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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?


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.


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

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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

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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

 

 


Keeping Afloat in the Wedding Industry (When You Feel Like You Are Drowning)

By: Tracey Manailescu

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It is hard to stand out  in the wedding industry whether you are a wedding planner, photographer, designer, cake decorator, venue, wedding salon, tuxedo store, makeup artist, DJ, band, etc.

The same can be argued for any industry though. Just think about real estate agents, stock brokers, lawyers, models, doctors, police, nurses, actors, etc.

No matter what field you are in, there is competition and always someone who knows more, has more experience, and has more talent. Stop worrying about what your competitors are doing all of the time, and do what feels right for you.

Networking, attending conferences, attending open houses to see what new products or services vendors have to offer, spending money on targeted ads (print or online), a professionally made website, upgraded business cards, a booth at a wedding show, sponsoring your services, better SEO presence, etc. can all help get you on the right track.  When you invest in yourself and your company, you can’t help but grow as a person, and as a business owner.

However, if you did all of the above you would run out of time, funds and your sanity very quickly. You just can’t do it all!

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What to do?

  • Pick a few things that resonate with you. It needs to be things that are key to making you feel better about yourself, your image, your passion and what your message to the wedding world is clearly all about.
  • Be open to change.
  • Update and upgrade your skills.
  • Be clear and concise with your branding.
  • Target the market that you fit into.
  • Stop feeling guilty.
  • Keep educated and informed.
  • Spend your money wisely.
  • Keep track of your expenses.
  • Attend industry events & conferences that actually relate to what you are in need of learning or reaffirming.
  • Take a step back, and take a deep look into your business from an outside perspective.
  • Survey your couples, industry friends, WPIC alumni, and family. Ask for feedback about what you could have done better, find out what they think that you did (or do well) and make the appropriate changes where you see fit.
  • Keep your personal life and home happy. Stay healthy, join a gym, get walking, eat better. Go shopping for new clothes or shoes, get a new and fresh haircut, play with your kids, go on a weekly or monthly date night with your better half. Learn to do something you have always wanted to do like painting, cooking classes, learn a language, go dancing, etc.  Strive to be happier, and you will be!

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On a personal business note:

We, at WPIC have really looked into what our graduates and industry friends are asking for, based on feedback from surveys, and conversations. We  looked long and hard at where our money goes, and where we advertise this year. We have had to say no to some amazing opportunities and experiences, because it just doesn’t fit into our vision. We looked at our Google analytics, read our class surveys,  and made an informed decision about letting some of our staff and ads go that are no longer working for us. Yes, it has left some hard feelings, but in the end, this is what is best for us, and WPIC at this time.

We feel good about our decisions and look forward to seeing some of our ideas take shape and grow.


Real Wedding at Bagatelle Great House by WPIC Alumni in Barbados

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Alicia Wiltshire, WPICC

Alicia Wiltshire, WPICC is the onsite Events Coordinator at Bagatelle Great House in Bagatelle, St.Thomas, Barbados. Danielle and I just had the pleasure of visiting Alicia at her venue for a site visit last week in Barbados. This is one of the most eclectic venues I have ever seen in my life!  There is something for everyone. A Tea Room, a Casino, a Saloon, private dining rooms, patio dining for smaller parties, etc.

Bagatelle Great House is a Historic Plantation House dating back to 1645 and is one of the 10 oldest houses on the island. This majestic property, rich in history, has retained all the charm and character of yesteryear as well as boasting some colourful history.  Bagatelle Great House is an Event Planners Dream Location for hosting events such as Barbados Weddings, Wedding Receptions, Parties and any special Event because of the versatility of the location. Choose from our many beautiful Rooms or Verandahs to host that special event. No mater the size of your Special Event we have a room that would be just right for you. Set on 5 acres of undulating beautifully manicured gardens, this property offers stunning backdrops for your function. Bagatelle boasts a beautiful Gazebo, set on a hill with breath taking views of the West Coast and out to the sea beyond. The garden also features a small woodland area with a bridge over a watercourse which is the perfect spot for those “I Do’s”.

Without further ado, please read on to see what Alicia had to say about a very special couple who she had the pleasure of working with at Bagatelle Great House:
“This couple’s journey down the aisle was very special to the couple and myself, due to the promotion Bagatelle Great House offered in 2013. The promotion encouraged wedding couples to submit a photo of themselves on property at Bagetelle. Facebook fans were invited to vote on their favourite couple.  The winners received a wedding reception including a case of champagne, centerpieces, Venue rental, a DJ, a two tiered cake, Photographer, Limo & a Boudoir Photo Shoot. Mr.& Mrs Reid were the winners as a result of the most votes from an online competition we held at Bagatelle Great House, Bagatelle St. Thomas, Barbados. The Wedding Reception was held on the 15th February 2014 on the Beautiful Sunset deck for 100 guests.

