3 Simple Hacks to Wave your Social Media Slump, Goodbye!

As the majority of us in the wedding industry continue to keep our doors closed, it’s easy to feel a little anxious at the level of uncertainty that our ‘new normal’ is now presenting us with. Having said that, if there’s one thing that is absolutely certain in these typically uncertain times, it’s the presence of social media.  Despite the fact that life, and perhaps business, might be feeling like it’s been put on hold for the time being, there’s no denying that society’s move online has meant a growing number of people are turning to social media.  This guide will help you to capitalise on this spike in activity with three simple hacks to wave your social media slump, goodbye! No. 1 – Be Present This tip seems like a pretty obvious piece of advice to be giving but you’d be surprised how little, businesses take this onboard. Being present on your social media accounts is absolutely essential in utilising your platforms for marketing and advertising purposes. Sites like Facebook and Instagram are too often quick to be dismissed on the basis that they lack a certain air of professionalism. If you’re a wedding venue business that has fallen …

Nurturing your Network in Unprecedented Times

There’s no denying that these are difficult times for many of us and our businesses and under the latest restrictions, business for wedding venues is certainly not as ‘usual’. This doesn’t mean however that business cannot run at all nor should it mean that you or your client base should panic, stress or worry. These are demanding times but I’m here to assure you that there are ways to be proactive and maintain your business safely, from home.  Start, with you Firstly, don’t be ashamed to begin with yourself. Your mental health is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Working from home might be unfamiliar to you and it can be difficult to manage your time effectively and find the right balance. One thing to note is that this will take time. Forcing toxic productivity is not a habit you want to fall into so be patient with yourself, take time out when you need it; put on a virtual exercise class, read a book, mediate or have a long, hot bath – whatever works for you.  You WILL figure this out.  Value your staff Secondly, don’t forget about the needs …

The Unexpected Wedding Venue

This is a blog post I had wanted to share, even before the current and quite unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in, arose. Based on the challenging situation that the events, hospitality and property industries find ourselves in at the moment, thinking outside the box and considering alternative revenue streams is the only way many businesses will manage to survive. This made the following post even more poignant for me to share and will hopefully offer some inspiration to many small businesses out there, looking for a way forward a little further down the line… As the world around us continues to develop, so does the world of wedding venues. Wales is entering into a new phase of wedding venue hosting and I thought I’d give you a little insight as to how you might be able to capitalise on this. If you’re interested in the wedding venue industry and have a nice bit of property on your hands, this could be your official invitation in… Welcome to the world of Airbnb. Perhaps an unlikely business partner but a truly valuable and reliable one at that. If you’ve been considering entering the world of wedding venue hosting but have …

The Latest Wedding Trend? Saving the Environment.

Having devoted my career to the wedding industry for a number of years, I genuinely believe it is a wonderful industry to be a part of, in so many way. However, there is one thing I feel is missing, and not exclusively in the wedding industry, but in many aspects of our day-to-day lives. What I’m talking about here is an appreciation and respect for the planet, our home.  Being in the wedding industry, you might not think that there’s any real connection between the two. In fact, weddings can be, and often are a massive source of waste in today’s disposable lifestyle, which never fails to upset me, year in, year out, but as the impact of climate change becomes more and more undeniable, conversations of sustainability are stirring in society. As someone who runs my own business and wants to help you grow yours, I believe it is our responsibility to do as much as we can to increase the environmental awareness of our clients and play our part in reducing our carbon footprint. Above everything, my role in business, is to help your business become more profitable and assist in its growth. So, sit tight and I’ll …

Wedding Venues & Covid-19

We live in uncertain times.  There are already many helpful and informative blog posts about Coronavirus around, but I’ve picked up a specific issues surrounding venues that host major events, especially weddings which are such a fixed date in so many diaries. That said, with the situation changing daily we just don’t know what’s around the corner and when the next decision will be made, that will pull yet another rug from under our feet. Businesses across the world will survive or fall on how they handle this crisis. This isn’t just about looking at the cost-base, cash flows and operational issues, but also how customers and their concerns are handled. Being understanding, helpful and positive and thus maintaining your brand values are critical and will lead to future goodwill, which may be essential once the world starts returning to something like normality. No-one wants to be remembered as ‘that business that didn’t help anyone’ or be likened to the consumers stockpiling hand gel and toilet-rolls – especially when most of the general public will be spending lots of extra time on social media in the next few weeks. Any profile or issue will be magnified exponentially.  Therefore, I just …

