My Save-the-Day Secret: Vendors Share Their (Unexpected) Emergency Kit Must-Haves

My Save-the-Day Secret: Vendors Share Their (Unexpected) Emergency Kit Must-Haves

We've spent the month of June talking about event day management: cultivating great vendor relationships and working as a teamdealing with annoying guestsgetting into the right mindset to execute your events, effectively managing destination weddings,  vendors' event day pet peeves, how to continue to market and sell new weddings even while you're working your existing weddings, and training your staff on how to get along with other wedding pros, how to prevent event-day emergencies and how to resolve them when they do arise. Whew!

Since unforeseen emergencies are an unfortunate fact of working in this industry, we figured that a reasonable conclusion to this month's content theme would be to turn to our fellow wedding professionals. We asked some leading vendors what (possibly unexpected) item turned out to be invaluable in resolving a wedding day crisis. Almost all wedding pros carry some form of an emergency kit to their events - you may want to consider adding the following things to yours!

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Flashback Friday: Our Best Posts on Cultivating Vendor Relationships

Flashback Friday: Our Best Posts on Cultivating Vendor Relationships

Happy Friday, everyone! For most of you, the weekend has plenty of work in store - and plenty of opportunities to interact, positively or negatively, with other wedding professionals on the vendor team. In that spirit, today we're revisiting some of our past posts on the topic of building great relationships with other wedding vendors:

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How to Handle Annoying Event Guests (and Vendors) Like a Pro - Even the Nightmares

How to Handle Annoying Event Guests (and Vendors) Like a Pro - Even the Nightmares

If you've ever attended any type of networking event in our industry you've likely been inundated with tales of vendors and guests misbehaving.  Sometimes I feel like it's a competition to see who has the most outrageous story or has survived the greatest offense. If you've been in business more than a minute, you've probably experienced at least one instance when someone made your job very difficult. You may have even been genuinely surprised by their actions. After all, aren't vendors supposed to be consummate professionals, working as a team? Aren't guests supposed to be rational, thoughtful adults who want to have a safe, fun time? If you're snickering, you know what I mean and could probably write this post for me.  No matter your experience level, we all could use a little reminder of how to be diplomatic while getting the work done.  Especially during the busy season.  

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How to Train Your Team to Resolve (or at Least Mitigate) On-Site Emergencies

How to Train Your Team to Resolve (or at Least Mitigate) On-Site Emergencies

(Editor's Note: Today's post concludes our three-part training series on event day management!)

Earlier this month, I wrote about how to train your team to avoid event-day emergencies, simply by creating systems to prepare for events and cultivating a mindset that makes such preparation a priority. Unfortunately, the fact remains that emergencies do happen at events. They happen all the time, sometimes even in spite of our best efforts to avoid them. In my own company, we've dealt with major weather catastrophes, power failures, vendor no-shows, and (worst of all) sudden medical crises involving guests.

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Why Wedding Vendors Need to Work Together Like a Well-Oiled Machine - and Exactly How to Do It

Why Wedding Vendors Need to Work Together Like a Well-Oiled Machine - and Exactly How to Do It

(Editor's Note: Today's post was submitted by a repeat contributor to WeddingIQ: the wonderful Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services! Read more about Kevin at the end of the post!)

Communication is the key to the success of any event, not only between the couple and the vendors but among the wedding pros themselves. A team that operates like a well-oiled machine is the key to a couple’s dream wedding and can also prepare everyone for any risks related to the special day.

So how does one ensure proper vendor coordination as you head into the Big Day?

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