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4 Traffic Flow Tips to Keep Your Wedding Dance Floor Packed by Rescue Flats 

4 Traffic Flow Tips to Keep Your Wedding Dance Floor Packed by Rescue Flats 

The first thing you need to know about wedding traffic flow is that there are a few items that always draw a crowd.

FOOD, THE BAR, BATHROOMS, AND A PHOTO BOOTH OR OTHER HANDS-ON ENTERTAINMENT WILL HAVE PEOPLE FLOCKING TOWARDS THEM, NO MATTER WHAT.

With that in mind, you can get to work creating a floor plan that will create the kind of celebration you’re envisioning.
What is your vision for your wedding reception? Is it a elegant and relaxed soiree, where people are spread throughout the venue enjoying themselves? Or is your dream an epic dance party where every single guest joins you on the dance floor? Let those visions inspire you as you decide how to manage the traffic flow at your wedding.
Of course, here at Rescue Flats, we’re partial to a wedding with a killer dance floor. In terms of your floor plan, if you want the dance floor to be packed, make sure it’s central.
Dance Floor Location:
When the dance floor is somewhere where everyone can see it, those who are still in their seats will see how much fun everyone’s having on the dance floor, and feel enticed to join in. If it’s tucked in a corner, where guests need to look over their shoulder to see it, people will be less likely to make the effort to join in on the party.One sneaky way to ensure that the dance floor is packed is to place the dance floor somewhere that the natural flow of traffic crosses. If your guests have to cross the dance floor every time they head to or from the bar, they’ll be much more likely to join in on the fun.
Photo Booths:
If space allows, consider placing the photo booth on the edge of the dance floor. Photo booths are always surrounded by people laughing and goofing around, so it’s great when that mood overflows onto the dance floor. If guests are already on the dance floor waiting for their turn in the booth and an awesome dance song comes on, they’re bound to get their groove on.
Lounges:
If you’re planning a lounge area, keep it close to the dance floor! If people get into a comfy chair and they’re far away from the dance floor, it may be hard to get them back out there. Placing an eye-catching lounge area close to the dance floor will let guests catch their breath in comfort, before hopping up when the next great song comes on.
The Bar:
Lastly, keep the bar as close to the dance floor as possible! Guests are bound to congregate around the bar, and if they need to walk across the entire room to get to the dance floor, there’s a good chance they’ll just head back to their seat instead. It’s no secret that alcohol and dancing go hand in hand, so ensure that the traffic can flow freely from dancing to drinking – and back again!
PREMIUM BALLET FLATS. THRILLED GUESTS. TIMELESS MEMORIES.

Dreaming of Sunflowers and Fall Colours Styled Shoot

Thank you to Sarah Teed, WPICC, of Events by Sarah Megan, for submitting this beautiful Fall-inspired wedding editorial.  These beautiful images were shot by Melissa Noelle Photography, with Chris Nguyen serving as the second shooter.

Dreaming of sunflowers & fall colours…

Walking with your four-legged friend through lush greenery with colours of red and orange filling your vision before starting your life’s journey with your new partner.  Pathways on Pleasure Valley was the perfect venue for showcasing the natural beauty of fall and the friendship between a bride and her horse.

 

The luxurious fall florals with bright sunflowers, rich-coloured stationery, a sumptuous salted caramel wedding cake and apple pie complimented the venue for this fall themed wedding styled shoot.

 

 

  

Vendor Love:

Wedding Planner: Events by Sarah Megan – Sarah Teed
Photography: Melissa Noelle Photography
Second shooter: Chris Nguyen
Florals: Dream Bloom
Stationery: Beetle & Quill
Cake & Pie: Baking Up Treble
Hair & Makeup: FAB Beauty Studio
Venue: Pathways on Pleasure Valley
Rings: Jacob Mercari
Model: Kassandra
Vintage Gold Beaded V-Neck Gown: Rent Frock Repeat
Sleeveless Black & Gold High Low Gown: Rent Frock Repeat
Rentals: Chair-man Mills

 

Email and Lead Management Strategies to Help You Grow Your Wedding Business


By: Janis Martinello, WPICC, DWC

Janis owns the successful wedding planning company Brocade Events, which she operates full-time. In addition to being certified by WPIC in Wedding Planning and Destination Wedding Planning, Janis has a diploma in Business Management from SAIT Polytechnic and has experience as a Manager in the corporate sector. Janis has worked with WPIC for a few years, with her former role being the WPIC Regional Representative Manager.  It was her role to facilitate and manage WPIC’s “Regional Representative Program”, providing educational and professional networking opportunities for our WPIC Alumni.She has had her work featured in Weddingbells and The Wedding Ring magazines, and has been interviewed and featured in articles by The Huffington Post, Toronto Star, and Wedding Trends Magazine.


