Wedding Inspiration at Waddesdon Manor – Insights and Images

Today’s post is dedicated to a now well-established and well-talked about wedding showcase that I’m proud to produce on behalf of the venue’s in-house team.  Wedding Inspiration at Waddesdon Manor returned for the 4th time this spring and I’m sharing with you some images, insights and some of the key ingredients to this highly successful show. I’m passionate about more venues benefitting from creating similar to suit their own unique...

The wedding venue and professional blogger – a great match

As part of my wedding market training day I offer to wedding venues, we talk a lot about modern marketing methods that successful venues adopt, and naturally, working with professional blogs is a key part of that. My last training group were lucky to have a short presentation from Louise Beukes of well-known wedding blog, BLoved Blog, and today on the blog I’m pleased to share the key highlights of...

Tell your story

As a small business owner, creative entrepreneur and life-long learner, I’m interested in reading a lot about psychology, generational traits and desires and in particular of the millennial generation which for most of us in the wedding industry presents us with the majority of our clients. One element which is discussed time and again is the desire for customisation, the need for “making it their own way” and the need...

Do you offer these on-trend wedding products and services?

The smart venue needs to show they understand and can deliver a modern wedding. Keeping on top of wedding trends and offering up to date products and services is key to that. Whether it’s buying and supplying products “in-house” or making sure you have the right range of suppliers on your list who can help with hired in products on an event per event basis. The...

Wedding ceremony facts for the new wedding venue

The start of the year has been very exciting here at Kelly Chandler Consulting. I’m working with a diverse range of start-up locations interested in launching as wedding and private events venues; from rural farms and their owners looking to convert barns and outbuildings to East-London warehouse owners looking beyond photo shoots and office space towards unique party and wedding locations. I love working to supercharge these venues’ wedding knowledge...

Conducting a brilliant venue showround – Top Tips

I experience a lot of showrounds in a great range of venues both from the perspective of consulting with clients to improve their offering but also often when I have my wedding planner hat on and am viewing new venues with a wedding couple in mind. Getting customers through the door and actually with you is the hard part so you want to make absolutely sure you put your best...

Greenery Trend Alert – Savvy venues be aware! | Pantone 2017

Wedding trends change constantly and the most successful and endlessly popular venues keep up to date with trends, fashions and make smart choices as to where to adopt and incorporate them into their offer. Today’s blog is about Pantone naming ‘Greenery’ as their colour of 2017 shortly before Christmas. You might say “so what?” – we leave the creative part of a wedding to the bride or her/our team of...

Must-Know Trend for Independent Wedding Celebrants

Trends come and go and the latest product or offering isn’t always something you can or would want to adopt into your wedding venue but this trend I’m featuring today is a big one and it’s very likely here to stay. It rocks the very foundation of the wedding day itself and it’s vital you keep up to date with this trend and work with it as a host wedding...

An image says a thousand words – Photographing Your Wedding Venue

Never has the power of the image been so great – we're constantly surrounded by photos. Photos all around our social media feeds are bursting with image after image and millennial couples (those born from 1978 to 2000) want to actually see exactly what they are getting before booking, so it’s critical they see your venue in the very best possible light. What do you need the images to say/do...

Top Ten Tips for Hosting a Winning Wedding Showcase or Open Day

I know a thing or two about designing, planning and hosting venue-based wedding events aimed at couples planning their upcoming wedding. Whether we call it an open day, a showcase or (shudder shudder) a wedding fair, there are certain ingredients that I know really work in delivering superbly attended events, with the right audience finding the right support for their wedding celebrations and I’m sharing my top ten with you...