It’s that time again and we couldn’t be more excited! Our annual business-to-business speed networking event is taking place, once again, at the lovely Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. If you have not had a chance to visit Los Poblanos, this is the perfect opportunity to see and experience this hidden gem in the heart of the city! Not only will you bask in the beautiful surroundings, but you will also cultivate vital relationships with other local wedding professionals to take your business to the next level.
Seating is limited to 100 and we only have a handful of seats left! Don’t wait, registration is required to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Not to mention, cost includes a complimentary cocktail and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.
Remember, business opportunities come from a variety of sources and referrals are certainly one of them. To gain referrals, however, you need to make meaningful face-to-face connections. So do yourself a favor and give your business a boost at this speed networking event unlike any other. And make sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague!
By attending, you will:
Generate social media buzz about your brand.
Give your business a stronger presence in the wedding community.
Properly position yourself to stand out from your competitors.
More importantly, you will cultivate long lasting business relationships to:
Maximize your time by meeting a host of professionals in one setting.
Do more than just pass a card — chat one-on-one!
Expand your connections and increase your circle of influence.
Exchange ideas, contacts and share your vision!
Once all participants are seated, the speed networking sessions will begin. During each fast-paced session, participants will network face-to-face. At the end of each session, participants will quickly alternate their seating arrangements for their next networking opportunity. In just a few minutes, participants will share business cards, bios, history and offer new contacts with valuable information about their business.
Who do you know that might need their services?
Who has a similar client base and might refer engaged couples?
How might each company do business with one another?
Can you introduce them to anyone who can help them?
CREATE & CULTIVATE MENU
CHARCUTERIE | assorted imported & local cheeses | housemade crackers | grilled bread |roasted salted nuts | marinated olives | housemade pickles | seasonal fresh or dried fruit
One of our favorite events of the year is finally upon us! Ladies grab your BFF and head to Hotel Andaluz for Bride’s Night Out! — a boutique wedding show unlike any other. There will be lots of wedding professionals ready to show off their unique products and services to make your day one to remember.
This is going to be a fun-filled night with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Not to mention, the first 50 brides will receive a custom Bride’s Night Out tote filled with all kinds of goodies! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet the best, local wedding professionals.
Snag a free ticket with code “FBEvent” when you pre-register HERE. Purchase additional tickets for $5 online or $7 at the door. And don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Copper, courtesy of Hotel Andaluz. We can’t wait for you to experience the best wedding show in town!
We recently had our annual Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer and it was a huge success! While we enjoyed gourmet cuisine from Isleta Resort & Casino, local brides, grooms and newlyweds sat on our panel to answer some tough questions from local wedding professionals.
Whether you’re a wedding professional or planning your own wedding, however, we gathered lots of good info and we’d love to share it with you! As you plan your wedding, we thought you may want to get a perspective on the experience of other brides and grooms in town.
Take a look at the Q&A from the Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer!
What is the most important thing you are looking for when hiring a wedding professional? Brides and grooms want to be able to trust the vendor and to feel important. We want you to make everything all about us. Show up to appointments on time and respond in a timely manner. We want you to take our ideas seriously and to know that you’re genuinely interested and care about us.
What turns you off about wedding professionals you interview? Not replying to inquiries. Getting our name wrong. Errors on your website. If you don’t represent yourselves well and have no confidence in your work. We don’t like when you’re scripted. It comes across disingenuous. And we certainly don’t like receiving automated email after we’re already married, so make sure you know who you’re sending correspondence. We don’t like to be looked at like we’re too young or for you to force your own ideas on us. And it’s a big turn off when you bash the competition.
What are things a wedding professional did or can do to exceed your expectations? Demonstrate a lot of examples of work, specifically, unique work. Offer affordable prices. Take time to find out our journey and what we want. Be available. The more you communicate the better. Pay attention and be personal. We want to set our expectations high. Doing the little things will stand out.
What are your preferred methods of communication, i.e. offers, coupons, promotions, etc.? Email. We don’t like to receive a lot of calls. Text messages are fine. But make sure to ask what we prefer.
How important is food and what price? Food is extremely important to today’s brides and grooms. We are foodies and love experiences with food. We like food trucks, variety and flexibility. Couples will eliminate entire venues or caterers if we don’t like the menu.
Is there something a wedding professional did or can do to inspire you to go another direction? Styled photo shoots. They help us see the possibilities.
What are price expectations for officiants? We think it’s strange that prices range from 150-500. Officiants should have a fair and consistent price.
What do you use to find vendors? Word of mouth, bridal shows and Perfect Wedding Guide. And no, we didn’t encourage them to say this (lol) – but of course, it made us giddy inside to hear them have great experiences with our wedding community.
How much does social media influence your planning? A lot. It’s quick and easy. And we love Pinterest!
What’s your perspective on these topics? We would love to hear from you! Leave your comments be…
A special thanks to our sponsors for being so generous with your products and services, making our Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Join us next Thursday for our annual Bridal Board & Vendor Mixer! If you’re a local wedding professional, you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to get firsthand insight into the mind of your customer. We will have a panel of recent brides and grooms to answer all your pressing questions.
Be sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague. Seating is limited to 100, so don’t wait! You don’t want to miss it!
After you help yourself to some delicious food, participants will take a seat and the panel will begin. Our emcee will start by asking the couples a series of questions, encompassing everything from customer-vendor relations to their top wedding priorities.
Each question will include time for open and honest discussion. As we come to a close, professionals will have an opportunity to ask their most pressing questions. To conclude, we will re-locate to the Jar Spa for more treats, cocktails, pampering and networking!
While most of us were still counting sheep the morning of the Diamond Dash Wedding Show (earlier this month), the Perfect Wedding Guide crew was busy with all the preparations by the time we rolled out of bed and shuffled our way to the kitchen for our morning java. Lucky for me, I had the great pleasure of joining my comrades later in the day for a behind-the-scenes look at our Diamond Dash Wedding Show. As you might imagine, setting up for a wedding show takes lots of hard work, but the PWG crew doesn’t mess around! To maintain the well-oiled machine of the Diamond Dash, it took countless cups of coffee to keep up with all its moving parts. By the end of the day, however, the caffeine hangover was definitely worth it!
It was such a pleasure to see and participate in all the action of the Diamond Dash. As the wedding show came underway, I got to mingle with happy brides-to-be and explore the various displays and vendors throughout the showroom. Among them were the gals from Pennysmiths Paper, who specialize in the most beautiful wedding stationery this side of the Mississippi! In addition, Charlotte’s Flowers was present with their elegant silk flower arrangements. At the same time, some lucky ladies were pampered by Bliss Salon & Spa. And who could forget the amazing fashion show by Bridal Elegance? Darlene’s dresses were absolutely breathtaking!
Don’t miss out on our next wedding show, Bride’s Night Out, coming up this June at Hotel Andaluz!
Spring is in the air! Along with the flowers blooming and birds chirping also comes the Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show. Tanoan Country Club is one of the premier wedding venues in Albuquerque and their Spring Wedding Show this Sunday is all about you!
You will have one-on-one attention with your favorite wedding professionals and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres as well as wedding cake samples from Simply Sweet by Darci. And as you mingle with other engaged couples, enjoy your favorite wedding hits by Dream Factory Productions.
Come and celebrate your engagement and the warm weather with us and start planning your wedding with the top wedding vendors in the city!