The bride and groom were asked to write of their experience and these are their comments, “Today was a magnificent, wonderful memorable day. Luv it!”

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Photo: Daylight Photography

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Photo: Daylight Photography

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Photo: Daylight Photography

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Photo: Daylight Photography

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Photo: Daylight Photography


Vendors:
Photographer: Daylight Photography
Venue: Bagatelle Great House
Venue Coordinator: Alicia Wiltshire, WPICC
Limousine: Paradise Limousine Services Inc
Wedding Cake: Hazel’s Cakery
Wedding Planner: Shalia’s Weddings  
Couple: Crystal Cox & Jason Reid


BizBash Live: The Expo South Florida 2014

By: Kim Choy

Ahh! South Florida – the happiest and most relaxing place on earth (and with the best shopping!)  What better place to hold a conference?    Urszula (our WPIC intern) and I attended the BizBash Live: The Expo, South Florida last week on behalf of WPIC.   I had been to this conference once before, but this was Urszula’s first time (and first time in Fort Lauderdale).

On the day before the conference, we attended the pre-party at Stache, a 1920′s drinking den themed bar and venue just off of the famous and gorgeous East Las Olas Blvd.   This is such a super cool venue for any type of event – smaller weddings looking for a hip-one-of-a-kind-venue, corporate parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties etc!  On the regular they host live entertainment, burlesque shows and bands!

20140422_182252_LLSAfter a night on the town in Fort Lauderdale (aka shopping at multiple Ross Stores) we headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest for the conference the next day.  This is what we woke up to from our hotel balcony.  We stayed at the W Fort Lauderdale – such a trendy hotel with great service!

20140423_071857The conference took place at the Broward Country Convention Center.  After checking-in at registration, we were greeted with some pastries and coffee and invited to sit in the beautifully decorated lounges spread throughout the conference centre.  I love how they were able to make it look like the lounges belonged there, neither one of them seemed to be out of place – especially the decorative book shelves! 20140423_112028These chocolates were to die for!  Bedazzle My Bonbons is a company that incorporates two of my favourite things: chocolate and glitter!  How stunning are these?  The glitter coating on the outside of the truffle is 100% edible.  The great news?  They ship to Canada – or anywhere in the world!!20140423_105858How cool is this?  Mix on Wheels has a variety of vehicles with totally blank outside canvases to customize with your own event logos and hastags and provide their own power.  Whether you’re having an event on the beach, in a field, or in a ballroom, Mix on Wheels can be your WOW for guests!20140423_103430Fotoboyz Photo Booth is one of the most interactive photo booths I’ve ever seen, the outside of the booth can be totally customizable to your event, as well as the print off.  Once you select your props inside the booth, you get to the select the character/personality of the computer taking your photos.   We selected Fabreeze, a flamboyant Italian photographer!  The machine started to blow air at us to get our hair blowing, we were instructed to strike 8 different poses and it was printed out immediately!

IMG-20140428-WA0001Here’s a sample of our photographer, Fabreeze instructing us through the various poses.

Being from Canada and in 80*F weather, of course we had to jump into the snow globe, provided by Vertical Reality.

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BizBash has the seminars set up really well, where they deliver a variety of topics and speakers to you, but you never have to pick between topics, you get to see them all!    The attendees for the Event Innovation Forum were able to experience 8 different seminars, including a networking lunch, without missing a single topic – they happen one after another in the same room!


Wedding Trends -April WPIC Get Together

By: Tracey Manailescu

Tracey Manailescu

Photo by www.Avenue-Photo.ca

On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 WPIC held a get together on Wedding Trends for 2014 at the beautiful St. George’s Golf & Country Club.

The entire event was planned and executed by WPIC’s intern, Urszula Matczak. This is no easy task, as one might imagine, and she did it with flair and grace. (Especially considering her target audience and attendees were fifty wedding planners…)

*A special thank you to our WPIC volunteers, Cindy He and Nazreen Faiz, who managed the registration table and the raffle draw.

