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How to #Hashtag for Your Wedding and Event Business

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by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

What is a Hashtag?

“(on social-networking websites) A word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it.” Source: Dictionary.com

When used well, Hashtags can elevate your Social Media posts from average to great and can even cause your post to go Viral!

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Hashtags are used as a way to sort your photos on Instagram or posts on Twitter so that people can enter a Hashtag and find like posts.

Hashtags are a  great tool when attending an event, so that others at the event can engage with eachother, or those who are not able to attend the event can still see photos and hear quotes from the event.

If you are sharing photos from an event you planned or attended, it is a great way to steer potential followers toward your posts (example: #wedding #WPICtrends).

Here are some tips when using hashtags:

  • DO give props- If you are talking about a vendor, hashtag their company. #WPIC #awesomesauce
  • DON’T make your hashtag too long- People will ignore your hashtag if they can’t quickly decipher it.#areallylonghastagconfuses
  • DO use capitalization- Using captials for each new word can help the reader distinguish your point. #WhatsYourPoint
  • DO keep it related- Make sure your hashtag relates to what you are talking about or showing. #frankenstein
  • DO be clever-A clever hashtag that entertains the reader is more likely to cause them to retweet it or become a follower. #IveGotNothing
  • DON’T overuse hashtags- Nothing drives me more crazy than having to scroll past 50 hashtags after a photo on Instagram.  It will turn off any potential followers too. 3-5 hashtags should be your maximum. #Too #many#Hashtags #drives #me #nuts #Follow #WPIC #we #will #not #do #this #Really #we #will #not #This #is #just #an #example #See #how #it #detracts #from #my #message #and #gets #really #annoying

 


Join us in September for the Jamaica Wedding Conference!

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WPIC Co-Founders, Danielle Andrews Sunkel and Tracey Manailescu will be speaking at this conference taking place on September 19, 2014 in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

The 2014 Jamaica Bridal Wedding Conference will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Montego Bay Jamaica. This one day conference combines elements and resources for planning and executing a successful Jamaican destination wedding experience. The Jamaica Wedding Conference will incorporate sessions with guest speakers. This will allow an opportunity for both networking as well as an educational platform for those who want to learn, thrive and to be at the top of this industry.

The Jamaica Bridal Expo Wedding conference includes a range of guests and those who attend will have an opportunity to meet and greet from the ordinary to the extraordinary in one of the worlds most sought after destination wedding locations.

Come for the Conference and stay for:
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Get Inspired! 5 Blog Posts to Write After A Wedding

by Guest Blogger, Kathy DalPra, of Bride Appeal

1. Venue Review
Provide a review of the venue where the wedding was held and give your readers insight into the kind of experience they can expect there.

2. Trend Ideas
Did this weekend’s wedding feature a new trend you’ve been seeing pop up? Talk about it on the blog and give your audience new ideas to consider.

3. List Post
Have you had a few other weddings like this one that shared a similar theme, style, tradition, trend or other special element? Write a list post about it, such as “How Today’s Bride is Approaching the Wedding Cake” or “The New Father-Daughter Dance That’s Got Everyone Talking” or “Backyard Weddings Gone Luxury”. Provide a link to each real wedding post that applies to this topic with a brief summary of how each relates back to the list topic.

4. Vendor Interviews
When you’re at the event, be sure to introduce yourself to the other vendors and exchange cards. Then, follow up afterward and ask to briefly interview them about their business. Then, use these interviews to create a handful of blog posts, which could keep your blog filled with great content in between every event. Remember to keep it interesting. Brides relate to stories and inspiration so you’ll want to make sure your interview has both.

5. Real Wedding
And, of course, brides can never get enough of those real wedding posts, so remember to share the details of the event in this way too with tons of photos for eye candy.

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Kathy DalPra

 

Kathy DalPra is a former bridal-preneur who unexpectedly fell in love with web design and SEO. Today she helps other wedding and event professionals use their website to get more traffic, leads and inquiries so they can create a thriving business in any economy. Learn how to turn curious visitors into paying clients on her website: Bride Appeal.


