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April 11th, 2018 | 0 COMMENTS
Destination YYJ was another successful event, where our vendors were able to dine, get educated, and build relationships that foster growth of our businesses! We had an amazing time - kicking off the morning with, coffee, wine, gourmet appetizers and a tier of cakes prepared by the Empress Chef's. Thank you to the Fairmont Empress for offering their newly renovated space, the Shaughnessy Ballroom, complete with decadent pastries and beautiful centrepieces by Decorate Victoria. We were inspired having innovative members in the wedding industry networking, mingling and discussing the pressure of the upcoming summer season. Check out the revision of our Q&A panel below with the ladies from Perfectly Posh Events and stunning photographs captured by Ra Photography!
Our guest speakers travelled to the island for the first time, from Portland and Seattle to spend the weekend in Victoria exploring our city and all it's beautiful vendors! The ladies from Perfectly Posh Events toured around Victoria in style with LA Limousines, visiting beaches, venues, and getting to know Victoria as a destination wedding location. Holly, Bridget, Danae, Townley were incredibly sweet, approachable and dedicated! We are so lucky we had the opportunity to learn about what clients look for when planning a destination wedding.
We had an excellent panel discussion between the four guests and our WoW Members, led by Allan, Catering Sales Manager at the Fairmont Empress. The WoW Community had over ten questions prepared, which branched off in to many different discussions. We broke down why Victoria is a popular destination spot, how to attract clients to us and what kind of clientele are dreaming of this experience. The Perfectly Posh Events team was detailed and informative with all their answers, giving ideas on promotion of how vendors in Victoria can market their businesses for destination weddings.
Our first myth to debunk was stumbling blocks clients approach when booking a destination wedding. Holly informed us, many people coming from the US have fallen in love with the idea of a wedding in the Pacific Northwest. Townley explained that borders, travelling and the idea of international airports can sometimes worry clients. With accessible transportation offered by businesses like Clipper Vacations, a ferry running from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria, clients will learn their travel plans can be simpler and easier than they thought. Also, educating brides on the exchange rate and how it can affect the total wedding budget, which then will save funds adds to the attraction. Bridget stated the charm of the island, with all it's history and castles makes it a perfect spot for romantic types.
A key factor the ladies stressed is when couples have a destination wedding planned, it is not only a ceremony and reception but a whole weekend of events, from patio brunches to beach visits. When they were exploring Victoria, the ladies said the cobblestone alleyways, boutique shops and Victorian style buildings, made Victoria an exceptional attraction. Couples in their mid to late 20's are particularly interested in creating this experience for their guests. The walkability of Victoria combined with stunning ocean views makes it an ideal location to host a weekend of experiences.
Our WoW Members presented the question, "So how do we go about promoting Victoria as the perfect destination wedding spot?". Bridget suggested that working alongside the WoW Community by hosting a styled shoot is the perfect way to showcases our Victoria-based vendors. If the clients have a vision, one that is placed in front of them, they will want to recreate it for their own special day and know there are a diverse team of wedding vendors available to them. One point the ladies stressed is that Instagram is a powerful tool for brides nowadays, even more popular than Pinterest, and one clients often contact them through. Saying that, please follow us on our Instagram page @vicwow
We are extremely grateful our WoW Members had the chance to build this relationship with the Perfectly Posh Events team. Our guest speakers from Seattle said they were particularly impressed with how cohesive our group of wedding experts are, and were so pleased to have recommendations on the island when brides approach them. As first time visitors to Victoria, it was great to hear their fresh perspective on Victoria's diversity of activities that make it an ideal location for a destination wedding. After the Q&A panel, we did a draw for a beautiful painting by Raj Fontana, our sponsor for this event! The lucky winner was Corrina, a guest from the Parksville Bayside Resort.
It was another successful event, now let's kick off the summer right! Thank you to Ra Photography for elegantly capturing these precious moments, the Fairmont Empress for providing this beautiful space, and to everyone who came together to make this event happen. It is an excellent reminder of the dedicated WoW Members we have around us to recommend to clients or ask for help. We look forward to seeing all our WoW Members and guests in the industry who want to network, learn, showcase, share and celebrate with us at our next event. Click HERE to RSVP for our next event!
January 5th, 2018 | 0 COMMENTS
2017 was full of many accomplishments and we here at WoW could not be more proud of what our 4th year brought to our members and our networking events. Thank you to all of our members, showcase sponsors, vendors, board members for a great 2017...Now without further adue let's review.
