The wedding industry is a huge business, with multi-million dollar budgets and thousands of events taking place each month. It can be intimidating to get started in this field but we’re here to help! We’ve compiled some helpful tips below on how to stand out in the wedding industry:
- Be yourself.
- Be genuine.
- Be honest.
- Be transparent.
- Be authentic.
The bottom line of all this is: be real! You are not a robot or a vending machine, so don’t try to act like one! Your clients will love you for your quirkiness and your authenticity—and they’ll be more likely to buy from someone who doesn’t seem like an automaton with no personality of their own!
If you want to be the best in your industry, people need to know who you are. Be transparent! Share your story, be honest and share your passion for what you do. Share your knowledge and expertise on the subject matter at hand. Be open about the struggles that come with being a wedding industry creative. Share successes that come from those same things. Share some of your fears. Finally, share what it is that drives you each day. Do these things because they will help others become better planners themselves or photographers or florists (etc.)
Focus on what you love.
Like any other industry, it’s easy for wedding creatives to get caught up in trends and forget why they got into the business in the first place.
The most important thing you can do is focus on what you love—and then build your brand around that. The more passionate you are about your work and personal style, the more likely others will be drawn to you because they feel a connection with your business.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from working with hundreds of creatives over our careers, it’s this: Don’t try to be someone else or do something trendy just because everyone else is doing it. Instead, focus on what makes YOU unique as an individual and let those qualities shine through all aspects of your business!
Share your story often.
Another important thing you can do to stand out in the wedding industry is share your story.
There are many reasons why sharing your story is so important, but the most basic reason is because people connect with stories. Everyone has a story; some have incredible ones like yours! The key here is to find ways that you can share yours through social media and other marketing efforts that showcase how awesome you truly are.
Another way to share your story is by writing blog posts about it – blog posts that go into detail about why you decided to start your business in the first place, what inspires you, or even just things like “My Favorite Photos Of All Time” (you don’t have to list all 1 million of them). When people read these blogs they will be able to relate more with who we are as individuals and what inspires us – which ultimately helps build rapport between potential clients and ourselves.
Build relationships, not just transactions.
You’ve heard it before, but let’s say it again: the best way to get more referrals is by giving your clients a reason to recommend you. The key here is not just finding new clients—it’s also making sure they’re happy with their experience. Remember that every interaction should be an opportunity to build relationships and deepen trust.
When meeting with potential brides or grooms, don’t only ask questions like “Where are you getting married?” or “How many guests do you plan on inviting?”. Instead, also ask them what their main priorities are for their wedding day (e.g., food and drink quality) and what kind of vibe they’re going for (e.g., romantic vs. fun). By getting to know each couple personally and understanding what matters most to them, it makes it easier for you to recommend vendors who can help bring these ideas into reality—and give those vendors recommendations from someone who knows them personally too!
Build and respect boundaries with clients.
When it comes to boundaries, there are two things you must keep in mind:
- Respect the boundaries of your clients. Clients are people too, and they have their own goals and needs. They’re not just there to serve you.
- Understand the difference between boundaries and rules. Boundaries are all about respecting the person you’re working with, while rules dictate how they should behave around you (i.e., “You can’t call me after 9pm”).
Getting these kinds of things ironed out before a project will help the process proceed smoothly, and also leave a positive impact on your clients.
Utilize social media as a branding tool.
Social media is a great way to reach your audience and build relationships. It’s also a great platform for building your brand, showcasing your work, sharing stories and ideas, and much more. There are plenty of ways to use social media as a branding tool.
If you’re trying to stand out in the wedding industry, you need to start thinking about how you can use social media as a branding tool.
So how do you stand out in the wedding industry?
Following these tips is a great way to get started on the right foot! Then follow your creative flair, create a marketing strategy and focus on what sets you apart from other businesses.