10 Ways to Get More of “Your Type” of Clients

By: Tracey Manailescu

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People tend to look for companies that have similar values, ideas and personalities. It is no different, if not even more important, that you connect with your wedding coordination clients. There is nothing worse (for either of you) then being stuck in a contract for up to a year (or possibly more) with clients that you cannot stand. There is no way that you will have their best interests at heart, and there won’t be a sense of trust between you, either. Respect needs to go both ways. Of course you want to do everything in your power to make this the best wedding ever, but you need to set your boundaries and not be a walking/talking door mat. This means have set working hours, know your limits and be able to express them, you also still be able to live your personal life amidst working with your couples.  This is huge.  Remember to keep some balance in your work and personal life. Your friends and family need you, too. How do you narrow it down, and get your type of client? Everyone has an ideal image of the type of couple that they want to work with, and you also know who you don’t. Everything you do should be geared towards your dream couple.

1. Invest in your Company: Invest in what makes sense to you. Get “weducated”. Most people reading this article are WPIC certified. Bravo!  Within the WPIC Alumni Association and networking events you can pick your alumni’s brains for advice, feedback and ask questions. Ask what they think of your website, logo, ad, etc. Be prepared for honest and blunt responses. Attend conferences & seminars around the globe. Not only will you learn from the speakers, but you will get to network and get out of your comfort zone in hopefully some really great locations (blog, tweet, Instagram and Facebook about your experience while you are there, and when you get back home). Sign up for webinars, attend workshops and courses that have meaning and relevance to what you need to know more about.

2. Believe in Yourself: (Take the Quiz in this section!) Confidence is imperative. No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t have confidence in what they do or can do for their clients. If you are feeling unsure of something, then that is exactly what you need to fine tune, and get cracking in your learning sphere (see topic above). “Get your learning on.” Most of us in the wedding industry are Type A or at least  B+ personalities. That means we like to organize, take on challenges, problem solve and make decisions and we expect it to work out in our favour. See this article to read about 25 Things That People With Type A Personalities Do and then take this quiz to see if you are a Type A or a Type B personality. www.wpic.ca

3. Advertising: Are you doing any? Where?  Are these places that your dream couple would be looking? If not, then why bother?  You should be putting your marketing $ where your dream couple would be looking for you. Example: If you want to be working with more LGBT couples, then get in front of them at the Pride Parade (yes, get on the events committee) . WPIC Alumni get special rates with some amazing companies. Don’t forget to check www.wpicalumni.com before you place an ad somewhere.  Chances are that we might have negotiated a special rate for you ;) www.wpic.ca

4. Giving Back: Is there an organization that touches your heart, or an industry event that you would like to be a part of? Sign up on the volunteer committee and get some more experience, as well as getting to know some new people who may be in need of your services at a later time, or who can give you a great reference down the road. Not only will you feel good about yourself, but you are gaining experience and showing others what you are capable of. It’s a win/win situation. Assist one of your WPIC Alumni in need of help at a wedding.  Chances are those same people will help you out when you need it.

5. Network online: Join meetup groups, Twitter chats, Facebook  groups, forums, and anywhere else your dream clients are  to get yourself noticed. Something that has been proven over and over, is when WPIC Alumni network and keep active within the WPIC Alumni Association many opportunities are born from connecting and helping each other out.

6. Reach out to Friends and Family: Who knows you best? That would be your friends and family. You should have a business Facebook page, but why not post something wedding related on your personal Facebook page once in a blue moon, just to remind people that you have availability and who you are, and what you do.  It’s smart to do this at peak engagement times such as holidays, and again once or twice during wedding season, as they might know someone who is in need of a “Month Of” wedding coordinator. *1:3 Canadian couples get engaged between December and February according to Weddingbells. *65% of weddings happen between June and September (again from Weddingbells) www.wpic.ca

7. Reviews from Past Clients or Vendors: This is your best word of mouth and free advertising. EVER. After you have worked with a couple, or a vendor ask them for a review of your services. You should be doing this anyway, so that you can improve your customer service. Send a survey or questionnaire to them find out ways to improve your business, ask what they wish you had done, what they liked about working with you, the best part of the wedding day, and if they have a testimonial that you can share on your website, or another place that you advertise online. Try to implement changes in your company based on the feedback. *If it is for your website then try to add a photo taken of you with the couple on their wedding day to add to the legitimacy of it. Share the love from your clients. www.wpic.ca

8. Change Can be Good: If you are running ads in magazines or online ads, are they the same ad from a few years ago?  Maybe it’s time to change it up. Do you need a new logo? Is your “About Me” page the same as it was a few years ago? In need of spicing it up a bit? Read this article I wrote a few weeks ago. What about your personal photo? Do you look the same? Is your website in need of an upgrade? There are so many templates that you can purchase for minimal costs and do it yourself, or hire someone to make it everything you envisioned to welcome potential clients to get a first glimpse of you and your company. Go through your website and ask some of your trusted sidekicks to read it over, too. Can you change some of your wording to reflect your message to be more modern and personal?

