Women’s Wedding Network

Virginia Hotels: A Banner Year Ahead with Record Taxes and Wages Projected in 2024

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has unveiled state-by-state projections showing that America’s hotels are on track to hit unprecedented heights in tax revenue and employee compensation in 2024. This optimistic forecast signals a robust recovery and growth phase for the industry, with Virginia’s hotels playing a significant role in this national success story. Tax Revenue Surge: Hotels across the United States are projected to contribute nearly $83.4 billion in federal, state, and local taxes this year. Virginia’s share of this windfall is anticipated to exceed $1.3 billion, of which $541 million is expected from lodging taxes alone. This marks a significant financial contribution to public coffers, highlighting the industry’s pivotal role in supporting community services and infrastructure. Historic Compensation Levels: The AHLA’s projections also reveal that hotels are set to distribute a record $123.4 billion in wages, salaries, …

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2024 Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase

Reserve your Wedding Business’s Space Today! The 2024 Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase is gearing up to be the premier event for all things wedding-related in Loudoun County, and it’s an affair that no one in the wedding industry should miss. Scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, this showcase promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for engaged couples and wedding planners to explore the wealth of resources that Loudoun County has to offer when it comes to creating their dream wedding. Sponsored by Visit Loudoun and hosted at the elegant West Belmont Place within The National Conference Center, the Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase is a testament to the county’s dedication to making Loudoun the ultimate wedding destination. Loudoun County boasts a thriving community of wedding professionals and stunning venues that together, create an enchanting backdrop …

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🌟 Nominate Your Business for the 2024 Weddy Awards! 🌟

✨ Are you ready to celebrate the BEST in the wedding industry? It’s time for the prestigious 2024 Weddy Awards, brought to you by Brides & Weddings magazine! ✨ 🏆 Why Nominate? 🏆 Your voice matters! Nominate the wedding vendor who made your big day unforgettable. It’s your chance to shine the spotlight on those who excel in making dreams come true. 📅 Nominate Now Through November 15! 📅 Don’t wait! The nomination period is open until November 15. Here’s how to nominate: 💌 Vendor Requirements: More Than One Year in Business: Nominate vendors who have been spreading wedding joy for over a year. Located in the Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC): We’re celebrating the local gems! Recommended for Excellent Customer Service: Share your love for vendors who go above and beyond to make couples’ dreams come true. …

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🌟 Nominate Your Favorite Wedding Vendor for the 2024 Weddy Awards! 🌟

✨ Are you ready to celebrate the BEST in the wedding industry? It’s time for the prestigious 2024 Weddy Awards, brought to you by Brides & Weddings magazine! ✨ 🏆 Why Nominate? 🏆 Your voice matters! Nominate the wedding vendor who made your big day unforgettable. It’s your chance to shine the spotlight on those who excel in making dreams come true. 📅 Nominate Now Through November 15! 📅 Don’t wait! The nomination period is open until November 15. Here’s how to nominate: 💌 Vendor Requirements: More Than One Year in Business: Nominate vendors who have been spreading wedding joy for over a year. Located in the Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC): We’re celebrating the local gems! Recommended for Excellent Customer Service: Share your love for vendors who go above and beyond to make couples’ dreams come true. …

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Brides & Weddings Magazine Announces the Sweet Victory of the First Annual Cake-Off

Brides & Weddings Magazine is thrilled to announce the winners of its inaugural First Annual Cake-Off competition. This event has ignited the culinary passions of bakers and cake enthusiasts in the Washington Metro area. With a staggering array of talent on display, the competition was friendly, and the judges had the enviable but challenging task of selecting the top creations. Held at Briar Patch in Middleburg, Virginia, the Women’s Wedding Network members and three celebrity judges had lunch before tasting and voting on all of the cakes present. The winning cakes emerged as delightful masterpieces that showcased the bakers’ exceptional skill and celebrated the artistry and imagination that go into crafting the perfect wedding cake. The Participants of the 2023 Annual Cake-Off included:   Field and Main Restaurant     Cakebee     Bakingwithpaty     Sweet Tooth Bakery     Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket …

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How to Meet “Golden Geese” and Grow Your Business: Networking Tips

In networking, “golden goose” refers to a person or company that is a valuable asset, often generating many referrals. In business, meeting these “golden geese” can be a game-changer. They can open doors to new opportunities, partnerships, and collaborations that can help grow your business. Here are some tips on how to meet golden geese: Attend Networking Events Attending networking events (Like Women’s Wedding Network!) is a great way to meet potential golden geese. These events bring together people from different industries and backgrounds and can provide an opportunity to connect with people who can help your business. Make sure to bring business cards and have a clear elevator pitch about your company. Leverage LinkedIn LinkedIn is a powerful tool for connecting with potential golden geese. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date, and start connecting with people in the wedding …

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Mastering the Art of Follow-Up Emails: Dos and Don’ts for Building Strong Connections and Expanding Your Business

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Sign up for Advice from the Publisher Attending Women’s Wedding Network, holding an open hour, or showcasing at a wedding show: making connections is an essential part of growing your network and expanding your business. Following up on these connections is equally important yet often neglected. This can result in missed sales and opportunities. However, crafting a well-written follow-up email can be manageable. It can help you differentiate yourself from the competition and establish more meaningful relationships with potential clients. Dos for Writing Follow-Up Emails Be genuine People can sense when someone is fake, so let your personality shine through in your emails. Make it a priority Send your follow-up emails within 72 hours of contact to show your recipient that connecting is important to you. Make it personal Personalize each email …

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Maximizing Your Presence at Wedding Shows

Tips for Vendors By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Sign up for Advice from the Publisher newsletter Wedding shows are finally back, and as a wedding vendor, you want to make the best impression with potential clients and do everything you can to get your business booming again. Even if your business is thriving, remember that consistent marketing is crucial for keeping your pipeline full. But how do you catch the attention of engaged couples as they restart planning the big day? One answer is wedding shows. So today, we’re sharing a few tips for what to do before and after the event to maximize your investment. Advertise and promote the wedding show As a vendor, you should always take advantage of an opportunity to market yourself before a major event. Use all available communication channels to promote …

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Building and Maintaining Strong Relationships with Wedding Clients

Communication and Conflict Resolution Techniques for Wedding Professionals By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings Sign up for Advice from the Publisher Wedding professionals know that building and maintaining strong client relationships is key to success in the industry. Whether you’re a wedding planner, photographer, florist, or any other type of vendor, it’s essential to know how to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts to foster trust and understanding. In this article, we’ll share some tips on developing and maintaining strong client relationships as a wedding professional. Communication is Key Effective communication is essential in any client-vendor relationship. As a wedding professional, you’ll need to communicate with your clients regularly throughout the planning process to ensure that you’re on the same page and that their vision for the big day is realized. This means listening to your client’s wants and …

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