WPC Education | January

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January 2018 Newsletter & Education

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February WPC Meeting: YWCA Columbus

THURSDAY, February 8, 6:30p-8:30p

Members: Free

Non-members: $10 for first time attendees

Non-members: $25 for returning attendees

RSVP by February 5, HERE

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Happy New Year from WPC!

Our first meeting of 2018 was hosted by the OSU Faculty Club where we enjoyed delicious food & beverages and great networking. In the midst of engagement season, we had a bridal panel consisting of past brides (and groom) Nicole Ewing, Randi Mackintosh, Logan & Julliana Stout, Tasya Conn & Jennie Hanna, and engaged couples Danielle Braeuer & Michael Moore and Carla Cunningham & Troy Brower. They gave great insight on their experiences planning their weddings, including what they enjoyed most, what their frustrations were, how they selected vendors, etc. Below are just some of the takeaways that can help improve our businesses and connect more with potential clients:

  • The bride does most of the work (which we already knew), but on rare occasions, the groom is a lot more involved in the planning process
  • Overall, venue was the first thing booked
  • When choosing a venue, style, price point, customizable, and photo opportunities available were deciding factors
  • When searching for vendors, food & beverage and photographer are on the top of the list to find, other than venue
  • Photographer should be able to capture moments, but not be overpowering
  • Vendors were found on The Knot, WeddingWire and Thumbtack
  • Bridal shows are overwhelming and high pressure sales do not work
  • When participating in a bridal show, have all pertinent information available, i.e. pricing, products/services offered, so the client doesn't have to search for them, potentially ruling you out
  • Advice given to the engaged couples from those already married: don't sweat the small stuff, learn to be flexible, have a day of coordinator or wedding day assistant, have fun, and don't be afraid to ask for help!


  Welcome New & Returning Members

New Members

Windi Noble with Run to an Elopement

Shayna Sturgis with Beautifully Designed Events

Returning Members

Jennifer Kon with Compass Travel

Andréa Sargent with Andréa's Occasions

Jaime Morphy with The Blackwell

Blaire Blechinger with Hilton Downtown

Jean Gualtieri with Active Travel


Wedding News, Job Openings, and Events!

Wedgewood Golf and Country Club is looking for a Director of Events. 

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is looking for an Event Planner.

Renaissance Columbus Westerville is looking for a Catering Sales Manager. For more info, contact Ann Hollins at ann.hollins@concordhotels.com.


January 24th - Bridal Bubbly Bar Happy Hour, 5-7pm at Marriott Columbus University Area.  For more info or to RSVP, contact Diana Marshall at diana.marshall@concordhotels.com.

January 26th - Franklin Park Conservatory Show, 6-9pm

January 28th - Claiborne Show, 11am-4pm at Hilton Polaris

January 28th - Empowered Planner Society presents a sproutHR workshop: Hire Your Dream Team - The Right Way, 8am-3pm at Jefferson Country Club.  For more info, visit www.empoweredplanners.com/workshopsandevents.

February 11th - Savvy Bride Resale Market, 11am-2pm at the Crowne Plaza Dublin

February 21st - Compass Travel & U by Uniworld Reception and Presentation, 7pm at Avant-Garde Impressions, 34 Dillmont Dr, Columbus, OH.  Free drinks, European appetizers, and giveaways! For more info, contact Jennifer Kon at jen@compasstravelagency.com.

 February 25th -  Wedlocal Bridal Show at The Vue.  They are still looking for vendors.  For more info, contact Randi Macintosh at randimacintosh@nurturthesalon.com.

March 1st - Walk Through A Wedding Open House, 6-9pm at the Aladdin Shrine Center.  For more info, contact Kristin Baisden at kbaisden@aladdinshrine.org.

WPC Members: Do you want free promotion for your business?  

If your answer is YES, email our WPC webmaster, Amber Waters for more info!

**Continue to check the WPC website & Facebook page for more news, events, & updates!**



WPC members can list your own wedding related events on our Facebook page!!  Click on the tab that says WPC & Social Events and add them to the calendar. 


 Amber Waters and the team at the OSU Faculty Club for hosting us and providing the delicious food & beverages

Randy with Connie Duglin Specialty Linens for providing the beautiful linens

Thank you to our Bridal Panel!