9. Blog: Do you blog regularly? 1-2 times a week is best. It’s a great way to get your message out to potential couples as well as improve your websites SEO. You choose the content, style and topic. You can’t get more specific then that to reach your dream couple. Give tips, advice and show your expertise and how you would handle certain and specific situations by speaking directly with them. Showcase your specialties and what you can do for them.  Make them see how you will save them time, money and alleviate stress by hiring you. customer service

10. Customer Service: Are you getting back to potential clients and current clients quickly? This means within 24 hrs. Are you listening to what your clients wants and expectations are? Are you showing your knowledge and love of weddings, when you speak with them, or when they read your blog, or even look at your website? Do your clients feel that you care and have their best interests at heart? Your clients want and need to feel that you will implement their ideas and expectations for their wedding. They also want to feel a connection with you. This means communicating with them and keeping them involved in the process (unless it is a couple that really doesn’t want to be involved with decisions). Staying calm & collected, having a sense of humour, showing confidence and problem solving skills will go along way in difficult situations. Always remember that you are a professional. If you are having trouble thinking of how you can do this better, think about a time you were “wowed” by someone’s customer service skills.  What made them stand out?


How to refuse clients gracefully

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by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

We’ve all been there. You get a phone call from a potential client, you have a great conversation, you’re completely on the same page, you book an Intial Meeting and then you meet the fiance and BAM! you know this client is not for you.

Or maybe they have a completely different sense of style or want a type of wedding you are not comfortable working on. Do you ignore the warning signs or are you brave enough to let these clients go?

There are many reasons you may need to refuse clients. The beauty of owning your own business is that you get to CHOOSE your clients. A bad client can be toxic to your business and your personal life. They drain your time and mental energy. If you see the signs of an energy-sucker or drama queen, it is best to refuse the wedding. Working on a wedding that you wouldn’t be proud to put your name on can hurt your brand, is not worth the paycheck, and you may not give the client the attention to detail they deserve. The wrong clients take you away from other clients and opportunities.

Unfortunately, saying no can be incredibly awkward and uncomfortable.

How to say “No” gracefully:

  • Put it on Yourself-  “This type of wedding is not in my area of expertise.  Someone else would be a better fit to give you the wedding you deserve.”
  • Be Thankful- Thank them for considering you.
  • Express Regret-  “I wish this could have worked.”
  • Be Clear & Concise-  Don’t beat around the bush or waste their time.  If you know you do not want to work with this couple, let them know as soon as possible so they can find someone who is right for them.
  • Be Polite & Professional- People do not like being told no, even if they get rude, stay polite and professional, you don’t want them writing a bad review about your lack of professionalism.
  • Suggest an Alternative- If the clients are not a nightmare, suggest another planner from your network who may be a better fit.
  • Part on Good Terms- Wish them well and the best of luck.

Have you ever refused a client?  How did you handle it?

 


25 Creative Marriage Proposals

By guest blogger: Pro Flowers

We were approached by Ashley Thompson of Pro Flowers to view the blog, and we were smitten.  Such a creative blog and of course, we had to share it!

25 Creative Marriage Proposals

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Who doesn’t love a good marriage proposal? Silly, sweet or sentimental, this is the moment that will immortalize your love. It’s the story you will tell every time you announce the engagement to friends or family. It’s the moment you will remember fondly at every anniversary for the rest of your lives.Of course, you don’t have to be planning a proposal to indulge in an afternoon of heart-warming, real-life romance videos. Sit back and enjoy these 25 creative marriage proposals and celebrate all the crazy things we do for love.

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1. The Sidewalk Chalk Path

Proving it must have been love at first sight, this man saved every text message he and his girlfriend sent to each other for three years. He used those messages to create a path telling the story of their love and leading straight to him. In the end, she filled in the last message by writing “yes” on the sidewalk.

2. The Crossword Puzzle

For the puzzle-lover in his life, he spent months concocting a special creation in The Washington Post. As she neared the end of the crossword, the clue to 51-across – words with a special ring to it – revealed the final answer. No way Sudoko can match that.