Crazy 'FOUR' WoW
WoW started the year off with our anniversary party, ushering in our 4th year, joining our members together and starting off our networking opportunities. Our beautiful venue provided a backdrop for WoW members to brainstorm and be part of looking forward to our 2017 calendar. We were grateful for the opportunity and ideas that our members contributed and we hope you enjoyed the year ahead as much as we did. Read the Blog here.
2nd Annual WoW Wedding and Fashion
This March our members came together and did what 'WoW' members do best.... WOW!
Thank you to our dozens of vendors, showcase sponsors, and members who came together, manning fun, interactive table, raising funds for charity, meeting brides and grooms, and putting on a phenomenal fashion show. Thank you to everyone who supported WoW and a big thank you to everyone who helped raise $5500 for the BC Cancer Foundation. Read the Blog here.
Zambri's a big hit
April's spring weather led WoW to a new venue; sharing delicious offerings and exploring. This month's "Shameless Promotion" gave guests the chance to promote themselves. Leaving behind any fears of public speaking and taking the floor to to talk about themselves, and THEIR business. This is exactly what WoW is all about, giving members the opportunity to showcase, learn, network and promote with each other. Read the Blog here.
WoW En Blanc - Oh La La
What happens when a party spanning six continents comes to WoW? We WOW it! May brought with it sunny weather, the start and full swing into the busy season and our very own WoW en Blanc. A sophisticated party that we gave our own spin and the photos really speak for themselves. Since we are already participating in a multi continent party why not take the time to learn about the many traditions that take place at weddings and between couples, and that is what we exactly did this month's workshop. Read the Blog here.
Best way to Brush up on Wedding Trends
After taking the time to learn about traditions, why not look at the trends that have so many of our clients involving them in their special days. Our showcase sponsors WoW'ed again, this month while taking an educational turn. As members and guests ventured into the working garden we embarked in a full out scavenger hunt. Members got a chance to network while learning to build team relationships. Our workshop was an information packed spectacular, helping members to impress their clients and understand trends to help give clients exactly what they want. Read the Blog here.
Party Hawaiian Style
July brought summertime to Victoria and with it members indulged in a brief break from our busy schedules to relax and have a party of our very own. Not only did we convinced our members to take a break and enjoy a lovely venue, games and very enjoyable ride, complete with beverages; we also took this opportunity to talk about the elusive 'destination wedding". This included how to network with those out of town couples, leaving our members with some tips and tricks to interact and get the out of town referral. Read the Blog here.
With wedding season still in full motion, September came and with it the rain and the rolling hills of Central Saanich. WoW had the opportunity to explore a new venue, make new connections, and enjoy the company of our members. We also had the pleasure of hearing from our very own Sharon and Kally and the topic of "seeding your business". Giving members the opportunity to brainstorm on their business, seek advice and receive feedback in a supportive environment all with the hope the we get to strengthen business ties. Read our Blog here.
A Royal Morning of Etiquette
Over the past few years the Empress begun it's transformation, this October we welcomed the 'Return of the Queen" and in return, we were spoiled with hospitality and indulged in high tea. WoW took this opportunity to network with friends, and learn a few do's and don'ts of etiquette. A beautiful venue and some beautiful people, another event hosted with the class, and sophistication that we have come to love from our members. Read our Blog here.
Vancouver Island Wedding Awards
As the year wraps up, WoW had the pleasure of attending and being a sponsor of the 2017 Vancouver Island Wedding Awards. What a lovely event showcasing the many professionals on Vancouver Island. We are so proud of our members and their accomplishment and know that the awards are just one of the many ways that we get to experience and showcase them in the community. Congratulations again to the award winners. See our WoW winners here.
Finally, as our last event of the season wrapped up we took up a low key approach and had a social drink with our members. The end of the year seems to not only wrap up all the events, but there is always a host of gatherings and commitments. This year we took the time to relax, mingle and network at our Holiday Social.
Finally, a big thank you to the Members, Sponsors, and Vendors who all took part in WoW's events. We look forward to seeing you all to enjoy our 5th Anniversary party this February.
December 23rd, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS
WoW took to Table 21 this December and held our Holiday Social to Relax, Mingle and Network, before the busy week took off.
December 10th, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS
This November Women of Wedding had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Island Wedding Awards, to honour and recognize the professionals and their contributions to the industry. Check out the list of winning WoW Members.
October 30th, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS
The iconic Fairmont Empress opened their doors in 1908, over the next 100+ years she would be a landmark of the Victoria city skyline. This October WoW experienced the "Return of the Queen" up close and in person; spoiled by her hospitality, once again, indulging in fine treats and high tea, and learning the etiquette of the spa with Willow Stream Spa.