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WoW Members Party Hawaiian-Style ... And Get New Referrals!

July 26th, 2017

The only thing better than a summertime party in Victoria? A summertime party in Victoria with WoW - especially when our members go home with new referrals! Thanks to a great team of Showcase Sponsors, our July event was so much fun - the perfect break for our busy wedding season.

Our Sponsors

First up, we have to thank our generous hosts - L.A. Limousines & Transportation Services. As you can see, the views were just amazing, and L.A. Limousines could not have been more accommodating. Serendipitously, one of their drivers was once a chef at WoW Member Inn at Laurel Point (hosts for our August event!), so we were treated to delish, Hawaiian-inspired treats, too.

And not only did L.A. Limousines provide the venue and food... they also helped us ride in style, of course! They generously offered pickup and drop-off to everyone who joined us (with yummy drinks for the ride!!). It was a lovely way to see first hand what this highly respected local company has to offer - so that we can know exactly what they're all about when referring them to future couples!

Our guests who chose to use this opportunity say it was fabulous to get to relax and enjoy themselves as they were chauffeured in style.

Next up, we have to thank Victoria Event Services/Joe the Bartender for the tasty summer drinks and mixology session. This family-owned and -operated company provides premium special event services, including a wide range of bar-tending experiences, catering and event planning. Everyone loves a Mixology lesson, but as wedding industry professionals we found ours particularly enlightening, as our hosts explored the many benefits of having a signature drink at weddings. This growing trend is certainly one we can get behind!

A big thank you to our sponsors Black & White Event Rentals for providing the perfect backdrop for our event. Black & White Event Rentals is a fantastic source on Vancouver Island for beautiful weddings and event tent rentals, tables, chairs, dishes and glassware. For this event they provided the beautiful white tent, plus attractive tables and chairs, too.

Dave Willie of Black & White Event Rentals made a point to remind us that after 25 years in business, what his company finds really works is networking and building relationships. In fact, Dave has now made 'tons' of referrals to new WoW members VIP Mobile Restrooms, after experiencing them through WoW!

Speaking of VIP Mobile Restrooms, they also set up to showcase their amazing restrooms. It was exciting to try out this wonderful new option for events in Victoria. Their facilities made us feel like we were inside an upscale house, not outside! And we learned that they gave a large selection of luxury restroom trailer rentals serving Vancouver Island, Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay and the Okanagan, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton and surrounding communities. Their mission is to provide a refined solution to the regular porta potty rental, for an array of special events. We now can fully attest that this refined solution is indeed a delightful one!

And what's a summer party without some fun lawn games? Thanks to our Showcase Sponsor Party Mood, we had super fun games plus beautiful on-point decor. Party Mood's Anne Pollock is a Certified International Wedding and Event Planner and Accredited Event Designer, and she regularly travels to national and international conferences to keep her skills and know-how continually up-to-date. It clearly shows in her beautiful events!

We also have to give a very big shout-out and many many thanks to WoW Board Member Hardip Johal from Magical Moments Decorating, who was instrumental in helping setup and organize the event, and also helped decorate it so beautifully.

And finally, we have Hattie Root Photography to thank once again for these beautiful photos. Hattie is truly an expert in her field, which includes wedding and family photography. She says she has an 'honest love for realism,' and we love the light, refreshing take she provides. She captured our evening so beautifully, like she always does.

Our Workshop

For this event, we decided to tackle destination weddings for the first time. We were delighted to have WoW member Allan Nichols of The Fairmont Empress talk about this growing trend. Since so many out-of-town brides and grooms choose The Fairmont Empress, we thought he'd be the perfect speaker - and we were right!

Alan spoke about how to market to out-of-town couples, with lots of great tips for booking more weddings. For example, he highly suggested making connections with wedding planners in other cities, as well as attending out-of-city wedding shows. Hattie Root also spoke to the importance of using social media (with over 19,000 followers on Instagram, she certainly knows what she's talking about!). We definitely left inspired to try some new tricks!

Our Thank-Yous

Like always, we had a fun giveaway at the end of our evening - a photoshoot with Hattie Root Photography. Congrats to our newest member Melissa from Designer Weddings & Special Occasions for the big win - be sure to let us see the results! And of course we all went home with a few goodies from our sponsors.

So thank you again to our generous sponsors: L.A. Limousines & Transportation Services, Victoria Event Services, Black & White Event Rentals, Party Mood, VIP Mobile Restrooms, and Hattie Root Photography!

Our Next Event

This August, we're heading back to the Inn at Laurel Point, for a fun morning dedicated to the 'shop local' trend. Get ready to explore finding local vendors and making connections, and how to encourage couples to choose local, too. To learn more and RSVP, please see here, and we'll see you on August 15!



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