About six months ago I teamed up with Ara Farnam (Rock Paper Scissor Events) to form WeDo; A professional wedding industry networking group connecting the best vendors in NYC. It all started because my couples are always asking me for referrals and over the years I've referred some of the best in the biz. I love making the referrals, it makes the planning process so much easier for my couples and I get to work with professionals I know will do an amazing job. So much of my business comes from word of mouth referrals that last year I decided to throw a wedding industry networking party. It was such a success that all my industry friends were asking me when I was going to throw another one. I realized that we were all hungry to network with each other and there is nothing consistent in NYC that brings all of us together on a regular basis. WeDo will do just that and so much more. WeDo is a curated group of wedding professionals. We'll hold monthly networking events where we will showcase our member talents ie. a different venue, caterer, DJ every month. Think of it like a monthly business to business bridal show with the feel of a mini reception. We will also offer educational workshops and the WeDo website will help keep the connections going online. The WeDo launch party was a great success and we plan to begin our monthly members only networking parties in January. It's the beginning of something big, something the wedding industry has needed in this town for a long time. Thrilled to have co-founded this dynamic group with so much potential. Below is the blog about the party.
To learn more about WeDo visit our temporary website here.
WeDo can throw a party!
This was the event the wedding industry was waiting for. We've been telling people about WeDo for months and the industry insiders came out in droves to see what we're all about. Ramscale looked amazing decked out in a wash of pink and orange light (thanks NiceUplights) with flowers by Rountree Flowers and rentals by Taylor Creative. Guests were encouraged to play WeDo Connect Four (created by Melangerie) all night, a little ice breaker to help everyone mingle and make the most of the people around them. The game card encouraged everyone to, "Meet a new Planner X, Meet a new Makeup Artist X, Visit the WeDo Lounge X, Make an Introduction X." People loved it! And besides the obvious business benefits to playing the game, there were prizes! See the list below for our winners. So many told me after the party that they made the most connections at our party than any other networking event they'd attended. That's been our big goal all along! WeDo is not only fun, but will help you connect with a curated group of NYC wedding professionals that in turn will grow your business. And if you happen to have fun, oh say visiting the GoFlipYourself photo booth or dancing to music by Jarrell Entertainment, well then all the better. (I'm still irritated at myself that I didn't get to make a flipbook, I'll just have to make sure one of my clients book them in the future so I'll have another opportunity;) Did I mention all the yummy food? Naturally Delicious was, well, delicious and Elegantly Iced gave all us sweet freaks something to swoon over. Seriously the best cupcake I've ever had! All of this would not be possible with out the brilliance (and patience, my God does she have patience) of Sarah Pease from Brilliant Event Planning. She came on board 6 weeks ago and pulled everything together. All of which was brilliantly captured by our featured photographer Craig Paulson Photography (Craig, Jean and Courtney).
We will be doing this every month! Want to be at the next party? To fill out an application to be a WeDo member, click here: click here.
Grand Prize winners of the WeDo Connect Four game: Parris Whittingham winner of B Spa Bar facial Evija Mehra and Maryla Colandrea winners of a free face peal and 1 laser hair removal session from Tres Belle Spa Lindsey Gamble winner of a massage from the The Pipper Wellness Center Amy DeGiulio winner of the two night weekend stay at the Hotel Roger Williams Sarah True winner of the 1yr membership to WeDo
Check out a video highlighting the event here!
Featured Vendors from the Launch Party:
Brilliant Event Planning Rountree Flowers Naturally Delicious Jarrell Entertainment Melangerie NYC Nice Uplights Elegantly Iced Craig Paulson Photography Go Flip Yourself Taylor Creative Rentals Ramscale Penthouse