3. The Scavenger Hunt

Elaborately planned, this boyfriend made sure every minute detail was set up perfectly. He sent his girlfriend all over the city before finally ending the hunt where they first met. Her incredible birthday only got better when he proposed in front of the romantic backdrop of a Texas sunset.

4. The Fake Movie Scene
This romantic filmmaker solicits his girlfriend’s help for “a scene” in his short film. She’s a good sport who agrees to be blindfolded while dancing with her onscreen partner. The surprise comes when he announces his love at the end of the dance, and she takes off the blindfold to see her boyfriend on bended knee.

5. Painted Signs
This potential groom recruited a trio of artistic friends for a proposal that paints a picture of a future life filled with joy and color. Who could say no to that? While on what she thought was a normal, albeit romantic, date to a painting party, she was delightfully surprised to realize his true intentions. Nothing compares to the oohs and ahs of the crowd to create a moment she’ll never forget.

6. The Movie Trailer

Romance, action, adventure and a small popcorn. This guy gave it his creative all when it came to asking the question. The movie trailer builds suspense as he asks for her father’s blessing and rushes to the theater, before appearing in real life to the complete surprise of his girlfriend.

7. Falling Off a Building
Why be tender when you can be terrifying? When her boyfriend falls off a building mid-proposal, this young woman goes from surprised, to horrified, to relieved, all in the span of about three seconds.

8. Peter Pan Sweeps Wendy Off Her Feet
To love would be a great adventure. He is an actor who used to play Peter Pan on stage, and she is a costume designer; neither of them ever really grew up. He put away the thimble and asked for a real kiss, and to spend his life with her. “Wendy,” couldn’t have been happier.

9. The Super Mario Wall
For the gamer in his life, this man decorated a special, and pretty awesome, room to look like a level in Super Mario. He even goes so far as to place the ring on top of a Question Block normally reserved for mushrooms and extra lives. When she hits the block, the ring falls perfectly to his hands so that he can proceed with the real question.

10. The Disneyland Musical
There are many women out there who don’t like the idea of being proposed to in front of a large crowd. Happily, this woman didn’t seem to mind that a dozen performers choreographed her intimate moment into a song and dance number in the middle of Disneyland’s Main Street.

11. The Scuba Divers
It always helps to have a little assistance when executing a memorable marriage proposal. Judging by her expression, this trip to the aquarium exceeded her expectations. It took a couple of seconds for her to comprehend the message on the sign, but she was all smiles when she did.

12. Spiderman to the Rescue
This would-be hero hired a couple of actors to set the scene by stealing his girlfriend’s gigantic stuffed bear. Then, as he often does, Spiderman came to her rescue. Little did she know that her savior was actually her boyfriend in disguise. After taking care of the street toughs, he proposed to her and she said yes to the cheers of the crowd.

13. The Girl Asks the Guy
In a reversal of traditional roles, the girl initiated this proposal in a romantic effort to relieve her boyfriend’s stress of coming up with a unique plan. She organized their friends to recreate memorable moments from their dating lives, and it worked beautifully. He was surprised, and, after being asked by her, still got to ask the question himself in the end.

14. Army Pushup

Few things say “I’ll take care of you forever” like the manly display of seven guys doing push-ups. Now this young Private has two things to celebrate: graduation and engagement.

15. Game Night
Hand-drawn clues can be so hard to guess! A quiet game night with friends turned into the most memorable moment of her life when her boyfriend revealed the final phrase of this Pictionary proposal.

16. Tri-Surprise
It was one surprise after another for her. After setting up a surprise birthday party, he orchestrated a fake newscast highlighting “trick gifts,” which showed video of her receiving a new car from her boyfriend last Christmas. Surprise! She had unwittingly been carrying around the engagement ring for months.

17. Breath Mints Turn Into a Ring

This unique proposal required the assistance of a street performer in Las Vegas. Using a roll of mints, a silver wire and sleight of hand, the magician presented her ring with a romantic flourish.

18. The Light-Up Office Building

Forget the office supplies, this guy used an entire office building to help him propose with a light show that spelled out, “Lisa, will you marry me?” After she said yes, the show continued with fireworks and a heart.

19. Faking an Injury

When this nurse unwraps her boyfriend’s “injured” hand, she instead discovers that he is holding an engagement ring. At least this explains why his friend is videotapingvideo taping[BH1] a visit to the Emergency Room.