Some of the highlights of the evening were a strolling fashion show, a trade show to meet and greet all of the vendors who particpated at the event, musical talent by the wonderful harpist Joanna Jordan, and a panel discussion about 2014 wedding trends.

The entire evening was captured on film by Enrique DeCordova Photography.

We had amazing food and service provided by St. George’s Golf & Country Club. Guess what?  The Catering and Events Manager, Jacqueline Lambert, just happens to be WPICC.  Go figure ;)

Some highlights of St. George’s Golf & Country Club:

  • Ample free parking
  • Award winning cuisine fom the Chef and his culinary team
  • Sommelier to suggest wine pairings for your courses
  • A large selection of late night stations
  • Beautiful views of the Award Winning Golf Course and the historic 1920’s Club House is stunning

 

 

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www.decordova.ca   Our wonderful volunteers, Cindy and Nazreen

 

 

 

 

Contributing Awesome Vendors:

Venue: St. George’s Golf and Country Club
Photography: Enrique Decordova Photography
Tuxedos: Andrew’s Formals
Wedding Cakes: Le Dolci
Linens & Florals: Susan Murray Luxury Linen and Decor Reatals
Harpist: Joanna Jordan Electric Harpist
Wedding Dresses: She’s So Beautiful Bridal Boutique
Hair & Makeup: Aglow By Joan – Hair And Makeup

Thank you to everyone who participated in the trade show and panel, and thank you to our wonderful WPIC Alumni  who came out to network & learn.

We hope that enjoyed the evening!


Event industry Night at ALT Hotel in Halifax

Danielle Andrews Sunkel of WPIC

Written by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

Bright colours, modern spaces, great food, throwing paper airplanes in the Halifax International airport…  What’s not to love?

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending #ALTExpo,  an Event Industry Night at the ALT Hotel in Halifax, NS, Canada.  The evening was hosted by the hotel along with their exclusive catering partner, Kitchen Door Catering.  Happily, both the Sales Director of the ALT Hotel, Patricia Pardy,  and the Sales and Marketing Director of Kitchen Door catering, Avril Mullholland, are both WPIC Certified ;)

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Events Industry guests were welcomed to the modern Rose Fuchsia Ballroom by a stilt walker from Atlantic Cirque - Halifax holding coloured cards on ribbons.  The card you chose determined the site tour group you would be in later.  At this welcome cocktail there was an open bar and an interactive chef’s kitchen where the food was prepared on-site.

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The offerings were an Asian Fusion (Vietnamese Pho) and Chicken ‘n Waffles with a Jack & Coke, there were plenty of passed hors d’oeuvres as well.

chicken waffles and jack and cokepho at alt hotel halifax

We were called by group to go on an experiential site tour of the hotel.  Our group started with a Top Chef Taste Challenge in one of the “Creative Rooms,” a casual lounge-style meeting room.

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Next we played Hangman in the Ginger Conference room, where jars of brightly coloured jellybeans are set out at every meeting.

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We headed to the colourful, high-ceilinged gym and then poolside for Jell-O Shots.

jell-o shots at alt hotel halifax

We were all a little leery when we were brought upstairs to visit the Laundry Room.  It turned out to be the highlight of the tour for many people, we got to try out their huge sheet drying/folding machine while learning about all of the hotel’s fabulous eco-initiatives.

folding machine at alt hotel halifax

Next we headed to the ALTcetera café where we were given coloured-paper and instructions on how to fold a paper airplane.  We were led up to the Airport Pedway where we had a Paper Airplane Contest in the Halifax Airport in order to show how close and accessible the hotel was for air travellers.  Brilliant!

making paper airplanes

folding machine at alt hotel halifax

Our last stop was upstairs for fresh-baked cookies and a view of one of the fabulous loft-style guest rooms.

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After the innovative and highly entertaining tour of the hotel, everyone reconvened on the main floor for a night-cap.  There was again an open bar, an Atlantic Station of Fish ‘n Chips and Seafood Chowder, a Sandwich station with gourmet sandwiches grilled on the spot, and a S’mores station complete with homemade marshmallow fluff which was torched before your eyes.  Guests also got the chance to get silly and commemorate the night in the photo booth.

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On a personal note, it was wonderful for me to get the chance to see some of our successful Halifax WPIC Alumni.

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Attendees of the event were all treated to a night stay and breakfast the next day.  Part FAM trip, part party, this event was fantastic.

I can honestly say, I think this was the best site visit I have ever been to.  The organizers managed to get everyone to attentively listen to all the features they wanted to point out by engaging them in activities and games.  Well Done!