Email and Lead Management Strategies to Help You Grow Your Business
With this wedding season coming to an end, and engagement season on the horizon, now is the time to focus on some of your business strategies to increase your bookings over the next year.

Here are a few strategies that you can implement to understand and improve how well your brand sells itself during the initial contact stages with potential couples.

Lead Tracking:
Do you know what your success rate is in booking your “warm” leads?

Any potential client who contacts you directly (either through your web form, phone, or email) is considered to be a “warm lead” or “doorstep lead”. These are people who have already interacted with your brand on some level, and are now reaching out to see if you might be the right planner for them.

If you use event planning software such as Aisle Planner or Planning Pod for your business, start using the Lead Management features. You can easily input all of your lead information for easy follow up, and track your closed vs. booked leads. A simple excel spreadsheet will also do the trick if you do not use event management software.

Always schedule a few minutes every week to update your leads, and follow up with any that have not responded.

Email Management:
About 75% of every enquiry response email we write likely has the exact same information in it. To save you time, and keep your brand image and messaging consistent, you should be working off of pre-planned templates during this time, and adjusting the remaining 25% of your messaging to speak more personally to that potential client.

Take some time to template your common email responses to increase your chances of booking that initial meeting, and turning a lead into a client. All messages should have the same visual structure, use the same fonts colours, and brand images.

Once you have these templates ready to go, you will be able to respond more quickly to a client inquiry, and with consistent brand messaging.

Your first response to an inquiry is the most important.

A potential client has reached out to you via your web contact form or email with their wedding date and maybe a few more details about their big day, or the services they may be looking for. You need to get back to them quickly (within 24 hours).

What to Include in Your First Response to a Lead:
*Points 1 & 2 will need to be customized, but the remainder of this email message can be cut-and-pasted from your template.

  1. The title line of the email should be personalized to the couple “Your August 2020 wedding” for example. If their enquiry message comes through your website, change the email title from “a new message from your website…” or whatever your automated email titles shows up as. You will be less likely to be filtered to spam if it does not look like you are a robot.
  2. Begin with a quick congratulations on their engagement, and say something personal about the wedding. If they have a location booked, say something positive about it. If you have nothing but a wedding date, talk about how lovely their photos will be during that season for example. Make them feel excited about their wedding right from the top.
  3. Include pricing information only if they ask in the initial message, but always keep this section general. You want to find out more about them and all of their plans, before recommending what service (and price) may be the best fit for them. It will be much easier to talk about your pricing, along with the services you offer one on one after you have built a rapport with them chatting over coffee.
  4. Invite them to sit down for a free initial meeting. Let them know that you would love to learn more about their big day and see if you might be a good fit for each other. Ask where they are located, and give them some availability options.
  5. Invite them to check out your online reviews, portfolio, or a social media page where they can find out more about you. Make sure the links are operational.
  6. Sign off.

Follow Up!
If you don’t hear back within 48 hours, ALWAYS send a follow up. Make your message very short and sweet by saying something along the lines of “I am just following up on my message from yesterday regarding your August wedding just in case I got lost in cyber space, or I got filtered to spam. Let me know if you have any questions.” Never assume they have moved on unless they tell you so.

Once you hear back and work out an initial meeting day and time, prepare them for the meeting.

Things to Include in Your Initial Meeting Message:

  1. Confirm the day, time, and location of the meeting.
  2. Ask if anyone other than the couple will be in attendance so that you can secure a table with enough seats.
  3. Get their coffee orders (if you would like to have them on the table when they arrive).
  4. Tell them what to expect during the meeting. Give them a quick rundown of what will happen during the hour together.
  5. Ask them to write down any questions they may have ahead of time so you can address them at your meeting.
  6. If you have any other tasks for them (like filling out a questionnaire etc.) include it in this message.
  7. Let them know that you are excited to meet them.
  8. Sign off.

Remember:
When communicating with a lead, never send a message without a next step, or action for the person to take. The more times they interact with your brand, the higher the chances of them booking with you.

Most people have never planned a wedding before. Show them that you are here to make it as stress free and easy as possible from the very beginning by communicating clearly, and showing them what you are all about before they even meet you face to face.

Keep your reviews, social media, and portfolio pages current, and let your brand sell you before you even sit down with a couple for an initial meeting.


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