Wedding Wisdom

Ways to Cultivate Relationships with Vendors

By Leah Weinberg, Color Pop Events

 

As a wedding planner, people naturally assume that the couple is my only client and that my sole focus is to make the couple happy. But honestly, I approach my services with a bigger picture perspective. When most of my business comes from word of mouth referrals, it’s not enough just to impress the couple. I’ve got to wow their families and their guests, and most importantly, I’ve got to shine for my fellow vendors working the wedding with me. In short, if you want to excel as a wedding planner, treat the other wedding vendors like a client.
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Wedding Wisdom

Building Wholesale Relationships to Increase Your Bottom Line

By Audrey Isaac, 100Candles.com

When your business is running efficiently, your marketing and pricing are just right, and your team is top-notch – so, what’s next? What options do you have for increasing revenue and pushing your bottom line to the next level? It’s time to build profitable wholesale relationships.
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Wedding Wisdom

The Key to Building and Nurturing Relationships with Creative Partners

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By Kevin Dennis, WeddingIQ

 

Having a strong network can bring value to your business in a multitude of ways – from bringing in new referrals to having someone who can help you out in a pinch, there’s no doubt that building strong relationships with creative partners can be a positive asset for your company.

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Wedding Wisdom

FREE DOWNLOAD: Top Ten Lists That Will WOW Your Brides

 

A top priority for business building is creating valuable content that attracts the right type of client. It’s easy to feel frustrated with the process of constantly creating new things for your current and potential clients to consume without feeling repetitive and bland. To help you get out of stuck, we’ve created a fun download that will jumpstart your creativity with “Top Ten” lists. Lists are a great way to convey information about trends, venues, and tips in a way that’s easy to read and share. Click the download below to get your free printable version.

Like what you see? Share your “Top Ten” on Facebook and tag us! We’d love to see your work.

Business Tips

FREE DOWNLOAD: What Do You Need In A Wedding Day Emergency Kit?

 

Being a wedding planner means not only being there to support the couple, but the bridal party as well. Creating an emergency kit ahead of time is a great way to head off any incidents that could derail an otherwise perfect event.

Most wedding planners of some sort of kit that goes along with them to events, but for Joyce Barbour of Be Our Guest Event Services, an emergency kit is simply “invaluable.”

“When I took my course to become a wedding planner in one of our lessons it mentioned a good planner is always prepared with an emergency kit,” said Barbour. “I don’t think that we have had an event where at least one or more items in our kit have been needed.”

So what should you include when assembling a kit of your own? Here are a few suggestions:

 

  • Hairspray
  • Bobby Pins & Extra Hair Accessories
  • Mints or Gum
  • Feminine Products
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Tape (body tape, masking tape, & double-sided tape)
  • Scissors
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Pain Reliever
  • Bandaids
  • Antacid
  • Cough Drops
  • Allergy Medicine

 

To create an emergency kit of your own, assemble products in a clearly labeled, waterproof container and here’s an extra tip from Barbour: “Remember to always replace the items before your next event.”

 

Ready to create your own kit? Download this eye-catching guide here:

 

Special thanks to Joyce Barbour of Be Our Guest Event Services for providing her valuable insight. You can learn more about Joyce and her planning services at www.beourguesteventservices.com

Business Tips

Tips for Staying Calm When You Have Multiple Events in One Day

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By Heather Jones, Wente Vineyards

 

Working multiple events on the same day can be an overwhelming concept to even the most experienced of event professionals. Ultimately, this scenario comes with a lot of moving pieces – there’s no way around that. Whether you run a venue, a planning company, or other large-scale event services company, taking on multiple events on the same day can be advantageous when it comes to the bottom line, but the effort nearly doubles to guarantee that each is treated with the same level of professionalism and detail.

At our property, we have several venues available for weddings and special events and we often find that we’ll have multiple celebrations onsite on one day. So, the question is – how do you manage the logistics of numerous events and ensure that each and every one goes off without a hitch?

 

Assign points of contact

Rather than trying to balance the changing needs of every event, designate a point of contact for every event so you have a single person in charge of each. This not only helps to ensure that your team is focused on meeting the clients’ individual preferences, but it also makes it easier for you to get concise status reports leading up to the event and on the event day itself.

 

Have a solid communication plan

While communication is key for any event, it is especially crucial when you are balancing several on one day. For each event, be sure to have a one-sheet with all relevant contact information, including but not limited to that of the client, your point of contact, your own, and the whole team of vendors. Keep a copy of each on hand for yourself, and disseminate it to everyone involved to ensure that anyone can be reached in case of emergency.

 

Schedule a team meeting

Staff meetings are an important step to guaranteeing that everyone is on the same page. Gather your team and walk through all of the logistics prior to the busy event day, covering everything from timelines for each event to where the guests will park and how to confirm they are guided to the right space.

Staying organized is the best way to ensure that each and every client is satisfied and provided with a unique experience. With these tips, you can be sure that your team will deliver only the best level of service to meet your company standards.

 

Heather Jones is the Catering Sales Director for Wente Vineyards, a family-owned property that is home to a winery and vineyards, a golf course, restaurant, and a handful of unique facilities for hosting weddings and special events.