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WoW Stays on Trend at The Parkside Hotel & Spa
April 23rd, 2015
Thanks to our fabulous Showcase Sponsors and guest speakers, our April Event at The Parkside Hotel & Spa proved once again that WoW is Victoria's best networking organization for wedding professionals - not just for networking and learning opportunities, but for fun nights out, too. We packed in the education, with two informative seminars, and thanks to our team, we all enjoyed an entertaining evening with lots of perks.
Every second WoW event is an evening affair, to make sure our busy members have lots of options to fit their busy schedules. And after a long day of work, it's great to meet up with friends and colleagues, especially when greeted at the door with drinks and appies from Victoria institution, Truffles Catering. Truffles Catering has been serving and delighting guests for over 22 years, and we were thrilled to have this WoW Member once again add their special touch to our event - Taryn Stewart and her team did a great job.
We always love our events at The Parkside Hotel & Spa (it's not hard to see why they've hosted over 100 weddings since their opening in 2009). Decorated by the always fabulous Party Mood, it was truly a beautiful and inspiring space. And as you can see, it was all captured beautifully by Julianna Wigmore Spark & Whimsy Photography. Juliana is passionate about her work, and an expert at making her subjects feel relaxed - and it shows in her gorgeous work.
It's easy to see why Anita Voorsluys, Spa Sales Manager at the Willow Stream Spa (and WoW Board Member!) raved: "another great WoW event! LOVED the Wedding Trends Presentation from Anne Pollock - very colorful and interactive. Dawn McCooey is one of my all time favorite WoW presenters, and she did not disappoint. Her Strategic Alliances presentation was informative and engaging." Keep reading to see what Anita found so wonderful!
2015 Wedding Trends
For WoW, April means one thing: our annual Spring & Summer Wedding Trends Workshop. This year we featured a Special Workshop from WoW Member Anne Pollock, Certified International Wedding and Event Planner, Accredited Event Designer, and owner of the popular Party Mood. Anne recently boosted her years of experience at the influential Wedding Wire World 2015 in Washington, D.C., an annual conference that brings together leading experts in the wedding world.
Anne used her fresh insight, gleaned from the top wedding professionals in both Canada and the US, as well as her own multifaceted experience, to provide an information-packed seminar that's going to keep our members on trend and impressing clients all season long. We always love Anne's enthusiasm and passion for weddings, which was clearly on display not just in the decor for the event, but in her stunning presentation visuals as well (look to see them at more WoW events!).
To learn more about need-to-know wedding trends for 2015, don't miss our recent blog post.
Strategic Alliances with Dawn McCooey
There aren't enough words in the English language to describe how much we love Dawn McCooey of the Women's Enterprise Centre. Last October she showed us how we could be the superheros of our businesses, with tips on how to grow and manage employees. When she agreed to present her popular Moving Up! Business Growth Strategies, we knew we were in for a business-changing treat.
Dawn's energizing workshop shows entrepreneurs how to use strategic alliances to move their business to the next level, with insights and advice about this latest small business trend. Strategic alliances work because they benefit both parties, while helping everyone provide an even better experience for their customers. Learn more about how you can build a team of like-minded businesses who share a common vision here. Our evening's Showcase Sponsors are also a great example of this new strategy in action. We learned that The Parkside Hotel & Spa and Truffles Catering have a strategic alliance - and clearly, it's working for them!
If you're a WoW Member, then you already know how powerful aligning your company with others in your community can be. Dawn's presentation explored the what, why and how's of creating strategic alliances to develop a strategic edge. Like we always do after her presentations, we left the event with pages of notes and heads brimming with ideas for the future.
All Those WoW Perks
Yes, WoW Events are all about providing space and opportunity for Victoria's best wedding business professionals to network, learn, and hopefully grow their companies. But they're also about having a good time, too! With Showcase Sponsors like we had this April, we all enjoyed a beautiful evening in a beautiful location, surrounded by good people, good food, and good drinks.
And of course, we enjoyed all the goodies at the end, too! We never leave WoW events empty-handed, and our Sponsors once again stepped up with some great parting gifts. The Parkside Hotel & Spa also gave one lucky guest a Spring Spa Basket valued at over $250, filled with Eminence products including Arctic Berry Peptide Illuminating System, Lip Trio Kit and Pear & Apple Body Scrub. And Party Mood generously gifted a Charming Charlie gift certificate.
And Members, take note! At our next event, for every guest you bring, you'll get an extra entry in our door prize draw!
So, a big thanks again to our Showcase Sponsors, The Parkside Hotel & Spa, Truffles Catering, Party Mood and Spark & Whimsy Photography. Showcase Sponsorship is a core tenet of Victoria WoW, and we couldn't do what we do without them. They're good for us, and good for businesses, too, giving vendors and venues opportunities to show-off exactly how they 'WoW' their brides. By experiencing first-hand our Showcase Sponsors' offerings, we are better able to recommend one another to our clients, leading to more, and better, referrals. We have a few spots open for Sponsorship this year - please get in touch at email@example.com if you'd like to have your services seen and experienced by dozens of wedding professionals!
And don't miss our next event, coming up this May 12th. We'll be spending the morning with leading social media expert JUHLi SELBy, who is going to be teaching us all the ins and outs of Pinterest, the hottest and fastest growing platform out there. It's all happening at sure-to-be-in-bloom The Gardens at HCP. We can't wait to see you there - don't forget to RSVP!