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How to Get Wedding Vendors to Refer You

wedding vendor referralsWhen you're new to an area or just starting your wedding business it can be tough to break into those tightly knit wedding vendor cliques. They've been happily referring others for years and may not be too eager to take a risk on the new guy or gal. Still, every industry is cyclical and anything can change in a split second. That photographer they've been referring for 10 years could retire, that florist could move to a new city and that wedding planner could decide to be a stay-at-home mom. An opening could be just around the corner, but its your job to make sure you're there to fill it when it pops up. read more


5 Questions Every Wedding Business Website Should Answer

wedding business website questionsWhen couples visit your website, they want answers fast. There are a lot of websites competing for their attention and if yours doesn't stand out and give them what they're looking for quickly, they'll be gone forever. So when you're creating your website pages, especially the most visited ones (home, about, services), keep these 5 questions in mind. read more


How To Get Wedding Photography Clients Offline

get more wedding photography clientsWhen you're wrapped up into the day-to-day of your photography business, it's sometimes difficult to find creative ways to attract more clients. Sometimes the solution is so simple, it's right in front of our nose. Here are three offline client attraction strategies I've seen successful photographers use that made me wonder "Why didn't I think of that?" read more


Escape the Bargaining Trap in Your Wedding or Event Business

bargaining wedding businessIn all fairness, a bride, groom, family or organization has every right to find a good bargain when planning their own event...no judgments here! It's their event to host as they please. That said, it isn't your responsibility to cut your rates and stress yourself out trying to fit into their budget. read more



5 Website Assets Your Developer Should Not Control

website developer controlI get it. When it comes to the technical side of your website, you'd rather just close your eyes, hand it all over to a capable developer and be done with all that nonsense. Admittedly, even I get drained from the techie side too! But no matter how turned off you may be by coding, widgets and hosting jargon, there is never, ever a good time to give up control of your website. read more


Wedding PR: Real Wedding Submission Tips and Trick

wedding pr: real wedding submissionsIf you’re like most wedding pros I know, you’re knee deep into wedding season. Your days are filled with linen swatches, timelines and (if you’re lucky) the occasional wine tasting. With this comes the opportunity to begin submitting your real weddings for the 2014 season.

Wedding PR strategies are quickly becoming an essential component to a strong wedding marketing campaign. Today’s bride is a discerning one, so an impressive press portfolio will assist with increasing brand awareness for your company, as well as giving you a competitive advantage.  read more


How to Market to Multicultural Brides

How to market to multicultural bridesGuest post by Preeti Moberg. Today’s bridal market is nothing as it was twenty years ago. We know gone are the days of candied jordan almonds in pastel colors, plastic flowers decorating cakes, and staged photos of the couple.  read more


10 Easy (& Free) Ways to Get 30,000 Wedding Fans on Facebook

get more facebook wedding fansGuest post by Christine Dyer of Bridal Tweet. Dear Wedding Professional: Happy 5th Birthday to BridalTweet! I launched BridalTweet.com without any fans on April 10, 2009. (Scroll down to fast forward and read my tips on how to get 30,000 fans on Facebook). At that time, all I had was a BIG idea - to create a more open wedding community where vendors could have complete editorial freedom to write about their businesses and post photos for free. That would lead to a place that brides could turn to for free advice, planning ideas, giveaways, local events and more. read more


Pinning For Your Bridal Business

pinterest marketing for wedding businessesA note from Kathy: Should you use Pinterest to grow your bridal business? And, if so, how do you get started and what can you do to succeed? This guest post by Stephanie Bosco Luca covers all the basics so you can determine whether Pinterest is right for your wedding business and how to make the most of it.  read more