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Wedding Industry

5 Critical Elements That Make a Wedding Trade Show Worth Participating In

Renee Strauss | Posted 01.21.2015 | Weddings
Renee Strauss

As a vendor, determining the event at which you should showcase your work -- and for which you should spend your hard-earned money to do so -- continues to be the million-dollar question.

Building Your Wedding Business: Your Network Is Your Net Worth

Renee Strauss | Posted 08.17.2014 | Weddings
Renee Strauss

Let's face it: There are tens or even hundreds of great vendors per category -- and many who never make those "lists" are incredible at their jobs. So, how do you get referrals you need to grow your business? By creating powerful relationships.

Finding the Right "Fit:" Do You, Bride, Take This Vendor?

Renee Strauss | Posted 07.22.2014 | Weddings
Renee Strauss

Over the years, I learned that determining your core customer one of the most important things a wedding vendor or company must do in order to be fruitful.

What It Really Takes to Sell Bridal Gowns

Renee Strauss | Posted 04.05.2014 | Weddings
Renee Strauss

She didn't help her up. She didn't fluff the train. She didn't offer her any accessory options. Need I say more?

5 Lies The Wedding Industry Is Selling (But We're Not Buying)

Anne Almasy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Weddings
Anne Almasy

I love weddings. Weddings are the soul of my work as a photographer. But they're also the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry rife with questionable traditions and irrational expenses. Before you dive into wedding planning, here are five myths you need to identify -- and dismiss! -- the moment they show their ugly faces.

Engaged Couples' Biggest Challenge

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.16.2013 | Weddings
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The billion dollar wedding industry sells engagement as a time of sweep trains, fondants, and last hurrahs in Vegas. But engagement is just as likely to be remembered for stress-induced meltdowns, battles over money and control, and family dynamics gone horribly wrong.

Ashley Balcerzak

Baker Still Denies Business To Gay Couples, Despite SCOTUS Rulings | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- The federal government may now be recognizing same-sex marriages, but don't expect Victoria's Cake Cottage in Des Moines, Iowa, to do th...

Wedding Industry Prepares For Big Boom Post-DOMA | Posted 06.28.2013 | Weddings

After the gavel, comes the chiming of wedding bells …and the ringing of cash registers....

Stephanie Hallett

In Defense Of 'Me, Me, Me' Weddings | Stephanie Hallett | Posted 06.21.2013 | Weddings

In a scathing takedown of the modern American wedding industry on The Daily Beast Wednesday, writer Hannah Seligson detailed her particular distaste f...

Wedding Industry Insider: Tradeshows, Tweets and Talent

Patricia Vining | Posted 07.21.2013 | Weddings
Patricia Vining

In life and in business, you get what you give. Start building that village!

10 Things The Wedding Industry Won't Tell You | Posted 04.22.2013 | Weddings

1. “We could go out of business before your big day.” Wedding spending tumbled 32% during the recession, from an average of $28,730 per event i...

How Wedding Reality Shows Are Affecting The Industry | Posted 04.17.2013 | Weddings

Ever since the TV series "CSI" debuted on CBS in 2000, there has been talk about the CSI effect: Juries often now expect prosecutors to have unrealist...

Who Really Profits Off Weddings?

Posted 04.02.2013 | Weddings

If you're planning on tying the knot in the next five years, you'll be doing a lot to boost the economy. Industry research group IBIS World reporte...

The Biggest Sign That The Wedding Industry Has Failed

Xochitl Gonzalez | Posted 05.07.2013 | Weddings
Xochitl Gonzalez

YES, you read correctly: they want to rent themselves out as human billboards in order to pay for their wedding.

Why An Ironic, Low-Key Wedding Is Still A Wedding | Posted 03.07.2013 | Weddings

There are, the New York Times reports, engagement rings designed with "'gals'" who "'don't want to look engaged'" in mind. Rings with black diamonds, ...

A Wedding Gown Designer's Worst Nightmare | Posted 03.01.2013 | Weddings

When she discovered that her wedding gowns were being knocked off in China and sold online, Elizabeth Dye felt both frustrated and flattered....

Thinking Of Starting A Wedding Planning Business? 6 Things To Keep In Mind

Charles Tran | Posted 02.16.2013 | Weddings
Charles Tran

A wedding planning business may be right for you if you're organized, driven, and creative. Plus, you'll need to have people skills to deal with frazzled brides (dare we say Bridezillas?) and some business know-how to manage your finances.

A Wedding Planner Reveals What Brides Should NEVER Do

Bitchless Bride | Posted 11.13.2012 | Weddings
Bitchless Bride

Brideys, the minute you got engaged, you signed on an invisible dotted line, and although you might not have realized it, you signed up for all of the shenanigans that go with planning your wedding.

3 Shady Practices Wedding Vendors Don't Want You To Know About

Carly Cylinder | Posted 10.18.2012 | Weddings
Carly Cylinder

There's no shortage of in-your-face wedding planning on TV right now, but I was curious: What goes on behind the scenes that we don't know about? Are there... shall I say it... scandals in the wedding industry?

Why I Think Weddings Are a Stupid Waste of Money

LearnVest | Posted 09.23.2012 | Women

Just because we were brainwashed into thinking a wedding is the ultimate entitlement doesn't mean we have to act on it.

'Four Weddings Canada': The Wedding Industry Has Gone Off The Rails

Stephanie Earp | Posted 03.05.2012 | TV
Stephanie Earp

As Four Weddings Canada debuts this week -- the fourth edition of this franchise, after the original UK, then American and Australian versions -- it finds me depressed about the state of blessed unions, and the industry that feeds off them.

Is A Bride Simply Buying A Dream Version Of HERSELF?

Pamela Haag | Posted 12.11.2011 | Weddings
Pamela Haag

It's a dramatic shift in weddings from fifty years ago, this quest for individuality. No more the conformity of my parents' generation, which married in obedience to orthodoxy and script.

The 8 Truths About Weddings (That No One Ever Tells You)

Melissa Lafsky | Posted 09.13.2011 | Women
Melissa Lafsky

If you wield your wedding like a samurai sword, it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll do the same with other big events in your life. And die alone.

Say Yes To The Mess: You Want To Get Married This Year?

TheGloss | Posted 08.30.2011 | Women

Before I got engaged, I had this strange notion that wedding madness was what you make of it. Bridezillas and astronomical wedding budgets were a prod...

How Much Is Wedding Season Costing You?

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.24.2011 | Women

Remember last week when we pointed you to "Dance Through Wedding Season on a Budget," a piece by our friends at SavvySugar on how to get through the s...