The Vendor Connection | Creating Community in the Wedding Industry

Owning a small business has many challenges. One that most people don’t realize is that it can be lonely, even in the wedding industry. While you often get to meet people as you build the business, there are few you can confide in, ask the awkward questions or share in the victories. The wedding industry is a very complex, involved world and those that live it every day know best how to navigate the ever-changing waters.

 
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One of my favorite things about owning a small business is meeting some of the hardest working, passionate and creative people I’ve ever come across. We can relate on a deep level to the highs and lows of small business and what I’ve found is we all are looking for a network to move beyond the niceties. We all want to have an honest conversation and come together to build each other up instead of letting the fear of competition or mishandling of sensitive information seclude us. 

 
My favorite mural in Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA

My favorite mural in Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA

 

For years, I’ve been passionate about the idea of #communityovercompetition but to be honest fear and time always got the best of me to do anything about it. I finally decided to make the time and put the worries aside and together with my amazing team, we created The Vendor Connection. 

Our goal is to #killthecutthroat and create a community where friends, alliances, support can all be found and together we can help each other grow and prosper on a whole new level. 

 
Image credit: @jennakutcher

Image credit: @jennakutcher

 

The hope is that we can turn this meeting into a quarterly event focusing on various topics that are familiar and sometimes daunting to all small business owners, particularly those in the wedding industry. I want to create an inviting place to share ideas, ask questions and heed needed advice. 

About our first event: August 20th

At our first event, we are going to focus on the wedding day. The idea is that we share ideas & insight from other wedding vendors that if others knew could make everyones day easier. 

The first portion of the day will be small workshops—each presenter creates their own wedding-day related topic that offers others an inside look on how and why they do what they do and by sharing that information, making the teamwork on wedding day more effective and helpful. 

During the workshops, if signed up, vendors can take a 5 min break and get headshots done by the amazing Taken by Tate! All edited photos will be sent via email shortly after the meeting. 

Workshops will be followed by lunch catered by City BBQ—fresh sliced brisket, a mac & cheese bar and desserts will be served to all attendees. 

Following lunch and an opportunity to mingle, we will come back together as a large group to hear our workshop presenters in a panel-style format all answer one question: “What is a major pain-point of yours on wedding day and how can other day-of vendors help you?” Each will offer a unique perspective on their role on a wedding day and we believe we can all learn tips and ideas for our own jobs that would help us work as a unified, cohesive team. 

I truly believe we will all walk away from this first event with new ideas, knowledge or energy but I also hope we all make a new friend or confidant that makes the hard days easier and the celebrations even sweeter. 

Please join us on August 20th for our first event! We can wait to meet new faces, hug familiar necks and bring our wedding business community a little closer! 

Join us and get your ticket today!

Click here to learn more about our amazing presenters and get your ticket before prices increase! 

Questions about the event? Ask below and we’ll be happy to answer them!