20. Faking an Injury, Part Two: Soccer Style

Faking injuries really seem to be the popular way to propose. And who better to fake an injury than a soccer player? After seeing him writhing in pain with a “knee injury,” his girlfriend finally discovers the real reason he his down on one knee. Though a few of the players wondered aloud why someone would take pictures of an injury, in the end they enjoyed the surprise too.

21. The Mid-Performance Serenade
This trumpet player with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band proves that there is still creativity in the classics. During a swinging rendition of Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby,” he runs up to his girlfriend in the stands to ask the most important question of her life: “Will you be my girl?”

22. Wakeboarding Proposal

This proposal offers an impressive display of love and athleticism. While the two are tandem wakeboarding, he manages to get down on one knee and propose to her. The two then dive into the water in celebration, and he gives her the ring once back on the boat.

23. Under the Sea
When it comes time to propose this man dives right in. We get her point of view as he unrolls the big question written on a marker buoy, with the ring attached to the end. In the spirit of true love, they sacrifice oxygen for a kiss.

24. The Boy Band Parody Proposal

It doesn’t get more creative than writing a song and making a music video especially for her. Surrounded by family and friends, his song is an homage to their love and to the boy bands she was so fond of growing up.

25. Siri Proposes For Him

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Creative Proposals are the Most Personal

The most important thing to remember is, creativity does not mean going over the top or spending a lot of money. It means devising something special for both of you to ensure an everlasting memory.


5 Things New Wedding & Event Planners Underestimate

photo of Danielle Andrews Sunkel WPIC

by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

I am in no way trying to scare you off the wonderful world of wedding and event planning, but being a planner is not all tulle, lace and buttercream.

Here are a few things that those entering the Wedding and Event Industry do not consider or underestimate:

1. The Costs of Setting Up a Business
You need professional clothes, proper shoes, a stocked emergency kit, website, letterhead, logo, business cards, professional credentials such as your WPIC Certification ;), advertising, binders, file folders, business licenses, insurance, etc.  And that is all before you even meet a client!

The little things can really add up, I recently got three new engraved nametags for myself and my assistants, the cost was $90.

2. The Amount of Work that Goes into Just one Wedding
There is sourcing, research, meetings with your couple, meetings with the vendors, telephone calls, emails, text messages, site visits, contract reviews, licenses, tastings, rehearsals and consulting, consulting, consulting.  All this planning, research and driving around can amount to over 100-200 hours.

Busy professional plannerMeetings aren’t just talking, I am sketching, measuring, taking photos, taking pages of notes, gathering as much information as possible, then all those notes and information need to be transcribed and acted on.

Before the wedding day you are putting together all of your notes, checklists, diagrams and assembling your wedding binder/clipboard and restocking your emergency kit for a wedding which can takes hours.

On the actual wedding day, you are going to be on-site 10-14 hours, handling every detail no matter how large or how small.  And remember, that is just ONE wedding, you will be juggling at least 10 weddings at a time.  There is a reason CareerCast.com rated Event Coordinator as the fifth most stressful job of 2014.

3. Resistance from Other Vendors
You can’t always choose the vendors you are going to work with, the couple may have already booked some services or you may be only providing Month-Of services.  In those cases, vendors may have worked with a difficult wedding planner (boo hiss!) or they have a misconception of how professional Wedding and Event Planners work.  Take it with a grain of salt, be the professional you are and don’t try to tell them how to do their job, you will earn their trust and respect quickly, if not, make a note to never work with them again ;)

4. Resentment from Family Members
Unfortunately many family members resent the presence of a Wedding Planner.  They don’t properly understand what your role is and just want to feel needed.  Be empathetic, be professional, be respectful, be diplomatic and most importantly, be confident.  If you aren’t confident those mothers or sisters will chew you up and spit you out!

5. Importance of Constant Education
If there wasn’t a need for constant education, there wouldn’t be so many conferences and courses available to Wedding & Event Professionals.  This blog wouldn’t exist.  As much as some like to pretend they do, NO ONE KNOWS EVERYTHING about the Weddings.  We can all learn from each other whether it is a new idea or a best practice.  Part of your job is constantly upgrading your education and bettering yourself through networking and learning.

successful wedding plannerLike anything worthwhile, wedding and event planning is not easy, there is a lot of stress, challenges, finessing and hard work.  It is also very rewarding and fulfilling.  You get to be creative, you know you are making people’s lives easier and better, you are a huge part of making incredible memories for the couple, you are part therapist, part friend, part advocate. You get to see a project through from conception to completion within a year.  For a multitasker who is properly prepared for this job, the rewards far outweigh the stress and it feels like the best job in the world!


