Joy and Pain: Wedding Pros Speak Out About Networking

Joy and Pain: Wedding Pros Speak Out About Networking

Most wedding pros we know have a real love/hate relationship with networking. Sure, it's fun to socialize and call it "business," and face it, it's pretty cool that we can consider that a very important part of our job. Still, the obligation to mix and mingle with strangers - or, even harder, with people we know but just can't seem to connect with - can be daunting.

I've written several posts about networking (including creative networking concepts, tips for making networking easier, and how to network when the whole idea of it makes you nervous). For today's post, Kyle and I thought we'd turn it over to other business owners within the wedding industry. We asked them: what are your most and least favorite parts of networking? The answers, as we predicted, were as varied as the people who submitted them.

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What Wedding Workspaces Really Look Like: Wedding Pros Share Their Desks

What Wedding Workspaces Really Look Like: Wedding Pros Share Their Desks

So, I'm not afraid to admit I have a little bit of a voyeuristic streak. I love social media, I love real estate listings, I even love reality TV (well, some of it, anyway) - all because I love getting those little glimpses into how other people live.

Just as interesting to me is how other people work, especially in an industry as diverse and creative as weddings. Some of us work in office buildings, studios or retail spaces, while others fit their workspace into their homes.

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Tasks We Love, Tasks We Hate: Wedding Pros Speak Out

Tasks We Love, Tasks We Hate: Wedding Pros Speak Out

As business owners, we all have parts of the job we love and others parts...well, not so much. Those most and least favorite tasks vary wildly by individual, which is why we asked some wedding pros from around the country which of their job responsibility they enjoy most, and which they dread.

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Wedding Business Owners Are Not Rejects from the Corporate World

Wedding Business Owners Are Not Rejects from the Corporate World

I encountered a blog post yesterday that was directed at a “twenty something year old girl” who dared to email a planner about her own event-planning dreams.  I guess the email really got under the planner’s skin, since the post was all about how “stupid” it was to aspire to work in “the industry.”  Pretty standard “my job sucks worse than anyone could ever imagine” fare, in my opinion anyway, but the post did contain one particularly (and, I imagine, purposely) incendiary remark:

“I can tell you that everybody in “the industry” got here because we were rejected from all of the other industries.”

<cue record-scratching sound effect>

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