Working in the wedding industry can be a rewarding experience. You get to create beautiful things that you know will make someone’s day even more special than it already is. But how do you find new clients and grow your business? The answer: networking! In this post, we’ll cover some ways for you to meet & network with other wedding vendors and build relationships with them so that both of you can benefit.
Reach out to other vendors you know and trust
When you’re looking for new vendors, it’s important to reach out to other wedding professionals you know and trust. It’s a great way for everyone involved in the wedding industry to learn from each other, collaborate on projects, and share information.
When reaching out:
- Reach out in person or by phone. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The more you know about them as a professional and their experience working with couples like yours, the better equipped they’ll be in helping you plan your dream team.
- When asking for recommendations or advice from another vendor (especially if it’s a referral), always be respectful of their time. Make sure that any requests are reasonable—don’t overload them with emails asking for everything under the sun! A polite “Hi there! Can we set up a quick call sometime next week? I have some questions about your services…” will do just fine!
Find a networking group in your area
You’re going to want to network with other wedding vendors as early as possible, so let’s talk about how to make that happen.
First off, search online for any wedding vendor networking groups in your area. You can find them on Facebook or Instagram by doing a quick search for “wedding vendor group [city]”. There are a ton of Facebook groups, don’t limit yourself to just one.
You can also look at local wedding planning events and conferences that are held nearby. These events are often hosted by well known brands or companies like Martha Stewart Weddings or Brides Magazine who will be looking for vendors like yours. Check out their website and see if they have anything going on near where you live!
Attend an event or workshop
One of the best ways to meet wedding vendors is by attending networking events. There are many types of events that can help you connect with other wedding professionals, including:
- Wedding shows
- Local shop networking events
- Workshops and conferences for vendors in your area
You can also join local groups like Professional Photographers of America (PPA) or Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), or whatever group makes sense for your business. These organizations provide opportunities to network with others throughout your area so that when clients ask about referrals or recommendations on Facebook groups like “Wedding Vendors Only” or “Bridal Wedding Forum,” it will be easy to recommend an experienced professional they know they can trust (that way they will do the same!).
Ask for recommendations
In order to get the best recommendations, you need to ask people that you trust. Ask your friends and family members who they have used in the past and what their experience was like working with them. If you don’t know anyone who has worked with a particular vendor before, there are still other options.
You can also ask your venue staff for recommendations on local vendors. Even if it isn’t something that is traditional at their venue or location, most venues will still be happy to help you find a great wedding vendor!
Finally, do not overlook online reviews from reliable sources such as Yelp or Google Reviews; these are great places to find out about how vendors perform on-site before recommending them to your clients.
Network with other wedding vendors to help grow your business
Networking with other wedding vendors is a great way to grow your business. You’ll learn from each other, share resources, and help each other get the word out about your work. By working together you can also share clients and even refer difficult clients to qualified parties.
Be confident! You’ve got this
We hope that you’re feeling more confident about networking with other wedding vendors. It’s a great way to make connections and grow your business, but it can feel intimidating at first. Just remember that everyone is in the same boat—you might even be able to help each other out!
Rooting for you,