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We are always happy to talk to or assist the Media.
Please speak with Danielle or Tracey at info@wpic.ca or (905) 474-9292

7 Tips for Staying Safe While Planning Weddings

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by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

As wedding professionals, we often work outside of normal business hours and are constantly meeting with new people. We need to attend evening meetings, industry events, site visits in industrial areas and visit vendors in areas we aren’t familiar with, and unfortunately these situations pose some personal risk.

It’s important to stay safe while being extraordinary, so here are some tips:

  1. Resist the urge to broadcast your whereabouts until after the event. Of course you want your social media followers to know you are going to this great spot or event, but wait until you are in the safety of your home before you put it on Social Media. You don’t need to let people know where to find you or when your home or office is going to be empty.
  2. Do not go to new client or vendor’s homes or have them in to your home or office if you will be alone. Meet in a public place such as a coffee house, and make sure someone knows the address and time of where you are meeting. You can always ask a new WPIC graduate to come as your assistant for an Initial Meeting, it is invaluable experience for them and they can help you by taking notes.
  3. Don’t be lulled in to a false sense of security, just because they are from the same organization as you, or are a friend of so & so vendor. A stranger is a stranger, so exercise the same caution you normally would.
  4. Keep your car maintained and your gas topped up. Make prepping your car a part of your meeting preparations.
  5. Always travel with your cell phone fully charged. Don’t power down your phone for meetings, just put it on silent.
  6. Buddy up for industry events. Make an industry friend and attend events together, you’ll save money by carpooling, you won’t feel awkward arriving alone at an event, and no scary walks through lonely parking lots at the end of the night.
  7. Take a self defense course. You’ll feel more confident and have a heightened sense of your surroundings.

Most importantly, booking a client or making a sale is not more important than your safety, so always trust your gut! If the client has raised any red flags for you or gives you a bad feeling, do not proceed with them.

The 5 Most Popular Wedding Flowers for 2015

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Photo Source: weddingideasmag.com

by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

The 2015 Wedding Season is just starting to pick up steam and one thing is certain, big, frilly blooms are everywhere!

Here are the most popular flowers we are seeing this season:

Hydrangeas

Always a wedding favourite, hydrangeas come in several colours and just a couple of these blooms make a big impact.

Photo: JCrew.com

Photo: JCrew.com

Garden Roses

Not your standard roses, garden roses are large and frilly.  My favourite is the Juliet, David Austin rose.

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Photo Source: DavidAustinRoses.com

Peonies

Whether tight egg-shaped or in full bloom, these beauties make a dramatic, yet feminine statement.

Photo Source: OneWed.com

Photo Source: OneWed.com

Succulents

A wedding favourite for the past few years, these babies aren’t going anywhere.

Photo by nbarrettphotography.com

Photo by nbarrettphotography.com

Dahlias

Once a source of food & medicine to the indigenous Aztec peoples, these pointy blooms come in every colour of the rainbow. A single bloom provides a ton of impact.

Photo by rebecca-arthurs.com

Photo by rebecca-arthurs.com

 

10 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with your Clients’ Wedding Planner (without spending any money)

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by Jennifer Borgh, WPICC, DWC of Jennifer Borgh Events

  1. Always give the Wedding Planner credit for planning the wedding or coordinating the wedding when posting videos and photos of the wedding
  2. Make the Wedding Planner shine with her/his clients. Go above and beyond to make the clients happy
  3. Never argue in front of clients. Even if there is a difference in opinion work it out privately.
  4. Send them a referral. If you love working with this Wedding Planner, then try and reciprocate the referrals
  5. Throw in something extra for clients that book a Wedding Planner. We all know that working with a good Wedding Planner makes everyone’s job easier and the event run smoother, so why not reward the clients who value this service?
  6. Always remember that you are a representation of the Wedding Planner who referred you. From the way you dress, to the way you speak with the clients.
  7. Focus on building a relationship with the Wedding Planner, instead of desperate attempts to promote your company such as signage at weddings or handing out business cards.
  8. Speak highly of the Wedding Planner. Include them in the thank you’s any chance you can. If you genuinely love working with this Wedding Planner then let it show.
  9. Respect a Wedding Planner’s other vendors. Even if you sell Décor + taxi service then promote and sell what you have been asked to sell and nothing more.
  10. Communicate with your Wedding Planner. We want our vendors to be happy and love working with us too! We are open to any changes that make things work out better for our clients.

If a Wedding Planner loves working with you then you will have more clients than you can handle.

About Jennifer Borgh:

Specializing in destination weddings in Jamaica, Jennifer Borgh with her team of exceptional assistants and vendor connections ensure every single detail of your wedding is taken care of. Jennifer Borgh Events is a boutique planning company and doesn’t overbook. Jennifer Borgh plans weddings and honeymoons FULL time and is therefore available when you need her!

Her extensive background in events has taken her all across the Caribbean. Being Certified by The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board, Sandals and Travel Industry Council of Ontario leaves destination wedding parties completely worry-free in her capable hands.


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