Should your wedding venue be submitting to wedding blogs? Why and how to get your real weddings and shoots featured.

Getting your wedding venue featured on major wedding blogs is a subject I’m passionate about and am constantly encouraging and supporting my private clients to make the most of.  Wedding venue photo shoot | Manor Hill House Today I’m handing over the reins on this topic to long-term industry colleague, Louise Beukes. Louise lives and breathes blog submissions and knows exactly how to help you get your wedding venue featured...
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Wedding Venue Virtual Showrounds – Your ‘How to’ Guide to New Wedding Bookings

The showround or venue visit has long been a vital part of the sales process for securing new wedding business. Coronavirus implications turned the world on its head and wedding venue businesses, who 16-months ago had their doors closed, adapted and found new ways to look after and serve their clients. And so, virtual wedding venue showrounds were born… I strongly believe this 'fix' is not a temporary one. The...
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5 Marketing Considerations During Lockdown

Today I'm handing over to a cherished regular here on the Kelly Chandler Consulting blog and that's Emma Hla, founder of the much-loved style-focussed wedding venue directory, Coco Wedding Venues. Read on for Emma's pure nuggets of sound, sensible advice for making your venue's marketing work for you and ensuring future wedding success. Over to you.. Firstly, how are you all doing?  I really hope you, your family and your...
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10 Things to do whilst the doors to your wedding venue are closed to keep your business moving forwards

Be Kind To Yourself  We’re all going through a very tough time at the minute. Let’s be honest - you’re having to be a calm, compassionate, professional trying to find 'Plan B' options for your devastated couples. Some are taking it OK and being lovely, some not so much and you’re taking the brunt. This doesn’t even factor in how you are feeling personally re Covid-19, worrying about vulnerable family...
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Covid-19 – Taking positive actions as a wedding venue

We might not want to think of or deal with Covid-19, but none of us are escaping the clutches of coronavirus right now. This week in particular things have ramped up within the wedding industry as some venues are hearing from customers needing to seriously consider postponement of their wedding. I felt it time to write with what I hope is practical advice for you venues.  This advice is not...
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Knitting It All Together – Completing the Whole Picture to Secure that Wedding Booking

It’s a competitive wedding world out there, this I don’t need to remind you.  To really stand out you need to promise an experience, something exceptional. In short, great more than good, in order to secure that wedding booking. You may have your venue’s wedding day offering clear but (and this is something I see a lot in my private consulting), do you have the WHOLE wedding schedule mapped out...
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Social Media for Wedding Venues: compelling content and mistakes to avoid

You know that social media content is a key strategy to converting sales and convincing your new wedding and social events customers that you're the venue for them. But, do you find that you are a little lacking in inspiration for what to actually write and schedule? It’s something I hear all the time from my clients especially right now in 2020 when we have a summer season minus those...
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WHAT HAPPENED AT WEDDING SPACES GOING PLACES LIVE

The event dedicated to supercharging the success of ambitious wedding venues. I’m usually a keen writer. But, there's an extra spring in my pen (or rather steam from the keyboard) as I have the pleasure of telling the story of what happened at Wedding Spaces Going Places LIVE last month. I feel fortunate to have the most stunning light-filled images from the talented Terri, of Terri and Lori. These images...
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The importance of your in-house wedding co-ordinator

It never ceases to amaze me how undervalued in-house wedding coordinators and wedding managers can be by their employers, considering the extent of their dedication to their role. The wedding department is so often seen as the ‘little sister’ department to room sales or corporate events. Meaning that less investment is made in wedding marketing. It often falls to the wedding coordinator. Therefore, not only do they have to wear...
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Reviewing your showround processes

There’s nothing like seeing a venue in person and we are finding that couples are being much more conscientious when making decisions on who they view and are really only serious on viewing once they have shortlisted their favourite ‘2 or 3’ with the aim to then book and secure their place quickly. When you’ve done all the hard work to attract their enquiry and then get them to commit...
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