Event Lighting 101: Pinspotting

Sam Flemming WPIC of Evolved Entertainment

Photo of Sam by Anat Moshkovish of www.Notable.ca

by Sam Fleming, WPICC of Evolved Entertainment

Lighting for events can be tricky, as it can color all of your well thought out plans.

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Photo by TheDocumentarians.ca (Coordianted by Fusion Events), Lighting Design by Evolved Entertainment

Certain event designers like Preston Bailey have told stories about obsessing with their client over finding the right shade of white for all the linens, chairs, floral and décor, only to have a guest comment that they loved the creamy colour of the wedding that was created on the night by the context of the warm candlelight.

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Photo & Lighting by Evolved Entertainment

Pinspotting is a great way to focus the attention on each table and literally keep your guests out of the dark.

by Mirza Noormohamed of Wandering Eye www.wanderingeye.ca

by Mirza Noormohamed of Wandering Eye www.wanderingeye.ca, Lighting by Evolved Entertainment

It helps everyone appreciate the finest details of your event literally by shining a light on it.

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by Mirza Noormohamed of Wandering Eye www.wanderingeye.ca, Lighting by Evolved Entertainment

The pinspot is great for sending a narrow beam of warm white light onto each tablescape, floral arrangement, wedding cake, buffet, podium and of course the head table to make each thought out display and the food and drinks really shine and pop.

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Event by CynthiaMartyn.com, Lighting by Evolved Entertainment

All the best, Sam Fleming, CPDJA, WPICC
Event Designer & Music Stylist

Sam Fleming is the owner of Evolved Entertainment, a boutique event production company in Toronto, that specializes in DJ services and AV solutions for weddings, corporate and special events.


WPIC Certification Course at (AHTA) The Antigua Hotel & Tourism Association

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact:-

Tracey Manailescu

WPIC Inc. (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Inc.)

tracey@wpic.ca

Antigua

One More Reason to Marry in Antigua

Many couples are lured to Antigua for a destination wedding due to the island’s 365 enchanting coves and beaches. Couples now have another incentive to exchange vows on the island as 14 hotel professionals will become certified Wedding Coordinators.

The Antigua Hotel & Tourism Association (“AHTA”) recently partnered with The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (“WPIC”) to offer a wedding certification class to its members.

Of the participating hotels included staff from Curtain Bluff, Galley Bay, Blue Waters and Catamaran Hotel. WPIC’s Caribbean instructor, Sue Morris, facilitated the two-day course, at the AHTA training room where participants went through instruction on the nuances of wedding planning, inclusive of tests, group work. They are required to complete a final exam that will be proctored online before they can officially use their designation “WPICC”. On successful completion, they will join a network of over 4900 hospitality and event professionals mainly from Canada, but also including other warm weather destinations such as Bahamas, Barbados, Mexico and Jamaica. The WPIC Alumni is an active membership that allows members to exchange industry information, contacts as well as cross promote their venues and territories.

Admin Manager of the AHTA, Anthea Watkins, confirmed that the training was long overdue and that it was offered in response to the request of the AHTA membership. The next class in Antigua is expected to take place in 2015, but interested persons can attend any classes scheduled in the Caribbean at the AHTA discounted rate. Information on classes are listed on the WPIC website – www.wpic.ca/form

About WPIC

The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (“WPIC”) is the only in-class Wedding Coordinator’s Certification Institute in Canada. The course consists of group work, in-class lectures and Industry-related guest speakers followed by 2 weeks of home-study. Students are graded based on their in-class work, success on 3 tests and a final exam.

WPIC alumni have opened their own full and part-time businesses, or found employment with Catering Companies, Resorts, Golf and Country Clubs and Bridal salons

Alumni Association

On successful completion of the course students have access to conferences, continued learning and networking through their lifetime membership to the Alumni Association of more than 4900 Certified Wedding Coordinators.

 

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WPIC International Certification Course in Antigua 2014

www.weddingprocourses.com

WPIC certification course on July 8th & 9th, 2014

Wedding professionals of Antigua and Barbuda:

WPIC is working with the Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA) in July to bring you the WPIC certification course on July 8th & 9th, 2014.

Register at: www.wpic.ca/form