Wedding-industry folks are possibly the nicest business people to come in contact with. They're always smiling! (And they set a nice table, too, as shown above.)
Makes sense. They've got to keep it together when the bride turns into a nervous wreck.
I had the pleasure of speaking to a gathering of the Professional Wedding Guild
earlier today at the Memorial Auditorium. The event was sponsored by "The Perfect Wedding Guide," which is based in Sacramento and owned by Denny and Linda Walker. There were all sorts of wedding experts on hand, so, of course, I needed to come up with some topics that might be of interest to them.
I addressed the issue of mothers-of-the-brides/grooms and why they have so much trouble finding something stylish to wear. Matching some color version of the bridesmaids' dresses went out about 100 years ago.
I also found out something interesting: There are some salons/spas that will go to the bride and her entourage to do hair and makeup instead of having them come to the places of business.
And, get this: Some DJs have a dress code. I talked to Jared Newland of Sacramento Wedding DJs, and he says that, unless the bride specifies something different, he and his partner always wear a tux when entertaining at the reception.
"We did do a wedding in which the bride requested we wear Hawaiian shirts, so we did," Newland says.
They also make the rounds at tables to take requests so folks don't have to come to them. And they've even been known to order a cake when the "real" wedding cake didn't show up.
I also met everyone from the lady who does the chocolate fountains as an alternative to wedding cakes to the people who specialize in destination weddings.
But, one of the highlights of the event had to be getting chauffered to and fro by Larry from Luxury Limousines. I hadn't ridden in a limo in 20 years. It's definitely cool to see people looking at the tinted glass, wondering if it might be the governor (I know - he prefers another mode of transportation) seated inside or maybe even a fully clothed Britney Spears.
But it was just me and it was only a couple of blocks from The Bee.
The event happens every other month, and it certainly is a good networking opportunity if you're in the wedding industry. After all, there's always somebody getting hitched.