How to create local wedding supplier connections as a new wedding planner or stylist

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As a wedding planner, one of the most important aspects of your job is building great relationships with local suppliers. These suppliers are the backbone of your business, providing you with the flowers, catering, music, and other services that your clients need for their big day. By forging strong connections with them, you can provide your clients with the best possible experience, and ensure that your business thrives in the long term. Here are some tips on how to create great connections with local suppliers.

Attend Industry Events

Attending industry events is one of the best ways to meet and connect with local suppliers. These events are typically held by wedding industry organisations or associations, and offer you the opportunity to meet other professionals in your area. By attending these events, you can learn about the latest trends, exchange business cards, and make connections that will help your business grow.

Join Online Communities

Another great way to connect with local suppliers is to join online communities. There are many online forums and groups that are specifically dedicated to the wedding industry, and joining these groups can help you connect with other professionals in your area. You can also use social media platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram to connect with suppliers in your area.

Build a Network of Referrals

As a wedding planner, you are often in a position to refer local suppliers to your clients. By building a network of trusted suppliers that you can recommend, you can create strong relationships with these suppliers. They will appreciate the business you send their way, and will be more likely to return the favor in the future.

Attend Vendor Open Houses

Many local suppliers host vendor open houses, where they invite other professionals to come and see their work. Attending these events can be a great way to connect with local suppliers, as well as to see their work firsthand. You can learn about the latest trends in the industry, as well as meet other professionals who can help you grow your business.

Show Your Appreciation

Finally, it’s important to show your appreciation for the suppliers you work with. Sending a thank-you note or a small gift after a successful event can go a long way in building a strong relationship with a supplier. They will appreciate the gesture, and will be more likely to want to work with you again in the future.

In conclusion, building great connections with local suppliers is key to the success of any wedding planning business. By attending industry events, joining online communities, building a network of referrals, attending vendor open houses, and showing your appreciation, you can create strong relationships with the suppliers in your area. These relationships will not only help you provide better service to your clients, but will also help your business thrive in the long term.


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