After months of planning and promoting, October 11th finally arrived and it was more than we could ever imagine! Wedding professionals from all over the U.S. were inspired, motivated, encouraged, and educated. We worked hard to make sure we aligned ourselves with the Wedding Creative Sessions mission and delivered as much value as possible!
A good event engages the senses and we used them to enhance the workshop experience.
We started the afternoon with surprise head shots from Michelle Davina Photography on the patio of the swanky Loews Hotel Atlanta.
We knew we wanted to create a welcoming and beautiful environment and leave a lasting first impression of the WCS experience.
Ashlee of Snazzy Events went above our expectations with a gorgeous floral design including fully bloomed hydrangeas, roses, and orchids for our lunch estate table. Gaitlin Paper Co. provided the perfect menu cards and place cards for every attendee.
After enjoying an amazing lunch and chatting among ourselves about life and business we moved to our session room for the remainder of the day. The attendees were greeted with lovely swag boxes containing an abundance of discounted products & services from Rosemary Watson Productions, Prima Atlanta and Captivating Calligraphy by L.A. The box also included yummy treats by Not a Crumb Exquisite Cakes, a copy of the current Oh Brides magazine, and oh-so fragrant body products by Sweet Olivia.
A few lucky girls also won some special giveaways such as a Stella & Dot bracelet & tumbler, a Lucky + Lovely t-shirt and mug.
To start the session we brought up our panel and asked them questions ranging from where their inquiries came from as a novice…to how many times they follow up with potential clients. Everyone really enjoyed how honest and open Ashley, Gail and Erica were with their practices and industry experience!
Next, Ashley and I went through our detailed workbook and guided everyone through the exact steps to have a successful consultation.
Lastly, we brought the panel back up to get their response to sticky consultation scenarios. They shared how they handle the price-shopping bride, the idea-fisher, the Groom-Zilla consultation and so much more. It was such a fun time!
At the end of the session, we invited everyone to join us at Bar Eleven for more conversation and cocktails. If I’ve learned anything, the connections you make through networking are priceless (that’s how Ashley and I met). Everyone stayed for a least an hour just sharing experiences and offering encouragement and advice. We ended the evening with hugs, smiles, and new relationships!
All in all, the Wedding Creative Sessions was everything we could have imagined and more! After looking through the testimonials from the attendees, Ashley and I realized we applied the same principles for the session that we use for our clients:
1. Work with expert creative partners
2. Add an element of surprise
3. Deliver what you promise
4. Have fun
5. Last but not least, listen more than you speak
Janel & Ashley
We want to thank all of our sponsors, panelists and attendees for making “How to Kill the Consultation” a HUGE success!
Additional sponsors include:
Jenkins Rose– Graphic Design & Website
Corrianne Elizabeth – Ashley & Janel’s Make-up
The Wedding Stylist – Ashley & Janel’s attire
Focal Blue Wedding Films – Video Coverage
Perfect Wedding Guide – Media Partner