Interested In Becoming a Host?
Hosting a Southern Indiana wedding professionals networking meeting at your venue can be mutually beneficial for both the venue owner and the professionals involved. It can yield long-term benefits for your venue, including increased business opportunities, positive relationships, and a strong presence within the local wedding market.
WHAT DOES BEING A HOST INVOLVE?
When hosting a SIWP Meeting, you are opening your space to wedding and event professionals throughout Southern Indiana, providing the venue for the meeting.
You have the option to arrange a food vendor (they would become a featured professional without the fee in exchange for providing the food), or work with the organizers to facilitate this. Typically, light hor d'oeuvres and desserts are provided, but you have the flexibility to showcase any food options you prefer.
You ensure that the venue is set up appropriately for the meeting, including seating arrangements, audiovisual equipment if needed, and any other logistical requirements. The meeting organizers will work with you if any of this is needed from an outside source.
As the host, you welcome attendees and ensure they have a positive experience throughout the meeting. You will have the opportunity to speak exclusively about your venue and give a guided tour to the professionals.
WHAT'S INCLUDED AS A FEATURED PROFESSIONAL?
Featured vendors are given the opportunity to present to the group, highlighting their products or services and any special offers they may have. There is a $25 spotlight vendor fee which contributes to marketing costs.
Featured vendors are promoted in all online communications, social media, and newsletters leading up to the meeting, increasing their visibility and reach within the professional network.
If you are a featured vendor providing a tangible item, such as food or drinks, the spotlight vendor fee is waived in return for donating those items to the meeting to be showcased.
Being a featured vendor allows you to connect with other professionals in the industry, potentially leading to collaborations, referrals, and business opportunities.
Why Host a Wedding Professionals Meeting?
Showcasing Your Venue
Hosting the event provides an opportunity to showcase the venue's facilities and amenities to a targeted audience of wedding professionals.
The venue owner can network with local wedding professionals, including florists, photographers, caterers, and planners, creating potential future collaborations and referrals.
Marketing & Exposure
The venue will receive exposure and promotion within the wedding industry, leading to increased brand awareness and potentially attracting new clients.
Building relationships with professionals in the wedding industry can lead to repeat business and referrals, as these connections may recommend the venue to engaged couples.
Hosting networking events can lead to collaborative opportunities for hosting joint events, styled shoots, or wedding showcases, further enhancing the venue's visibility.
Supporting and hosting industry-related events demonstrates the venue's commitment to the local community and the wedding industry, contributing to a positive public image.
Testimonials and Reviews
Positive experiences during networking events may lead to testimonials and reviews from attendees, which can be valuable for the venue's online presence and reputation.
Exclusive Deals & Promotions
The venue can offer exclusive deals or promotions for attendees, encouraging them to consider the venue for their future events.
Hosting a networking meeting allows the venue owner to share knowledge about the venue's capabilities, preferred vendors, and any unique offerings, helping professionals better understand how to collaborate effectively.
The venue owner can arrange for educational or informative sessions during the networking meeting, positioning the venue as a hub for professional development within the wedding industry.
Hosting the event provides an opportunity for the venue owner to showcase their ability to customize spaces for various events, making it attractive to wedding professionals seeking versatile and accommodating locations.
Supporting the Local Industry
By sponsoring such events, the venue owner contributes to the growth and sustainability of the local wedding industry, fostering a sense of community among professionals.
How to Register to Become a Meeting Host
If you're ready to host one of this year's Southern Indiana Wedding Professionals meetings, click the button below to access the registration form. There is a $200 meeting sponsor fee and only four spots available throughout the year!