Moving to the Seattle area and having to start my floral design business over from the beginning, I knew one of the first things I wanted to get to know the amazing event and wedding vendors in the area. While I prefer one-on-one coffee meetings where I can take time to listen to each person’s individual story and really understand their business in-depth, I decided that joining a professional networking group would be beneficial. Especially being a Washington newbie.
It was Wedding Network Seattle (WNS) that caught my attention late last year. WNS is a boutique professional networking and educational group. The organization meets once a month at a different venue in the greater Seattle area. At each monthly meeting there is a new team of wedding vendors who all provide their services to create a mock wedding setting (flowers, decor, food, music, desserts, etc.). The meetings usually begin with a cocktail hour and networking followed by general announcements and featured vendor introductions. A guest speaker ends the evening educating members about a specific subject, anything from taxes, to giving an elevated client experience, to being more effective on social media, to reducing the waste at weddings.
Back in April I was the featured Florist and created spring-inspired table centerpieces at the WNS meeting held at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Washington. I got to use some beautiful local blooms from Seattle Wholesale Grower’s Market, as well as some blooms from my very own yard! And I got to highlight the sketches that I have been doing for clients, which was fun to share.
If you are a Seattle wedding professional looking to expand your network, I hope you consider coming to the next Wedding Network Seattle meeting. You will be treated to great food and fabulous company, as well as you will leave energized and inspired!
Planning: It’s Your Day Events
Photographer: Courtney Bowlden Photography
Venue: Trinity Tree Farm
Catering: Twelve Baskets Catering
Deejay: Bugsie Productions
Speaker: Bold and Pop