Simply Stunning, Styled Shoots

As a wedding venue, you may be familiar with having to filter through image after image of couple pictures in search of something that truly showcases your incredible venue. Perhaps you feel you’ve fallen victim to a vicious cycle of picking through images that just don’t represent you and your venue. Or, maybe you’re unaware that you’re even doing something wrong, feeling couple shoots are the only way to advertise your venue. Many spectacular venues often allow couple pictures to dominate their marketing and advertising imagery, a mistake that could be fatal in securing you the bookings you are capable of. And, while it is a good idea to utilise couples and their guests to demonstrate how your space may be used, relying on them to sell your venue for you can be a disastrous error. But, what if I were to tell you there was another way? A means of crafting and directing a photoshoot that allows you creative control of the styling and imagery, ensuring your venue will never have to be subject to just being a backdrop ever again. What I’m talking about here are styled photoshoots, something that can be one of your biggest assets in …

Party Season for many, Engagement Season for you

The What’s, When’s and Why’s of Engagement Season So it’s December, Christmas festivities are well under way, the New Year is upon us and Valentine’s Day is looming. It’s busy, slightly overwhelming and for many it’s time to pull on the glad rags and pop open a bottle of champagne – it’s party season after-all! But for those of us in the wedding industry it’s a slightly different story, it’s no time to be letting our hair down but rather time to hunker down and gear up for Engagement Season. Yes, it’s that time of the year again where love is well and truly in the air.  For those unsure or perhaps new to the wedding venue industry, Engagement Season is generally the period surrounding late November to February in which couples are statistically more likely to get engaged. This is mainly due to the number of holidays in these upcoming months where the intoxicating good spirit places friends and families closer to us, generally making it so there’s no better time to pop the question. In fact, some in the industry have even claimed that Engagement Season makes up of up to 50% of your year’s bookings, so it’s …

Wedding Venue Coordinators

There are lots of blog posts out there discussing the difference between wedding planners and wedding coordinators (I’ve written one myself!) However, there is very little written about what makes a good wedding venue coordinator and why so many venues are getting this wrong! After many years as a wedding planner here in Wales, I have worked in countless wedding venues, with myriad venue coordinators – many many fabulously good ones, some who are OK and some who it has to be said, are just terrible!  But is this the main problem? A number of years ago, as alluded to above, I wrote a blog post about the difference between wedding planners and venue coordinators.  At that time, I was finding it increasingly frustrating that couples often said to me “we don’t need a wedding planner, our venue has a coordinator” when I was acutely aware that venue coordinators are responsible for looking after the venue and their priority wasn’t the couple choosing their wedding venue as the place to celebrate the most important day of their lives and they absolutely didn’t do the job that a wedding planner did, whose sole focus was the couple – their clients and …

British Wedding Traditions and the Changing Face of Wedding Culture

It has occurred to me that I have never actually written a blog post about Wedding traditions in the UK! In fact, if I’m honest, the idea has largely come out of a favour my favourite aunt has just asked of me… she’s currently in China on a work trip and is attending a lecture on Chinese wedding culture and been invited to contribute – which if you knew my aunt would make you smile, as her job has no links to the wedding industry at all and to be honest, by her own admission, weddings would probably be one subject she has relatively little interest in (and being a fabulous feminist will totally balk at most of these traditions anyway!)… …hence the favour – could I put together a few slides on UK Wedding culture? But of course! a) because she is my favourite aunty and b) because I love any opportunity to share my wedding expertise with the world 😊 So, here you go, my brief presentation on a few of our British Wedding Traditions and the Changing Face of Wedding Culture, transformed into a blog post just for you: 1) The White Wedding Dress In olden times, …

Wedding Trends for 2019

I am delighted to have been asked to guest blog over the coming months for Weddingbooker.com the online wedding venue search site, offering the UK’s largest list of wedding venues, designed to help you to find, view and book your dream wedding The first of my guest blog posts for them, focuses on the top 7 wedding trends of 2019 and looks at the key wedding colour scheme and wedding themes out there right now, as well as considering some truly awe-inspiring statement wedding cakes, the season’s wedding dresses to die for and of course what’s going on with florals, foliage, trees and the less-traditional choices that are becoming increasingly popular in 2019. And what’s new for 2019? Well the increase in people choosing ethical and eco-conscious alternatives for their big day has unsurprisingly made its presence felt within the wedding industry, as has an increase in personalised and hand-produced wedding stationery and those little personal touches that make the day your own. And I have to finish with my own specialist subject… food! Two words for you: Grazing Tables. Enjoy and see you soon x Image credit: JuJu’s Kitchen