our annual WeddingWire party to bring together the team and attendees for an evening celebration to have fun and mix and mingle. This year, we partied at ghostbar in the Palms Casino & Resort, with a breath-taking view of Vegas from 55 stories up!

4) Powering businesses on-the-go: During the conference, guests were able to stop by our three Power Stations to charge their devices and re-boost during a busy day of note-taking, social sharing and photo ops.

5) Fun freebies: We love to share our “WeddingWire swag!” This year, each WeddingWire session had it’s own themed t-shirt, along with a ‘Work Hard: Play Hard’ bonus party t-shirt. Additionally, we had fun sharing our duel action stylus-pens, WeddingWire koozies, WeddingWire shades, and special edition Las Vegas themed glasses at our booths.

Want to get an insider’s look at Wedding MBA 2013? Check out some photos below, our Facebook album, some highlights from WeddingWireEDU’s Instagram, and also the Wedding MBA edition of our ‘Featured Pro Tweets’ series.

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Were you at Wedding MBA? Let us know your highlights by commenting!

» Featured Pro Tweets: Wedding MBA!

In our Featured Pro Tweets series, we highlight great comments that we receive to @WeddingWireEDU. Last week, WeddingWire team members, including CEO, Timothy Chi and CMO, Sonny Ganguly joined Wedding Pros throughout the country at the annual Wedding MBA conference in Las Vegas!

WeddingWire had a great time at the conference with our presentations, meeting wonderful Wedding Pros from throughout the country and abroad, having one-on-one sessions at our Expo booth, and chatting at our Power Stations as Pros charged devices. Finally, we celebrated an exciting week at our WeddingWire after party at the Palms Casino & Resort’s ghostbar.

Check out some Twitter highlights of the conference! We hope to see you all next year!




 

 

 

 

» Gearing up for Wedding MBA 2013!

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WeddingWire is excited to attend and present for the 6th consecutive year at the Wedding Merchant Business Academy (MBA) convention next week in Las Vegas!

Wedding MBA is the nation’s largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding industry. Each year, Will and Patti Hegarty bring together wedding industry specialists to provide expert advice and tips for all types of wedding professionals.

This year, WeddingWire will be sharing our expertise on a variety of topics in four sessions:

1. Tuesday, 11:00am – Star Tech Generation: Boldly Go Where No Tech Has Gone Before

WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly and CEO Timothy Chi detail the latest emerging technologies and their growing importance in our daily lives.

2. Tuesday, 5:00pm – Planet of the Apps: How to Tame the Mobile Jungle

Sonny shares his secret mobile tips to help you embrace your mobile future.

3. Wednesday, 5:00pmWhy Clients Buy: How to Develop, Manage and Succeed

Boost your business reputation with our advice for developing stronger relationships with your customers and effectively managing your client interactions.

4. Thursday, 11:00am – Your Playbook for Success: Take Home the Winning Strategies for Your Business

Join Sonny to learn how you can be your business’ MVP using a variety of tools to market your business and reach your desired clients.

Also look out for WeddingWire Education Expert Alan Berg, who kicks off the first seminar on Tuesday and closes out the conference with the last seminar on Thursday.

Finally, be sure to stop by our booth (6104)  to chat with WeddingWire experts for one-on-one account support  and to get some fun swag items. Additionally, stop by one of our three Power Stations and charge up your devices during the day!

Want to receive mobile text updates about our sessions, resources and swag from the conference? Text WMBA to 69979 to opt-in to our SMS messages! (Standard messaging rates apply.)

Can’t wait to see many Pros next week in Vegas for Wedding MBA 2013!

» Register Now and Save Big for Wedding MBA!

Don’t miss out on one of the biggest annual educational events in the industry! WeddingWire is excited to speak for the 6th consecutive year at the Wedding Merchant Business Academy (MBA) convention in Las Vegas, this October 1-3. Great news! Register and save $120 as a WeddingWire member

Wedding MBA is the nation’s largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding industry, with three exciting days of the latest wedding industry news, trends, and tips to grow your business and book more clients!

Don’t miss out on all the great education from industry leaders, including presentations by WeddingWire CEO, Timothy Chi and CMO, Sonny Ganguly, who will cover a wide range of topics from the latest technology trends, to how to effectively manage clients, to top marketing musts this year! In addition to industry leading education seminars, enjoy fun freebies at the event Expo and unwind at evening networking parties on the Las Vegas Strip.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to take advantage of the best price of the year and exclusive WeddingWire member discount, and register today.

» Sweetest Deal of the Year: Wedding MBA 2013!

Don’t miss out on one of the biggest industry events of the year! WeddingWire is excited to be speaking for the 6th consecutive year at the Wedding Merchant Business Academy (MBA) convention in Las Vegas, October 1-3, 2013.

We are also pleased to announce an exclusive discount currently available for WeddingWire members!

Sign up today and save $120 using the WeddingWire Registration page. Current pricing ends this Thursday, February 14th, so be sure to secure your ticket before the price increase!

Wedding MBA is the nation’s largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding industry. The conference is full of great education, including presentations by WeddingWire CEO, Timothy Chi, and CMO, Sonny Ganguly.

Treat yourself to three days of amazing education for Wedding Pros this Valentine’s Day, and take advantage of the best price of the year for Wedding MBA 2013!

» Sign Up for Wedding MBA 2013 and Save Big!

The WeddingWire team had a great time at the Wedding Merchant Business Academy (MBA) this fall and we’re already getting excited for next year!

Wedding MBA is the nation’s largest annual educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding industry. This year, WeddingWire gave 5 presentations by CMO, Sonny Ganguly, and CEO, Timothy Chi, who presented on pressing industry topics including what’s next in technology, big business ideas for small businesses, the importance of going mobile and much more. The WeddingWire team also had a great time mixing and mingling with Pros at our swag booth and Charging Station during the Expo, and at the WeddingWire rooftop party at Ghostbar in the Palms Casino & Resort!

Interested in attending next year? Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to save big through Wednesday, October 31st!

Sign up today and save $120 off the current registration price with early bird registration and an exclusive WeddingWire member discount. Tickets sell fast and pricing increases throughout the year, so act soon and save big!

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas next fall!

» Featured Pro Tweets: Wedding MBA!

In our Featured Pro Tweets series, we highlight great comments that we receive to @WeddingWireEDU. This week, WeddingWire team members, including CEO, Timothy Chi and CMO, Sonny Ganguly joined Wedding Pros throughout the country at the annual Wedding MBA conference in Las Vegas!

WeddingWire had a great time at the conference with our five presentations, enjoying the opportunity to meet and mingle with wonderful Pros, share awesome WeddingWire swag including five custom t-shirts, and celebrating at the WeddingWire party at Ghostbar in the Palms Resort & Casino!

This week, we are highlighting some of the awesome tweets and great photos shared by you from the Wedding MBA conference!

Thanks to all the Pros who stopped by the WedidngWire main booth and Charging Station. We hope you enjoyed Wedding MBA as much as we did, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Keep tweeting to @WeddingWireEDU, we love to hear from you!