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When starting out as a San Diego wedding professional, I knew networking was involved but never really quite imagined how much time and energy goes into it. The coolest part of networking is seeing all the beautiful locations San Diego has to offer.  In April, the Association of Bridal Consultants meeting was located in La Jolla at the La Valencia Hotel.

I say it with a genuine smile, networking is time consuming and very hard. Quite frankly, it’s not easy but rewarding when done correctly. Networking pushes us out of our comfort zone, forces us to connect with like minded San Diego wedding professionals. When we take the time to learn about each person, discover what they have to offer the wedding community and dig down to see what their goals are, we connect with them and realize we all have so much in common. In the end, it all comes together when you form that lasting business relationship. 

The meeting was a HUGE turnout. San Diego Wedding Professionals of all types (DJ’s, florists, caterers, photographers, bakers, officiants) got together for development and educational program on systems and apps for managing business presented by Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel and Elevate by Bethel. Following lunch, Stacy Barnes of Brand and Blossom spoke about increasing close ratio to get more clients you want.

Lunch was served and catered by La Valencia Hotel and it was delicious! Linens & Rentals provided by APR Fine Linen Rental. Floral arrangements designed by JanMarie at Breathtaking Bridal Bouquets and the desserts made by Cupcakes Squared.  All of the sound was made possible by Matt Phipps of Choice Entertainment.

If your in the wedding industry and looking to meet incredibly talented folks, come to an ABC monthly meeting.  I promise, it’s worth it!

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A Special Shout Out to the Sponsors & ABC!

Photographer: Julie Ferneau Photography
Venue & Catering: La Valencia Hotel
Desserts: Cupcakes Squared
Florals: Breathtaking Bridal Bouquets
DJ/AV: Choice Entertainment
Linens & Rentals: APR Fine Linen Rental