Ohio’s ABC Is On A Roll

April 27, 2009 Weddings Unlimited, Inc.

This past weekend, I was an instructor for the  Association of Bridal Consultants’  (www.bridalassn.con)class of 22 beginning wedding planners from all over Ohio and bordering states. Creekside Event Center in Columbus hosted the seminar. What a wonderful venue for weddings and other events.  Check it out if you are in the area. A full day focusing on starting their businesses included, but not limited to: business plans, naming the business, marketing, insurance for both the owner and client, setting fees and etc.

It is so evident that the wedding industry is growing by leaps and bounds. There are 5000 members of ABC worldwide and Ohio has 140 consultants and vendors. It appears that over half in the above class were non-members and found out about the seminar through the Internet. Most commented that they learned so much about starting their own wedding planning business, and they would definitely join the ranks.   

I cannot emphasize more…If you are a recently engaged bride and feel you need assistance in planning the most important day of your life, you should only contract with those wedding planners that are members of a professional wedding association. Check to see if they are not only a member in name only, but have been actively engaged in the education and have the expertise to handle your special day.

 ABC is the largest organization and offers professional development courses, seminars and conferences throughout the year. Our consultants, coordinators, wedding planners and vendors are given the opportunity to grow with their profession through these opportunities. Some will eventually advance to the level of Master Bridal Consultant or Master Vendor Member. Who could be more trustworthy than that?

Throughout  Ohio and other states, there are local networking groups that meet, network and hone their skills with educational programs. Be sure to check for one in your local area.

Cincinnati has a local networking group made up of about 55 wedding planners and vendor members. Getting to know each other leads to building great teams for the bride planning her wedding. Go to www.cincinnatibridalconsultants.com and see who is listed in our area.   

As the Ohio State Coordinator, I know most of my members and can vouch for them. Go to my website for more information on my Cincinnati based wedding business. www.weddingsunltd.com    Have a great day and hope to hear your feedback.

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